Research Interests

My research aims to characterize how coral-algal phase shifts impact the biogeochemical functioning of tropical coral reef communities. 

In this context, novel benthic in situ incubation chambers are used to assess metabolic rates (photosynthesis, respiration and calcification), carbon and nitrogen fluxes, and microbial parameters in coral- and algae-dominated reef communities and natural conditions. I further aim to elucidate complex interactions mediated by single and combined organic and inorganic eutrophication stressors on the same processes. The resulting data set will be the first to evaluate and compare in situ key ecosystem functions of benthic primary producers in coral reefs systems and will help to understand their response to anthropogenic local eutrophication stressors. 

Education Profile

  • ​M.Sc., International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology (ISATEC), Bremen University, Bremen, Germany, 2014
  • B.Sc., Biology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2015-Present: Ph.D. student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-2015: Researcher, European Commission International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES), Exchange between Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Bremen (Germany)
  • 2013-2014: Research assistant, working group Coral Reef Ecology (CORE), Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Bremen, Germany
  • 2010-2012: Research assistant, Institute for Marine Biology (IfMB) Giglio, Italy

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center(RSRC)