Yair Mau

Now at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Research interests:

I'm interested in soil salinization, caused by natural processes (primary salinization) or by human intervention, usually through irrigation (secondary salinization). Using stochastic differential equations, I study the coupled dynamics of soil moisture and salt in the root zone, and how it is influenced by climatic conditions and irrigation practices. My goal is to quantitatively predict conditions leading to the accumulation of salt and determine optimal management strategies to achieve crop productions that are sustainable, both economically and environmentally. I am also interested in the modelling of dryland vegetation, particularly to understand desertification, and reforestation efforts by means of water-harvesting. All this research is based on simple mathematical models, that strive to capture the essential physical processes, while providing deep insight into the dynamics of the system.


Ph.D. in Physics, 2013, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Thesis: Pattern Formation in Spatially Forced Systems: Application to Vegetation Restoration

M.S. in Physics, 2009, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Thesis: Localized Spatial Structures in Non-Equilibrium Systems

B.Sc. in Physics, 2004, University of São Paulo, Brazil