Dr. Eran Tas - Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Dr. Eran Tas joined the Department of Soil and Water Sciences in the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in October 2012. He completed his first three degrees at the Hebrew University culminating with his doctorate in atmospheric chemistry at the Institute of Earth Sciences. Upon completion of his doctorate he did a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Plank Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, followed by an additional fellowship at the Weizmann Institute.

Dr. Tas’s research is focused on post-industrial chemical imbalance between soil, water, and plants. When asked how he arrived at his research topic he explained, "I started out as a chemist. But I was always interested in how chemistry works in the real world and how human actions, such as pollution, affect chemical activities in the environment. The move to the Faculty of Agriculture and to the study of plants seemed natural to me as I always had a strong personal interest in plants and what I am interested in here is the two-way relationship between the atmosphere and plants. I am fascinated by the holistic view of things, seeing that everything influences everything and you can’t simply disconnect the atmosphere from plants and soil." 

About his return to Israel and the Hebrew University Dr. Tas went on, "From a professional standpoint it was important for me to go abroad but Israel is my home and where I want to be. I want to do my part for the State of Israel and for the advancement of research here. I did all three degrees at the Hebrew University and I feel like I grew up here. So when I returned to HU I was returning to my academic home and it was natural move for me. 

Tas is currently concentrating on two main research projects in this field and is in the process of building his research team that will consist of two doctoral students and one master’s student.