Isaac Gertman, Ph.D. Head of IOLR Physical Oceanography Department and of IOLR data center ISRAMAR. My main scientific interests are: (i) marine thermohaline structures and circulation: formation, stability, long-term changes; (ii) marine operational forecasting; (iii) oceanographic data bases development. Member of EU-MOON Steering Committee and Management Group. Principal Investigator in EU projects: MEDAR, SeaSearch, SeaDataNet, ECOOP, MyOcean, SESAME (data management leader). Authored 34 peer-reviewed publications.

Prof. Barak Herut,
served as Head of the Marine Chemistry Department for seven years and as Director General of Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research from 2005. His main interests concern the levels, distribution and sources of trace elements and nutrients in the South East Mediterranean and in atmospheric precipitates. He is coordinating Israel's National Monitoring Program of trace metals and nutrients along the Mediterranean coast. He has worked on several geo-chemical studies in the South East Mediterranean and the Dead Sea. He participated in several EU projects of FP5 and FP6 and has published 84 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Alvaro Israel, Ph.D, Laboratory of Marine Macroalgae at NIO. Scientific interests: algal eco-physiology with particular emphasis on effects of globally changing marine environments on photosynthesis and growth of seaweeds, ecological and molecular aspects of seaweed invasion within the eastern Mediterranean. Authored 37 peer-reviewed publications and 5 book chapters.

Gil Rilov, Senior Scientist, Ph.D, at IOLR since 2009. His research focuses on community ecology and how it is affected by biogeography, the local seascape, species interactions, benthic-pelagic coupling, larval recruitment, bioinvasions and climate change. He has 21 peer-reviewed publications. He received an EU Marie Curie grant to study the effects of bioinvasions and climate change on the Israeli rocky shore. He is also participant of the EU FP7 Oceans of Tomorrow VECTORS consortium.

Prof. Buki Rinkevich, his group deals with biology of marine organisms, from the ecosystem level (coral reef biology, restoration, biodiversity), population genetics, the whole organism issues (pattern formation), immunology and developmental biology of marine organisms, cell cultures, stem cells of marine invertebrates, genotoxicity, and more. His expertise in above disciplines is based on more than 30 years of research with more than 250 scientific publications, and two books.

Moshe Tom,
Ph.D. Head of the marine biology and biotechnology department of the NIO. Scientific interests: concerted gene expression at both the transcript and protein levels in two biological systems: fish, in relation to pollutant effects and crustaceans related to the molt cycle. Coordinator of the FP5 EU project GENIPOL, and participant of the FP6 network of excellence Marine Genomics Europe. Authored 47 peer-reviewed publications.

Yosef Z. Yacobi, Senior Scientist,
Ph.D, in the KLL since 1987. Scientific interests: phytoplankton ecophysiology, exploring the issue of the relationship between light, photosynthetic activity of phytoplankton and algal biomass distribution. He is involved in studies of hydro-optics and remote sensing of water quality parameters in the recent two decades. Participated in FP5 project EVK1-CT-1999-00037. Authored 62 peer-reviewed publications and two book chapters.