Research Interests

Alicia's primary research interest include shark movement and how this affects population structure and dynamics within and between regions. Sharks are important for maintaining the food chain, keeping the balance and ensuring diversity within marine ecosystems. Unfortunately, sharks are also one of the most threatened animals within the marine environment. Understanding their movement can assist in identifying critical habitats such as nursery, pupping and feeding areas for protection. Conserving these top predators has cascading beneficial outcomes for the entire marine environment. 


Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania (UTAS), Hobart, Australia, SUBMITTED November 2018
  • MSc., Aquatic Ecology, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 2008
  • BSc., Zoology and Environmental Biology, University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago, 2005 


Professional Profile

  • ​2017 - Present: Laboratory Assistant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011 - 2013: Research Assistant, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
  • 2011 - 2012: Environmental Consultant, Blue Planet Marine and Koskela Group, Mackay, Australia
  • 2009: English Teacher and Editor, Berlitz and University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
  • 2008: Laboratory Assistant, Max Planck Institute (MPI), Bremen, Germany 


KAUST Affiliations

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