Hyams-Kaphzan Orit


Name: Orit Hyams-Kaphzan

Email: orithy@gsi.gov.il

Tel: 02-5314234





In charge of the Micropaleontology laboratory




Research interests:

  • Taxonomy and Ecology of recent benthic foraminifera inhabiting the Israeli Mediterranean shallow shelf, including rocky reefs environments.
  • The characteristics of deep sea benthic foraminifera from the Levantine basin (Israel economic zone).
  • Tracking benthic foraminiferal assemblages as bio-indicators for various anthropogenic affects: sewage outfall, desalination plants.
  • Alien foraminifera in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.




Main projects and grants:

  • Phylogenetic and ecological characteristics of Lessepsian symbiont bearing larger benthic foraminifera from the Gulf of Elat and Mediterranean coast of Israel (funded by ISF).
  • Characteristics of benthic foraminifera inhabiting rocky reefs in northern Israeli Mediterranean shelf (funded by The Ministry of Energy )
  • Spatial distribution of brine discharges and its impacts on the shallow Israeli shelf (funded by  The Ministry of Science, Technology and Space) Sapropels.



  :Key publications


Merkado, G., Holzmann, M., Apothéloz-Perret-Gentil, L., Pawlowski, J., Abdu, U., Almogi-Labin, A., Hyams-Kaphzan, O., Bakhrat, A. and Abramovich, S., 2013. Molecular evidence for lessepsian invasion of Soritids (larger symbiont bearing benthic foraminifera). PLOS ONE 8(10):e77725.
Zenetos, Α., Gofas, S., Morri, C., Rosso, A., Violanti, D., García Raso, J.E., Çinar, M.E., Almogi-Labin, A., Ates, A.S., Azzurro, E., Ballesteros, E., Bianchi, C.N., Bilecenoglu, M., Gambi, M.C., Giangrande, A., Gravili, C., Hyams-Kaphzan, O., Karachle, P.K., Katsanevakis, S., Lipej, L., Mastrototaro, F., Mineur, F., Pancucci-Papadopoulou, M.A., Ramos Esplá, A., Salas, C., San Martín, G., Sfriso, A., Streftaris,  N. and Verlaque, M., 2012. Alien species in the Mediterranean Sea by 2012. A contribution to the application of European Union’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Part 2. Introduction trends and pathways. Mediterranean Marine Science, 13: 328-352.
Almogi-Labin, A. and Hyams-Kaphzan, O., 2012. Epistomaroides punctatus (Said, 1949) - a new alien foraminifera found at Akhziv - Rosh HaNikra, northern Israel, eastern Mediterranean Sea. Short Communication. Mediterranean Marine Science, 13(2): 294-296.
Hönisch, B., Allen, K., Hyams, O., Penman, D., Raitzsch, M., Ruprecht, J., Thomas, E. and Zachos, J., 2011. Ocean acidification during the Cenozoic. Applied Geochemistry, 26: S288 doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.03.083.
Hyams-Kaphzan, O., Almogi-Labin, A., Benjamini, C. and Herut, B., 2009. Natural oligotrophy vs. pollution-induced eutrophy on the SE Mediterranean shallow shelf (Israel): Environmental parameters and benthic foraminifera. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58: 1888-1902.
Hyams-Kaphzan, O. and Lee, J. J., 2008. Cytological examination and location of symbionts in “living-sands”-Baculogypsina. Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 38(4): 298-304.
Hyams-Kaphzan, O., Almogi-Labin, A., Sivan, D. and Benjamini, C., 2008. Benthic foraminifera assemblage change along the southeastern Mediterranean inner shelf due to fall-off of Nile-derived siliciclastics. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie and Paläontologie, 248(3): 315-
Hyams, O., Almogi-Labin, A. and Benjamini, C., 2002. Larger foraminifera of the southeastern Mediterranean shallow continental shelf off Israel. Israel Journal of Earth Sciences, 51: 169-179.


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Degrees, Post-docs, Sabbaticals:


B.Sc. (1997) - Geological & Environmental Sciences at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
M.Sc. (2001) - Geological & Environmental Sciences at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel, cum laude
Title of thesis: Benthic foraminifera from the Mediterranean inner shelf (to 40 m) of Israel.
Ph.D. (2006) - Geological & Environmental Sciences at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel
Title of dissertation: Anthropogenic eutrophication affecting benthic foraminifera on the oligotrophic eastern Mediterranean shallow shelf
Postdoctoral position (2008) - Dept. of Biology at the City University of New York (CUNY), New-York, NY, USA, with Professor John J. Lee
Research subject: Algal symbiosis in larger foraminifera
Research Fellow (2010) Dept. of Geochemistry at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA, with Professor Bärbel Hönisch and Professor Jerry McManus
Research subject: Reconstructing deep-sea acidification at the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) using boron isotopes (δ11B) in benthic foraminifera




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