Faculty

Meet our excellent teachers!

Prof. Pinhas Alpert

Prof. Alpert served as the Head of the Porter School of Environmental Studies from October 2008 to October 2013, following 3 years as Head of the Department of Geophysical, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at  Tel  Aviv  University. Prof. Alpert developed a novel Factor Separation Method in numerical simulations (Stein/Alpert, JAS 1993), which allows calculating atmospheric synergies. It has been adapted by groups worldwide. Prof. Alpert's research focuses on atmospheric dynamics, climate, numerical methods, limited area modeling and climate change. The core atmospheric model built by him during his Ph.D. (1980) was extended and issued in Belgium (LLN) and  Finland (UH) for research. Prof. Alpert founded and heads the Israel Space Agency Middle East Interactive Data Archive (ISA-MEIDA). He is a co-director of the GLOWA-Jordan River BMBF/MOS project to study the water vulnerability in the Eastern Mediterranean and served as the  Israel representative to the IPCC TAR WG1. A novel method for monitoring rainfall employing the cellular network data, was proposed by Alpert and colleagues in 2006, and a new approach for advanced flood warning based on it won the "Popular Science 2009 Best of What's New" award for the security category.

Dr. Boaz Barak

Dr. Barak is a faculty member in the Department of Economics at the Western Galilee College and an adjunct lecturer in the Porter School for Environmental Studies. His primary fields of interest include: energy economics, environmental and natural resource economics, and non-market goods evaluation. He also currently serves as environmental economic consultant to NGO's and government. Previously, Dr. Barak was a principal research scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute, serving as consultant to the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. He earned his Ph.D. in environmental and natural resource economics from the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. Jeremy Benstein

Dr. Benstein is a Deputy Director of the Heschel Center and director of the Environmental Fellows program. He holds a PhD in environmental anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jeremy's interests focus on the interplay of religion, culture and values with the environment, topics he has explored in his book The Way Into Judaism and the Environment (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2006).

Valerie Brachya

Ms. Brachya is a lecturer at the Environmental Planning and Environmental Conflicts

Center for Urban and Regional Studies and Department of Geography at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 

She is also the Director of the Environmental Policy Center at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. She retired from her previous position as Senior Deputy Director General for Policy and Planning in the Ministry of Environmental Protection, after 35 years of government service. Ms. Brachya was a founding member of the environmental protection service and a central figure in establishing environment as an integral part of decision making in Israel, particularly in the land use planning system. She led many of the governmental environmental international initiatives and activities, including negotiations of agreements with partners in the region, representation of Israel in international institutions, such as UNEP, and recently, in Israel’s accession process to the OECD. She believes in building consensus, transparency and accountability, for which the environmental organizations awarded her a ‘Green Globe’ in 2009.

Dr. Alex Golberg

Dr. Golberg completed his BSc in Food Engineering and Biotechnology at the Technion and his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with Prof. Boris Rubinsky. He continued his work at UC Berkley and then in Harvard Medical School with Dr. Martin Yarmush. In 2014 he joined PSES and established the Laboratory for Environmental Bioengineering. His main research interest is developing new sustainable infrastructure to provide food ingredients, chemicals and fuels from offshore cultivated macroalgae. His additional long-term interests are in the field of wound healing and applied thermodynamics. 

Dr. Nimrod Inbar

Dr. Nimrod Inbar is a researcher in geohydrological sciences in the Department of Geophysical, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Tel Aviv University. His main field of research deals with the construction of geological models for use in hydrological research. For more than a decade he has worked in multilateral scientific projects together with researchers from Germany, Jordan, and Palestine on IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) in the Jordan Rift Valley.   

Prof. Jenny Kien

Prof. Kien is a adjunct Professor in the Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Program at Bar-Ilan University. She received a Ph.D. in Neurobiology (Australian National University)  in 1973 and a Doctorate in Zoology (University of Regensburg, Germany) in 1980. Her research on invertebrate motor systems led to the “consensus” theory - an informal description of the planning and organization in the motor system, summed up in “Neurobiology of Motor Programme Selection” (1992). She went on to research the motor origins of human language ability. Carrying out an early study on the history of women in science, she has developed courses on feminist criticism of biology and on ecofeminism and globalization which she teaches in the Gender Studies Programs of  Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities. She has also published feminist criticism of  Judaism: Reinstating the Divine Woman in Judaism (2000)  and The Battle between the Moon and Sun (2003).

Tess Lehrich Haber

Ms. Lehrich-Haber is a graduate of the Porter School's International MA Program. She has extensive experience in community gardening, and runs workshops on how to effectively compost at home.  She has worked in the past for the Heschel Sustainability Center and for the Hava & Adam EcoFarm.

Dr. Clive Lipchin

Dr. Clive Lipchin was born in South Africa and raised in Johannesburg.  Clive received his first degree in applied psychology and zoology with an emphasis on wildlife management on private game farms in South Africa’s Northern Province.  Clive immigrated to Israel in 1991 and received a masters degree in desert ecology from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In 1996, he left Israel to pursue a PhD in resource ecology management at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. The focus of Clive’s PhD was public perceptions and attitudes towards water scarcity in Israel. Clive has published and presented widely on the topic of transboundary water management in the Middle East and has served as senior editor on two books: “Integrated Water Resources Management in the Middle East”, and “The Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin: Cooperation amid Conflict”. Since the online publication on Oct 9th , 2009 of  “The Jordan River and Dead Sea Basin: Cooperation Amid Conflict” there has been a total of 2,440 chapter downloads of the book making it one of the top 50% most downloaded eBooks in the Springer eBook Collection of 2012.

Dr. Debby Mir

Dr. Debby Mir is an environmentalist who focuses on changing behaviors in small business sectors, institutions and communities, in order to minimize exposures to hazardous chemicals and wastes. The diffuse distribution and chronic chemical exposures in service industries, schools, childcare and other facilities pose significant short and long-term risks to health, safety, environment and especially child development. Her current research includes household hazardous chemical and waste management, structural and school IPM, and emergency preparedness and response. She lectures on environmental and public health, conducts academic and applied research, designs and manages innovative intervention projects, and publishes academic and popular articles and materials for government, NGOs and schools.

Dr. Daniel Naveh

Dr. Naveh is an anthropologist and lecturer of environmental studies at Haifa University and Tel Aviv Unviersity.  His research focuses on hunter-gatherer tribes and the relationship between agriculture and modern-day approaches to environmentalism.

Dr. Omer Polak

Dr. Polak is a marine biologist with strong background in marine ecology, and extensive field experience. He is an experienced teacher and lecturer from secondary school to university level courses in the fields of marine biology, environment and education.  Dr. Polak's research expertise is in marine fish and coral biology, including biology and ecology of both invertebrates and vertebrates. He has expertise in artificial reef design, coral rearing and transplantation and is an expert in reef restoration and rehabilitation.

Prof. Colin Price

Professor Price is a researcher and lecturer in Atmospheric Sciences in the Department of Geophysical, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Tel Aviv University.  At the moment he is also Head of the Department.  His main field of research deals with global lightning activity, and the connections between lightning activity and the Earth's climate.  Other related research deals with other electrical phenomenon in the atmosphere (sprites, lightning and severe weather, ionopshere measurements, meteors, precursors to earthquakes, space weather), as well as climate change and climate variability (El Nino, mesopause temperatures, global warming, global lightning changes).  He teaches courses in Atmospheric Science, Atmospheric Electricity, Climate Change, El Nino, and Biomass Burning.

Prof. Elissa Rosenberg

Elissa Rosenberg is a landscape architect and Associate Professor (Emerita) at University of Virginia, where she served as Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department. She was a Visiting Professor at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology from 2009-15, and has also taught at Bezalel Academy.  Her research is focused on contemporary landscape architecture and urban design, including green infrastructure; water-sensitive urban design; post-industrial landscapes, and landscapes of commemoration.

Dr. Boaz Shacham

Dr. Shacham is an ecologist and expert herpetologist.  He is a Herpetology Collection Manager at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and lectures in classrooms and outdoors all over Israel.  He has worked as a field guide for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel since 1997 and has been a zoology consultant for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority for over a decade.

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