In the Spotlight
Dr. Tali Mass - School of Marine Sciences
"As an ecologist and biologist, my main scientific interests involve understanding how calcifying marine organisms respond physiologically and morphologically to changes in their environment. I address this question by conducting field and laboratory experiments that include a wide range of inter-disciplinary techniques, spanning molecular biology and in vitro studies to in situ measurements that use diverse instruments.
Our efforts will focus on understanding how does the coral catalyze the precipitation of bio- mineral, where and when is the bio-mineral formed, and what is the biophysical basis for the precipitation reaction."
Prof. Danny Rosenberg - Dept. of Archaeology
Professor Danny Rosenberg is the head of the Department of Archeology at the University of Haifa and the Head of the Laboratory for Ground Stone Tools Research, at the Zinman Institute of Archeology and the chair of the international ‘Association for Ground Stone Tools Research’. He leads an interdisciplinary project for tracing the emergence of the Mediterranean diet in the Eastern Mediterranean – culinary traditions and their environmental, economic and cultural background-- which examines the transition to social complexity in the southern Levant during the Late Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age periods. Professor Rosenberg’s work involves studying ancient food processing technologies and the sociocultural contexts of growing, storing and consuming food. He heads up projects that study food remains and complementary food processing tools from prehistoric and later sites in Israel. The archaeological site of Tel Tsaf in the Jordan Valley, where tens of thousands of organic remains have been carefully preserved for over 7,000 years, is currently his prime focus. The site enables real-time examination of how agricultural populations coped in varying climatic and environmental extremes and the way communities adapted their social and economic organizations through time. Professor Rosenberg is also leading another project that makes use of an extensive geochemical study to locate sources of raw materials used for producing food processing tools and other stone tools. The study looks at the provenance and distribution of various mundane and luxury goods in various periods of history, in order to reconstruct patterns of ancient trade routes, mobility and trade mechanisms.