Dr. Zafrir Kuplik
Zafrir Kuplik has been studying scyphozoans for the past 10 years, specializing on the ecology of the medusa Rhopilema nomadica in the Mediterranean coastal waters of Israel. His main interests are the drivers of jellyfish blooms, mainly the cryptic stages of their life cycle. Additional interests are the impact these gelatinous predators have on their environment, as well as their natural properties that potentially can be used for human uses. Zafrir received his PhD from the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa and recently returned from a postdoc fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa. These days Zafrir is the manager of the Coelenterates collection at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv.