Daniel Holstein

Daniel Holstein

Duke University Marine Lab, Nicholas School of the Environment
&  Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, College of the Coast and the Environment, Louisiana State University

Research interests

Dan is a Visiting Scholar at Duke University's Marine Lab, and in 2018 will join Louisiana State University's Department of Oceanographic and Coastal Sciences as an Assistant Professor. His research focuses on the connectivity of coral reef metapopulations, and on the resilience of marine metapopulations to perturbations and climate changes. He has continued interest in mesophotic coral ecosystems as potential refugia from climate change - and how these refuges and adjacent habitats interact through the exchange of individuals or genes to produce persistent metapopulations. Tools employed by Dan's lab include simulation and ecological modeling, coral reproductive histology, and deep genome sequencing; all aimed at deciphering the mechanisms that control reef population connectivity, and how connectivity influences persistence in time.


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

Fertile fathoms: Deep reproductive refugia for threatened shallow corals | article
Holstein DM, Smith TB, Gyory J, Paris CB (2015)
Sci Rep 5:12407

Modeling vertical coral connectivity and mesophotic refugia | article
Holstein DM, Paris CB, Vaz AC, Smith TB (2016)
Coral Reefs 35:23-37

Depth-independent reproduction in the reef coral Porites astreoides from shallow to mesophotic zones | article
Holstein DM, Smith TB, Paris CB (2016)
PLoS ONE 11:e0146068

Vertical connectivity in mesophotic coral ecosystems | thesis
Holstein DM (2013)

Potential structuring forces on a shelf edge upper Mesophotic Coral Ecosystem in the US Virgin Islands | article
Smith TB, Brandtneris VW, Canals M, Brandt ME, Martens J, Brewer RS, Kadison E, Kammann M, Keller J, Holstein DM (2016)
Front Mar Sci 3:115

Growth rates of Porites astreoides and Orbicella franksi in mesophotic habitats surrounding St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands | article
Groves SH, Holstein DM, Enochs IC, Kolodzeij G, Manzello DP, Brandt ME, Smith TB (2018)
Coral Reefs 37: 345–354

The United States Virgin Islands | chapter
Smith TB, Brandt ME, Brandtneris VW, Ennis RS, Groves SH, Habtes S, Holstein DM, Kadison E, Nemeth RS (2019)
in: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems (Springer) by Loya Y, Puglise KA, Bridge TCL
Research keywords
Research platform experience
  SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)
  Coring / drilling
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Research summary (from publications)