Research Interests

​My main research interest is in the autoecology of marine benthic calcifiers – especially in the face of global change. In the framework of my PhD, I am investigating the physiology of Tridacnidae (Giant clams) in the Red Sea under several stressors as well as their overall function within reefs.
In previous studies during my Undergraduate and Masters studies, I worked on cold-water coral species of the Baltic Sea and Chilean Fjord region, assessing the effect of alternating pH and water temperatures on their physiological performance. 


Education Profile

  • B.Sc., Biology, Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany, 2013
  • M.Sc., Biological Oceanography, Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany, 2016

Professional Profile

  • Aug 2017 – present: Ph.D. student, Tarek Jufalli Chair, RSRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • June 2017: Course director, Institute for Marine Biology, Isola del Giglio, Italy
  • Sept. 2016 – Feb. 2017: VSRP Intern, Tarek Jufalli Chair, RSRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016: Scientific Diver/Research Assistant, CAU Kiel, Coastal&Continental Shelf Research, Kiel, Germany
  • 2015: Scientific Diver/Research Assistant, Fundación San Ignacio de Huinay, Huinay, Chile
  • 2011 – 2014: Research Assistant, GEOMAR – Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meeresforschung (DGM)


KAUST Affiliations

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