SeArc scientists have extensive experience in the areas of ecology, marine biology, coastal ecosystems, submerged aquatic vegetation, invertebrate/vertebrate zoology, benthic fauna, environmental impact assessments, hydrodynamics and monitoring.
Our team, headed by Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel and Dr. Ido Sella, has vast experience in field work in both tropical and temperate marine ecosystems, including the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Adriatic seas.
Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel Director and Chief Scientist
B.Sc. Life sciences, Tel-Aviv University, 1998
M.Sc. Zoology - Ecology & Environmental Quality, Tel-Aviv University, 2001
Ph.D. Zoology, Tel-Aviv University, 2007
Post-Doc. University of Bologna, 2008-2010
Over 10 years of experience in the field of Marine Biology and Ecology with emphasis on design, evaluation and monitoring of artificial reefs and related man-made habitats. Extensive technical experience in sustainable management of urban marine structures, conservation and rehabilitation at both species and habitat levels, planning and execution of monitoring programs. Strong background in small scale hydrodynamic processes on man-made substrata. Practical experience in developing cultivation and transplantation techniques. Lab and field experience in life history traits of corals and algae, invertebrate taxonomy with special emphasis on stony and soft coral species. Field experience in 14 counties, including data collection, experimental work, and leading research expeditions. A former Marie Curie Fellow and leader of the EU funded MarUrbe project (EU – FP7-PEOPLE-2007-2-1-IEF-219818 - Project coordinator: Dr. Laura Airoldi, University of Bologna) dealing with sustainable management of urban marine structures.
Shimrit is responsible for management, project planning, data management, client relations and business development.
Dr. Ido Sella, Director and Head of Lab and Field Operations
B.Sc. Life sciences, Tel-Aviv University, 2004
M.Sc. Zoology - Ecology & Environmental Quality, Tel-Aviv University, 2007
Ph.D. Zoology, Tel-Aviv University, 2007- 2012
Professional biologist with over 8 years of experience in the field of Marine Biology and Ecology with emphasis on developing of cultivation methods of marine invertebrates. Diverse biological background, with extensive technical experience in working on underwater man-made structures. Practical experience in land and open-sea aqua farming techniques. Lab /field experience in taxonomy,biomechanics and life history traits of invertebrate. Responsible for management, project planning and technical guidance to all aspects of SeArc lab and field operations.