Research Interests

​​Vanessa is interested in integrating ecological, biological, and genetic data to understand the forces driving biogeography and population structures of coral reef fishes. She mainly studies potential factors defining habitat ranges, population genetics, and connectivity in coral dwelling fishes in the Red Sea, applying molecular tools such as microsatellite markers and single nucleotide polymorphisms. This approach will give insight into the relationship between the adaptive potential/strategies of a species and its biogeographic range. This knowledge can then be used to learn more about the species’ genetic history and predict its potential fate. Additionally, Vanessa is quantifying the recruitment of coral reef fishes in the Red Sea and how it differs among reef types and seasons of the year.


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • M.Sc., International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology (ISATEC), ZMT and Bremen University, Bremen, Germany, 2013
  • B.Sc., Biology, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany, 2011​

Professional Profile

  • ​​​2013: Ph.D. Student, Marine Science (MarS), KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia​

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center(RSRC)