Yigal Erel

Kozenitsky-Rosenbach Professor of Geology
Room 007 North


Currently my group is involved in research projects centering around:

  • Atmospheric nano- and micro-particles: sources, toxicity and heavy metal composition
  • Records of aeolian, fluvial and lacustrine sediments as tracers of paleo-environment conditions and sediment sources.
  • Tracing metal artifacts in antiquity.
  • The dark side of ancient metallurgy: Measuring toxic metals and metallic isotopes (and aDNA) in human populations and in artifacts to trace the impact of early industries through time.

We carry out these projects in collaboration with researchers from the Hebrew University (Earth Science, Archaeology, Medicine), the Geological Survey of Israel, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, The Israel Antiquities Authority, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, GFZ - Potsdam, Germany, Columbia University, University of California San Diego, University of Michigan, and the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Main Interests: environmental geochemistry, geology, geochemistry, archaeometallurgy