Research Interests

My current research focuses on the effects of human activities in the Red Sea marine environment. I am investigating how single and multiple stressors affect biodiversity and functioning, and ultimately the health status, of Red Sea coastal ecosystems. As effects from climate change and local anthropogenic impacts often co-occur, I'm particularly interested in the evaluation of ecosystem response to the different stressors, either isolated or combined, and its ability to recover after exposure to such impacts.

Selected Publications

  • Temperature dependence of plankton community metabolism in the subtropical and tropical oceans
    L.S. Garcia‐Corral, J.M. Holding, P. Carrillo‐de‐Albornoz, A. Steckbauer, M. Pérez‐Lorenzo...
    Global Biogeochemical Cycles, volume 31, issue 7, pp. 1141-1154, (2017)
  • Effects of UVB radiation on net community production in the upper global ocean
    L.S. Garcia-Corral, J.M. Holding, P. Carrillo-de-Albornoz, A. Steckbauer, M. Pérez-Lorenz...
    Global Ecology and Biogeography, (2016)
  • Synergistic effects of hypoxia and increasing CO2 on benthic invertebrates of the central Chilean coast
    A. Steckbauer, L. Ramajo, I.E. Hendriks, M. Fernandez, N. Lagos, L. Prado, C.M. Duarte
    Frontiers in Marine Science, 2(49), (2015)
  • Biological mechanisms supporting adaptation to ocean acidification in coastal ecosystems
    Hendriks, I. E., C. M. Duarte, Y. S. Olsen, A. Steckbauer, L. Ramajo, T. S. Moore, J. A. T...
    Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 152 (A1-A8), (2015)
  • Photosynthetic activity buffers ocean acidification in seagrass meadows
    Hendriks, I. E., Y. S. Olsen, L. Ramajo, L. Basso, A. Steckbauer, T. S. Moore, J. Howard, ...
    Biogeosciences, Vol. 11, 333-346, (2014)
  • Is Ocean Acidification an Open-Ocean Syndrome? Understanding Anthropogenic Impacts on Marine pH
    Duarte, C. M., I. E. Hendriks, T. S. Moore, Y. S. Olsen, A. Steckbauer, L. Ramajo, J. Cars...
    Estuaries and Coasts, 36(2), 221-236, (2013)
  • Ecosystem impacts of hypoxia: response thresholds and timescales
    Steckbauer, A., C. M. Duarte, J. Carstensen, R. Vaquer-Sunyer, and D. A. Conley
    Environmental Research Letters, (2011)
  • Variable metabolic responses of Skagerrak invertebrates to low O2 and high CO2 scenarios
    Aisling Fontanini, Alexandra Steckbauer, Sam Dupont, and Carlos M. Duarte
    Biogeosciences, 15, 3717-3729, (2017)
  • Predator avoidance in the European seabass after recovering from short-term hypoxia and different CO2 conditions
    Steckbauer, A., C. Díaz-Gil, J. Alós, I. A. Catalán, and C. M. Duarte
    Front. Mar. Sci (accepted), (2018)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Science and Technology, Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP), Spain, 2016
  • M.Sc., Marine Ecology, University of Vienna, Austria, 2009
  • B.Sc., Ecology and Biodiversity, University of Salzburg, Austria, 2007 

Professional Profile

  • 2018-present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018: Visiting Researcher, Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand
  • 2017: Consultant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016: Visiting Student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013: Visiting Student, University of Gothenburg, Kristineberg Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences, Fiskebäckskil, Sweden
  • 2012: Visiting Student, Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas (ECIM), Las Cruces, Chile
  • 2011: Participant of the Expedición Malaspina 2010, Leg 3+4: Cape Town, South Africa to Perth and Sydney, Australia
  • 2010: Visiting Student, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Longyearbyen, Norway
  • 2009-2013: Ph.D. Grant, Government of the Balearic Islands (Department of Education, Culture and Universities) and the EU (European Social Fund), Spain


  • ​2017: Honours of "cum laude" for Ph.D. thesis (UIMP)
  • 2011 + 2013: ASSEMBLE grant (European Community - Research Infrastructure Action under the FP7 "Capacities" Specific Programme) - travel grant (2x)
  • 2009: Ph.D. grant - Government of the Balearic Islands, Spain (Department of Education, Culture and Universities) and the EU (European Social Fund)
  • 2008 + 2009: Merit scholarship from the University of Vienna, Austria (2x)
  • 2008: Rupert-Riedl Award, Haus des Meeres - Aqua Terra Zoo, Vienna, Austria 

KAUST Affiliations

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