Alison Green, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

​Research Scientist

Research Interests

Dr. Green is a marine scientist with more than 20 years’ experience ensuring that conservation and management are based on the best available science. Her areas of expertise include designing networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) to benefit both people and nature, coral reef fish ecology, biodiversity and monitoring. 

Dr. Green has provided scientific advice and leadership for designing MPAs in 20 countries in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, West Indian Ocean, Latin America and the Caribbean, and training in MPA network design for field practitioners from more than 70 countries worldwide. 

She has also conducted coral reef surveys and long term monitoring in Australia, American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Mozambique and the Caribbean. 

Selected Publications

  • Building coral reef resilience through spatial herbivores management 
    Chung, A.E., Wedding, L.M., Green, A.L., Friedlander, A.M., Goldberg, G., Meadows, A., Hix...
    Frontiers in Marine Science, (2019)
  • Ecological guidelines for designing networks of marine reserves in the unique biophysical environment of the Gulf o... 
    Munguia-Vega, A., Green, A.L., et al.
    Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, (2018)
  • The gravity of human impacts mediates coral reef conservation gains 
    Cinner, J.E., ..., Green, A.L., ...
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (27): 6116-6125., (2018)
  • Modelling and mapping regional-scale patterns of fishing impact and fish stocks to support coral-reef management in... 
    Harborne, A.R., Green, A.L., Peterson, N.A., Beger, M., Golbuu, Y., Houk, P., Spalding, M....
    Diversity and Distributions, (2018)
  • Incorporating larval dispersal into MPA design for both conservation and fisheries 
    Krueck, N.C., Ahmadia, G.N., Green, A., Jones, G.P., Possingham, H.P., Riginos, C., Treml,...
    Ecological Applications 1-17, (2017)
  • Bright spots among the world’s coral reefs 
    Cinner, J. et al
    Nature , (2016)
  • Integrating regional conservation priorities for multiple objectives into national policy 
    Beger, M., McGowan, J., Treml, E.A., Green, A.L., Wolff, N.H., Klein, C.J., Mumby, P.J., P...
    Nature Communications, (2015)
  • Larval dispersal and movement patterns of coral reef fishes, and implications for marine reserve network design 
    Green, A.L., Maypa, A.P, Almany, G.R., Rhodes, K.L., Weeks, R., Abesamis, R.A., Gleason, M...
    Biological Reviews 90 (4): 1215-1247., (2015)
  • The intrinsic vulnerability to fishing of coral reef fishes and their differential recovery in fishery closures 
    Abesamis, R.A., Green, A.L., Russ, G.R., Jadloc, C.R.L. 
    Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 24 (4): 1033-1063, (2014)
  • Designing marine reserves for fisheries management, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation 
    Green, A.L., Fernandes, L., Almany, G., Abesamis, R., McLeod, E., Aliño, P., White, A.T., ...
    Coastal Management 42:143159, (2014)


  • ​Ph.D., Marine Biology, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville. Q. Australia.
  • BSc (First Class Honours), Zoology, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Q. Australia

Professional Profile

  • ​Jan 2020-Present: Research Scientist, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2003-2019: Senior Marine Scientist, Asia Pacific Resource Center, The Nature Conservancy, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 1998-2003: Director of Science and Technology, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville. Australia.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme Certification: Occupational SCUBA to 30m.


  • Fulbright Scholarship. 
  • Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowship.
  • Australian Postgraduate Research Award.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine protected areas Coral reefs fishes