Research Interests

​Holger's research interests include coral reef ecosystem functioning, coral reef resilience, integrated coral reef community assessments, interactions between benthic and pelagic communities, coral reef connectivity, coral reef recovery, coral reproduction, biomineralisation, coral reefs in the anthropocene, mitigation processes in climate change, healthy oceans, molecular functional ecology.


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • ​PhD (in progess)., FP 7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network – Calcification by Marine Organisms,  “Genetic and Functional Diversity of Coccolithophore Populations.”, University of Southampton, UK and National Oceanography Centre (NOCS) and Geomar, Kiel, Germany, 2009-Present
  • M. Phil., German Diploma degree, The effects of experimentally elevated temperature and carbon dioxide on planula-larvae and primary polyps of the scleractinian coral, Porites panamensis, University of Rostock, Germany, 2005
  • Studies in biological science with majors in Marine Biology, Zoology, Ecology and Oceanography, University of Rostock, Germany, 2004
  • Studies in biological science, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, 2000

Professional Profile

  • ​2012: Chief Scientist, Culture of oocytes from Acroporids, In cooperation with the NGO “Riffschutz Malediven e.V.”, Madoogali Island, Maldives
  • 2007-2008: Coral specialist, Benthic community assessment of Sudanese reefs, Equipe Cousteau – France, Sudan, Red Sea
  • 2007: Coral specialist, Benthic community and coral recruit assessment, Expedition Maldives
  • 2006: Research fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
  • 2005: Research Assistant, Life history and evolution of bryozoans, Smithsonian Institute, Carrie Bow Cay, Belize
  • 1994-1997: Technical Biological Assistant, Schering AG, Berlin, Germany

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE)