David Weinstein

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David Weinstein

Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences at Eilat  (Israel)
&  University of the Ryukus, University of Miami, University of Maryland

Research interests

I am a marine geologist specializing in mesophotic reef sedimentary processes, including carbonate accretion and bioerosion. My current position is as a Zuckerman Post-doctoral Scholar at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat, Israel. I have conducted and published research on mesophotic reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Okinawa, Japan (where he still has ongoing experiments running).
I strongly believe the longer-term geology of mesophotic reef systems is often overlooked in the current research community. To truly understand mesophotic reefs, we need to use all tools possible. This includes examining these systems from a longer time-frame i.e. a geological perspective, which provides a greater understanding for the evolution and development of mesophotic reefs, the lithology of their underlying framework, and their ability to create reefs that would be preserved in the fossil record. Geologic mesophotic reefs provides important information regarding past sea level fluctuations, and the ability of reefs to survive stress events. By better understanding the ability of these reef systems to develop in the past, and how they developed, it could give us important clues on how they may respond to changing conditions in the future. I maintain the facebook site "Mesophotic Coral Reef Geology". For more information please see my website:


  Please note that only publications relevant to mesophotic reefs are indexed.

10.1016   j.geomorph.2014.03.005 Mesophotic bioerosion: Variability and structural impact on US Virgin Island deep reefs | article
Weinstein DK, Smith TB, Klaus JS (2014)
Geomorphology 222:14-24
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10.1016   j.sedgeo.2015.07.003 Habitat heterogeneity reflected in mesophotic reef sediments | article
Weinstein DK, Klaus JS, Smith TB (2015)
Sediment Geol 329:177-187
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M559p045 Coral growth, bioerosion, and secondary accretion of living orbicellid corals from mesophotic reefs in the US Virgin Islands | article
Weinstein DK, Sharifi A, Klaus JS, Smith TB, Giri SJ, Helmle KP (2016)
Mar Ecol Prog Ser 559:45-63
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Reef encounter 42 sept 2015 lr Syndepositional cementation in the reef Twilight Zone | article
Weinstein DK, Klaus JS, McNeill DF (2015)
Reef Encounter
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Peerj 3573 Shifting communities after­­ typhoon damage on an upper mesophotic reef in Okinawa, Japan | article
White​​ KN, Weinstein​ DK, Ohara T, Denis V, Montenegro J, Reimer JD (2017)
PeerJ 5:e3573
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Research keywords
Research platform experience
  Diving - Technical Open-Circuit
  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  Diving - Regular Open-Circuit
  Diving (unspecified)
  Sonar / Multibeam
  In-situ instrumentation