Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, PhD
Date of Birth: 12 April 1975
Current position: Post-doc (Marie Curie Fellow)
Dipartimento di Biologia Evoluzionistica Sperimentale
Scienze Ambientali - Università di Bologna
Via S. Alberto 163
I-48123 Ravenna (Italy)
Phone: +39 0544 937 302 Fax: +39 0544 937 303
My research focuses
primarily on sustainable management of urban marine structures, utilizing field
experiments with community surveys. I give strong emphasis to applicative
multidisciplinary science combining aspects of ecology, biology, environmental
science and socioeconomics, with a great attention to experimental design and
analysis. Most of my experience comes from tropical environments, where I worked
on biological and ecological aspects of artificial reefs, with particular
attention to 1) comparison of benthic communities between artificial and natural
reefs, the time frame for achieving mature coral communities on artificial
reefs, environmental aspects (e.g., orientation, substratum complexity,
hydrodynamics, age) shaping benthic communities on man-made habitats, and 2)
life history traits and reproductive biology of corals as well as other fouling
invertebrates, including settlement preferences, recruitment, and
post-recruitment mortality. I also have a strong background in small scale
hydrodynamic processes on man-made substrata, especially in relation to the
ability of larvae to contact hard surfaces. My major research interests include:
sciences, conservation and restoration biology and ecology.
Ecology and design of coastal urban habitats, including
artificial reefs, human impacts on marine systems, and coastal management.
Biology and ecology of
coral reefs, including coral reef rehabilitation and monitoring.
larval ecology including settlement and dispersal.
cultivation and transplantation techniques.
particularly assisted ecosystem recovery of fragmented canopy-forming algae.
Ecology of non-indigenous species.
Post-doc: Plant Sciences.
Ph.D: Zoology (Marine Science),
M.Sc.: Zoology, Ecology & Environmental
Quality. Summa cum
B.Sc.: Life Sciences. Magna
cum laude, Tel-Aviv University (Israel)
MarUrbe: Sustainable Urban Development: solutions to promote the biological and
conservation value of marine urban structures. European Union (EU –
FP7-PEOPLE-2007-2-1-IEF-219818. Coordinator: Dr. L. Airoldi,
Urbanization has been historically widespread and one of the leading causes for habitat and species loss in coastal waters. Today 22,000 km2 of the European coastlines are covered by urban marine structures such as marinas, breakwaters, and seawalls, and development is expected to increase further. MarUrbe aims to encourage sustainable management of coastal urban structures by acquiring and disseminating knowledge on methods to promote desired species or prevent nuisance species in order to meet specific management goals, including 1) mitigating loss of species with high conservation value (e.g. Cystoseira spp.), 2) monitoring/controlling the spread of invasive/nuisance species, 3) enhancing fishery resources (e.g. mussels, crabs, and fish stocks) and 4) improving water quality. These goals will be achieved by: 1) exploring, through monitoring and experiments, the relationships between the characteristics of urban marine structures, species distribution and ecological functioning; 2) experimentally testing the effects of fine structural modifications to urban marine structures on the distribution of target species and 3) open communication with the public, local authorities and the scientific community. Expected deliverables include baseline information on the relationships between structure and ecological functioning of urban marine structures, protocols for enhancing or restricting the abundance of target species, and site-specific management guidelines.
Scholarship from the Dean of Students Office. TAU.
Rami Levine Award for excellence in M.Sc. achievements, Zoology Dept. TAU.
Salim and Rachel Banin Foundation, Joint Jewish Drive, The Federation,
The Aharon Katzir Center, Weizmann Inst. of Science. Travel Scholarship.
2004 Rieger Foundation – JNF Fellow in Environmental
Joan and Jaime Constantiner Inst. of Molecular Genetics. Travel
Morris Waldman Doctoral Fellowship, Zoology Dept. TAU.
Wolf Foundation – Award for excellence in Ph.D. achievements.
Tobias Landau Award for PhD students.
The George S. Wise fellowships for Post-Doc studies at the Faculty of
Marie Curie Fellow - Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development.
MarUrbe (EU – FP7-PEOPLE-2007-2-1-IEF-219818)
Levi Eshkol Fellowship, Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport (
Nov. 1998 Soft coral survey in Taiwan .
Dec. 1998 Research assistant in coral mass spawning experiments, Orpheus Isl., James Cook University , Australia.
Jan. 1999 Research assistant at Leigh Marine Lab, Auckland University , New Zealand .
2000-2004 Yearly coral reef surveys in Kenya.
Sept. 2000 Artificial reefs survey in the southern tip of Sinai, project coordinator (National Geographic Society funded expedition).
July 2002 Tropical Marine Invertebrate Zoology Field Course, Jamaica.
Jan. 2003 Primer v5 training course, Plymouth , UK.
July 2004 Soft coral survey in Okinawa, Japan.
Marine invertebrate survey on Tanzanian reefs.
Marine invertebrate survey on Eritrean reefs.
June-July 08 Ascidians surveys in the north
Zoological Society of
for Conservation Biology.
Reviewer for: Biofouling; Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf
Marine Biology; Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
Benayahu Y. (2004) Community structure of stony and soft corals on vertical
unplanned artificial reefs in Eilat (
Benayahu Y. (2005) Recruitment of benthic organisms onto a planned artificial
reef: shifts in community structure one decade post deployment. Marine
Environmental Research 59: 79-99.
S., Shashar N., Barnea O., Ben David-Zaslaw R., Oren U.,
Reichart T., Yacobovich T., Yahel G., Yahel R., Benayahu Y. (2005) Fouling coral
communities of artificial reefs: does
age matter? Biofouling 21: 127–140.
S., Shashar N., Benayahu Y. (2006) Can
artificial reefs mimic natural reef communities? The roles of structural features
and age. Mar
Environ Res 61: 121-135.
T., Zilman G., Sella I.,
Benayahu Y. (2006) Floating and fixed artificial reefs: the effect of substratum
motion on benthic communities. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 317: 9-20.
Benayahu Y. (2007) Differential recruitment of corals onto artificial and
natural reefs. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 340: 25–39.
T., Zilman G., Sella I.,
Benayahu Y. (2008). Floating and fixed artificial habitats: spatial and temporal
patterns of benthic communities in a coral reef environment.
Sci 77: 491-500.
Perkol-Finkel S. and Benayahu Y. (2009) Differential survivorship of two coral species on artificial and natural reefs. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 369: 1–7.
Last update 13/04/2010