Research Interests

​Using numerical modeling and in situ and remote sensing observations to understand and predict the ocean circulations in the Arabian marginal seas, including the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea, and the impacts of the circulations on the marine ecosystems. 


Selected Publications

  • Far-field ocean conditions and concentrate discharges modeling along the Saudi Coast of the Red Sea
    P. Zhan, F. Yao, A. R. Kartadikaria, Y. Viswanadhapalli, G. Gopalakrishnan, I. Hoteit
    In Intakes and Outfalls for Seawater Reverse-Osmosis Desalination Facilities, Sp..., (2015)
  • Thermocline regulated seasonal evolution of surface chlorophyll in the Gulf of Aden
    F. Yao, I. Hoteit
    PLoS ONE, (2015)
  • Eddies in the Red Sea: A statistical and dynamical study
    P. Zhan, A. Subramanian, F. Yao, I. Hoteit
    J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, (2014)
  • Short-term sea surface temperature response to wind stress in the Tropical Pacific: Sensitivity to vertical mi...
    B. Wagman, C. S. Jackson, F. Yao, S. Zedler, I. Hoteit
    Ocean Modeling, 79, 54-64, (2014)
  • Exploring the Red Sea seasonal ecosystem functioning using a three‐dimensional biophysical model
    G. Triantafyllou, F. Yao, G. Petihakis, K. P. Tsiaras, D. E. Raitsos, I. Hoteit
    J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, (2014)
  • Seasonal overturning circulation in the Red Sea: 1. Model validation and summer circulation
    F. Yao, I. Hoteit, L. J. Pratt, A. S. Bower, P. Zhai, A. Köhl, G. Gopalakrishnan
    J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, (2014)
  • Seasonal overturning circulation in the Red Sea: 2. Winter circulation
    F. Yao, I. Hoteit, L. J. Pratt, A. S. Bower, A. Köhl, D. Rivas
    J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, (2014)
  • A HYCOM modeling study of the Persian Gulf: 1. Model configurations and surface circulation
    F. Yao, W. E. Johns
    J. Geophys. Res., 115, C11017, (2010)
  • A HYCOM modeling study of the Persian Gulf: 2. Formation and export of Persian Gulf Water
    F. Yao, W. E. Johns
    J. Geophys. Res., 115, C11018, (2010)
  • Observations of seasonal exchange through the Straits of Hormuz and the inferred heat and freshwater budgets of the...
    W.E. Johns, F. Yao, D. B. Olson, S. A. Josey, J. P. Grist, D. A. Smeed
    J. Geophys. Res., 108(C12), 3391, (2003)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, University of Miami, Coral Gables, USA, 2008
  • M.E., Fluid Mechanics, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, 2002
  • B.S., Oceanography Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, 1998

Professional Profile

  • ​2014-Present:  Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2014:  Post-Doctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012:  Guest Investigator, Depart of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
  • 2010-2011: Visiting Scholar, Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • 2009-2010: Research Associate, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, USA
  • 2002-2008:  Research Assistant, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, USA

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Member of American Geophysical Union
  • Member of American Meteorological Socie

KAUST Affiliations

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