Dr Nicolas Waldmann is a geologist with a wide background in marine and lacustrine geosciences. Dr Waldmann received his MSc from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his PhD from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). After a postdoc at the University of Bergen (Norway) in marine geology and geophysics, he returned to Israel in 2011 and founded the Basin Analysis and Petrophysical laboratory (PetroLab) at the Department of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa.
Scientific projects carried out at PetroLab cross a wide range of multidisciplinary studies including from paleoclimate reconstruction in sub-Saharan Africa using lake records to paleo-environmental reconstruction in the Beringia region using marine counterparts. Moreover, understanding the petrophysical properties of the subsurface is one of the key factors being developed and studied by the team.
Dr Waldmann has participated in many marine and lake research expeditions, including onshore scientists in IODP leg 359 (Maldives) or coring over 400 m long sediment records from Lake Chala (Kenya). As a consequence of his involvement in marine and lake research, Dr Waldmann is currently co-leading several IODP and ICDP large-scale scientific drilling projects. So far, he has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications in leading scientific journals.
In 2013, Dr Waldmann was awarded by the Wolf Foundation with the Krill Prize for Scientific Excellence.