Research Interests

​Benjamin has researched biogeochemistry and plankton biodiversity of the Red Sea since 2010. He is working with Prof. Burt Jones advancing his work on macronutrients fluxes of pelagic and coral reef food webs in relation to ecohydrographic drivers including mesoscale eddies and land-based sources. His current research on nutrient cycling and primary productivity in the Red Sea involves collaboration with the Doug Capone Lab at the University of Southern California.


Selected Publications

  • Latitudinal environmental gradients and diel variability influence abundance and community structure of Chaetognath...
    A.M. Al-Aidaroos, K.K. Karati, M.M. El-Sherbiny, R.P. Devassy, B. Kürten
    Systematics and Biodiversity 15:35-48 , (2017)
  • Stable isotope ratios (δ13C, δ15N) of pelagic zooplankton elucidate ecohydrographic features in the oligotrophic Re...
    Kürten B, Al-Aidaroos AM, Kürten S, Struck U, Hansen T, Devassy RP, El-Sherbiny MM, Zaroka...
    Progress in Oceanography 140:69-90, (2016)
  • Ecohydrographic constraints on biodiversity and distribution of phytoplankton and zooplankton in coral reefs of the...
    B. Kürten, H.S. Khomayis, R. Devassy, S. Audritz, U. Sommer, U. Struck, M.M. El-Sherbiny, ...
    Marine Ecology 36:1195-1214, (2015)
  • Coral communities, in contrast to fish communities, maintain a high assembly similarity along the large latitudinal...
    Y Sawall, A.A. Al-Sofyani, B. Kürten, A.M. Al-Aidaroos, B.X. Huang, M. Nithyanandam
    Journal of Ecosystem & Ecography 4 (3) , (2014)
  • Influence of environmental gradients on C and N stable isotope ratios in coral reef biota of the Red Sea, Saudi Ara...
    B. Kürten B, A.M. Al-Aidaroos, U. Struck, H.S. Khomayis, W.Y. Gharbawi, U. Sommer
    Journal of Sea Research 85:379-394 , (2014)
  • Trophodynamics and functional feeding groups of North Sea fauna: a combined stable isotope and fatty acid approach
    B. Kürten, I. Frutos, U. Struck, S.J. Painting, N.V.C. Polunin, J.J. Middelburg
    Biogeochemistry 113:189-212 , (2012)
  • Tracking seasonal changes in North Sea zooplankton trophic dynamics using stable isotopes
    B. Kürten, S. J. Painting, U. Struck, N.V.C. Polunin, J.J. Middelburg
    Biogeochemistry 113:167-187, (2011)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Biological-Oceanography, Newcastle University, United Kingdom, 2010
  • M.Sc., Marine Biology, Zoology, Biochemistry, University of Bremen, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany, 2005
  • B.Sc., Pre-diploma, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany, 2001

Professional Profile

  • ​2014-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany

KAUST Affiliations

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