My name is Sophia MacVittie. I'm a marine biology major at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and this summer, I have had an amazing opportunity. I'm spending my summer working as a volunteer at the Interuniversity Institute (IUI) in Eilat. Dr. Buki Rinkevich of the Institute of Oceanographic and Limnological Research in Haifa connected me with two of his graduate students at IUI. I have been working on what is considered to be the forefront of coral restoration research. My job has been ful...
Ben Gurion University researchers have discovered deep springs on the floor of the Dead Sea, which provide fresh water to the rapidly dwindling lake. Meanwhile, a parallel study by German researchers has found new forms of life growing around the fissures in the sea floor. The Dead Sea is shrinking as the water level drops at an alarming rate — about a meter a year. Israeli and German scientists have been researching groundwater springs which discharge from the sea floor to understand the impact of...
In a different kind of Taglit-Birthright trip, a group of young American Jews passionate about scuba diving came to Israel to learn about the country and about Jewish values -- from deep underwater • The result: A wave of connection.
Taglit-Birthright participants go diving
Photo credit: Yehuda Ben-Yatah
Anyone who was in Eilat two weeks ago may have seen them -- a large group of enthusiastic young people in wet suits, dripping water and carrying around heavy diving equipment.