Alexa Foster

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

​Alexa aims to apply her research interests of marine connectivity and conservation to evaluate the population dynamics and life history of breeding seabirds in the Red Sea.

Selected Publications

  • The invasive green alga Avrainvillea sp. transforms native epifauna and algal communities on a tropical hard substr... 
    A.D. Foster, H.L. Spalding, T.E. Cox, F.F. La Valle, J. Philippoff
    Phycological Research, (2018)


  • MSc., Marine Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2022
  • ​B.Sc., Natural Resources and Environmental Management, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2017

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-2020: Field technician, Kauai Endangered Seabird Recovery Project. Kauai, Hawaii
  • 2018-2019: Environmental educator, Kupu. Oahu, Hawaii
  • 2018-2019: Lab technician, Kewalo Marine Laboratory. Oahu, Hawaii
  • 2016-2018: Research intern, Our Project in Hawaii's Intertidal. Oahu, Hawaii


  • ​Grant recipient of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (2016; 2017)

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecology Marine Connectivity Conservation biology Citizen science