Yosi Loya

Yosi Loya

Tel Aviv University  (Israel)
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Born in Bulgaria in 1942; arrived to Israel with his parents in 1944; served in the army as a communication officer; completed B.Sc. in Biology (1965) and M.Sc. in Zoology (1967) at Tel Aviv University (TAU); Ph.D in Ecology (1971) at SUNY Stony Brook; post-doc (1972) at Woods-Hole Oceanographic Institute; appointed lecturer of Zoology at TAU (1972); full Professor of Ecology(1985); Chair of Zoology Dept. (1989-90); Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences (1990-95), during which he initiated and established the Ecology and Environmental M.Sc. program (the largest in Israel) and the Porter Center for Ecological and Environmental studies (currently a school); in 1996- nominated incumbent of the Raynor Chair for Environmental Conservation Research; in 2009 elected member of the Israel National Academy of Sciences.He focused his studies on the ecology, management and conservation of coral reefs, publishing more than 230 papers and three books. His seminal, highly-cited publications on quantifying changes in biodiversity and assessing reef health and vulnerability are practiced today by almost every reef scientist in the field. His publications demonstrating the harmful effects of marine pollution and global warming on reef corals became classics in the field. In the millennium year 2000 he was awarded the ISRS international highly prestigious Darwin Medal and in 2003 the Israeli Landau Prize. He has a remarkable contribution in promoting ecological research and education in Israel supervising several generations of ecologists, who today constitute a highly significant portion of the academic backbone of environmental researchers in Israel.


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10.1016   j.gca.2009.06.018 Carbon and nitrogen utilization in two species of Red Sea corals along a depth gradient: Insights from stable isotope analysis of total organic mat... | article
Alamaru A, Loya Y, Brokovich E, Yam R, Shemesh A (2009)
Geochim Cosmochim Acta 73:5333-5342
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10.1371   journal.pone.0128697 Spectral Diversity and Regulation of Coral Fluorescence in a Mesophotic Reef Habitat in the Red Sea | article
Eyal G, Wiedenmann J, Grinblat M, D'Angelo C, Kramarsky-Winter E, Treibitz T, Ben-Zvi O, Shaked Y, Smith TB, Harii S, Denis V, Noyes T, Tamir R, Loya Y (2015)
PLoS ONE 10:e0128697
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10.1007   s00338 015 1372 1 Euphyllia paradivisa, a successful mesophotic coral in the northern Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba, Red Sea | article
Eyal G, Eyal-Shaham L, Cohen I, Tamir R, Ben-Zvi O, Sinniger F, Loya Y (2016)
Coral Reefs 35:91-102
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10.1007   s00338 016 1410 7 Theme section on mesophotic coral ecosystems: advances in knowledge and future perspectives | review
Loya Y, Eyal G, Treibitz T, Lesser MP, Appeldoorn R (2016)
Coral Reefs 35:1-9
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10.1038   srep20964 Reproduction, abundance and survivorship of two Alveopora spp. in the mesophotic reefs of Eilat, Red Sea | article
Eyal-Shaham L, Eyal G, Tamir R, Loya Y (2016)
Sci Rep 6:20964
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10.1007   s10750 014 2063 6 Light-dependent fluorescence in the coral Galaxea fascicularis | article
Ben-Zvi O, Eyal G, Loya Y (2015)
Hydrobiologia 759:15-26
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10.1002   ecy.2098 Can mesophotic reefs replenish shallow reefs? Reduced coral reproductive performance casts a doubt | article
Shlesinger T, Grinblat M, Rapuano H, Amit T, Loya Y (2018)
Ecology 99:421-437
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10.1007   s00338 017 1648 8 Mesophotic coral-reef environments depress the reproduction of the coral Paramontastraea peresi in the Red Sea | article
Feldman B, Shlesinger T, Loya Y (2018)
Coral Reefs 37:201-214
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