Tal Elmaliach

    Tal Elmaliach

    Academic Status: M.Sc. Complete

    Project: Top Predators Project

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    Academic Education:

    • B.Sc. – Marine Biology and Biotechnology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (2011-2014)
    • M.Sc. – Marine Biology, University of Haifa, Israel (2016-2018)

                   

    Background:

     Tal has been integrated with the sea from a young age, becoming a qualified sailing and windsurfer instructor for the past 15 years.  Additionally, she enjoys diving as well as swimming in the sea whenever she has the opportunity.  Tal has been fascinated by marine creatures and has been involved with research relating to fish ecology and physiology both in the Red and Mediterranean Sea. 

    Research:

    Tal’s master’s thesis research conducted an initial characterization of the bluefin tuna in the eastern most Mediterranean Sea.  Her research provided a primary background for this unique population along the marine space of Israel, as well as provided information on the knowledge gaps of their use of the eastern Mediterranean Sea as a habitat.  Data was collected from fish caught in local waters  including physiological parameters, feeding habits, genetic structure, and electronic tagging (as part of the Top Predators monitoring program).  An important aspect of her work was the collaboration with local fishermen who provided samples and data. 

    Today:

    On completing her masters, Tal has immediately begun to work for the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, organizing a new project establishing a shark observation site in Hadera.  Sharks and rays attracted to the warm waters of the Hadera electric plant during the winter months has peaked social interest, and the new site will provide a gateway to the public on shark ecology and conservation as well as establish a management infrastructure protecting the sharks from human activities. 

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