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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25 May, 2022

Fran Aparicio was recently awarded the Delta Award from KAUST HSE Department

We are very happy to share the news that our lab manager Fran Aparicio was recently recognized by KAUST HSE department as a recipient of the first Delta Award. This is presented "in recognition of the positive impact LSRs have on our efforts to build a strong safety culture in our labs". Congratulations to Fran for this well-deserved award and thank him for his leadership, hard work, and dedication to keeping our operations safe and productive.

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23 May, 2022

Soaking in the sights and sounds of seagrass meadows

In November 2021, a team of researchers from KAUST, in collaboration with the US-based Beneath the Waves organization, spent a week on a boat off the coast of Great Exuma in the Bahamas. While the team is more at home in the Red Sea, this trip had an important goal: to characterize in detail the seagrass ecosystem of the Bahamas Banks for the first time. The data collected forms part of a wider project aiming to gain UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the region.

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17 May, 2022

Research 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.

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15 May, 2022

Student 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.

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10 May, 2022

Student 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.

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24 April, 2022

Prof. 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.

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21 April, 2022

Student 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.

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20 April, 2022

Top Ecology and Evolution scientists in the World

This week, Carlos Duarte was ranked #4 in the list of Top Ecology and Evolution scientists in the World, and the top marine scientist in that rank:

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17 April, 2022

Arab 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.

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15 April, 2022

KAUST 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.

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14 April, 2022

Research 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.

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12 April, 2022

Student Focus: Inês Goncalves Raimundo

Inês Raimundo, a PhD Student in the Marine Microbiomes Lab at KAUST's Red Sea Research Center, has a deep fascination with marine microorganisms, and believes these tiny organisms could play a key role in saving coral reefs.

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