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.