Research Interests

​Shannon's previous research focused on the radiole damage and regeneration of feather duster worms; in addition, she worked on a long-term benthos study in the Caribbean. At KAUST, Shannon hopes to continue her work with marine invertebrates, while potentially delving into the world of genetics and taxonomy.

Education Profile

  • ​B.Sc., Honors Marine Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA, 2017 

Professional Profile

  • ​2018-Present: M.Sc. Marine Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2019: Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society® National Park Service Intern, USA
  • 2017: Tropical Marine Ecology Intern at CIEE Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
  • 2016: Biology Undergraduate Lab Assistant, University of Oregon
  • 2015-2017: Undergraduate Thesis Researcher, University of Oregon 

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Student Member of The Explorer's Club
  • American Academy of Underwater Sciences 


  • ​Aaron Novick Award, Honors Undergraduate Thesis, University of Oregon

KAUST Affiliations

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