Dr. Gal Eyal


    The Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Laboratory 

    Our group focuses on studying marine environments along the continental shelf, from various shallow regions, through the mesophotic zone to the deep seas. Our goal is to distinguish between natural variability and human-induced environmental disturbances in the past, and present, and look into the future. the aim is to increase knowledge of the ecological and anthropogenic impacts on spatial, temporal, and vertical spaces. The laboratory provides a comprehensive review of the theoretical, practical, and applied aspects of the dynamics of marine ecosystems and related environments. 


    Research publications (peer-reviewed):

    1. Brown, K.T., Eyal, G., Dove, S.G., and Barott, K.L. (2022). Fine-scale heterogeneity reveals disproportionate thermal stress and coral mortality in thermally variable reef habitats during a marine heatwave. Coral Reefs, 1-12. (IF: 4.640; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 8/121; Citations: 0)

    DOI: 10.1007/s00338-022-02328-6


    1. Rinsky, M., Weizman, E., Ben-Asher, H.W., Eyal, G., Zhu, B., and Levy, O. (2022). Temporal gene expression patterns in the coral Euphyllia paradivisa reveal the complexity of biological clocks in the cnidarian-algal symbiosis. Science Advances 8, eabo6467. (IF: 14.980; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 7/135; Citations: 0)

    DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abo6467


    1. Hammerman, N.M., Roff, G., Lybolt, T., Eyal, G., and Pandolfi, J.M. (2022). Unravelling Moreton Bay reef history: An urban high-latitude setting for coral development. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10, 884850. (IF: 4.496; ECOLOGY 71/189; Citations: 0)

    DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2022.884850


    1. Eyal, G., Laverick, J.H., Ben-Zvi, O., Brown, K.T., Kramer, N., Tamir, R., Lindemann, Y., Levy, O., and Pandolfi, J.M. (2022). Selective deep water coral bleaching occurs through depth isolation. Science of the Total Environment 844, 157180. (IF: 10.754; ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 15/325; Citations: 0)

    DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.157180


    1. Ben-Zvi, O., Lindemann, Y., Eyal, G., and Loya, Y. (2022). Coral fluorescence: a prey-lure in deep habitats. Communications Biology 5, 1-8. (IF: 6.548; BIOLOGY 8/113; Citations: 2)

    DOI: 10.1038/s42003-022-03460-3


    1. Kramer, N., Eyal, G., Tamir, R., and Loya, Y. (2022). Growth and survival dynamics of mesophotic coral juveniles in shallow reefs. Marine Ecology Progress Series 682, 237-242. (IF: 2.915; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 24/121; Citations: 0)

    DOI: 10.3354/meps13956


    1. Hammerman, N.M., Roff, G., Rodriguez-Ramirez, A., Leonard, N., Staples, T.L., Eyal, G., Rossbach, S., Havlik, M.N., Saderne, V., and Zhao, J.-x. (2022). Reef accumulation is decoupled from recent degradation in the central and southern Red Sea. Science of the Total Environment 809, 151176. (IF: 10.754; ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES 15/325; Citations: 1)

    DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151176


    1. Baird, A.H., Edwards, A.J., Guest, J.R., Harii, S., Hatta, M., Lachs, L., Mera, H., Sinniger, F., Abrego, D., Ben-Zvi, O., et al. (2022). A coral spawning calendar for Sesoko Station, Okinawa, Japan. Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies 24, 41-49. (IF: NA; Citations: 4)

    DOI: 10.3755/galaxea.G2021_S10O


    1. Yuasa, H., Kajitani, R., Nakamura, Y., Takahashi, K., Okuno, M., Kobayashi, F., Shinoda, T., Toyoda, A., Suzuki, Y., Thongtham, N., et al. (2021). Elucidation of the speciation history of three sister species of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster spp.) based on genomic analysis. DNA Research 28, dsab012. (IF: 4.477; GENETICS & HEREDITY 47/191; Citations: 1)

    DOI: 10.1093/dnares/dsab012


    1. Eyal, G., Eyal-Shaham, L., and Loya, Y. (2021). Symbiodiniaceae conduct under natural bleaching stress during advanced gametogenesis stages of a mesophotic coral. Coral Reefs 40, 959-964. (IF: 4.640; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 8/121; Citations: 1)

    DOI: 10.1007/s00338-021-02082-1


    1. Bongaerts, P., Cooke, I.R., Ying, H., Wels, D., den Haan, S., Hernandez-Agreda, A., Brunner, C.A., Dove, S., Englebert, N., and Eyal, G. (2021). Morphological stasis masks ecologically divergent coral species on tropical reefs. Current Biology 31, 2286-2298. e2288. (IF: 10.900; BIOLOGY 6/113; Citations: 19)

    DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2021.03.028


    1. Ben-Zvi, O., Wangpraseurt, D., Bronstein, O., Eyal, G., and Loya, Y. (2021). Photosynthesis and bio-optical properties of fluorescent mesophotic corals. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 651601. (IF: 5.247; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 13/121; Citations: 4)

    DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.651601


    1. Eyal, G., Laverick, J.H., Bongaerts, P., Levy, O., and Pandolfi, J.M. (2021). Mesophotic coral ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef are understudied and underexplored. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, 622856. (IF: 5.247; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 13/121; Citations: 5)

    DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.622856


    1. Yuval, M., Alonso, I., Eyal, G., Tchernov, D., Loya, Y., Murillo, A.C., and Treibitz, T. (2021). Repeatable semantic reef-mapping through photogrammetry and label-augmentation. Remote Sensing 13, 659. (IF: 5.349; REMOTE SENSING 14/57; Citations: 13)

    DOI: 10.3390/rs13040659


    1. Baird, A.H., Guest, J.R., Edwards, A.J., Bauman, A.G., Bouwmeester, J., Mera, H., Abrego, D., Alvarez-Noriega, M., Babcock, R.C., Barbosa, M.B., et al. (2021). An Indo-Pacific coral spawning database. Scientific data 8, 1-9. (IF: 8.501; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 13/135; Citations: 15)

    DOI: 10.1038/s41597-020-00793-8


    1. Weinstein, D.K., Tamir, R., Kramer, N., Eyal, G., Berenshtein, I., Shaked, Y., Loya, Y., and Torfstein, A. (2021). Mesophotic reef geomorphology categorization, habitat identification, and relationships with surface cover and terrace formation in the Gulf of Aqaba. Geomorphology 379, 107548. (IF: 4.406; GEOGRAPHY, PHYSICAL 10/63; Citations: 2)

    DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107548


    1. Ben-Zvi, O., Ofer, E., Eyal, G., and Loya, Y. (2021). Experimental evidence of temperature-induced bleaching in two fluorescence morphs of a Red Sea mesophotic coral. Coral Reefs 40, 187-199. (IF: 4.640; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 8/121; Citations: 1)

    DOI: 10.1007/s00338-020-02027-0


    1. Eyal-Shaham, L., Eyal, G., Ben-Zvi, O., Sakai, K., Harii, S., Sinniger, F., Hirose, M., Cabaitan, P., Bronstein, O., and Feldman, B. (2020). A unique reproductive strategy in the mushroom coral Fungia fungites. Coral Reefs 39, 1793-1804. (IF: 4.640; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 8/121; Citations: 4)

    DOI: 10.1007/s00338-020-02004-7


    1. Wada, N., Yuasa, H., Kajitani, R., Gotoh, Y., Ogura, Y., Yoshimura, D., Toyoda, A., Tang, S.-L., Higashimura, Y., and Sweatman, H. (2020). A ubiquitous subcuticular bacterial symbiont of a coral predator, the crown-of-thorns starfish, in the Indo-Pacific. Microbiome 8, 1-14. (IF: 16.837; MICROBIOLOGY 6/158; Citations: 2)

    DOI: 10.1186/s40168-020-00880-3


    1. Kramer, N., Tamir, R., Eyal, G., and Loya, Y. (2020). Coral morphology portrays the spatial distribution and population size-structure along a 5–100 m depth gradient. Frontiers in Marine Science 7, 615. (IF: 5.247; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 13/121; Citations: 18)

    DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00615


    1. Laverick, J.H., Tamir, R., Eyal, G., and Loya, Y. (2020). A generalized light‐driven model of community transitions along coral reef depth gradients. Global Ecology and Biogeography 29, 1554-1564. (IF: 6.909; GEOGRAPHY, PHYSICAL 4/63; Citations: 17)

    DOI: 10.1111/geb.13140 (Issue front Cover image)


    1. Tamir, R., Ben-Zvi, O., Eyal, G., Kramer, N., and Loya, Y. (2020). Reciprocal-transplantation between shallow and mesophotic stony corals. Marine Environmental Research, 105035. (IF: 3.737; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 21/121; Citations: 5)

    DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2020.105035


    1. Ben-Zvi, O., Tamir, R., Keren, N., Tchernov, D., Berman-Frank, I., Kolodny, Y., Benaltabet, T., Bavli, H., Friedman, M., Glanz-Idan, N., et al. (2020). Photophysiology of a mesophotic coral 3 years after transplantation to a shallow environment. Coral Reefs 39, 903-913. (IF: 4.640; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 8/121; Citations: 7)

    DOI: 10.1007/s00338-020-01910-0


    1. Meron, D., Maor-Landaw, K., Eyal, G., Elifantz, H., Banin, E., Loya, Y., and Levy, O. (2020). The complexity of the holobiont in the Red Sea coral Euphyllia paradivisa under heat stress. Microorganisms 8, 372. (IF: 4.926; MICROBIOLOGY 68/158; Citations: 3)

    DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms8030372


    1. Tamir, R., Eyal, G., Cohen, I., and Loya, Y. (2020). Effects of light pollution on the early life stages of the most abundant northern red sea coral. Microorganisms 8, 193. (IF: 4.926; MICROBIOLOGY 68/158; Citations: 9)

    DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms8020193


    1. Bongaerts, P., Perez-Rosales, G., Radice, V.Z., Eyal, G., Gori, A., Gress, E., Hammerman, N.M., Hernandez-Agreda, A., Laverick, J., and Muir, P. (2019). Mesophotic. org: a repository for scientific information on mesophotic ecosystems. Database-The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation 2019, baz140. (IF: 4.462; MATHEMATICAL & COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY 22/68; Citations: 9)

    DOI: 10.1093/database/baz140


    1. Alonso, I., Yuval, M., Eyal, G., Treibitz, T., and Murillo, A.C. (2019). CoralSeg: Learning coral segmentation from sparse annotations. Journal of Field Robotics 36, 1456-1477. (IF: 6.385; ROBOTICS 6/41; Citations: 18)

    DOI: 10.1002/rob.21915


    1. Tamir, R., Eyal, G., Kramer, N., Laverick, J.H., and Loya, Y. (2019). Light environment drives the shallow‐to‐mesophotic coral community transition. Ecosphere 10, e02839. (IF: 3.593; ECOLOGY 68/189; Citations: 36)

    DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2839


    1. Meron, D., Maor-Landaw, K., Weizman, E., Waldman Ben-Asher, H., Eyal, G., Banin, E., Loya, Y., and Levy, O. (2019). The algal symbiont modifies the transcriptome of the scleractinian coral Euphyllia paradivisa during heat stress. Microorganisms 7, 256. (IF: 4.926; MICROBIOLOGY 68/158; Citations: 10)

    DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms7080256


    1. Lindemann, Y., Eyal, G., and Genin, A. (2019). Intense capture of swarming pteropods by large-polyp corals. Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies 21, 9-10. (IF: NA; Citations: 1)

    DOI: 10.3755/galaxea.21.1_9


    1. Pinheiro, H.T., Eyal, G., Shepherd, B., and Rocha, L.A. (2019). Ecological insights from environmental disturbances in mesophotic coral ecosystems. Ecosphere 10, e02666. (IF: 3.593; ECOLOGY 68/189; Citations: 16)

    DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2666


    1. Ben-Zvi, O., Eyal, G., and Loya, Y. (2019). Response of fluorescence morphs of the mesophotic coral Euphyllia paradivisa to ultra-violet radiation. Scientific Reports 9, 5245. (IF: 4.997; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 19/135; Citations: 8)

    DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-41710-3


    1. Eyal-Shaham, L., Eyal, G., Sakai, K., Nozawa, Y., Harii, S., Sinniger, F., Bronstein, O., Ben-Zvi, O., Shlesinger, T., and Loya, Y. (2019). Repetitive sex change in the stony coral Herpolitha limax across a wide geographic range. Scientific Reports 9, 2936. (IF: 4.997; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 19/135; Citations: 7)

    DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-37619-y


    1. Kramer, N., Eyal, G., Tamir, R., and Loya, Y. (2019). Upper mesophotic depths in the coral reefs of Eilat, Red Sea, offer suitable refuge grounds for coral settlement. Scientific Reports 9, 2263. (IF: 4.997; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 19/135; Citations: 25)

    DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-38795-1


    1. Eyal, G., Cohen, I., Eyal-Shaham, L., Ben-Zvi, O., Tikochinski, Y., and Loya, Y. (2019). Photoacclimation and induction of light-enhanced calcification in the mesophotic coral Euphyllia paradivisa. Royal Society Open Science 6, 180527. (IF: 3.653; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 32/135; Citations: 12)

    DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180527


    1. Andradi-Brown, D.A., Vermeij, M.J., Slattery, M., Lesser, M., Bejarano, I., Appeldoorn, R., Goodbody-Gringley, G., Chequer, A.D., Pitt, J.M., Eddy, C., et al. (2017). Large-scale invasion of western Atlantic mesophotic reefs by lionfish potentially undermines culling-based management. Biological Invasions 19, 939-954. (IF: 3.606; BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION 18/70; Citations: 48)

    DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1358-0


    1. Hume, B.C., Voolstra, C.R., Arif, C., D’Angelo, C., Burt, J.A., Eyal, G., Loya, Y., and Wiedenmann, J. (2016). Ancestral genetic diversity associated with the rapid spread of stress-tolerant coral symbionts in response to Holocene climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, 4416-4421. (IF: 12.779; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 10/135; Citations: 126)

    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1601910113


    1. Beijbom, O., Treibitz, T., Kline, D.I., Eyal, G., Khen, A., Neal, B., Loya, Y., Mitchell, B.G., and Kriegman, D. (2016). Improving automated annotation of benthic survey images using wide-band fluorescence. Scientific Reports 6, 23166. (IF: 4.997; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 19/135; Citations: 31)

    DOI: 10.1038/srep23166


    1. Eyal-Shaham, L., Eyal, G., Tamir, R., and Loya, Y. (2016). Reproduction, abundance and survivorship of two Alveopora spp. in the mesophotic reefs of Eilat, Red Sea. Scientific Reports 6, 20964. (IF: 4.997; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 19/135; Citations: 23)

    DOI: 10.1038/srep20964


    1. Eyal, G., Eyal-Shaham, L., Cohen, I., Tamir, R., Ben-Zvi, O., Sinniger, F., and Loya, Y. (2016). Euphyllia paradivisa, a successful mesophotic coral in the northern Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba, Red Sea. Coral Reefs 35, 91-102. (IF: 4.640; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 8/121; Citations: 30)

    DOI: 10.1007/s00338-015-1372-1


    1. Eyal, G., Wiedenmann, J., Grinblat, M., D’Angelo, C., Kramarsky-Winter, E., Treibitz, T., Ben-Zvi, O., Shaked, Y., Smith, T.B., Harii, S., et al. (2015). Spectral diversity and regulation of coral fluorescence in a mesophotic reef habitat in the Red Sea. PloS One 10, e0128697. (IF: 3.752; MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES 28/135; Citations: 48)

    DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128697


    1. Katz, T., Ginat, H., Eyal, G., Steiner, Z., Braun, Y., Shalev, S., and Goodman-Tchernov, B. (2015). Desert flash floods form hyperpycnal flows in the coral-rich Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 417, 87-98. (IF: 5.785; GEOCHEMISTRY & GEOPHYSICS 6/100; Citations: 60)

    DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.02.025


    1. Ben-Zvi, O., Eyal, G., and Loya, Y. (2015). Light-dependent fluorescence in the coral Galaxea fascicularis. Hydrobiologia 759, 15-26. (IF: 2.822; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 21/121; Citations: 15)

    DOI: 10.1007/s10750-014-2063-6


    1. Lavy, A., Eyal, G., Neal, B., Keren, R., Loya, Y., and Ilan, M. (2015). A quick, easy and non‐intrusive method for underwater volume and surface area evaluation of benthic organisms by 3D computer modelling. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6, 521-531. (IF: 8.335; ECOLOGY 9/189; Citations: 70)

    DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12331


    1. Pasternak, G., Ziv, R., Eyal, G., Shefer, S., Mienis, H.K., Rittner, O., and Galil, B.S. (2011). On the population of Chromodoris annulata Eliot, 1904 (Mollusca: Opistobranchia: Chromodorididae) off the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Aquatic Invasions 6, S91-S93. (IF: 2.651; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 36/121; Citations: 1)

    DOI: 10.3391/ai.2011.6.S1.021


    1. Eyal, G., Eyal-Shaham, L., and Loya, Y. (2011). “Teeth-anchorage”: sleeping behavior of a Red Sea filefish on a branching coral. Coral Reefs 30, 707-707. (IF: 4.640; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 8/121; Citations: 3)

    DOI: 10.1007/s00338-011-0766-y


    Review & editorial publications (peer-reviewed):


    1. Pérez-Castro, M.Á., Schubert, N., De Oca, G.A.-M., Leyte-Morales, G.E., Eyal, G., and Hinojosa-Arango, G. (2022). Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems in the Eastern Tropical Pacific: The current state of knowledge and the spatial variability of their depth boundaries. Science of The Total Environment 806, 150576. (IF: XXX; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 8/121; Citations: 1)

    DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150576


    1. Eyal, G., and Pinheiro, H.T. (2020). Mesophotic ecosystems: the link between shallow and deep-sea habitats. Diversity 12, 411. (IF: 3.031; BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION 28/70; Citations: 6)

    DOI: 10.3390/d12110411


    1. Loya, Y., Eyal, G., Treibitz, T., Lesser, M.P., and Appeldoorn, R. (2016). Theme section on mesophotic coral ecosystems: advances in knowledge and future perspectives. Coral Reefs 35, 1-9. (IF: 4.640; MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY 8/121; Citations: 106)

    DOI: 10.1007/s00338-016-1410-7



    Book chapters (peer-reviewed):


    1. Eyal, G., Yuval, M., and Treibitz, T. (2022). The use of advanced technology for monitoring coral reefs. In Coral Reefs of Australia: Perspectives from Beyond the Water's Edge (CSIRO), pp. 343-354. (IF: NA; Citations: 0)

    ISBN: 9781486315499


    1. Eyal, G., Tamir, R., Kramer, N., Eyal-Shaham, L., and Loya, Y. (2019). The Red Sea: Israel. In Mesophotic coral ecosystems (Springer), pp. 199-214. (IF: NA; Citations: 18)

    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92735-0_11


    1. Turner, J.A., Andradi-Brown, D.A., Gori, A., Bongaerts, P., Burdett, H.L., Ferrier-Pagès, C., Voolstra, C.R., Weinstein, D.K., Bridge, T.C., Costantini, F., et al. (2019). Key questions for research and conservation of mesophotic coral ecosystems and temperate mesophotic ecosystems. In Mesophotic coral ecosystems (Springer), pp. 989-1003. (IF: NA; Citations: 23)

    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92735-0_52


    1. Watanabe, T., Watanabe, T.K., Yamazaki, A., Yoneta, S., Sowa, K., Sinniger, F., Eyal, G., Loya, Y., and Harii, S. (2019). Coral sclerochronology: similarities and differences in the coral isotopic signatures between mesophotic and shallow-water reefs. In Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (Springer), pp. 667-681. (IF: NA; Citations: 10)

    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-92735-0_36


    1. Andradi-Brown, D., Laverick, J., Bejarano, I., Bridge, T., Colin, P., Eyal, G., Jones, R., Kahng, S., Reed, J., and Smith, T. (2016). Threats to mesophotic coral ecosystems and management options. In Mesophotic coral ecosystems - a lifeboat for coral reefs? (UN Environment, GRID-Arendal), pp. 67-82. (IF: NA; Citations: 38)

    ISBN: 978-82-7701-150-9


    1. Baker, E., Thygesen, K., Harris, P., Andradi-Brown, D., Appeldoorn, R.S., Ballantine, D., Bejarano, I., Bridge, T.C., Colin, P.L., Eyal, G., et al. (2016). Mesophotic coral ecosystems: a lifeboat for coral reefs? (UN Environment, GRID-Arendal), pp. 1-98 (IF: NA; Citations: 124)

    ISBN: 978-82-7701-150-9


    Last Updated Date : 18/04/2023