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Details of Prof. Avigdor Abelson   


Gender male
Job title Prof.
Department Zoology
Tel Aviv University (
Engineering Tel Aviv 69978
Tel Aviv
Nationality Israel
Tel +97236406936
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Degree Ph.D.
Job type Teaching/Education , Research
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology
Research Activities 1. Studying the marine environment, with emphasize on human impact on marine ecosystems. 2. Searching for various solutions for environmental problems in coastal marine environments, including reliable biomonitoring methods and mitigation plans. Development of monitoring methods for coralreef health assessment, design and planning of artificial-reefs, and study of bioinvasion of marine species and its ecological impact on marine ecosystems. 3. Development and examination of evaluation, restoration and operation methods of marine habitats for Marine Protected Areas design and management.
Working languages English
Skills/Expertise Coral reef ecology, marine bioinvasion, artificial reefs, coastal zone management, Marine Protected areas, Ecological restoration, Sustainable Aquaculture
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Prof. Avigdor ABELSON)

1. Abelson, A., B. Galil, and Y. Loya. 1991. Skeletal modifications in stony corals caused by indwelling crabs: Hydrodynamical advantages for crab feeding. Symbiosis, 10: 233-248. 2. Abelson, A., T. Miloh, and Y. Loya. 1993. Flow patterns induced by substrata and body morphologies of benthic organisms, and their roles in determining food particle availability. Limno. Oceanogr. 38:1116-1124. 3. Abelson, A., D. Weihs, and Y. Loya. 1994. Hydrodynamic impediments to settlement of marine propagules, and adhesive-filament solutions. Limno. Oceanogr. 39:164-169. 4. Abelson, A. and Y. Loya. 1995. Cross-scale patterns of particulate-food acquisition in marine environments. Am. Nat, 145: 848-854. 5. Ilan, M. and A. Abelson. 1996. The life of a sponge in a sandy lagoon. Biological Bulletin 189: 363-369. 6. Stone, L., E. Eilam, A. Abelson and M. Ilan. 1996. Modelling coral reef biodiversity and habitat destruction. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 134: 299-302. 7. Abelson, A. 1997. Settlement in flow: upstream exploration of substrata by weakly swimming larvae. Ecology 78: 160-166. 8. Abelson, A. and M. Denny. 1997. Settlement of marine organisms in flow: mechanisms, problems, solutions and ecological interpretations. Annu. Rev. Ecol. Syst. 28:317-339. 9. Bresler, V., L. Fishelson and A. Abelson. 1998. Anti-xenobiotic defense mechanisms and environmental health. Rapp. Comm. Intl. Mer. Medit. 35:338-340 10. Abelson, A. and M. Rosenfeld. 1998. Boundary zones between soft and hard substrates and their ecological implications. Proceeding of the International Symposium on Environmental Management in the Mediterranean Region, Vol. 2: 723-731 11. Abelson, A., B. Shteinman, M. Fine and S. Kaganovsky. 1999. Mass transport from pollution sources to remote coral reefs in Eilat (Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea). Mar. Poll. Bull. 38:25-29. 12. Bresler, V., L. Fishelson and A. Abelson. 1999. A proposed fluorescent microscopic methodology for distinguishing of dioxin-like biological effects in wild animals. Organohalogen Compounds 44: 385-388. 13. Bresler V., Bissinger V., Abelson A., Dizer H., Sturm A., Kratke R., Fishelson L. and Hansen P-D. 1999. Marine molluscs and fish as biomarkers of pollution stress in littoral regions of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and North Sea. Helgol. Mar. Res. 53: 219-243. 14. Abelson, A. and Y. Loya. 1999. Interspecific aggression among stony corals in Elat, Red Sea: A hierarchy of aggression ability and related parameters. Bull. Mar. Sci. 65:851-860. 15. Rosenfeld, M., V. Bresler, and A. Abelson. 1999. Sediment in coral reefs - a disturbing factor or a source of food? Ecology letters 2:345-348. 16. Sultan, A., A. Abelson, V. Bresler, L. Fishelson and O. Mokady. 2000. Biomonitoring marine environmental quality at the level of gene-expression-texting the feasibility of a new approach. J. Water Sci. 42: 269-274. 17. Bresler V. M., Fishelson L. and, Abelson A. 2001. Determination of primary and secondary responses to environmental stressors and biota health. In: Assessment and Management of Environmental Risks: Methods and Applications", p: 57-70, eds: I. Linkov and J. Palma-Oliveira. Kluwer Academic Press. 18. Pasternak, Z., A. Rix and A. Abelson. 2001. Episymbionts as possible anti-fouling agents on reef-building hydrozoan. Coral Reefs 20:318-319. 19. Abelson, A. and Y. Shlesinger. 2002. Development of coral-reef community on artificial reefs in Eilat, Gulf of Aqaba, red sea: aggregates of limestone rocks. J. Mar. Sci. 59: S122-S126. 20. Fishelson, L., V. Bresler, A. Abelson, L. Stone, E. Gefen. M. Rosenfeld and O. Mokady. 2002. The two sides of man-induced changes in littoral marine communities: Eastern Mediterranean and the Res Sea as an example. Sci. Total Env. 296: 139-151. 21. Pasternak, Z., A. Abelson and Y. Achituv (2002). Orientation of Chelonibia patula on the carapace of its crab host is determined by the feeding mechanism of the adult barnacle. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 82:4026/1-6 22. Bresler, V., Abelson, A., Fishelson, L., Feldstein, T., Rosenfeld, M., Mokady O. 2003. Using marine molluscs for environmental monitoring. I. Cellular and molecular reponses. Helgoland Mar. Res. 57: 157-165. 23. Bresler, V., Mokady O., Fishelson, L., Feldstein, T., Abelson, A. 2003. Using marine molluscs for environmental monitoring. II. Experimental exposure to selected pollutants. Helgoland Mar. Res. 57: 206-211. 24. Feldstein, T., Kashman, Y., Abelson, A., Fishelson, L., Mokady O., Bresler, V., Erel, Y. 2003. Using marine molluscs for environmental monitoring. III.Chemical characterization of animal tissue and sediments. Helgoland Mar. Res. 57: 212-219. 25. Ben-Tzvi, Y. Loya and A. Abelson. 2004. Deterioration Index (DI): a suggested criterion for assessing the health of coral communities. Mar. Poll. Bull. 48:954-960. 26. Shefer, S., A. Abelson, O. Mokady and E. Geffen. 2004. Red- to Med-Sea bioinvasion: natural drift through the Suez Canal, or anthropogenic transport? Mol. Ecol. 13: 2333-2343. 27. Pasternak, Z., A. Bachar, A. Abelson and Y. Achituv. 2004. Initiation of symbiosis between the soft coral Heteroxenia fuscescens and its zooxanthellae. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 279:113-116. 28. Pasternak, Z., B. Blasius and A. Abelson. 2004. Host Location by Larvae of a Parasitic Barnacle: Larval Chemotaxis and Plume Tracking in Flow. J. Plankton Res. 26: 387-393. 29. Pasternak, Z., B. Blasius, Y. Achituv and A. Abelson. 2004. Host-location in flow by larvae of the symbiotic barnacle Trevathana dentata using odor-gated rheotaxis (2004). Proc. Royal Soc. Lond. B UK 271: 1745-1750. 30. Fine, M., Y. Aluma, E. Meroz-Fine, A. Abelson, Y. Loya. 2005. Acabaria erythraea (Octocorallia: Gorgonacea) a successful invader to the Mediterranean Sea? Coral reefs 24: 161-164. 31. Abelson, A., R. Olinky, S. Gaines. 2005. Coral recruitment to the reefs of Eilat, Red Sea: temporal and spatial variation, and possible effects of anthropogenic disturbances. Mar. Poll. Bull. 50: 576–582. 32. Abelson, A. and S. Gaines. 2005. A call for a standardized protocol of coral recruitment research and outlines for its conception. Mar. Poll. Bull. 50: 1745-1748 33. Abelson, A. 2006. Artificial reefs versus coral transplantation as restoration tools for mitigating coral reef deterioration: benefits, concerns and proposed guidelines. Bull. Mar. Sci. 78; 151-159. 34. Shaish, L., A. Abelson and B. Rinkevich. 2006. Branch to colony trajectory in a modular organism: Pattern formation in the Indo-Pacific coral Stylophora pistillata. Developmental Dynamics 235:2111-21 35. Pasternak, Z., B. Blasius, Abelson A. and Achituv Y., 2006. Host-finding behaviour and navigation capabilities of symbiotic zooxanthellae. Coral Reefs 25:201-207. 36. Pasternak, Z., A. Diamant, Abelson A. 2007. Co-invasion of a Red Sea fish and its ectoparasitic monogenean, Polylabris cf. mamaevi into the Mediterranean: observations on oncomiracidium behavior and infection levels in both seas. Parasitology Research 100:721-727. 37. Ben-Tzvi, A. Abelson, S. D. Gaines, M. S. Sheehy, G.L. Paradis and M. Kiflawi. 2007. The inclusion of sub Detection Limit (DL) LA-ICPMS data, in the analysis of otolith microchemistry by use of a "Palindrome Sequence Analysis" (PaSA). Limnol. Oceanogr. – methods 5:97-105. 38. Shaish, L., A. Abelson and B. Rinkevich. 2007. Branch to colony trajectory in a modular organism: Pattern formation in the Indo-Pacific coral Stylophora pistillata. PLoS One 7:e644(1-9) 39. Ben-Tzvi, M. Kiflawi, H. Gildor and A. Abelson. 2007. Possible effects of downwelling on the recruitment of coral-reef fishes to the Eilat coral reefs Limnol. Oceanogr. 52:2618-2628. 40. Zvuloni, A., O. Mokady, G. Bernardi, S. Gaines, A. Abelson. Local scale genetic structure in coral populations in Eilat, Red Sea: an indication of selection? Mar. Poll. Bull. (in press). 41. Ben-Tzvi, O., M. Kiflawi, S. D. Gaines, M. Al-Zibdah, M. S. Sheehy, G.L. Paradis and Abelson, A. Tracking recruitment pathways of Chromis viridis in the Gulf of Aqaba using otolith chemistry. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. (in press).

Created: 2008-04-23 Last Updated: 2016-07-02 by Avigdor ABELSON