Research Interests

My main research area focusses on the understanding of benthic community changes as a response to natural and human-induced environmental alterations. Comprehensively evaluating how anthropogenic stressors affect community composition will help us to provide knowledge to policymakers and environmental managers regarding the sustainable use of marine resources.  
My research at KAUST is focused on the analysis of the changes in eukaryotic and prokaryotic diversity due to anthropogenic pressures such as aquaculture, port constructions or oil extraction. For this purpose, I am analyzing biological communities from different impacted areas using molecular tools with the final objective of developing new biotic indices to be implemented in standard routine monitoring programs.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph. D., Biology, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain, 2017
  • M.S., Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain, 2012
  • M.S., Biotechnology, University of La Laguna, La Laguna, Spain, 2010
  • B.S., Biology, University of La Laguna, La Laguna, Spain, 2009 

Professional Profile

  • 2020 - Present: Research scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia​
  • 2018 - 2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 
  • 2017 – 2018: Consultant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012 – 2017: Ph.D Grant, AZTI, Sukarrieta, Spain
  • 2010 – 2011: Research assistant, The National University of Ireland (NUIG), Galway, Ireland
  • 2009 – 2010: Research assistant, University of La Laguna, La Laguna, Spain 


  • Extraordinary PhD Award, University of the Basque Country, Spain 2019

KAUST Affiliations

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