Alexander Petrovic, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

- Lateral sedimentological heterogeneities and their effect on climate archives
- Pleistocene to Holocene climate variations around the Red Sea 
- Early carbonate diagenesis
- Sequence stratigraphy and architecture of carbonate platforms
- Sediment dynamics on continental margins

Selected Publications

  • Ecosystem design as an avenue for improving services provided by carbonate producing marine ecosystems
    H. Westphal, G.N. Murphy, S.S. Doo, T. Mann, A. Petrovic, C. Schmidt, and M. Stuhr
    PeerJ, doi: 10.7717/peerj.12785 (2022)
  • Holocene sediment distribution in the Al Wajh platform lagoon (northern Red Sea, Saudi Arabia), a modern analogue for large rift basin carbonate platforms
    A. Petrovic, M.A. Fuentes, I. Putri, L.N. Yahaya, P. Khanna, S.J. Purkis, V. Vahrenkamp
    Sedimentology, doi: 10.1111/sed.12955 (2021)
  • Post-LGM Upward Shift of the Mediterranean Outflow Water Recorded in a Contourite Drift off NW Spain
    A. Petrovic, H. Lantzsch, T. Schwenk, J. Marquardt, J. Titschack, T.J.J. Hanebuth
    Marine Geology, 407, 334-349, (2019)


  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2016
  • M.S., Geoscience, University of Bremen, Germany, 2012
  • B.S., Geoscience, University of Bremen, Germany, 2009

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018- 2021: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2018: Assistant/Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bremen, German

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • International Association of Sedimentologists (IAS)
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineer's (EAGE)
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  • German Geological Society (DGGV)
  • European Geoscience Union (EGU)


  • 2021 Georg-Hunaeus Award, German Society for Petroleum and Coal Science and Technology (DGMK)
  • 2017 Walter Schall Award, Society of Nature-study of Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • 2012 SEPM Mobil Student Poster Award, GV Meeting, Hamburg

KAUST Affiliations

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Marine geology Carbonate Sedimentology Carbonate diagenesis Palaeoclimate