Yuval Boneh

Assistant Professor


Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

Ben-Gurion University in the Negev

Contact information:


Email: bonehyuv@bgu.ac.il


​Phone: +972-8-6461367


Office # 333

Grosman Building for Geology (# 58)

Yuval Boneh

I am a lecturer (equivalent to assistant professor of the US system) at the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Ben-Gurion University. My interests lie in the dynamics of Earth, from the shallow crust to the deep mantle. I use experiments to explore the underlining physics of deformation of geomaterials in the micro-scale and the large scale implications for Earth's dynamics.


I study faults and slip along faults during earthquakes (unstable, seismic event) or during fault creep (stable, aseismic slip). The questions I try to answer can be: What makes the fault stable or unstable, and what conditions will generate the fault structure we observe in the field? In addition, I investigate the microstructural, chemical, and rheological ('the study of flow') properties of mantle flow and the continental evolution of the mantle. Both play an important role in Earth's plate tectonics. Here the research questions can be: What makes parts of the mantle prone for intense flow while others rigid and stable? What conditions and composition produce the seismic observations from the deep mantle?

I am looking for motivated students. If you are interested, please contact me at bonehyuv@bgu.ac.il.

Mantle xenolith from the Wyoming craton

Ejected wear from a rotary sliding apparatus

Deformed sample between two pistons ('Griggs' apparatus) 

Deformed dunite sample enclosed in a metal capsule