David Weinstein

David Weinstein

&  Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences at Eilat, Hebrew University 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 biologist with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. I have conducted and published research on mesophotic reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Okinawa, Japan (where he still has ongoing experiments running), and Eilat, Israel, as well as review chapters. 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.

Mesophotic bioerosion: Variability and structural impact on US Virgin Island deep reefs | article
Weinstein DK, Smith TB, Klaus JS (2014)
Geomorphology 222:14-24

Habitat heterogeneity reflected in mesophotic reef sediments | article
Weinstein DK, Klaus JS, Smith TB (2015)
Sediment Geol 329:177-187

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

Syndepositional cementation in the reef Twilight Zone | article
Weinstein DK, Klaus JS, McNeill DF (2015)
Reef Encounter
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

The United States Virgin Islands Territorial Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Year 15 Annual Report | report
Smith TB, Ennis RS, Kadison E, Weinstein DW, Jossart J, Gyory J, Henderson L (2015)

Bioerosion | chapter
Weinstein DK, Maher RL, Correa AMS (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019) by Yossi L, Puglise KA, Bridge T
Geology and Geomorphology | chapter
Sherman CE, Locker SD, Webster JM, Weinstein DK (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019) by Yossi L, Puglise KA, Bridge T
Mesophotic reef geomorphology categorization, habitat identification, and relationships with surface cover and terrace formation in the Gulf of Aqaba | article
Weinstein DK, Tamir R, Kramer N, Eyal G, Berenshtein I, Shaked Y, Loya Y, Torfstein A (2021)

Key questions for research and conservation of mesophotic coral ecosystems and temperate mesophotic ecosystems | chapter
Turner JA, Andradi-Brown DA, Gori A, Bongaerts P, Burdett HL, Ferrier-Pagès C, Voolstra CR, Weinstein DK, Bridge TCL, Costantini F, Gress E, Laverick J, Loya Y, Goodbody-Gringley G, Rossi S, Taylor ML, Viladrich N, Voss JD, Williams J, Woodall LC, Eyal G (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems () by Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL
Research keywords
Research platform experience
  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)
  Sonar / Multibeam
  In-situ instrumentation
Research summary (from publications)