Dec. 05, 2018

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Prof. Orit Sivan of the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator grant for her work on methane-related iron reduction processes in sediments: Hidden couplings and their significance for carbon and iron cycles.

The 2 million Euro, five-year grant, provided by Europe's leading funding organization for scientific research, is one of the most sought-after funding opportunities in the world for mid-career academics. The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 818450).

Just 13 grants were made to earth scientists in the 2018 funding cycle conducting environmental issues that are related to global climate change (including the production and consumption rates of the greenhouse gas methane and the effect of seawater intrusion into coastal aquifers.

Prof. Sivan has been a faculty member at BGU since 2007 after completing her Ph.D at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and post-doctoral research at Harvard.  Her lab focuses on exploring fundamental biogeochemical processes across different types of interfaces, including the sediment-water interface and the fresh-saline groundwater interface in coastal aquifers.

“I am proud to be included in this exclusive group of scientists," Prof. Sivan says. “It is gratifying to be recognized by one of the world's foremost funding bodies. Our environmental study related to global climate change will play a role in understanding, and hopefully, salvaging our precious natural resources."

“The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 818450)".​

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