Prof. Ariel (Arik) Diamant is Research Associate at the Morris Kahn Marine Research Station, Department of Marine Biology, Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, Israel.
He obtained his MSC in Oceanography and PhD in Marine Parasitology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,. He was a post doc at the Department of Fisheries and Agriculture for Scotland, Aberdeen. As senior researcher (1986-2017) at the National Center for Mariculture in Eilat (NCM), Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research, Ltd., he also served as Director between 2007 and 2012. His sphere of expertise encompasses parasitic and microbial diseases of marine organisms in natural populations as well as in marine aquaculture systems. His research interests have focused on fish parasite life cycles, fish and shellfish pathology, marine ecology and disease interactions between aquaculture and the environment.
For over 30 years, he acted as head of the Department of Pathobiology at NCM, leading various national and international research projects and teaching in numerous academic courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rechovot, Interuniversity Institute, Eilat and Ben Gurion University campus, Eilat.
Over the years, as visiting scholar at numerous laboratories around the world, including sabbatical tenures at the EPA Marine Environmental Laboratory, Gulf Breeze, Florida: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia: University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand; Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Baltimore, MD. He has authored over 120 peer reviewed publications.
At the University of Haifa, he is part of team efforts aimed at launching a discipline of environment-friendly, sustainable marine aquaculture on the Israeli coast of the Mediterranean.