Baruch (Buki) Rinkevich has been a professor and senior scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography, Haifa, since 1988, the University of Haifa, Israel, since 2008, and an adjunct professor at the Biology Department, Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel, since 2006. He received his PhD at Tel Aviv University, Israel, on coral physiology, and spent two postdoctoral periods in the United States: at Scripps Oceanographic Institute, La Jolla, California, studying silicification in marine invertebrates, and at Standford University Medical School, California, studying ascidian immunity. A marine biologist, he works on the immunity, allorecognition, and developmental biology of marine invertebrates (primarily corals and colonial tunicates); on cell cultures/stem cell biology of marine invertebrates; in pattern formation of colonial organisms; on the unit of selection; and on coral reef restoration. Other aspects studied by Rinkevich in the laboratory include marine genotoxicity, DNA barcoding, the eDNA of marine organisms, and studies on thraustochytrids. He was the head of the MINERVA Center on “Invertebrate immunology and developmental biology” (1995–2002) and the head of the Department of Marine Biology and Biotechnology, National Institute of Oceanography (2002–2008). He has served on the editorial boards of 18 scientific, peer-reviewed journals, has been mentor of > 60 graduate students (already graduated and in process), and is the author of > 360 publications and three edited books.