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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17 May, 2022

Research Scientist Focus: Dr. Helena Villela

Dr. Helena Villela is a research scientist in the Red Sea Research Center's Marine Microbiomes Lab, where she is working under the supervision of Professor Raquel Peixoto. Her primary research interests lie in investigating marine microbes that can be applied to the protection and recovery of the environment, mitigating the negative impacts of the human activities.

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21 April, 2022

Student Focus: Aislinn Dunne

ince the beginning of her PhD in 2018, Aislinn Dunne from Prof. Burton H. Jones’ Integrated Ocean Processes group, has been following fish and what they eat throughout the Red Sea. She was interested in how coral reef fishes interact with other coastal habitats throughout their lives.

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