Here at the Morris Kahn Marine Research Station, our research goals are met with publications in peer-reviewed journals. Here is a list of our station's accepted publications, with our researchers marked in bold.


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    • Khalifa, G.M., Levy, S. and Mass, T., 2021. The calcifying interface in a stony coral's primary polyp: An interplay between seawater and an extracellular calcifying space. Journal of Structural Biology, Volume 213, Issue 4,2021,
    • Velasquez, X., Morov, A.R., Kurt, T.T., Meron, D. and Guy-haim, T.A.M.A.R., 2021. Two-way bioinvasion: tracking the neritic non-native cyclopoid copepods Dioithona oculata and Oithona davisae (Oithonidae) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Mediterranean Marine Science, 22(3), pp.586-602.
    • Nativ, H., Scucchia, F., Martinez, S., Einbinder, S., Chequer, A., Goodbody-Gringley, G. and Mass, T., 2021. In situ estimation of coral recruitment patterns from shallow to mesophotic reefs using an optimized fluorescence imaging system. Frontiers in Marine Science, p.1047.
    • Dam, T.T., Angert, A., Krom, M.D., Bigio, L., Hu, Y., Beyer, K.A., Mayol-Bracero, O.L., Santos-Figueroa, G., Pio, C. and Zhu, M., 2021. X-ray Spectroscopic Quantification of Phosphorus Transformation in Saharan Dust during Trans-Atlantic Dust Transport. Environmental Science & Technology.
    • Drake, J.L., Varsano, N. and Mass, T., 2021. Genetic basis of stony coral biomineralization: history, trends and future prospectsJournal of Structural Biology, p.107782.  doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.702672
    • Drake, J.L., Benayahu, Y., Polishchuk, I., Pokroy, B., Pinkas, I. and Mass, T., 2021. Sclerites of the soft coral Ovabunda macrospiculata (Xeniidae) are predominantly the metastable CaCO3 polymorph vaterite. Acta
    • Goodbody-Gringley, G., Scucchia, F., Ju, R., Chequer, A., Einbinder, S., Martinez, S., Nativ, H. and Mass, T., 2021. Plasticity of Porites astreoides Early Life History Stages Suggests Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Act as Refugia in BermudaFrontiers in Marine Science, p.1215. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.702672
    • Martinez, S., Bellworthy, J.Ferrier-Pagès, C., Mass, T. 2021. Selection of mesophotic habitats by Oculina patagonica in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea following global warming Scientific reports
    • Celis-Plá, P.S., Rearte, T.A., Neori, A., Masojídek, J., Bonomi-Barufi, J., Álvarez-Gómez, F., Ranglová, K., da Silva, J.C., Abdala, R., Gómez, C. and Caporgno, M., 2021. A new approach for cultivating the cyanobacterium Nostoc calcicola (MACC-612) to produce biomass and bioactive compounds using a thin-layer raceway pond. Algal Research59, p.102421.
    • Masojídek, J., Ranglová, K., Rearte, T.A., Plá, P.S.C., Torzillo, G., Benavides, A.M.S., Neori, A., Gómez, C., Álvarez-Gómez, F., Lukeš, M. and Caporgno, M.P., 2021. Changes in photosynthesis, growth and biomass composition in outdoor Chlorella g120 culture during the metabolic shift from heterotrophic to phototrophic cultivation regime. Algal Research56, p.102303.
    • Zvi‐Kedem, T., Shemesh, E., Tchernov, D. and Rubin‐Blum, M., 2021. The worm affair: fidelity and environmental adaptation in symbiont species that co‐occur in vestimentiferan tubeworms. Environmental Microbiology Reports.
    • Scucchia, F., Malik, A., Putnam, H.M. and Mass, T., 2021. Genetic and physiological traits conferring tolerance to ocean acidification in mesophotic corals. Global Change Biology
    • Scucchia, F., Malik, A., Zaslansky, P., Putnam, H.M. and Mass, T., 2021. Combined responses of primary coral polyps and their algal endosymbionts to decreasing seawater pH. Proceedings of the Royal Society B288(1953), p.20210328.
    • Levy, S., Elek, A., Grau-Bové, X., Menéndez-Bravo, S., Iglesias, M., Tanay, A., Mass, T. and Sebé-Pedrós, A., 2021. A stony coral cell atlas illuminates the molecular and cellular basis of coral symbiosis, calcification, and immunity. Cell184(11), pp.2973-2987.
    • Ben-Ezra, T., Krom, M.D., Tsemel, A., Berman-Frank, I., Herut, B., Lehahn, Y., Rahav, E., Reich, T., Thingstad, T.F. and Sher, D., 2021. Seasonal nutrient dynamics in the P depleted Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, p.103607.
    • Drake, J., Malik, A., Popovits, Y., Yosef, O., Shamesh, E., Stolarski, J., Tchernov, D., Sher, D. and Mass, T., 2021. Physiological and transcriptomic variability indicative of differences in key functions within a single coral colony.  Front. Mar. Sci., 30 June 2021 |
    • Ramon, D., Morick, D., Croot, P., Berzak, R., Scheinin, A., Tchernov, D., Davidovich, N. and Britzi, M., 2021. A survey of arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and lead residues in seafood (fish, crustaceans, and cephalopods) from the south‐eastern Mediterranean Sea. Journal of Food Science86(3), pp.1153-1161.
    • Gefen-Treves, S.; Bartholomäus, A.; Horn, F.; Zaborowski, A.B.; Tchernov, D.; Wagner, D.; Oren, A.; Kaplan, A. The Microbiome Associated with the Reef Builder Neogoniolithon sp. in the Eastern Mediterranean. Microorganisms 2021, 9, 1374. Physiological Characteristics of Stylophora pistillata Larvae Across a Depth Gradient 
    • Yuval, M., Alonso, I., Eyal, G., Tchernov, D., Loya, Y., Murillo, A.C. and Treibitz, T., 2021. Repeatable semantic reef-mapping through photogrammetry and label-augmentation. Remote Sensing13(4), p.659.
    • Rearte, T.A., Celis-Plá, P.S., Neori, A., Masojídek, J., Torzillo, G., Gómez-Serrano, C., Benavides, A.M.S., Álvarez-Gómez, F., Abdala-Díaz, R.T., Ranglová, K. and Caporgno, M., 2021. Photosynthetic performance of Chlorella vulgaris R117 mass culture is moderated by diurnal oxygen gradients in an outdoor thin layer cascade. Algal Research54, p.102176
    • Zirks, E., Krom, M., Schmiedl, G., Katz, T., Xiong, Y., Alcott, L.J., Poulton, S.W. and Goodman-Tchernov, B., 2021. Redox evolution and the development of oxygen minimum zones in the Eastern Mediterranean Levantine basin during the early Holocene. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
    • Yuan, X., Krom, M.D., Zhang, M. and Chen, N., 2021. Human disturbance on phosphorus sources, processes and riverine export in a subtropical watershed. Science of The Total Environment, p.144658. 
    • Ferrier-Pagès, C.; Martinez, S.; Grover, R.; Cybulski, J.; Shemesh, E.; Tchernov, D. Tracing the Trophic Plasticity of the Coral–Dinoflagellate Symbiosis Using Amino Acid Compound-Specific Stable Isotope Analysis. Microorganisms 2021, 9, 182. Physiological Characteristics of Stylophora pistillata Larvae Across a Depth Gradient
    • Brand, D., Edelist, D., Goffman, O., Hadar, N., Scheinin, A. and Kerem, D., 2019. Common dolphins, common in neritic waters off southern Israel, demonstrate uncommon dietary habits. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
    • Avnimelech, Y., Chamberlain, G., Neori, A., Sadek, S., Verdegem, M. 2019. Aquaculture as a Solution to Droughts. World Aquaculture.
    • Alexandri, T., Diamant, R., Shamir, Z.Z., Bigal, E.Scheinin, A. and Tchernov, D., 2019. Localization of acoustically tagged marine animals in under-ranked conditionsIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.  
    • Israel, A., Golberg, A. & Neori, A. (2019). Physiological Characteristics of Stylophora pistillata Larvae Across a Depth Gradient. Botanica Marina doi:10.1515/bot-2019-0048
    • Guttman, L., Neori, A., Boxman, S.E., Barkan, R., Shahar, B., Tarnecki, A.M., Brennan, N.P., Main, K.L. and Shpigel, M., 2019. An integrated Ulva-periphyton biofilter for mariculture effluents: Multiple nitrogen removal kinetics. Algal Research42, p.101586.  
    • Suari, Y., Amit, T., Gilboa, M., Sade, T., Krom, M.D., Gafny, S., Topaz, T. and Yahel, G., 2019. Sandbar breaches control of the biogeochemistry of a micro-estuary. Frontiers in Marine Science6, p.224. 
    • Yeruham, E., Shpigel, M., Abelson, A. and Rilov, G., 2019. Ocean warming and tropical invaders erode the performance of a key herbivore. Ecology.
    • Neori, A., Guttman, L., Israel, A. and Shpigel, M., 2019. Israeli-Developed Models of Marine Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA). Journal of Coastal Research86(sp1), pp.11-20.
    • Zirks, E., Krom, M.D., Zhu, D., Schmiedl, G. and Goodman-Tchernov, B.N., 2019. Evidence for the presence of an oxygen depleted Sapropel Intermediate Water across the Eastern Mediterranean during Sapropel S1. ACS Earth and Space Chemistry.
    • Meron D*., Maor-Landaw K*., Eyal G., Banin E., Loya Y. and Levy O. (2019) The algal symbiont effect on heat stress susceptibility in the scleractinian coral Euphyllia paradivisa. Microorganisms. 7, 256; doi:10.3390/microorganisms7080256   
    • Shamir, Z.Z., Shamir, S.Z., Becker, N., Scheinin, A. and Tchernov, D., 2019. Evidence of the impacts of emerging shark tourism in the Mediterranean. Ocean & Coastal Management178, p.104847.
    • Thompson, J., Poulton, S.W., Guilbaud, R., Doyle, K.A., Reid, S. and Krom, M.D., 2019. Development of a modified SEDEX phosphorus speciation method for ancient rocks and modern iron-rich sediments. Chemical Geology.  
    • Guy Shkury, Joel Bud, Yotam ZurielAviad Scheinin, and Roee Diamant, "Robust Automatic Detector And Feature Extractor For Dolphin Whistles", IEEE Oceans, Marseille France, 2019
    • Gutner-Hoch, E., Martins, R., Maia, F., Oliveira, T., Shpigel, M., Weis, M., ... & Benayahu, Y. 2019. Toxicity of engineered micro-and nanomaterials with antifouling properties to the brine shrimp Artemia salina and embryonic stages of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividusEnvironmental Pollution.
    • Zemah Shamir, Z., Zemah Shamir, S., Tchernov, D.Scheinin, A. and Becker, N., 2019. Shark aggregation and tourism: opportunities and challenges of an emerging phenomenon. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, pp.1-9.
    • Diamant, R., Kipnis, D., Bigal, E., Scheinin, A.Tchernov, D. and Pinhasi, A., 2019. An Active Acoustic Track-Before-Detect Approach for Finding Underwater Mobile Targets. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing.  
    • Xiong, Y., Guilbaud, R., Peacock, C.L., Cox, R.P., Canfield, D.E., Krom, M.D. and Poulton, S.W., 2019. Phosphorus cycling in Lake Cadagno, Switzerland: A low sulfate euxinic ocean analogue. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
    • Yu, D., Chen, N., Krom, M.D., Lin, J., Cheng, P., Yu, F., Guo, W., Hong, H. and Gao, X., Understanding how estuarine hydrology controls ammonium and other inorganic nitrogen concentrations and fluxes through the subtropical Jiulong River Estuary, SE China under baseflow and flood-affected conditions. Biogeochemistry, pp.1-24.
    • Berzak, R.Scheinin, A., Davidovich, N., Regev, Y., Diga, R., Tchernov, D. and Morick, D., 2019. Prevalence of nervous necrosis virus (NNV) and Streptococcus species in wild marine fish and crustaceans from the Levantine Basin, Mediterranean Sea. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms133(1), pp.7-17. 
    • Kroeger, L.A.Tsemel, A.Tchernov, D., and Ayalon, O., 2019. A theoretical approach concerning nutrient emissions to inform monitoring and management of mariculture farms. J Aquat Res Mar Sci 2019: 125-133
    • Barash, A., Pickholtz, R., Nativ, H., Malamud, S., Scheinin, A. and Tchernov, D., 2018. Seasonal arrival and feeding of injured coastal sharks at fish farms in the Eastern Mediterranean. Journal of the Black Sea/Mediterranean Environment24(1).
    • Yeruham, E., Abelson, A., Rilov, G., Ezra, D.B. and Shpigel, M., 2018. Energy budget of cultured Paracentrotus lividus under different temperatures. Aquaculture.
    • Bigal, E., Morick, D., Scheinin, A.P., Salant, H., Berkowitz, A., King, R., Levy, Y., Melero, M., Sánchez-Vizcaíno, J.M., Goffman, O. and Hadar, N., 2018. Detection of Toxoplasma gondii in three common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus); a first description from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Veterinary Parasitology.
    • Chen, N., Krom, M.D., Wu, Y., Yu, D. and Hong, H., 2018. Storm induced estuarine turbidity maxima and controls on nutrient fluxes across river-estuary-coast continuum. Science of the Total Environment628, pp.1108-1120.
    • Herbert, R.J., Krom, M.D., Carslaw, K.S., Stockdale, A., Mortimer, R.J.G., Benning, L.G., Pringle, K. and Browse, J., 2018. The effect of atmospheric acid processing on the global deposition of bioavailable phosphorus from dust. Global Biogeochemical Cycles32(9), pp.1367-1385.
    • Levy, D., Belfer, Y., Osherov, E., Bigal, E.Scheinin, A.P.Nativ, H.,Tchernov, D., Treibitz, T., King, A., Bhandarkar, S.M. and Hopkinson, B.M., 2018. Automated Analysis of Marine Video with Limited Data. In Proceedings of the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (pp. 1385-1393).
    • Mannocci, L., Roberts, J.J., Halpin, P.N., Authier, M., Boisseau, O., Bradai, M.N., Cañadas, A., Chicote, C., David, L., Di-Méglio, N. and Fortuna, C.M., Frantzis, A., Gazo, M., Genov, T., Hammand, P.S., Holcer, D., Kaschner, K., Kerem, D., Lauriano, G., Lewish, T., Notarbartolo di Sciara, G., Panigada, S., Raga, J.A., Scheinin, A.,Ridoux, V., Vella, A., Vella, J. 2018. Assessing cetacean surveys throughout the Mediterranean Sea: a gap analysis in environmental space. Scientific reports, 8(1), p.3126.
    • Milstein, A., Levy, A., Neori, A., Harpaz, S., Shpigel, M. and Guttman, L., 2018. Water quality, ecological processes and management procedures in a periphyton biofiltration system in mariculture: A statistical analysis. Aquaculture Research49(4), pp.1491-1503.
    • Shpigel, M., Ben-Ezra, D., Shauli, L., and Erez, J. 2018.  Effect of diets and light regimes on calcification and somatic growth of the sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla elatensis. (Aquaculture).
    • Shpigel, M., Guttman, L., Ben-Ezra, D., Yu, H., Chen, S. 2018. Is Ulva  able to be an efficient biofilter for mariculture effluents? (J. of applied Phycology).
    • Shpigel, M., Shauli, L., Odintsov V., Harpaz, S., Ben-Ezra, D., 2018. Ulva lactucabiofilter from a land-based Integrated Multi Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) system as a sole food source for the tropical sea urchin Tripneustes gratilla elatensis. Aquaculture, 496, 221-231.

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