27 September, 2022

Coral genome reveals cysteine surprise

Model animals, such as mice and fruit flies, have provided scientists with powerful insights into how cellular biology works. However, model animals are really just a guide, and it can be risky to generalize findings across animals from studying a selection of model organisms.

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26 September, 2022

Prof. Michael Berumen has been selected as a 2022 outstanding Alumni for the College of Science and Engineering from James Cook University

We are happy to share the news that our Center Director, Prof. Michael Berumen, has been selected as the 2022 Outstanding Alumni for the College of Science and Engineering from James Cook University. The ceremony took place on the 9th of September in Townsville, Australia. Congratulations, Mike!

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14 September, 2022

RSRC Faculty Retreat Meeting

On September 13 and 14, the Red Sea Research Center Faculty, business manager, and some of the center staff met for a two-days retreat meeting to plan the future of the center's activities. The retreat meeting took place at the Bay La Sun Hotel in KAEC.

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11 September, 2022

Divers spot manta rays for science

What started as a simple desire to understand more about oceanic manta rays (Mobula birostris) in the Red Sea led KAUST colleagues Anna Knochel and Alexander Kattan and co-workers to complete a survey of these creatures with the help of holiday snaps taken by members of the public on diving trips.

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04 September, 2022

Student Focus: Anieka Parry

Anieka Parry just started her PhD at KAUST Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair for Red Sea Ecology Lab, but she already did her Master’s thesis under Professor Duarte’s supervision; so, she is no novice to the marine science creativity that roams the corridors of Professor Carlos Duarte laboratories.

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25 August, 2022

Concrete solutions for sea turtle survival

An environmental foundation and a cement factory are supporting ongoing efforts and research to help safeguard the future of Red Sea turtles.

One of the largest sea turtle nesting grounds on the Red Sea could become a conservation area due to an unusual alliance. A cement company that once undermined the survival of green turtles on Saudi Arabia’s Ras Baridi beach is now supporting KAUST’s research efforts to protect this endangered species.

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21 August, 2022

Researcher Focus: Dr. Ricardo N. Alves

Solar Ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation is emerging as a largely overlooked, but prevalent stressor in the marine environment. The extreme transparency of the Red Sea, leads to high penetration of UVB rays, with known deleterious effects on the health of sea organisms. As such, today we talked to Dr. Ricardo N. Alves, a research specialist from the Biological Oceanography Lab of Prof. Susana Agustí's group, which focuses on the effects of solar UVB radiation as a stressor in fish from offshore aquaculture.

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15 August, 2022

Jose Filho wins international InnovateFPGA Design Contest for coral medicine project

RSRC KAUST PhD student Jose Filho is the world champion of the 2022 InnovateFPGA Design Contest, organized by Intel Corporation and Terasic Inc. and sponsored by high-profile companies Microsoft, Analog Devices, Arrow Electronics, Macnica, Mouser Electronics, and Digi-Key Electronics.

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14 August, 2022

Burrowing crabs bring beneficial bacteria to mangroves

Fiddler crabs burrowing beneath arid mangrove forests help bring beneficial bacteria to an ecosystem in dire need of nutrients. Plant growth in arid mangrove forests is limited by a lack of rainfall, poor nutrient availability, and high soil salinity.

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31 July, 2022

Research Scientist Focus: Dr. Fabio Marchese

Dr. Fabio Marchese is a marine geomorphologist in the Red Sea Research Center's Habitat and Benthic Biodiversity Lab, where he uses his specialized seafloor and marine habitat mapping skills to shed light on how geomorphic processes create and shape current seafloor morphologies in the Red Sea.

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28 July, 2022

International leading scientists issue a critical guide for using microbiomes to combat the global issue of biodiversity loss

Beneficial Microbes for Marine Organisms (BMMO), an international network of collaborators with expertise in crosscutting areas of probiotic research, have published a paper in Nature Microbiology, Harnessing the microbiome to prevent global biodiversity loss, that provides a science-based framework to accelerate the responsible research and development of microbiome solutions.

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03 July, 2022

Saudi-Japan collaboration furthers Red Sea research

New technologies and expertise are being applied to study areas of the Red Sea, thanks to a partnership between Saudi Arabia and Japan. Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have teamed with engineers and scientists at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), a leading institute in deep marine science, to research shallow reef and deep-water environments using Japanese specialty equipment and the KAUST-owned research vessel, RV Thuwal.

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04 July, 2022

Drones and dyes paint a picture of coastal water movement

Working in the natural environment often presents some interesting challenges, but many minds make light work. “Our complementary skillsets brought remote sensing and marine science together for this project,” says Aislinn Dunne, a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Burton Jones at KAUST’s Red Sea Research Center.

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30 June, 2022

Researcher Focus: Dr. Ananya Ashok

Today, we visited Dr. Ananya Ashok, a recent PhD graduate from the Biological Oceanography Lab led by Prof. Susana Agusti. She is now preparing to leave KAUST to a new adventure in the land of the channels, tulips, and windmills – the Netherlands. But not before sharing with us all the details of her prolific PhD…

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21 June, 2022

Red Sea Research Center is sponsoring 15th International Coral Reef Symposium

We are glad to announce that the Red Sea Research Center will be one of the sponsors of the 15th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), which will take place from July 3-8 in Bremen, Germany.

Happy to announce that RSRC faculty member Prof. Raquel Peixoto will give a plenary talk on Tuesday, July 4th, and several center students will also present posters and introduce their research.

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15 June, 2022

Checking coral reef health one tile at a time

A blueprint for measuring calcium carbonate on the ocean floor could help marine scientists monitor coral reef health around the globe. Climate change and pollution from human activities are irreversibly changing many marine habitats, particularly coral reefs. To assess and mitigate future impacts, ecologists must understand how these ecosystems are functioning right now.

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15 June, 2022

Global collaboration sees whale sharks on the cover of PNAS

With great pride, we are pleased to announce that one of our center's most recent papers, led by Freya Womersley and with a whole host of other collaborators, including Prof. Carlos Duarte and Prof. Michael Berumen, has been selected for the cover of the PNAS journal – exploring the movement ecology of whale sharks and a potential cause of their decline.

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14 June, 2022

World Ocean Day Celebration with TKS

To celebrate World Ocean Day, the Red Sea Research Center hosted 70 students from TKS on June 8. The students from 5th to 7th grades learned a lot of things about the Red Sea, enjoyed the underwater VR experience, and visited coral nursery aquariums at the CMR.

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13 June, 2022

The Tale of Bev Bradley's Bream and the VPR's Fish Supper

Avid fishers from the KAUST shoreline know well the three common species of Red Sea sea bream: the goldsilk or picnic sea bream (Acanthopagrus berda), the double-bar sea bream (Acanthopagrus bifasciatus) and the haffara sea bream (Rhabdosargus haffara). And now they know one more thanks to the Vice President for Research Donal Bradley, physicist and “piscatorial ichthyologist” (studier of fish by fishing).

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12 June, 2022

NatGeo MENA | Chasing Answers - Red Sea Explored

Our oceans are not just beautiful sources of entertainment and recreation, but they help regulate the climate and are an important source of food and homes to diverse marine life. The dedicated scientists at KAUST work tirelessly to not only preserve marine life but to find solutions to climate change and human intrusion. They have moved their research out of the laboratory and into the Red Sea. Take a dive into this NatGeo episode and find out how KAUST professors are making waves in the field of marine science and technology.

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