Gavrieli Ittai

Name: Ittai Gavrieli


Tel: 02-5314271
Mobile: 050-6234516





Senior researcher (GSI director 2008-2014)  



Research interests:

  • Isotope geochemistry.
  • Geohydrology.
  • Evolution of brines.
  • The Dead Sea.
  • Geologic storage of CO2.





Main projects and grants:

  • Mg isotopes as proxies for brine evolution and dolomitization.
  • Nitrogen cycle in the Sea of Galilee.
  • The carbonate system in the Dead Sea.
  • Gypsum nucleation and growth under conditions of GCS.
  • The evolution of the Dead Sea as deduced from pore-water in the ICDP core.




  :Key publications


Reznik, R., Gavrieli I. and Ganor J. (2009). 
Kinetics of gypsum nucleation and crystal growth from Dead Sea brine
Geochim.  Cosmochim. Acta. 73, 6218-6230. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2009.07.018.

Stein M., Torfstein A., Gavrieli I. and Yechieli Y. (2010).
Abrupt aridities and salt deposition in the post-glacial Dead Sea and their North Atlantic connection.
Quaternary Science Reviews 29,  567–575. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.10.015

Goren O.,  Gavrieli I., Burg A. and Lazar B. (2011).
Cation exchange and CaCO3 dissolution during artificial recharge of effluent
to a calcareous sandstone aquifer
Journal of Hydrology 400, 165–175. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.01.041

Oz I., Shalev E., Gvirtzman H., Yechieli Y. and Gavrieli I. (2011)
Groundwater flow patterns adjacent to long-term stratified (meromictic) lake
Water Resour. Res., 47, W08528, doi:10.1029/2010WR010146

Reznik I.J, Gavrieli I. Antler G. and Ganor J.  (2011).
Kinetics of gypsum crystal growth from high ionic strength solutions: A case study of Dead Sea – seawater mixtures
Geochim.  Cosmochim. Acta.  75, 2187–2199. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2011.01.034

Goren O.*,  Lazar B., Burg A. and Gavrieli I. (2012).
Mobilization and retardation of reduced manganese in sandy aquifers: column experiments, modeling and implications.                                                      
Geochim.  Cosmochim. Acta. 96,  259-271. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2012.06.032

Shalev N*., Segal I., Lazar B., Gavrieli I., Fietzke J., Eisenhauer A., Halicz L. (2013)
Precise determination of δ88/86Sr in natural samples by double-spike
MC-ICP-MS and its TIMS verification
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., ,28, 940-944. doi: 10.1039/C3JA50039J

Lazar B., Sivan O. Yechieli Y. Levy E.J., Antler G. I., Gavrieli I. and Stein M. (2014)
Long-term freshening of the Dead Sea brine revealed by porewater Cl−and δ18O in ICDP Dead Sea deep-drill.
Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 400, 94-101. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.03.019

Shalev N.*, Burg A., Gavrieli I., and Lazar B. (2015)
Nitrate contamination sources in aquifers underlying cultivated fields in an arid region - The Arava Valley, Israel.
App. Geochem., 63, 322-332. Doi: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2015.09.017

Golan R.,* Gavrieli I., Ganor J. and Lazar B. (2016).
Controls on the pH of hyper-saline lakes–A lesson from the Dead Sea. ‏
Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 434, 289-297. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.11.022


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Degrees, Post-docs, Sabbaticals:


1980-1983:  B.Sc. in Geology, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1984-1986:  M.Sc. in Geology (with distinction), the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1987-1992: Ph.D. in Geology, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1998-1999: Sabbatical leave at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
2006: Sabbatical leave at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego,





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