Prof. Arik Diamant

Prof. Arik Diamant

 Research interests:

  • Marine parasitology 

  • Fish and shellfish diseases

  • Health management in coastal and offshore mariculture systems

  • Disease interactions between aquaculture and the environment

  • Marine fish ecology

Academic activity:

1985: Ph.D. in Marine Parasitology (Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

1987-2017. Senior Research Scientist and Director (2007-2012) at the National Center of Mariculture, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR), Eilat, Israel. 

1985-1986: Postdoc at the Marine Laboratory, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Scottish Office, Aberdeen, UK. 

1992-1993: Sabbatical leave at EPA Marine Environmental Research Laboratory, Gulf Breeze, FL, USA. 

1999: Sabbatical leave at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

2013-2014: Sabbatical leave at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ; Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA; and University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD USA. 

2010-to 2017: Adjunct Professor, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

2019 – Principal Research Associate, Morris Kahn Marine Research Station, University of Haifa

Publications (last 5 years):

  • Fishelson, L., Golani, D., Diamant, A. (2014). SEM study of the oral cavity of members of the Kyphosidae and Girellidae (Pisces, Teleostei), with remarks on Crenidens (Sparidae), focusing on teeth and taste bud numbers and distribution. Zoology 117: 12-130.
  • Diamant A., Rothman, B.S., Goren, M., Galil, B., Yokes B., Szitenberg A., Huchon D. (2014). A new xenoma-forming gonadotropic microsporidium (Microsporidia: Enterocytozoonidae) parasitic on the invasive blotchfin dragonet, Callionymus filamentosus (Teleostei: Callionymidae): development, pathogenesis and epizootiology. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 109: 35–54 doi: 10.3354/dao02718 
  • Colorni, A., Diamant, A.  (2014). Infectious diseases of warm-water fish in marine and brackish waters. In: Diseases and disorders of finfish in cage culture – 2nd edition,  P T K Woo and D W Bruno, editors. CABI publishing, pp. 155-192.
  • Stern, N.,  Levitt, Y., Galil, B.S., Diamant, A., Yokes, M.B., M. Goren, M.  (2014). Distribution and population structure of the alien Indo-Pacific Randall’s threadfin bream Nemipterus randalli in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Journal of Fish Biology doi:10.1111/jfb.12421
  • Dray, L., Neuhof,  M., Diamant, A., Huchon, D. (2014). The complete mitochondrial genome of the gilthead seabream Sparus aurata L. (Sparidae). Mitochondrial DNA, DOI: 10.3109/19401736.2014.928861.
  • Dray, L., Neuhof, M., Diamant, A., Huchon, D. (2014). The complete mitochondrial genome of the devil firefish Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) (Scorpaenidae). Mitochondrial DNA, DOI: 10.3109/19401736.2014.945565
  • Shpirer, E. Chang, E.S., Diamant, A., Rubinstein N., Cartwright P., Huchon D. (2014). Diversity and evolution of myxozoan minicollagens and nematogalectins. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 205.
  • Azzurro, E., Goren, M., Diamant, A., Galil, B., Bernardi G. (2014). Establishing the identity and assessing the dynamics of invasion in the Mediterranean Sea by the dusky sweeper, Pempheris rhomboidea Kossmann & Rauber, 1877 (Pempheridae, Perciformes). Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-014-0836-5.
  • Eszterbauer, E., El-Matbouli, M., Atkinson, S., Diamant, A., Morris D., Hartikainen H. (2015). Life cycles and drivers of development. In: Myxozoan Evolution, Ecology and Development, B. Okamura, A. Gruhl and J. Bartholomew, Eds. Springer Verlag, pp. 175 – 198.
  • Chang ES, Neuhof M, Rubinstein ND, Diamant A, Philippe H, Huchon D, Cartwright P. (2015). Genomic insights into the evolutionary transition from Cnidaria to Myxozoa. PNAS 112(48):14912-14917; doi/10.1073/pnas.1511468112.
  • Goren M., Galil B.S.,  Diamant, A., Stern N, Levitt-Barmats Y. (2016). Invading up the food web? Invasive fish in the southeastern Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biology (Springer): 163:180-191.
  • Stern, N., Rachmilovitz, E. N., Sharon, G., & Diamant, A. (2016). The dire implications of releasing marine ornamental fishes into the wild: first reported case from the Red Sea. Marine Biodiversity, 1-6. 
  • Innocenti, G., Stasolla, G., Goren, M., Stern, N., Levitt-Barmats, Y. A., Diamant, A., & Galil, B. S. (2017). Going down together: invasive host, Charybdis longicollis (Decapoda: Brachyura: Portunidae) and invasive parasite, Heterosaccus dollfusi (Cirripedia: Rhizocephala: Sacculinidae) on the upper slope off the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Marine Biology Research, 1-8.
  • Yahalomi, D., Haddas-Sasson, M., Rubinstein, N. D., Feldstein, T., Diamant, A., & Huchon, D. (2017). The multipartite mitochondrial genome of Enteromyxum leei (Myxozoa): eight fast-evolving megacircles. Molecular biology and evolution, 34(7), 1551-1556.
  • Gilaad, R. L., Galil, B. S., Diamant, A., & Goren, M. (2017). The diet of native and invasive fish species along the eastern Mediterranean coast (Osteichthyes). Zoology in the Middle East, 63(4), 325-335.
  • Randall, J.E. and Diamant, A. (2017). Examples of symbiosis in tropical marine fishes J. Ocean Sci. Found. 26:95-115.
  • Shpirer, E., Diamant, A., Cartwright, P., & Huchon, D. (2018). A genome wide survey reveals multiple nematocyst-specific genes in Myxozoa. BMC evolutionary biology, 18(1), 138. 
  • Sharon, G., Ucko, M., Tamir, B., & Diamant, A. (2019). Co-existence of Myxobolus spp.(Myxozoa) in gray mullet (Mugil cephalus) juveniles from the Mediterranean Sea. Parasitology research, 118(1), 159-167.