Summer 2002



Abraham Haim Is Dean of the Faculty of Sciences


Prof. Abraham Shalom Haim, a biologist, is the new Dean of the University’s youngest Faculty, Sciences and Science Education.

    Haim’s areas of research have concerned the ecophysiology and chronobiology of animals.  In recent years, he also turned his attention to the rehabilitation processes of wooded areas after forest fires and other ecological damage, with the composition of the community of small mammals serving as bioindicators.

    The Dean earned all of his degrees, as well as a teachers diploma, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He did post-doctoral work at the Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

    Haim joined the University in 1976, when he began teaching in the biology department of the science education division of Oranim—School of Education of the Kibbutz Movement, which was under the academic auspices of the University of Haifa.  Over the past 25 years, he has published more than one hundred  articles in scholarly journals.  The biology educator has served as guest editor of special editions of Israel Journal of Zoology and Ecology and Environment and is a member of the major zoological societies in Israel and Europe, including chairman for the past three years of the Israel Zoological Society.

    His research has gained him and his partners grants from several distinguished foundations over the years.  Administratively, he has served as chairman of the Biology Department at Oranim and, prior to taking up the deanship, was chairman of the graduate program in Natural Resources and Environmental Management, which he helped develop.  Haim is married and has three children.


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