Selected recent papers

Ackermann O., Greenbaum N., Osband M., Almogi-Labin A., Ayalon A., Bar-Matthews M., Boaretto E., Bruins H.J., Cabanes D., Kolska Horwitz L., Neumann F.H., Porat, N.,  Schilman B.,  Wiess E. and Maei, A.M. (2015). Soil and Sediments as an Archive of Landscape History - The Case Study of Tell es Safi/Gath, in the East Mediterranean. In Lucke B., Bäumler R and Schmidt M. (Eds.). Soils and Sediments as Archives of Environmental Change. Geoarchaeology and Landscape Change in the Subtropics and Tropics. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten Band 42: 281-294

Alsop, I., Weinberger, R., Levi, T., Marco, S. (2015). Deformation within an exposed salt wall: Recumbent folding and extrusion of evaporites in the Dead Sea Basin. J. Struct. Geol., 70:95-118.
Amit, R., Enzel, Y., Crouvi,O. and Ayalon, A. Aridisols in the southern Levant deserts and their paleoclimate implications. In: Bar-Yosef, O. and Enzel, Y. (eds), Quaternary Environments, Climate Change and Humans in the Levant. Cambridge University Press (in Press).

Ankjærgaard C., Guralnik B., Porat N., Heimann A., Jain M. and Wallinga J. (2015). Violet stimulated luminescence: geo- or thermochronometer? Radiation Measurements 81, 78-84.

Atzori, S., A. Antonioli, S. Salvi, and G. Baer (2015), InSAR-based modeling and analysis of sinkholes along the Dead Sea coastline, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL066053.

Avnaim-Katav, S., Agnon, A., Sivan, D. and Almogi-Labin, A., 2016. Calcareous assemblages of the southeastern Mediterranean low-tide estuaries - seasonal dynamics and paleo-environmental implications. Journal of Sea Research, 108: 30–49, doi:10.1016/j.seares.2015.12.002

Avrahamov N., Gelman F., Yechieli Y., Aizenshtat Z., Nissenbaum A., Sivan O. (2015). Proposed sources of methane along the Dead Sea Transform. Chemical Geology 395: 165-175.

Ayalon, A., Amit, R., Enzel, Y., Crouvi, O. and Harel, M. Stable carbon and oxygen isotope signatures of pedogenic carbonates in arid and extremely arid environments in the Levant. In: Bar-Yosef, O. and Enzel, Y. (eds), Quaternary Environments, Climate Change and Humans in the Levant. Cambridge University Press (in Press).

Bar, O., Zilberman, E., Feinstein, S., Calvo, R., Gvirtzman, Z. (2016). The uplift history of the Arabian Plateau as inferred from geomorphologic analysis of its northwestern edge. Tectonophysics, 671: 9-23
Bar-Matthews  M., Ayalon A., Vaks, A., and Frumkin A.  Climate and environment reconstructions based on speleothems from the Levant.  In: Bar-Yosef, O. and Enzel, Y. (eds), Quaternary Environments, Climate Change and Humans in the Levant. Cambridge University Press (in Press).


Bar-Yosef, O., Bar-Matthews, M. and Ayalon, A. Foraging Collapse and the Origins of Cultivation in Western Asia. In: Weiss, H. (ed), Abrupt Climate Change and Societal Collapse. Oxford University Press. (in Press).

Braun, D., Weinberger, R., Eyal, Y., Feinstein, S., Harlavan, Y., Levi, T. (2015). Distinctive diamagnetic fabrics in dolostones evolved at fault cores, the Dead Sea Transform. Struct. Geol., 77:11-26, doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2015.05.007.

Calvo, R., Salamon, A. (2016). Toward a CO2 sequestration project in the Jurassic saline aquifer of southern Israel: Seismotectonic characterization. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 47: 48-62
Clarke J., , Brooks N. Banning E. B., Bar-Matthews M ., Campbell S., Clare L., Cremaschi, M., di Lernia ., Drake, N., Gallinaro, M., Manning, S., Nicoll, K., Philip, G., Rosen, S., Schoop, U-D., Tafuri M.A. Weninger, B.,Zerboni, (2015). Climatic changes and social transformations in the Near East and North Africa during the ‘long’ 4th millennium BC: A comparative study of environmental and archaeological evidence 2015 Climatic changes and social transformations in the Near East and North Africa during the ‘long’ 4th millennium BC: A comparative study of environmental and archaeological evidence. Quaternary Science Reviews 136, 96-121.

Elyashiv, H., Bookman, R., Zviely, D., Avnaim-Katav, S., Sandler, A., Sivan, D., (2016). The interplay between relative sea-level rise and sediment supply at the distal part of the Nile littoral cell. The Holocene 26, 248-264.

Faershtein G., Porat N., Avni Y. and Matmon A. (2016). Aggradation-incision transition in arid environments at the end of the Pleistocene: an example from the Negev Highlands, southern Israel. Geomorphology 253, 289–304.

Frumkin A., Zaidner Y., Na'aman Y., Tsatskin A., Porat N. and Vulfson L. (2015). Sagging and collapse sinkholes over hypogenic hydrothermal karst in a carbonate terrain. Geomorphology 229, 45–57.

Gadot Y., Davidovich U., Avni G., Avni Y. and Porat N. (2015). The formation of terraced landscapes in the Judean Highlands, Israel. Antiquity Journal Project Gallery
Galili, E., Sevketoglu, M., Salamon, A., Zviely, D., Mienis, H. K., Rosen, B., Moshkovitz, S., 2015. Late Quaternary beach deposits and archaeological relicts on the coasts of Cyprus, and the possible implications of sea-level changes and tectonics on the early populations. GSL Special Publications. In: Harff, J., Bailey, G. & Luth, F. (eds) Geology and Archaeology: Submerged Landscapes of the Continental Shelf. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 411. doi:10.1144/SP411.10

Hershkovitz, I., Marder, O., Ayalon, A., Bar-Matthews, M., Yasur, G., Boaretto, E., Caracuta, V., Alex, B., Frumkin, A., Goder-Goldberger, M., Gunz, P., Holloway,R., Latimer, B., Lavi, R., Matthews, A., Slon, V., Bar-Yosef Mayer, D., Berna, F., Bar-Oz, G., Yeshurun, R., May, H., Guenther M. H., Weber, G., Barzilai, O. (2015). Levantine cranium from Manot Cave (Israel) foreshadows the first European modern humans. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature14134

Issachar, R., Levi, T., Marco, S., Weinberger, R. (2015). Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility in diamagnetic limestones reveals deflection of the strain field near the Dead Sea Fault, northern Israel. Tectonophysics., 656:175–189,

Jammer S., Rizkov D., Gelman F., Lev O. (2015). Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship Correlation between Molecular Structure and the Rayleigh Enantiomeric Enrichment Factor.  Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 17:1370-1376

Kiro Y., Goldstein SL, Lazar B., Stein M. (2015) Environmental implications of salt facies in the Dead Sea. Bull. Geol. Soc. Am. Online

Korngreen, D., & Bialik, O. M. (2015). The characteristics of carbonate system recovery during a relatively dry event in a mixed carbonate/siliciclastic environment in the Pelsonian (Middle Triassic) proximal marginal marine basins: A case study from the tropical Tethyan northwest Gondwana margins. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.09.026

Kozell A, Yecheskel Y., Balaban N., Dror I., Halicz L., Ronen Z. , Gelman F. (2015). Application of Dual Carbon–Bromine Isotope Analysis for Investigating Abiotic Transformations of Tribromoneopentyl Alcohol (TBNPA). Environmental Sciences & Technology 49: 4433-4440

Levi, T., Bausch, D., Katz, O., Rozelle, J. and Salamon, A., 2015. Insights from Hazus loss estimations in Israel for Dead Sea Transform earthquakes. Natural Hazards (2015) 75:365–388. DOI 10.1007/s11069-014-1325-y
López-Antoñanzas, R., Gutkin, V., Rabinovich, R., Calvo, R., Grossman, A. (2016). A transitional gundi (Rodentia: Ctenodactylidae) from the Miocene of Israel. Plos One, April 6, 2016:1-16, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151804

Marean C.W., Anderson R.J., Bar-Matthews, M., Braun K., Cawthra H.C., Cowling, R.M., Engelbrecht, F., Esler, K., Fischer, E., Franklin J., Hill, K., Janssen M., Potts, A.J., Zahn, R. (2015). A new research strategy for integrating studies of paleoclimate, paleoenvironment and paleoanthropology 2015. Evolutionary Anthropology 24:62–72 ,2015

Muhs D., Simmons K.R., Meco J. and Porat N. (2015). Uranium-series ages of fossil corals from Mallorca, Spain: The “Neotyrrhenian” high stand of the Mediterranean Sea revisited. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 438, 408-424

Nadel D., Bar-Oz G., Malkinson D., Spivak P., Langgut  D., Porat N., Khechoyan A., Nachmias A., Crater-Gershtein E., Katinaa A., Bermatov-Paz G., Nahapetyan S. and Gasparyan B. (2015). New insights into desert kites in Armenia: The fringes of the Ararat Depression. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 2015: 26, 120-143

Porat N., Faerstein G., Medialdea A. and Murray A.S. (2015). Re-examination of common extraction and purification methods of quartz and feldspar for luminescence dating. Ancient TL 33, 22-30

Roskin J., Sivan D., Shtienberg G., Roskin E., Porat N. and Bookman R. (2015). Natural and human controls of the Holocene evolution of the beach, aeolian sand and dunes of Caesarea (Israel). Aeolian Research 19, 65-85

Salamon, A., Netzer-Cohen, C., Zilberman, E., Amit, R. and Cohen, M., 2015. Qualitative evaluation of earthquake hazards for archaeological and historical sites in Israel. In: Blumetti, A. M. et al. (eds), 6th International INQUA Meeting on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archaeoseismology, 19-24 April 2015, Pescina, Fucino Basin, Italy, INQUA Focus Group on Paleoseismology and Active Tectonics. P. 427 – 430

Salamon, A., Ward, s., McCoy, F., Hall, J. And Levy, T., (2015). Inspired by a Tsunami? An earth sciences perspective of the Exodus narrative. In: T.E. Levy et al. (eds.), Israel’s Exodus in Transdisciplinary Perspective, Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Springer International Publishing, Switzerland 2015, Chapter 9, p. 109-129. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-04768-3_9

Sandler, A., Avnaim-Katav, S., 2015. Unique clay assemblages in the Levant basin (Haifa Bay) subsurface reflect a land-sea transition zone and restricted environments throughout the last ~1 m.y. Marine Geology, v. 370, pp. 113-124.

Sandler, A., Meunier, A., and Velde B., 2015. Mineralogical and chemical variability of mountain red/brown Mediterranean soils. Geoderma, v. 239-240, pp. 156-167,

Shalev, N., Burg, A., Gavrieli, I. and Lazar, B. (2015). Nitrate contamination sources in aquifers underlying cultivated fields in an arid region e The Arava Valley, Israel. Applied Geochemistry, Vol. 63: 322-332

Sohbati R., Murray A.S., Porat N., Jain M. and Avner U. (2015). Age of a prehistoric “Rodedian” cult site constrained by sediment and rock surface luminescence dating techniques. Quaternary Geochronology 30, 90-99

Suchý, V., Sandler, A., Slobodník, M., Sýkorová, I., Filip, J., Melka, K., Zeman, A., (2015). Diagenesis to very low-grade metamorphism in Lower Palaeozoic sediments: a case study from deep borehole Tobolka 1, the Barrandian Basin, Czech Republic. International Journal of Coal Geology, v. 140, pp. 141-160. doi:10.1016/j.coal.2014.12.015

 Torfstein A., Goldstein, SL, Kushnir Y., Enzel Y, Haug G., Stein M. (2015) Dead Sea drawdown and monsoonal impacts in the Levant during the last interglacial. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 412, 235–244

Tran E., Klein-Ben David O., Teutsch, N. and Weisbrod, N. (2015). Influence of intrinsic colloid formation on migration of cerium through fractured carbonate rock. Env. Sci. Tech. published online. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03383

Tsatskin, A., Sandler, A., Avnaim-Katav, S., 2015. Quaternary subsurface paleosols in Haifa Bay, Israel: a new perspective on stratigraphic correlations in coastal settings. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 426, 285-296.

Wetzler, N. and Kurzon, I. (2016). The Earthquake Activity of Israel: Revisiting 30 Years of Local and Regional Seismic Records along the Dead Sea Transform, Seismol. Res. Lett. 87(1), 47-58
Yaar, I., Walter, A., Sanders, Y., Felus, Y., Calvo, R., Hamiel, Y. (2016). Possible sites for future nuclear power plants in Israel. Nuclear Engineering and Design, 298: 90-98.

Zipori, A., Rosenfeld, D., Tirosh, O., Teutsch, N. and Erel, Y.  (2015). Effects of aerosol sources and chemical compositions on cloud drop sizes and glaciation temperatures.  J. Geophys. Res-Atmos. , 120. DOI: 10.1002/2015JD023270

Zohar, M., Rubin, R. And Salamon, A., (2015). Why is the Minaret so Short? Evidence for an earthquake’s damage on Mt. Zion. Palestine Exploration Quarterly, 147 (3), 230-246. DOI:

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