Michal Grossowicz

Forschungsbereich 2: Marine Biogeochemie
FE Biogeochemische Modellierung

Office:

Room: DW-210
Phone: +49 431 600-4027
Email: mgrossowicz(at)geomar.de

Address:
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
D-24105 Kiel
Germany

Research Interest

At my current position I’m modeling zooplankton behavior. I'm an ecologist interested in marine biodiversity, communities and population dynamics, taxonomy, systematics and evolution, marine invertebrates, especially anthozoans and mollusks, coral reefs and rocky (shore and subtidal) habitats, and the relationship of the biota with environmental factors. I am also interested in modeling fields of population dynamics, biogeochemical models, food webs and ecosystem modeling, DEB, statistical and multivariate analysis, implementation of physical principles and theory in ecological modeling, as well as Lagrangian and individual-based modeling.  

Education and Employment

2019-present – post-doc, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany. Supervisors: Dr. Markus Pahlow and Prof. Andreas Oschlies.

2016-2018 – post-doc, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR) Institute, Israel. 

2012-2016 – Ph.D., Marine Ecology, Department of Marine Biology, Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel.

2005-2008 – M.Sc., Ecology and Environmental Studies, Department of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Conducted at the Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences, Eilat, Israel.

2000-2003 – B.Sc., Life Sciences and Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. 

Academic Teaching

2016-present - Lecturer, frontal teaching and field trips guiding at an international summer course of "The Mediterranean – Past, Present and Future", University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

2013-2015 - Teaching assistant, frontal teaching of mathematical concepts at the tutoring class of "Physical Oceanography", University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel. 

2011 - Teaching assistant, "Marine Invertebrate Zoology", Mikhmoret Maritime campus of Ruppin College, Israel and "General Zoology", Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

2007 - Teaching assistant in intensive course, lab classes and supervising field work projects, "Introduction to the Ecosystem of the Gulf of Eilat", Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences, Eilat, Israel.

2006 - Teaching assistant in intensive course, lab classes and supervising field work projects, "Morphology and Systematic of Marine Invertebrates", Interuniversity Institute of Marine Sciences, Eilat, Israel.

2006-2007 - Teaching assistant, "Marine Invertebrates". Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

Conferences

Grossowicz M, Tchernov D, Gildor H (October, 2017) A quantitative management tool reflecting impact of nutrient enrichment from mariculture in the Levantine basin. Invited oral presentation in Marine and Environmental Engineering meeting (MEE), Haifa, Israel.

Michal Grossowicz, Eyal Ofir, Ateret Shabtay-Yanay, Gideon Gal (August, 2017) Modeling the effects of desalination plants brine on the coastal East Mediterranean food-web. Poster presented at the 3rd International Workshop on Trait-based Approaches to Ocean Life, Bergen, Norway.

Grossowicz M, Tchernov D, Gildor H (September, 2016) A quantitative management tool reflecting impact of nutrient enrichment from mariculture in the Levantine basin. Oral presentation in YouMaRes7, Hamburg, Germany.

Grossowicz M, van Voorn GAK, Sher D (April, 2015) Studying nutrient cycles in the oligotrophic ocean through a dynamic energy budget (DEB) model for the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus. Poster presented at the 4th international Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Symposium, Marseille, France.

Grossowicz M, Roth-Rosenberg D, Aharonovich D, Follows MJ, Sher D (October, 2014) Challenges in modeling Prochlorococcus with the classic Droop formulation, limitations and sensitivity. Lecture at the 8th European Conference on Ecological Modelling, Marrakesh, Morocco.

Grossowicz M, Benayahu Y (December, 2013) Depth distribution of Dendronephthya sinaiensis – low-light adaptation or settlement preference? Lecture at the international ICCB8 meeting, Eilat, Israel.

Grossowicz M, Roth-Rosenberg D, Aharonovich D, Follows MJ, Sher D (July, 2012) Interactions between Prochlorococcus and heterotrophic marine bacteria – patterns and models. Poster presented at Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research workshop: ClimECO3, Ankara, Turkey.

Honors and Awards

2017 – The Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel (MERCI) travel supporting grant.

2016 – Excellence in teaching award, Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa.

2016 – The Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel (MERCI) excellency award supporting the independent research of "New evidence for colonization of Acabaria erythraea in the Mediterranean".

2007 – Excellence in teaching award, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University.

Publications

Grossowicz M, Sisma-Ventura G, Gal G (2019) Exploring the impact of brine on food-webs of the oligotrophic coastal water of the southeast Mediterranean using stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes. Frontiers in Marine Sciences, 6: 142. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00142

Grossowicz M, Marques G, van Voorn GAK (2017) Studying nutrient acquisition in the oligotrophic ocean through a dynamic energy budget (DEB) model for the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus. Ecological Modelling, 359: 320–332, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.06.011

Grossowicz M, Tchernov D, Gildor H (2017) A science based management tool to study the impact of mariculture based nutrient enrichment on marine ecosystems in the Levantine basin. Frontiers in Marine Sciences, 4: 134, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00134

Grossowicz M, Roth-Rosenberg D, Aharonovich D, Silverman J, Follows MJ, Sher D (2017) Prochlorococcus in the lab and in silico: the importance of representing exudation. Limnology and Oceanography, 62(2): 818-835, doi: 10.1002/lno.10463

Marmen S, Man-Aharonovich D, Grossowicz M, Blank L, Yacobi Y, Sher DJ (2016) Distribution and habitat specificity of potentially-toxic Microcystis across climate, land and water use gradients. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7: 271, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00271

Grossowicz M, Benayahu Y (2015) Occurrence and survivorship of azooxanthellate octocorals reflect settlement preferences and depth distribution. Hydrobiologia, 759: 85-93

Grossowicz M, Benayahu Y (2012) Differential morphological features of two Dendronephthya soft coral species suggest differences in feeding niches. Marine Biodiversity, 42: 65–72

Grossowicz M, Sivan N, Heller J (2003) Melanopsis from the Pleistocene of the Hula Valley (Gastropoda: Cerithioidea). Israel Journal of Earth Sciences, 52: 221-234