Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

The Red Sea hosts coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses, brine pools, and other important ecosystems. The incredible biodiversity of the Red Sea holds untapped potential for understanding globally-significant questions, particularly with regard to evolutionary biology, stress tolerance, and adaptation to extreme environments.

Active since the opening of KAUST in 2009, the Red Sea Research Center is well-positioned and well-equipped to study the Red Sea with state-of-the-art facilities and world-class researchers. With its striking blue waters in our backyard, the Red Sea represents KAUST's most unique 'laboratory'. The Red Sea Research Center undertakes a wide variety of research to formulate a comprehensive understanding of the Red Sea's rich ecology. This knowledge is crucial to ensure sustainable use and conservation of its natural resources.

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Latest News

02 October, 2022

NEW BOOK: Coral Reef Conservation and Restoration in the Omics Age

We are thrilled to share the new book on Coral Reef Conservation and Restoration coauthored by Prof. Manuel Aranda and Prof. Madeleine J.H. van Oppen. This is a unique book, the first one with this focus and content. Hope you will enjoy it!

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26 September, 2022

Prof. Michael Berumen has been selected as a 2022 outstanding Alumni for the College of Science and Engineering from James Cook University

We are happy to share the news that our Center Director, Prof. Michael Berumen, has been selected as the 2022 Outstanding Alumni for the College of Science and Engineering from James Cook University. The ceremony took place on the 9th of September in Townsville, Australia. Congratulations, Mike!

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Upcoming Events

RSRC Seminar: Radharani Sen
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  • Building 2, Room 5220
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RSRC Seminar: Dr. Charles Roe
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  • Building 2, Room 5209
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Red Sea Acropora Corals Collaboration
  • 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • Red Sea Research Center, KAUST
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KAUST Research Conference: International Conference on the Marine Environment of the Red Sea at KAUST (ICMERS)
  • 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • Red Sea Research Center, KAUST

The Red Sea is a unique ecosystem in terms of temperature, geology, and biodiversity that remains largely unexplored. Managing its resources in the face of development, while protecting its environment, requires a much better understanding of the Red Sea habitats, its ecosystem, and its carrying capacity.

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