Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoc fellow

School of Biological Sciences – UQ

St Lucia, QLD 4072









I currently work as Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoc fellow at the Marine Palaeoecology Lab, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland. I’m conducting research on Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems, Ecology, Physiology, Adaptation, and Ecosystem Dynamics using ecological and technological tools.












2010-2012 M.Sc. at the Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University & The Interuniversity Institute in Eilat (IUI). Title: “Ecology and taxonomy of mesophotic communities in Israel (Red Sea and Mediterranean)”, Supervisor: Prof. Yossi Loya

2012-2017 Ph.D. at the Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University & IUI. Title: “Ecology and physiology of mesophotic scleractinian corals at Eilat (northern Red Sea)”, Supervisor: Prof. Yossi Loya

2017-2018 Postdoctoral fellow at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Israel National Center for Biodiversity Studies, Tel-Aviv University. Title: “Comprehensive and taxonomical study of the mesophotic coral fauna from the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba

2018-2021 Marie Sklodowska-Curie global postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia and Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Title: “Past and present mesophotic coral ecosystems as a predictor for survival of coral reefs in an era of climate change




Peer-reviewed journals

Gal Eyal, Lee Eyal-Shaham, Yossi Loya (2011) “Teeth-anchorage”: sleeping behavior of a Red Sea filefish on a branching coral. Coral Reefs 30:707. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-011-0766-y

Galia Pasternak, Roni Ziv, Gal Eyal, Sigal Shefer, Henk K. Mienis, Oz Rittner, Bella S. Galil (2011) On the population of Chromodoris annulata Eliot, 1904 (Mollusca: Opistobranchia: Chromodorididae) off the Mediterranean coast of Israel. Aquatic Invasions 6/1:S91–S93. DOI: 10.3391/ai.2011.6.S1.021

Adi Lavy, Gal Eyal, Benjamin Neal, Ray Keren, Yossi Loya, Micha Ilan (2015) A quick, easy, and non-intrusive method for underwater volume and surface area evaluation of benthic organisms by 3D computer modeling. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6: 521–531. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12331

Or Ben-Zvi, Gal Eyal, Yossi Loya (2015) Light-dependent fluorescence in the coral Galaxea fascicularis. Hydrobiologia 759:15-26. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-014-2063-6

Timor Katz, Hanan Ginat, Gal Eyal, Zvi Steiner, Yael Braun, Shariel Shalev, Beverly Goodman-Tchernov (2015) Desert flash floods form hyperpycnal plumes in the coral-rich Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 417:87-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.02.025

Gal Eyal, Jörg Wiedenmann, Mila Grinblat, Cecilia D’Angelo, Raz Tamir, Esti Kramarsky-Winter, Tali Treibitz, Or Ben-Zvi, Yonathan Shaked, Tyler Smith, Saki Harii, Vianney Denis, Tim Noyes, Yossi Loya (2015) Spectral diversity and regulation of coral fluorescence in a mesophotic reef habitat in the Red Sea. PLoS ONE, 10:e0128697. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128697

Gal Eyal, Lee Eyal-Shaham, Itay Cohen, Or Ben-Zvi, Frederic Sinniger, Yossi Loya (2016) Euphyllia paradivisa, a successful mesophotic coral in the northern Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba, Red Sea. Coral Reefs 35:91-102. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-015-1372-1

Lee Eyal-Shaham*, Gal Eyal*, Raz Tamir, Yossi Loya (2016) Reproduction, abundance and survivorship of two Alveopora spp. in the mesophotic reefs of Eilat, Red Sea. Scientific Reports 6:20964. DOI: 10.1038/srep20964*equal contribution

Yossi Loya, Gal Eyal, Tali Tribitz, Michael Lesser, Richard Appeldoorn (2016) Theme section on mesophotic coral reef ecosystems: advancements in knowledge and future perspectives. Coral Reefs 35:1-9. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-016-1410-7

Oscar Beijbom, Tali Treibitz, David I. Kline, Gal Eyal, Adi Khen, Benjamin Neal, Yossi Loya, B. Greg Mitchell, David Kriegman (2016) Improving Automated Annotation of Benthic Survey Images Using Wide-band Fluorescence. Scientific Reports 6: 23166. DOI: 10.1038/srep23166

Benjamin CC Hume, Christian R Voolstra, Chatchanit Arif, Cecilia d’Angelo, John Burt, Gal Eyal, Yossi Loya, Jörg Wiedenmann (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. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1601910113

Dominic A Andradi-Brown, Mark JA Vermeij, Marc Slattery, Michael Lesser, Ivonne Bejarano, Richard Appeldoorn, Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, Alex D Chequer, Joanna M Pitt, Corey Eddy, Struan R Smith, Eran Brokovich, Hudson T Pinheiro, Elliott Jessup, Bart Shepherd, Luiz A Rocha, Jocelyn Curtis-Quick, Gal Eyal, Timothy J Noyes, Alex D Rogers, Dan A Exton (2017) Large-scale invasion of western Atlantic mesophotic reefs by lionfish potentially undermines culling-based management. Biological Invasions 19:939–954. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1358-0


Peer-reviewed book chapters

Gal Eyal, Yossi Loya (2016) Eilat, Red Sea, Israel. in Baker EK, Puglise KA and Harris PT (Eds.). Mesophotic coral ecosystems – A lifeboat for coral reefs?, chapter 3.5: pages 28-30; The United Nations Environment Programme and GRID-Arendal, Nairobi and Arendal., ISBN: 978-82-7701-150-9

Dominic Andradi-Brown, Jack Laverick, Ivonne Bejarano, Thomas Bridge, Patrick L. Colin, Gal Eyal, et al. (2016) Threats to mesophotic coral ecosystems and management options. in Baker EK, Puglise KA and Harris PT (Eds.). Mesophotic coral ecosystems – A lifeboat for coral reefs?, chapter 6: pages 67-82; The United Nations Environment Programme and GRID-Arendal., ISBN: 978-82-7701-150-9

 Gal Eyal, Raz Tamir, Nati Kramer, Lee Eyal-Shaham, Yossi Loya (2018) The Red Sea Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems, In: Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL (Eds.) Mesophotic coral ecosystems, Springer, New York (In Press).

Joseph A. Turner, Dominic A Andradi-Brown, Andrea Gori, Pim Bongaerts, Heidi L Burdett, Christine Ferrier-Pagès, Christian R Voolstra, David K Weinstein, Tom CL Bridge, Federica Costantini, Erika Gress, Jack Laverick, Yossi Loya, Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, Sergio Rossi, Michelle L Taylor, Nuria Viladrich, Joshua Voss, Joel Williams, Lucy C Woodall, Gal Eyal (2018) Key questions for research and conservation of mesophotic coral ecosystems and temperate mesophotic ecosystems. In: Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL (Eds.) Mesophotic coral ecosystems. Springer, New York (In Press).

Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Takaaki K Watanabe, Atsuko Yamazaki, Shiori Yoneta, Kohki Sowa, Frederic Sinniger, Gal Eyal, Yossi Loya, Saki Harii (2018) Coral Sclerochronology: Similarities and Differences in the Coral Isotopic Signatures Between Mesophotic and Shallow-Water Reefs, In: Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL (Eds.) Mesophotic coral ecosystems, Springer, New York (In Press).


Web profiles


Main collaborators

Prof. Oren Levy, Laboratory for Molecular Marine Ecology, Bar Ilan University, Israel

Prof. Yossi Loya, School of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Dr. Tali Treibitz, Marine Imaging Lab, University of Haifa, Israel

Prof. Jörg Wiedenmann, Coral Reef Laboratory, NOCS, University of Southampton, UK