Research Area / Fields

  1. Vadose zone and groundwater hydrology.
  2. Hydro-geophysics.
  3. Soil physics.

Short Bio

My research is all around hydrology, with emphasis on the subsurface. We mostly look at basic science related to water flow and reactive transport in the vadose zone, in both agricultural and non-agricultural environments. In our research, we combine theoretical, computational, and experimental work. Our primary focus now is on soil aquifer treatment (SAT) and hydrogeophysics. Recent studies include the investigation and optimization of SAT through a mechanistic understanding of the related biogeochemical processes, reactive transport in dynamic (and oscillating) systems, and the use of spectral-induced polarization (SIP) to detect and monitor soil contamination at various scales. SIP also allows us to track (monitor) the state of various filters, including activated carbon filters.
I obtained my B.Sc. and M.Sc. (both in Agricultural Engineering) from the Technion, and my Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona. Before joining the Technion, I served as a researcher at the Agricultural Research Organization of Israel (ARO – Volcani Center). My teaching at the Technion includes a gallery of undergraduate and graduate courses in soil physics, hydrology, energy and mass transfer, and more. In parallel to my role as a researcher, I currently serve as the head of the Grand water research institute (GWRI).

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