Research Interests

​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. 


Selected Publications

  • Presence of the Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in a vulnerable frog in Trinidad, West Indies
    J.B. Alemu I, N. E. M. Cazabon-Mannette, A.A. Cunningham, L. Dempewolf, A. Hailey, R.P. Ma...
    Endangered Species Research, (2013)
  • Presence of the Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Populations of the Critically Endangered Frog Mann...
    J.B. Alemu I, N. E. M. Cazabon, L. Dempewolf, A. Hailey, M. Lehtinen, R.P. Mannette, K.T. ...
    EcoHealth, (2008)
  • Ecological observations on the critically endangered Tobago endemic frog Mannophryne olmonae
    J.B. Alemu I, N. E. M. Cazabon, L. Dempewolf, A. Hailey, M. Lehtinen, R.P. Mannette, K.T. ...
    Applied Herpetology, (2007)
  • Population density and colony composition of the ant Anochetus emarginatus (Hymenoptera: Ponerinae) in a lowland fo...
    A.C.J. Schmidt-Roach, L. Dempewolf, N. E. M. Cazabon and C.K. Starr
    Living World: Journal of the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists Club, (2004)
  • Nest sites and structure of the ant Anochetus emarginatus (Hymenoptera: Ponerinae) in a lowland forest in Trinidad
    L. Dempewolf, N. E. M. Cazabon, A.C.J. Schmidt-Roach, and C.K. Starr
    Living World: Journal of the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists Club, (2004)

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)