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Joel Roskin (Ph.D. 2012, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) established the Geomorphology and Portable Luminescence Laboratory last year at the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa where he is a research associate. As of 2020 he works as a geoarchaeologist at the Analytical Laboratory (developed by Yotam Asscher), the Artifacts Treatment, Conservation and Laboratories Dept., Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem.

As an aeolian geomorphologist/Quaternary geologist, Joel's research interests includes aeolian-fluvial interactions; inland/coastal dunefield evolution; the Pleistocene-Holocene transition; Holocene dust deposition and fixation; ancient agriculture agroecosystems and anthrosols, man-landscape interactions and utilities of portable luminescence (POSL) profiling.

Currently as part of the Analytical Laboratory, he is studying a broad scope of geoarchaeological issues for dozens of rescue excavations in Israel, conducting multidisciplinary research (with Itamar Taxel, IAA) of Early Islamic Plot and Berm agroecosystems along the Israeli coast and Mediterranean region (funded by the Gerda Henkel foundation), and Middle Pleistocene to modern dune-damming processes in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau margins and the northwestern Negev desert (with Prof. L. Yu, Linyi U.) funded by an ISF-China grant).

When time allows, military geosciences and in particular, underground warfare, are also studied by him. In these themes Joel has convened sessions in international and local meetings, published over 40 peer-reviewed papers and is a reviewer for over 15 journals. He also chaired for 4 years the Israel Geomorphological Research Group (IGRG – KAMGI).

Joel, a father of 5 and a young grandfather, resides in the heart of Jerusalem with his wife (Dr.) Nitza Roskin.


Joel Roskin, Ph.D

Researcher, Geoarchaeology

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