Dr. Omri Bronstein


project researcher


Phone:+43 1 52177-610
Fax: +43 1 52177-459
  • 2003-2006 - B.Sc. (Biology), Faculty of Life Sciences Tel-Aviv University, Israel (Magna cum laude)
  • 2005-2006 - Internship at Prof. Yossi Loya’s Lab.“Ecology of the ascidian Botryllus eilatensis in the coral reef of Eilat”
  • 2007 - The 21st Century COE International Summer Program, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan
  • 2006-2009 - M.Sc. (Biology), “Morphological and molecular aspects of sea urchins (genus Echinometra) from Okinawa, Zanzibar and Eilat”, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel (Magna cum laude). (Advisor: Prof. Y. Loya)
  • 2006-2010 - Research project of the IOC-GEF/World Bank Working Group on Coral Bleaching and Local Ecological Responses, Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • 2007-2012 - Teaching assistant. Course: “Invertebrates zoology, comparative function aspects”, Tel-Aviv University
  • 2009-2014 - Ph.D. (Biology), “Ecology, biology and taxonomy of coral reef associated sea urchins in the Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean”, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. (Advisor: Prof. Y. Loya)
  • 2014 - SYNTHESYS funded research project at the NHM Vienna, Austria
  • 2014-2015 - Post-doctoral research at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Israel National Center for Biodiversity Studies, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Since 2015 - Post-doctoral research, Central Research Laboratories and Geological-paleontological dept., NHM Vienna, Austria

Bronstein, O., Georgopoulou, E. & Kroh, A. (2017). On the distribution of the invasive long-spined echinoid Diadema setosum and its expansion in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 583: 163–178. doi: 10.3354/meps12348.

Bronstein, O., Kroh, A., Tautscher, B., Liggins, L. & Haring, E. (2017): Cryptic speciation in pan-tropical sea urchins: a case study of an edge-of-range population of Tripneustes from the Kermadec Islands. Scientific Reports, 7/1: 5948. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-06183-2.


Bronstein, O., Kroh, A. & Haring, E. (2016). Do genes lie? Mitochondrial capture masks the Red Sea collector urchin’s true identity (Echinodermata: Echinoidea: Tripneustes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 104, 1-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.07.028

Bronstein, O., Kroh, A. & Loya, Y. (2016). Reproduction of the long-spined sea urchin Diadema setosum in the Gulf of Aqaba - implications for the use of gonad-indexes. Scientific Reports, 6: 29569. doi: 10.1038/srep29569

Gewing, M.-T., Bronstein, O., Nagar, L.R., Granot, I., Frid, O. & Shenkar, N. (2016). First record of the non-indigenous ascidian Microcosmus exasperatus, Heller 1878, in Cyprus. Marine Biodiversity, 1-5. doi: 10.1007/s12526-015-0442-5

Downs, C.A., Kramarsky-Winter, E., Segal, R., Fauth, J., Knutson, S., Bronstein, O., Ciner, F.R., Jeger, R., Lichtenfeld, Y., Woodley, C.M., Pennington, P., Cadenas, K., Kushmaro, A. & Loya, Y. (2016). Toxicopathological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, oxybenzone (benzophenone-3), on coral planulae and cultured primary cells and its environmental contamination in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 70(2): 265-288. doi: 10.1007/s00244-015-0227-7

Shlesinger, T., Bronstein, O. & Loya, Y. (2016). Spawning behavior of the sand dollar Sculpsitechinus auritus (Leske, 1778). Coral Reefs, 35(1), 327. doi: 10.1007/s00338-016-1399-y


Bronstein, O. & Loya, Y. (2015). Photoperiod, temperature, and food availability as drivers of the annual reproductive cycle of the sea urchin Echinometra sp. from the Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea). Coral Reefs 34: 275-289. doi: 10.1007/s00338-014-1209-3


Bronstein, O. & Loya, Y. (2014). Echinoid community structure and rates of herbivory and bioerosion on exposed and sheltered reefs. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 456: 8-17. doi: 10.1016/j.jembe.2014.03.003

Downs, C.A., Kramarsky-Winter, E., Fauth, J., Segal, R., Bronstein, O., Jeger, R., Lichtenfeld, Y., Woodley, C., Pennington, P., Kushmaro, A. & Loya, Y. (2014). Toxicological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, benzophenone-2, on planulae and in vitro cells of the coral, Stylophora pistillata. Ecotoxicology 23(2): 175-191. doi: 10.1007/s10646-013-1161-y


Bronstein, O. & Loya, Y. (2013). The taxonomy and phylogeny of Echinometra (Camarodonta: Echinometridae) from the Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean. PLoS ONE 8(10): e77374. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077374


Bronstein O. & Loya, Y. (2011). Daytime spawning of Porites rus on the coral reefs of Chumbe Island in Zanzibar, Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Coral Reefs 30: 441-441. doi: 10.1007/s00338-011-0733-7


Alamaru, A., Bronstein, O., Dishon, G. & Loya, Y. (2009). Opportunistic feeding by the fungiid coral Fungia scruposa on the moon jellyfish Aurelia aurita. Coral Reefs 28: 865-865. doi:


Shenkar, N., Bronstein, O. & Loya, Y. (2008). Population dynamics of a coral reef ascidian in a deteriorating environment. Marine ecology progress series 367: 163-171. doi: 10.3354/meps07579
Fellowships and Awards
  • 2006 - Graduate Fellowship for participation in the “Marine Invertebrate Zoology” program, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, USA
  • 2009 - The 'Rami Levin' award for excellence for graduate students in Zoology
  • 2012 - Adesman scholarship, Tel Aviv University
  • 2012 - International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) student award for the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium
  • 2013 - The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat PhD student’s research award
  • 2014 - Fellowship of the EU SYNTHESYS program for conducting a joint research project at the NHM Vienna, Austria
  • 2014 - Best lecture award at the IAAS (The Israeli Association for Aquatic Sciences) 11th annual conference
  • 2014 - Best lecture award at the 2014 European Echinoderms Colloquium (2014 EEC) Portsmouth, England
  • 2015 - Postdoctoral fellowship, Israel Council for Higher Education (VATAT) and The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Israel National Center for Biodiversity Studies
  • 2016 - Stand-Alone Project of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), postdoctoral fellowship at the NHM Vienna, Austria