Carlos Angulo-Preckler, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

My primary interest lies in the field of marine invertebrates. My field of research is ecology in its broad sense. I have been studying the diversity and function of Antarctic invertebrates and their chemical ecology. I have studied and described some Antarctic benthic communities (From megafauna to bacteria). I have participated in several Antarctic expeditions. For the last two years, I have trained my molecular ecology toolbox, including bioinformatics and statistics of high throughput data to expand my knowledge of Arctic ecology for broadening the understanding of polar ecosystem functioning.

Selected Publications

  • Volcanism and rapid sedimentation effects on benthic communities of Deception Island, Antarctica. C. Angulo-Preckler, P. Pernet, C. García-Hernández, G. Kereszturi, A. Alvarez-Valero, J. Hopfenblatt, M. Gómez-Ballesteros, X. Otero, J. Caza, J. Ruiz-Fernández, A. Geyer, C. Avila. Continental Shelf Research 220, 104404 (2021). 
  • A Minireview on Biodiscovery in Antarctic Marine Benthic Invertebrates. C. Avila, C. Angulo-Preckler. Frontiers in Marine Science, 976, (2021).
  • Bioactive compounds from marine heterobranchs. C. Avila, C. Angulo-Preckler. Marine Drugs, 18(12), 657, (2020).
  • More than expected from old sponge samples: a natural sampler DNA metabarcoding assessment of marine fish diversity in Nha Trang Bay (Vietnam). M. Turon, C. Angulo-Preckler, A. Antich, K. Præbel, O. Wangensteen. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 1042, (2020).
  • Chemical Ecology in the Southern Ocean. Book chapter in: Life in Extreme Environments: Insights in Biological Capability. Cambridge University Press 251 p. C. Angulo-Preckler, P. De Castro-Fernandez, R. Martin-Martin, B. Figuerola, C. Avila (2020).
  • Invasive marine species discovered on non–native kelp rafts in the warmest Antarctic island. C. Avila, C. Angulo-Preckler, R. Martín-Martín, B. Figuerola, H.J. Griffiths, C.L. Waller. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-9, (2020).


  • Ph.D. Student, Biodiversity, UB, Barcelona, Spain, 2010 - 2015
  • M.Sc., Animal biodiversity, UB, Barcelona, Spain, 2009
  • B.Sc., Marine Sciences, ULPGC, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 2003 - 2008
  • B.Sc., Geography, UCM, Madrid, Spain, 1998 - 2003

Professional Profile

  • 2021- Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-2021: Postdoctoral fellow, UiT, Tromsø, Norway

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Association of Polar Early Careers (APECS)


  • Faranda Prize, for the study; Antifouling activity of selected Antarctic invertebrates: in situ experiments at Deception Island, Antarctica. CONISMA/European Marine Board. Rome, Italy (2014).

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine invertebrates Chemical Ecology Environmental DNA