Research Interests

​As a student and citizen, I am highly enamored with marine ecosystems. I am very keen on better understanding how they currently function, the key roles species play ​​​​in sustaining each other and ecosystem functions, and how best to manage these systems for resilience to future change, future human use, and conservation.​​

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • M.Sc. Marine Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2016 ​​​
  • B.S. (summa cum laude), Biology, Wake Forest University, 2015​

Professional Profile

  • ​​2015 – 2016: M.Sc student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia​​​​​

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​​Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section (SCB Marine)
  • International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS)​​​​​


  • ​Distinguished Student Researcher (School for Field Studies, 2015)
  • Elton C. Cocke Scholarship (Wake Forest University, 2015)​
  • Sullivan Scholarship for Expanding Biological Horizons (Wake Forest University, 2014 & 2015)

KAUST Affiliations

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