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Microbial communities have a seasonal shake-up

Apr 22, 2018

Seasonal changes in turbulence and nutrient availability are shown to shape microbial communities in the Red Sea. “A lot of the marine ecosystem is ultimately based on how microbes live and what they’re doing,” explains research scientist John Pearman, who undertook the study. “Knowing how microbes respond is important to understand how the ecosystem is going to function.”

Prof. Michael Berumen has been appointed as Acting Director of the RSRC

Apr 01, 2018

​ Professor Michael Berumen has been appointed as Acting Director of the KAUST Red Sea Research Center effective April 1, 2018.
Dr. Berumen joined KAUST in 2009 and leads the Reef Ecology Lab in the Red Sea Research Center. He has authored more than 180 journal articles on research focusing on a range of coral reef taxa, and he has extensive field experience on coral reefs around the world. In addition to work throughout Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Red Sea, he is also a participant in active projects the Indian and Pacific Oceans, including Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Australia, New Caledonia and others.

Prof. Duarte honored for outstanding accomplishments in marine biodiversity science

Mar 21, 2018

Carlos Duarte was named the first recipient of the Carlo Heip Award for outstanding accomplishments in marine biodiversity science. Duarte will receive the award at the Carlo Heip Award ceremony, which will take place on May 15 in Montreal, Canada.

Nils Rädecker wins best student presentation award at ECRS 2017

Feb 15, 2018

Nils Radecker, a Ph.D. student in the RSRC's Reef Genomics Lab, won a best student presentation award at the European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS) 2017. Radecker's talk entitled "Understanding coral bleaching in the light of holobiont nutrient cycling" was focused on his work to decipher the underlying mechanisms of coral bleaching, or the breakdown of the symbiosis between corals and endosymbiotic algae due to ocean warming.

Coral lifestyles reflected in their genes

Feb 01, 2018

The first comparative genome study between two corals reveals significant evolutionary differences. These findings could help scientists understand the resilience of corals and how they might respond to climate change.
Reef-building corals diverged into two genetically distinct groups, called the robust clade and the complex clade, at least 240 million years ago. Until now, the only complex coral genome available has been for the complex coral Acropora digitifera. An international team, led by Christian Voolstra and Manuel Aranda from KAUST, sequenced the genome of the robust coral Stylophora pistillata and then compared it with the existing Acropora genome.

Ph.D. proposal defense - Xin Wang

Jan 25, 2018

TITLE: How corals got bones --Comparative genomics reveals the evolution of coral calcification
ADVISOR: Manuel Aranda
DATE: Jan 25, Thursday
TIME: 3 pm
LOCATION: Building 5, room 5209

Actual Living Scientists - WEP 2018

Jan 21, 2018

Meet some of the #ActualLivingScientists working on the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. They are the current class of marine science masters students at KAUST, and this is a bit about who they are as scientists and people.

Marine Natural Products project - RSRC research cruise starting January 16

Jan 11, 2018

The cruise will be from the 16th to the 24th on board of R/V Al Azizi (KAU vessel) heading to the Farasan banks, where the participants will visit reefs, mangroves, seagrass meadows and beaches along the coastline and offshore. We will be 9 participants mainly from the Red Sea Research Center plus one from the Water Desalination and Reuse Center and two visitor professors from Greece.

Trawl of Red Sea surface waters finds little plastic

Jan 07, 2018

KAUST Professor/Director of the Red Sea Research Center, Carlos Duarte, and his student Cecilia Martin were part of a team that measured the amount of plastic debris in the Red Sea during sea voyages in 2016-2017.
They found that the quantity of plastic in the Red Sea was quite low, which they attribute to there being no consistent inflow from a river and to plastics collecting in corals and mangroves.

Ancient viral genes may give corals a new lease on life

Dec 24, 2017

KAUST Assistant Professor of marine science Manuel Aranda, his postdoc Jit Ern Chen and Phd student Guoxin Cui conducted analyses to find out which genes turn on or off when Symbiodinium is exposed to heat stress. Symbiodinium is the unicellular alga that provides its coral host with the photosynthetic products it needs to survive, while the coral host provides nutrients for the alga.

Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal - Royale Hardenstine

Dec 07, 2017

TITLE: A Mixed Method Approach Investigating Influences on Whale Shark Ecology and Habitat Use in the Red Sea
ADVISOR: Michael Berumen
DATE: Dec 10, Sunday
TIME: 2 pm
LOCATION: Sea View Conference Room in the Library level 3.

Welcome Francisco! RSRC new Biological Culture & Visualisation Technician

Dec 07, 2017

​Francisco Aparicio recently joined RSRC as a Biological Culture & Visualisation Technician.
His main role at the Red Sea Research Center is to manage, maintain and carry on with the quality control of the microbial cultures. His daily tasks include interactions with diverse researchers, cultivation of aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms, microscopic and molecular identification of cultures, isolation and identification of novel cultures, cryopreservation, visualization through flow cytometry and microscopy.

Welcome RSRC Faculty new member Prof. Daffonchio and his team

Dec 05, 2017

Prof. Daniele Daffonchio and his team joined RSRC.
Professor Daffonchio's research interests are in the microbial ecology of complex ecosystems in conventional and extreme aquatic and terrestrial habitats. His research is spanning from basic aspects of microbial ecology through the application of synthetic ecology approaches to applied aspects for the environmental protection and sustainability of agriculture.

Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal - Nojood Aalismail

Dec 03, 2017

TITLE: Airborne Microbial Communities in The Red Sea and The Immune Response of Marine Organisms to Atmospheric Stressors
ADVISOR: Carlos Duarte
DATE: Dec 3, Sunday
TIME: 2 pm
LOCATION: Building 2, level 5, room 5220 (sea side)

Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal - Ananya Ashok

Nov 23, 2017

TITLE: Phytoplankton adaptation to environmental stress in tropical seas
ADVISOR: Susana Agusti
DATE: Nov 26, Sunday
TIME: 3 pm
LOCATION: Building 2, level 5, room 5220 (sea side)