17 May, 2022Research Scientist Focus: Dr. Helena Villela
Dr. Helena Villela is a research scientist in the Red Sea Research Center's Marine Microbiomes Lab, where she is working under the supervision of Professor Raquel Peixoto. Her primary research interests lie in investigating marine microbes that can be applied to the protection and recovery of the environment, mitigating the negative impacts of the human activities.
15 May, 2022Student Focus: Nathalia Delgadillo
We took some time to talk to Nathalia Delgadillo, currently a PhD student at Prof. Raquel Peixoto Marine Microbiomes lab. Previously, she did her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where she won a national competition of the best bachelor’s thesis, sponsored by the biggest Oil Company of Colombia.
10 May, 2022Student Focus: Migle Kotryna Konciute
We caught up with Migle Kotryna Konciute (aka, Catherine), a PhD student from Prof. Aranda’s Symbiomics lab from the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST. Our objective was to discover the exciting world of the Aiptasia, as a model to study the metabolic interactions between Symbiodiniaceae algae and corals.
24 April, 2022Prof. Raquel Peixoto named a Fellow of the International Coral Reef Society
Prof. Raquel Peixoto, KAUST associate professor of marine science at the Red Sea Research Center (RSRC), is recognized as a Fellow of the International Coral Reef Society (ICRS) for her contributions to the field of coral probiotics. ICRS is the principal scientific association dedicated to coral reef research worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development and dissemination of science toward securing a future with coral reefs.
21 April, 2022Student Focus: Aislinn Dunne
ince the beginning of her PhD in 2018, Aislinn Dunne from Prof. Burton H. Jones’ Integrated Ocean Processes group, has been following fish and what they eat throughout the Red Sea. She was interested in how coral reef fishes interact with other coastal habitats throughout their lives.
17 April, 2022Arab student sails seas, pursues dream in marine science
Not many Ph.D. students are mothers to four children while pursuing their dream to become a marine biologist working at sea.
As the only Arab women working on Phase 1 of the OceanX mission, KAUST Ph.D. marine science student Afrah Alothman has broken many a glass ceiling and continues to push the bounds of what is possible for Arab women to achieve.
15 April, 2022KAUST received a research donation from Amazon to support a research project on KAUST coral reefs
The King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) announced that it received a research donation from Amazon.sa to support a research project on coral reef conservation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The project will provide new tools for a global environmental initiative called the Global Coral Reef R&D Accelerator Platform (cordap.org). Launched by G20 members during the Saudi Presidency in 2020, the global initiative is being led by the Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, with KAUST as the central hub.
14 April, 2022Research Scientist Focus: Dr. Guoxin Cui
Dr. Guoxin Cui received his PhD from the Red Sea Research Center, followed by a couple of years as a postdoctoral researcher. He is currently a Research Scientist in The Coral Symbiomics Lab, looking at the symbiotic relationship between coral and algae.
10 April, 2022Alumna Focus: Dr. Lina Eyouni
Dr. Lina Eyouni, an alumna doctoral student of KAUST's Red Sea Research Center, was the first Saudi woman to graduate with a MSc in Marine Physics from KAU, and the first Saudi woman to graduate with a PhD in oceanography from KAUST. She was recently appointed Physical Science Environmental Manager at the The Red Sea Development Company.
17 March, 2022Drones shed light on coastal water flows
Runoff in coastal waters is linked to pollution and degradation of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have now been used to overcome the challenges of monitoring water flow between ecosystems and over large areas. Prof. Matthew McCabe, research scientist Kasper Johansen and Ph.D. student Aislinn Dunne developed a method using drones and harmless dyes to track and monitor the movement of water between coastal habitats.
08 February, 2022Cell cultures are not as stable as you'd think
Culture environments of different cell types growing in culture vessels or Petri dishes vary significantly from each other and from conditions in the living body, potentially driving the “reproducibility crisis” in biomedical research, according to a team of KAUST bioscientists. This conclusion follows constant monitoring of three different cell types, including human pluripotent stem cells, over three days. This and further research could lead to improved standards and protocols for cell culture experiments in the laboratory.
18 January, 2022Prof. Duarte's TedTalk: "The unexpected underwater plant fighting climate change"
Once considered the ugly duckling of environmental conservation, seagrass is emerging as a powerful tool for climate action. From drawing down carbon to filtering plastic pollution, marine scientist Carlos M. Duarte details the incredible things this oceanic hero does for our planet -- and shows ingenious ways he and his team are protecting and rebuilding marine life.
20 December, 2021KAUST inaugurates the world’s first Coral Probiotics Village
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) recently announced the inauguration of the world's first coral probiotics village in the Red Sea. The village, located around 20 km off the campus shores, is part of the University's Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) efforts and approach to coral preservation and restoration. The inaugural featured an underwater ribbon-cutting ceremony and was attended by representatives from KAUST leadership, RSRC researchers and students, as well as members from the community.
09 December, 2021Coral workshop equips in-Kingdom specialists with tools to preserve reefs, economy
In order to understand and protect the vulnerable marine resources of the Red Sea, it is imperative to know which species need protecting. Coral biologist Prof. Francesca Benzoni, associate director of the Red Sea Research Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), hosted a coral training workshop in October for marine science students and non-KAUST faculty and professionals to better identify coral species of the Red Sea.
03 December, 2021Beneath The Waves...with sharks, seagrass and sediments
EXPEDITION ALERT! A collaboration between BTWaves and TAJRC to visit Exuma Sounds, Bahamas, for some seagrass, sediment and shark science!
05 December, 2021Red Sea bioregions show changing blooms
Red Sea phytoplankton blooms change seasonally and interannually in response to climatic events. A KAUST study has analyzed satellite data over two decades and its findings will underpin other investigations into how climate change could impact this marine ecosystem. Phytoplankton are water-living, microscopic organisms that use chlorophyll to convert light into energy. This process involves absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, similar to plants.
17 November, 2021Reaching 'Highly Cited' - twice
We are thrilled to announce that Distinguished Professor Carlos Duarte is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher 2021, - an annual status given to 0.1%, of the world's most influential researchers. However, this year the recognition in two different categories - a doubly Highly Cited Researcher! These are for the categories of: 'Environment and Ecology' and 'Plant and Animals Science'