Israel’s National Geographic Society Emerging New Explorer
National Geographic has named Professor Aviad Scheinin of the University of Haifa among its 15 international âemerging explorersâ for 2021.
Scheinin, a marine ecologist, heads the university’s Apex Marine Predator Lab at the Morris Kahn Marine Research Station and is the Apex Predator Principal Investigator at the Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences.
He has spent two decades researching conservation, behavioral science, and long-term ecological effects on coastal dolphins, sharks, rays and bluefin tuna.
National Geographic cited Scheinin’s work on the world’s first long-term research project examining the behavior of coastal dolphins and for being the first to note the presence of gray whales and false killer whales in the eastern Mediterranean.
The only other Israeli ever selected for this honor was Professor Beverly Goodman of the University of Haifa, who received the honor in 2009 for her research into how the human presence on Earth’s shores influences natural events such as tsunamis and floods.
To date, only some 200 researchers have been named Emerging Explorers as part of the nonprofit’s ongoing efforts to document, educate and conserve the planet and its resources. This elite group includes Jane Goodall and Jacques Cousteau.
âThis is a very important step for me,â said Scheinin. âAfter 20 years of intensive research at sea, this major demonstration of international recognition is an exciting and stimulating opportunity that will give the university access to the most impressive minds in the field.â