Research Interests

I'm interested in investigating whether somatic mutations can be a potential evolutionary mechanism for corals to adapt to changes in the environment. By doing Restriction-Associated-DNA sequencing I'm looking at single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in Stylophora pistillata, a coral from the Red Sea that has been used in long-term acidification experiments.


Selected Publications

  • Seascape and life-history traits do no predict self-recruitment in a coral reef fish
    Herrera M, Nanninga GB, Planes S, Jones GP, Thorrold SR, Saenz-Agudelo P, Almany G and Ber...
    Biol. Lett. 12: 20160309, (2016)
  • Latitudinal variation in the symbiotic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium of the common reef zoantharian Palythoa tubercul...
    Reimer J, Herrera M, Gatins R, Roberts MB, Parkinson JE and Berumen ML
    J. Biogeogr, (2016)
  • Size at maturity of the Pacific bearded brotula (Ophidiidae: Brotula clarkae): a commercially exploited species in ...
    Herrera M, Clarke TM, Naranjo-Elizondo B, Espinoza M and Wehrtmann IS
    Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res. 44: 657-661, (2016)
  • Feeding habits of the Pacific bearded brotula Brotula clarkae Hubbs, 1944 (Ophidiidae) along the Pacific coast of C...
    Naranjo-Elizondo B, Espinoza M, Herrera M, Clarke TM and Wehrtmann IS
    J. Appl. Ichthyol. 1-9, (2016)
  • Development of polymorphic microsatellite loci for conservation genetic studies of the coral reef fish Centropyge b...
    Herrera M, Saenz-Agudelo P, Nanninga GB and Berumen ML
    J. Fish Biol. 87: 748753, (2015)

Education Profile

  • ​M.Sc. Marine Science - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (2012-2014)
  • B.Sc. Biology - Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica (2007-2011)

Professional Profile

  • ​2015 - Present: Ph.D. Marine Science - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

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