Tom Shlesinger

Tom Shlesinger

School of Zoology
Tel Aviv University  ()

Research interests

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Prof. Yossi Loya's lab at Tel-Aviv University. My research interests are coral reproduction and dispersal, taxonomy and biodiversity; and how these are changing across environmental gradients. My dissertation research focuses on patterns of coral reproduction and larval ecology along a large depth gradient (0 – 60 m) in the Gulf of Eilat and Aqaba, Red Sea.


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

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

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

Octocoral Sexual Reproduction: Temporal Disparity Between Mesophotic and Shallow-Reef Populations | article
Liberman R, Shlesinger T, Loya Y, Benayahu Y (2018)
Front Mar Sci

Sexual Reproduction of Scleractinian Corals in Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems vs. Shallow Reefs | chapter
Shlesinger T, Loya Y (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (Springer) by Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL
Light, Temperature, Photosynthesis, Heterotrophy, and the Lower Depth Limits of Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems | chapter
Kahng SE, Akkaynak D, Shlesinger T, Hochberg EJ, Wiedenmann J, Tamir R, Tchernov D (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019) by Yossi L, Puglise KA, Bridge T
Depth-dependent parental effects create invisible barriers to coral dispersal | article
Shlesinger T, Loya Y (2021)
Communications Biology

Soft coral reproductive phenology along a depth gradient: Can "going deeper" provide a viable refuge? | article
Liberman R, Shlesinger T, Loya Y, Benayahu Y (2022)
Ecology 103:e3760

Research keywords
Research platform experience
  SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)
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