Research Interests

Dr. Rostad a marine biologist and have specialized in fish and zooplankton ecology with the use of scientific echo sounders as the main tool. This involves mainly behavior and abundance studies of fish and zooplankton, but he has also used echo sounders to record sinking polluted sediments and direct carbon vertical flux. Most of his work has been with stationary echo sounders, which are used for long term monitoring in ocean observatories. Recently he has been mainly studying mesopelagic fish; the most abundant fishes in the world, and their role in vertical flux of carbon in the world's oceans.


Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Marine Biology, University of Oslo, Norway, 2006
  • M.Sc., Marine Zoology, University of Oslo, Norway, 2000

Professional Profile

  • ​2010 - Present: Senior Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2006 - 2010: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Oslo, Norway
  • 2000 - 2002: Research assistant, Oregon State University, Newport, USA

KAUST Affiliations

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