Research Interests

I am a marine zoologist by training. During my PhD, I became interested in investigating coral reefs on the holobiont level, i.e. taking into account the dynamic multicompartmental meta-organism that is comprised by the coral animal, symbiotic algae, and other microbes. For my postdoc, I will delve deeper into functional microbiology to disentangle coral holobiont responses under global environmental change.

Selected Publications

  • Sugar enrichment provides evidence for a role of nitrogen fixation in coral bleaching
    C. Pogoreutz, N. Rädecker, A. Cárdenas, A. Gärdes, C.R. Voolstra, C. Wild
    Global Change Biology, (2017)
  • Nitrogen cycling in corals: the key to understanding holobiont functioning?
    N. Rädecker, C. Pogoreutz, C.R. Voolstra, J. Wiedenmann, C. Wild
    Trends in Microbiology, 23(8), pp. 490-497, (2015)
  • First record of Satyrichthys laticeps and second record of Satyrichthys kikingeri (Teleostei: Peristediidae) from t...
    C. Pogoreutz, S. Vitecek, H. Ahnelt
    Marine Biodiversity Records, 7, e61, , (2014)
  • Gut morphology and relative gut length do not reliably reflect trophic level in gobiids: a comparison of four speci...
    C. Pogoreutz, H. Ahnelt
    Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 30, 408-410, (2014)
  • A new species of Satyrichthys (Teleostei: Peristediidae) from the Maldives Archipelago (Indian Ocean)
    C. Pogoreutz, S. Vitecek, H. Ahnelt
    Zootaxa, 3694, 153-160, (2013)
  • The influence of canopy structure and tidal settings on fish assemblages in tropical South-East Asian seagrass mead...
    C. Pogoreutz, D. Kneer, M. Litaay, H. Asmus, H. Ahnelt.
    Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 107, 58-68, (2012)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D. Biology, University of Bremen, Germany, 2016
  • Diploma (equiv. MSc) in Biology/Zoology, University of Vienna, Austria, 2011​​​

Professional Profile

  • 2017-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral researcher, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany
  • 2013-2016: Ph.D. candidate, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany
  • 2012-2013: Resident Marine Biologist, Kuramathi EcoCenter, Kuramathi Island Resort, Maldives

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Coral Reef Studies
  • Mid-East Coral Reef Society​​


  • ​​Photo competition of the British Royal Society 2015: Winner of the category ‘Behaviour’ with image ‘Going with the flow: schooling to avoid a predator’​​​​​

KAUST Affiliations

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