photo of holsteinDan Holstein

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
Phone: (225) 578-6371  
Office: 2259 Energy, Coast and Environment Building  
Research Website:

Research Interests

My lab studies various aspects of seascape ecology, including invertebrate reproduction, larval dispersal, metapopulation modeling, and the spatial ecology of environmental change. We focus on tropical coral reefs, with a special interest in refuge environments - like deeper mesophotic reefs - and how these environments interact with others in the seascape.

Recent Publications

Schulze A, Erdner DL, Grimes CJ, Holstein DM, Miglietta MP (2020) The complex ecological roles of oil and gas structures in the norther Gulf of Mexico. Frontiers in Marine Science 7:447. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00447.

Limer, B., Bloomberg, J., Holstein, D. M. (2020). The influence of eddies on coral larval retention in the Flower Garden Banks. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7(372).

Sellers JC, Holstein DM, Botha TL, Sikkel PC (2019). Lethal and sublethal impacts of a micropredator on post-settlement Caribbean reef fishes. Oecologia, 189(2), 293-305.

Baeza AJ, Holstein DM, Umana-Castro R, Mejia-Ortiz LM (2019). Population genetics and biophysical modeling inform metapopulation connectivity of the Caribbean king crab Maguimithrax spinosissimus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 610, 83--97.

Holstein DM, Fletcher P, Groves SH, Smith TB (2019) Ecosystems services of mesophotic coral reefs and a call for better accounting. In: Puglise, KA, Bridge, T (Eds.). Coral Reefs of the World Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems. Springer.

Smith TB, Brandt ME, Brandtneris VW, Ennis RS, Groves SH, Habtes S, Holstein DM, Kadison E, Nemeth RS (2019) United States Virgin Islands. In: Puglise, KA, Bridge, T (Eds.). Coral Reefs of the World: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems. Springer.

Smith TB, Holstein DM, Ennis R (2019) Disturbance in mesophotic coral ecosystems and strategies for conservation and management. In: Puglise, KA, Bridge, T (Eds.). Coral Reefs of the World: Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems. Springer.

Groves SH, Holstein DM, Enochs IC, Kolodzeij G, Manzello DP, Brandt ME, Smith TB (2018) Growth rates of Porites astreoides and Orbicella franksi in mesophotic habitats surrounding St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Coral Reefs. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-018-1660-7.

Chollett I, Garavelli L, Holstein DM, Cherubin L, Box SJ (2017) A case for redefining the boundaries of the Mesoamerican Reef Ecoregion. Coral Reefs, DOI 10.1007/s00338-017- 1595-4.

Smith TB, Brandtneris VW, Canals MC, Brandt ME, Martens J, Brewer R, Kadison E, Kammann M, Keller J, Holstein DM (2016) Potential structuring forces on a shelf edge upper  mesophotic coral ecosystem in the US Virgin Islands. Frontiers in Marine Science 3:115, DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00115.

Holstein DM, Smith TB, Paris CB (2016) Depth-independent reproduction in the reef coral Porites astreoides from shallow to mesophotic zones. PLOS ONE, DOI:   10.1371/journal.pone.0146068.

Holstein DM, Paris CB, Vaz A, Smith TB (2016) Modeling vertical coral connectivity and mesophotic refugia. Coral Reefs 35:23, DOI: 10.1007/s00338-015-1339-2. Winner of ISRS   Best Paper Award.

Holstein DM, Smith TB, Gyory J, Paris CB (2015) Fertile fathoms: Deep reproductive refugia for threatened shallow corals. Scientific Reports 5: 12407, DOI: 10.1038/srep12407.

Holstein DM, Paris CB, Mumby PJ (2014) Consistency and inconsistency in multispecies population network dynamics of coral reef ecosystems. Marine Ecology Progress Series 499:1-18, DOI: 10.3354/meps10647. Selected as Feature Article.