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An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature, and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer

- Max Planck

  • Uthicke S., Pratchett M.S., Bronstein O., Alvarado J.J., Wörheide G. (2024). The crown-of-thorns seastar species complex: knowledge on the biology and ecology of five corallivorous Acanthaster species. Marine Biology.

DOI 10.1007/s00227-023-04355-5

  • Bronstein O., Motro U., Simon‐Blecher N., Ndao P.D., Savaya A., Achituv Y. (2023). Molecular analysis separates the Atlantic population of Montagu's stellate barnacle into two cryptic species. Zoologica Scripta.

DOI 10.1111/zsc.12621

  • McLaren E., Bronstein O., Kroh A., Winkler V., Miskelly A., Sommer B., Byrne M. (2023). Hidden in plain sight: Tripneustes kermadecensis (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) is a junior synonym of the eastern Australian sea urchin Evechinus australiae described in 1878. Invertebrate Systematic.

DOI 10.1071/IS23038

  • Motro U., Simon-Blecher N., Bronstein O., Frumin S., Achituv Y. (2023). Brewed in the African pot: the phylogeography of the toothed barnacle Chthamalus dentatus (Chthamaloidea: Chthamalidae). Marine Biology Research.

DOI 10.1080/17451000.2023.2193899

  • Lee Z., Lee K.S., Hsu C.H., Lee C.W., Li C.E., Wang J.K., Tseng C.C., Chen W.J., Horng C.C., Ford C.T., Kroh A., Bronstein O., Tanaka H., Oji T., Lin J.P., Janies D. (2023). Phylogeny, ancestral ranges and reclassification of sand dollars. Scientific Reports.

DOI 10.1038/s41598-023-36848-0

  • Zirler R., Leck L.A., Feldstein Farkash T., Holzknecht M., Kroh A., Gerovasileiou V., Huseyinoglu M.F., Jimenez C., Resaikos V., Yokes M.B., Bronstein O. (2023). Gaining a (tube) foothold –trends and status following two decades of the long-spined echinoid Diadema setosum (Leske, 1778) invasion to the Mediterranean Sea. Frontiers in Marine Science.

DOI 10.3389/fmars.2023.1152584

  • Zirler R., Schmidt L.M., Roth L., Corsini-Foka, M., Kalaentzis K., Kondylatos G., Mavrouleas D., Bardanis E., Bronstein O. (2023). Mass mortality of the invasive alien echinoid Diadema setosum (Echinoidea: Diadematidae) in the Mediterranean Sea. Royal Society Open Science.

DOI 10.1098/rsos.230251

  • Rapuano H., Shlesinger T., Roth L., Bronstein O., Loya, Y. (2023). Coming of age: Annual onset of coral reproduction is determined by age rather than size. iScience, 26 (5)

DOI 10.1016/ j.isci.2023.106533

  • Mongiardino Koch N., Thompson J. R., Hiley A. S., McCowin M. F., Armstrong A. F., Coppard S. E., Aguilera F., Bronstein O., Kroh A., Mooi R., Rouse G. W. (2022). Phylogenomic analyses of echinoid diversification prompt a re-evaluation of their fossil record. eLife, 11.

DOI 10.7554/eLife.72460

  • Baird A.H., Edwards A.J., Guest J.R., Harii S., Hatta M., Lachs L., Sinniger F., Abrego D., Ben-Zvi O., Bronstein O., Cabaitan P.C., Cumbo V.R., Eyal G., Eyal-Shaham L., Feldman B., Figueiredo J., Flot J-F., Grinblat M., Heyward A., Hidaka M., Howells E.J., Iguchi A., Isomura N., Kitanobo S., Kinzie R.A., KubaA., Lin C-H., Loya Y., Mohamed A.R., Hirose M., Mera H., Mezaki T., Morita M., Nojima S., Nozawa Y., Prasetia R., Puill-Stephan E., Ramirez-Portilla C., Rapuano H., Rosenberg Y., Sakai Y., Sakai K., Shlesinger T., Terraneo T.I., Yakovleva I., Yamamoto H.H., Yamazato K. (2022). A coral spawning calendar for Sesoko Station, Okinawa, Japan. Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies, 24(1): 41-49. 

DOI 10.3755/galaxea.G2021_S10O

  • Yuasa H., Kajitani R., Nakamura Y., Takahashi K., Okuno M., Kobayashi F., Shinoda T., Toyoda A., Suzuki Y., Thongtham N., Forsman Z., Bronstein O., Seveso D., Montalbetti E., Taquet C., Eyal G., Yasuda N., Itoh T. (2021). Elucidation of the speciation history of three sister species of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster spp.) based on genomic analysis. DNA Research, 28(4).

DOI 10.1093/dnares/dsab012

  • Dorchin, N., Shachar E., Friedman A. L. L., Bronstein O. (2021). Reclassification of gall midges (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae: Cecidomyiini) from Amaranthaceae, with description of ten new species based on an integrative taxonomic study. Insects, 12(12): 1126.

DOI 10.3390/insects12121126

  • Ben-Zvi O., Wangpraseurt D., Bronstein O., Eyal G., Loya Y. (2021). Photosynthesis and bio-optical properties of fluorescent mesophotic corals. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8(389).

DOI 10.3389/fmars.2021.651601

  • Eyal-Shaham, L., G. Eyal, O. Ben-Zvi, K. Sakai, S. Harii, F. Sinniger, M. Hirose, P. Cabaitan, O. Bronstein, B. Feldman, T. Shlesinger, O. Levy and Y. Loya (2020). A unique reproductive strategy in the mushroom coral Fungia fungites. Coral Reefs 39: 1793-1804.

DOI 10.1007/s00338-02002004-7

  • Wada N., Yuasa H., Kajitani R., Gotoh Y., Ogura Y., Yoshimura D., Toyoda A., Tang S.L., Higashimura Y., Sweatman H., Forsman Z., Bronstein O., Eyal G., Thongtham N., Itoh T., Hayashi T., Yasuda N. (2020). A ubiquitous subcuticular bacterial symbiont of a coral predator, the crown-of-thorns starfish, in the Indo-Pacific. Microbiome 8:123.


  • Lin J-P., Tsai M-H., Kroh A., Trautman A., Machado D.J., Chang L-Y., Reid R., Lin K-T., Bronstein O., Lee S-J., Janies D. (2019). The first complete mitochondrial genome of the sand dollar Sinaechinocyamus mai (Echinoidea: Clypeasteroida). Genomics 112(2): 1686-1693.

DOI 10.1016/j.ygeno.2019.10.007

  • Saitoh M., Kroh A., Bronstein O., Nakachi S.H.U., Obuchi M., Kiyono Y., Kanazawa K.I. (2019). The echinoid fauna from middle and southern Japan: a preliminary report. Zoosymposia 15(1): 123-128. 

DOI 10.11646/zoosymposia.15.1.14

  • Bronstein O., Kroh A. (2019). The first mitochondrial genome of the model echinoid Lytechinus variegatus and insights into Odontophoran phylogenetics. Genomics 111(4): 710-718.

DOI 10.1016/j.ygeno.2018.04.008

  • Eyal-Shaham L., Eyal G., Harii S., Kazuhiko S., Sinniger F., Bronstein O., Ben-Zvi O., Shlesinger T., Loya Y. (2019). Repetitive sex change in the stony coral Herpolitha limax across a wide geographic range. Scientific Reports 9(1): 2936.

DOI 10.1038/s41598-018-37619-y

  • Bronstein O., Kroh A., Miskelly A.D., Smith S.D.A, Dworjanyn S.A., Mos B., Byrne M. (2019). Implications of range overlap in the commercially important pan-tropical sea urchin genus Tripneustes (Echinoidea: Toxopneustidae). Marine Biology 166:34.

DOI 10.1007/s00227-019-3478-4 

  • Bronstein O., Kroh A. (2018). Needle in a haystack – genetic evidence confirms the expansion of the alien echinoid Diadema setosum (Echinoidea: Diadematidae) to the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Zootaxa 4497:4.

DOI 10.11646/zootaxa.4497.4.9 

  • Bronstein O., Kroh A., Haring E. (2018). Mind the gap! The mitochondrial control region and its power as a phylogenetic marker in echinoids. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18:80.

DOI 10.1186/s12862-018-1198-x 

  • Kroh A., Bronstein O., Coppard S. (2018). Case 3763 - Stenonaster Lambert, 1922 and Stenonasteridae Lambert, 1922 (Echinodermata, Echinoidea): proposed conservation by reversal of precedence of Stenocorys Lambert, 1917 and Stenocoridae Lambert, 1920. The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 75(1):55-58.

DOI 10.21805/bzn.v75.a013 

  • Perry O., Bronstein O., Blecher N., Atkins A., Kupriyanova E., ten Hove H., Levi O., Fine M. (2018). On the genus Spirobranchus (Annelida, Serpulidae) from the northern Red Sea, and a description of a new species. Invertebrate Systematics 32:605-626.

DOI 10.1071/IS17061 

  • Bronstein O., Georgopoulou E., Kroh A. (2017). On the distribution of the invasive long-spined echinoid Diadema setosum and its expansion in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 583:163-178.

DOI 10.3354/meps12348

  • Bronstein O., Kroh A., Tautscher B., Liggins L., Haring E. (2017). Cryptic speciation in pan-tropical sea urchins: a case study of an edge-of-range population of Tripneustes from the Kermadec Islands. Scientific Reports 7: 5948.

DOI 10.1038/s41598-017-06183-2 

  • Bronstein O., Kroh A., Haring E. (2016). Do genes lie? Mitochondrial capture masks the Red Sea collector urchin's true identity (Echinodermata: Echinoidea: Tripneustes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 104: 1-13.

DOI 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.07.028 

  • Bronstein O., Kroh A., Loya Y. (2016). Reproduction of the long-spined sea urchin Diadema setosum in the Gulf of Aqaba - implications for the use of gonad-indexes. Scientific Reports 6: 29569.

DOI 10.1038/srep29569 

  • Gewing M.-T., Bronstein O., Nagar L.R., Granot I., Frid O., Shenkar N. (2016). First record of the non-indigenous ascidian Microcosmus exasperatus, Heller 1878, in Cyprus. Marine Biodiversity 1-5.

DOI 10.1007/s12526-015-0442-5 

  • Shlesinger T., Bronstein O., Loya Y. (2016). Spawning behavior of the sand dollar Sculpsitechinus auritus (Leske, 1778). Coral Reefs 35(1), 327.

DOI 10.1007/s00338-016-1399-y

  • Downs C.A., Kramarsky-Winter E., Segal R., Fauth J., Knutson S., Bronstein O., Ciner F.R., Jeger R.,  Lichtenfeld Y., Woodley C.M., Pennington P., Cadenas K., Kushmaro A., Loya Y. (2016). Toxicopathological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, oxybenzone (benzophenone-3), on coral planulae and cultured primary
    cells and its environmental contamination in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 70(2): 265-288.

DOI 10.1007/s00244-015-0227-7

  • Bronstein O., Loya Y. (2015). Photoperiod, temperature, and food availability as drivers of the annual reproductive cycle of the sea urchin Echinometra sp. from the Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea). Coral Reefs 34: 275-289.

DOI 10.1007/s00338-014-1209-3

  • Bronstein O., Loya Y. (2014). Echinoid community structure and rates of herbivory and bioerosion on exposed and sheltered reefs. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 456: 8-17.

DOI 10.1016/j.jembe.2014.03.003

  • Downs C.A., Kramarsky-Winter E., Fauth J., Segal R., Bronstein O., Jeger R., Lichtenfeld Y., Woodley C., Pennington P., Kushmaro A., Loya Y. (2014). Erratum to: Toxicological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, benzophenone-2, on planulae and in vitro cells of the coral, Stylophora pistillata. Ecotoxicology 23(3):

DOI 10.1007/s10646-013-1161-y

  • Downs C.A., Kramarsky-Winter E., Fauth J., Segal R., Bronstein O., Jeger R., Lichtenfeld Y., Woodley C., Pennington P., Kushmaro A., Loya Y. (2014). Toxicological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, benzophenone-2, on planulae and in vitro cells of the coral, Stylophora pistillata. Ecotoxicology 23(2): 175-191.

DOI 10.1007/s10646-013-1161-y

  • Bronstein O., Loya Y. (2013). The taxonomy and phylogeny of Echinometra (Camarodonta: Echinometridae) from the Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean. PLoS ONE 8(10): e77374.

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0077374

  • Bronstein O., Loya Y. (2011). Daytime spawning of Porites rus on the coral reefs of Chumbe Island in Zanzibar, Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Coral Reefs 30: 441-441.

DOI 10.1007/s00338-011-0733-7

  • Alamaru A., Bronstein O., Dishon G., Loya Y. (2009). Opportunistic feeding by the fungiid coral Fungia scruposa on the moon jellyfish Aurelia aurita. Coral Reefs 28: 865-865.

DOI 10.1007/s00338-009-0507-7

  • Shenkar N., Bronstein O., Loya Y. (2008). Population dynamics of a coral reef ascidian in a deteriorating environment. Marine ecology progress series 367: 163-171.

DOI 10.3354/meps07579

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