Prof. Yosef Steinberger



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Career Highlights:

Professor of Terrestrial Ecology – Soil Ecology,

The Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

  • Received his Ph.D. in Desert Ecology at Bar-Ilan University in 1980.

  • Spent 2 years Post-Doctoral study in the laboratory of Prof. W.G. Whitford, NMSU, USA.

  • Since 1983, member of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Sede-Boker Campus, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

  • In 1990, promoted to Associate Professor.

  • In 1995, he became a Full Professor of Ecology and member of the University Senate.

  • 1997-2000, Head of the Department of Life Sciences.

  • 2000-2002, Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences.

  • 2001- present, Honorary Chairman of Shengruiling Life Sciences Research Center, Shang Zhou, China

  • 1999-2002, Chairman of the R & D Hameshulash (Israeli Arab Research Center).

  • Member Antar XI 2000 - Peruvian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica.

  • 2002, Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Land and Environment Shenyang Agricultural University, China;

  • 2003, Nominated as the Israeli Representative to “Sustainable development, global change and ecosystems“ in the framework of 6th EU

  • 2003, Nominated for the SES Board of Directors as a member- at-large.

  • 2002-2005, Member of the Steering Committee for R&D Regional Development of Ministry of Science Culture & Sports, Israel.

  • Published more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters in Ecology, with emphasis on desert ecosystems.

  • More than forty students under his supervision, (Postdoctoral, PhD and MSc).


Recent Publications:

1. Pen-Mouratov, S., Xueli-He and Steinberger Y. (2004). Spatial distribution and trophic diversity of nemaotde populations under Acacia raddiana along a temperature gradient in the Negev Desert ecosystem. Journal of Arid Environments 56: 339-355.


2. Pavel R., Doyle J. and Steinberger Y. (2004).  Preliminary Study of Cellulose Concentration in Desert Soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 36/3; 549-554.


3. Pen-Mouratov S., Rakhimbaev M., Barness G.  and Steinberger Y. (2004) Spatial and temporal dynamics of the nematode population under Zygophyllum dumosum in an arid environment. European Journal of Soil Biology. 40; 31-46.


4. He X., Pen-Mouratov S. and Steinberger Y. (2004) Spatial variation of AM fungal spore under canopy of Acacia raddiana. Arid Land Research and Management 18: 295-299.


5. Steinberger Y., Pen-Mouratov S. and Whitford W.G. (2004). Soil disturbance by soil animals on a topoclimatic gradient in Israel . European Journal of Soil Biology 40: 73-76.


6. Rodriguez-Zaragoza and Y. Steinberger. (2004). Seasonal dynamics of amoebae in the root canopy of Zygophyllum dumosum in the Negev Desert, Israel. Pedobiologia 48: 277-281.


7. Mayzlish, E and Steinberger, Y. (2004). Effects of chemical inhibitors on soil protozoa dynamics in a desert ecosystem. Biology and Fertility of Soils 39: 415-421.


8. Pen-Mouratov S. and Steinberger Y. (2004) Spatio-temporal dynamic heterogeneity of a nematode population in a desert ecosystem. Journal of Nematology 37(1); 26-36.


9. Xie G. and Steinberger, Y. (2005). Nitrogen and carbon dynamics under the canopy of sand dune shrubs in a desert ecosystem. Arid Land Research and Management 19: 147-160.


10. Qi L., Mayzlish E., Shamir I. , Pen-Mouratov S., Sternberg M. and Steinberger Y. (2005). Impact of grazing on soil biota in a Mediterranean grassland. Land Degradation and Development, 16: 581-592.


11. Rodriguez- Zaragoza , S., Mayzlish E. and Steinberger Y. (2005). Seasonal changes in free-living amoebae species in the root canopy of Zygophyllum dumosum in the Negev Desert, Israel. Microbial Ecology 49: 134-141.


12. Shukurov N., Pen-Mouratov S., Genzer N., Plakht J. and Steinberger Y. (2005) Distribution of soil microbial biomass and soil free-living nematode population in terrace chronosequences of Makhtesh-Ramon crater. Arid Land Research and Management 19: 1-17.


13. Rodriguez-Zaragoza, S., Mayzlish E.  and Steinberger Y. (2005) Vertical distribution of soil free-living amoeba population under desert shrubs in the Negev Desert, Israel. Applied and Environmental Microbiology  71: 2053-2060.


14. Shukurov, N., Pen-Mouratov, S. and Steinberger Y. (2005) The impact of the Almalyk industrial complex on soil chemical and biological properties. Environmental Pollution 136: 331-340.


15. Liang, W., Lavian, I. , Pen-Muratov, S and Steinberger, Y. (2005) Diversity and dynamics of soil free-living nematode population in a Mediterranean agroecosystem.  Pedosphere 15: 204-215.


16. Pen-Mouratov S. and Steinberger Y. (2005). Responses of nematode population community structure and diversity to pesticide treatments in arid ecosystem of the Negev Desert .  Nematology 7(2); 179-191.


17. Ou W, Liang WJ, Jiang Y, Li Q, Steinberger Y (2005) Vertical distribution of soil nematodes under different land use types in an aquic brown soil. Pedobiologia 49: 139–148.


18. Doyle J., Pavel R., Barness G. and Steinberger Y. (2006) Cellulase dynamics in desert soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 38 (2); 371-376.


19. Shukurov N., Pen-Mouratov S. and Steinberger Y. (2006) The influence of soil pollution on soil microbial biomass and nematode community structure in Navoiy industrial park, Uzbekistan . Environmental International 32; 1-11.


20. Pen-Mouratov S., Rakhimbaev M. and Steinberger Y. (2006) Spatio-temporal effect on soil respiration in fine-scale patches in a desert ecosystem Pedosphere 16(1) 1-9.


21. Xie, G.H, Cui, Z J., Jun Y., Su B.L., Hai, W L., Steinberger Y. (2006) Identification of nif Genes of N2-Fixing Bacterial Strains Isolated in Rice Field along the Yangtze River Plain. Journal of Basic Microbiology 6;46(1):56-63.


22. Kaffe-Abramovich T. and Steinberger Y. (2006) Soil microbial functional diversity response following nematocide and biocide amendments in a desert ecosystem. Soil Biology and Biochemistry  38; 1066-1976.


23. Xiao Qin Dai, Peng Sui, Guang Hui Xie and Steinberger, Y. (2006) Water Use and Nitrate Nitrogen Changes in Intensive Farmlands following introduction of Poplar (Populus ´ euramericana) in a Semi-Arid Region. Arid Land Research and Management 20; 281-294.


24. Alon, G., Shore, L. and Steinberger, Y. (2007) Correlation between levels of sex hormones (progesterone, testosterone, estrogen) and ecophysiological behavior stages in two species of desert snails (Sphincterochila zonata and Sphincterochila prophetarum) in the northern Negev Desert. Journal of General and Comparative Endocrinology  151; 122-127.


25. Mayzlish, E. and Steinberger, Y. (2007) Amoeba community dynamics and diversity in a desert ecosystem. Biology and Fertility of Soils  43: 357-366.


26. Roth, G.A., Whitford, W.G. and Steinberger, Y. (2007) Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) Herbivory Changes Dominance in Desertified Chihuahuan Desert Ecosystems. J. Arid Environments 70; 418-426.


27. Liu X., Shi C., Liang W., Jiang Y., Jiang D. and Steinberger Y. (2007). Spatial variability of soil properties related to salinity and alkalinity in meliorated grassland of Horqin sand land, Northeast China. Agricultural Journal 2(5); 564-569.


28. Rodriguez-Zaragoza, S., Whitford, W.G. and Steinberger, Y. (2007). Effect of Temporally Persistent Ant Nests on Soil Protozoan Communities and the Abundance of Morphological Types of Amoebae. Applied Soil Ecology 37(1-2): 81-87.


29. Shmueli I. , Barness G. and Steinberger Y. (2007). Soil respiration and microbial biomass in the vicinity of the bean caper Zygophyllum dumosum root zone. Pedosphere. 17(6):758-765.


30. Dong D., Chen Y., Steinberger Y., Cao Z-P (2008). Effect of different soil management practices on soil free-living nematode community structure, Eastern China . Canadian Journal of Soil Science 88:115-127.


31. Pen-Mouratov S., Shukurov N., Plakht J. and Steinberger Y. (2008) Soil microbial activity and free-living nematode population in the upper soil layer of the anticline erosional cirque, Makhtesh Ramon, Israel . European Journal of Soil Biology 44:71-79.


32. Pen-Mouratov S., Shukurov N. and Steinberger Y. (2008) Influence of industrial heavy metal pollution on soil free-living nematode population. Environment Pollution 152:172-183.


33. Whitford W.G., Barness G. and Steinberger Y. 2008. Effects of three species of Chihuahuan Desert ants on annual plants and soil properties. Journal of Arid Environment 72:392-400.


34. Pen-Mouratov S., Rodriguez-Zaragoza S. and Steinberger Y. (2008) The effect of individual plant phenology on vertical distribution of soil free-living nematode communities in the Tehuacán Desert, Mexico. Ecological Research (online).


35. Chen, Y.-F., Steinberger , Y. and Cao, Z.-P. (2008). Effect of methyl bromide and alternatives on soil free-living nematode community dynamics in a greenhouse study. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 31: 95-113.


36. Pen-Mouratov, S. Barness, G. and Steinberger , Y. (2008) Effect of desert plant ecophysiological adaptation on soil nematode communities. European Journal of Soil Biology (in press).


37. Shore L., Berg N., Lavi R. and Steinberger Y. (2008) Correlation between fecal testosterone and corticosteroe concentration in male oryxes (Oryx dammah) and elands (Taurotragus oryx). Acta Zoologica Sinica (in press).


38. Pen-Mouratov S., Rodriguez-Zaragoza, S., Mayzlish E., Steinberger Y. (2008). Seasonal effect on trophical relationship between soil free-living nematode and protozoan populations in a desert ecosystem Acta Zoologica Sinica (in press).


39. Oren, A. and Steinberger, Y. (2008) Catabolic profiles of soil fungal communities along a geographic climatic gradient in Israel . Soil Biology and Biochemistry (in press).


40. Oren, A. and Steinberger, Y. (2008) Coping with artifacts induced by CaCO3-CO2-H2O equilibria in substrate utilization profiling of calcareous soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry (in press).


41. Berg, N. and Steinberger, Y. (2008) Role of perennial plants in determining the activity of the microbial community in a Negev Desert ecosystem. Soil Biology and Biochemistry (in press).




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