Ellie Richardson

Master Students

Master Student

Research Interests

Ellie achieved a BSc (with honours) in Applied Animal Science in Edinburgh, Scotland. She began her scientific career studying the short term impacts of the Eurasian beaver, as part of her thesis. Since then, she has crossed over to the marine world, and is passionate about elasmobranch movement patterns, genetics, and development of legislative policies. She is looking forward to being fully immersed in the larger community of KAUST, while developing her knowledge of lab-based work and statistical analysis. Ellie joined the campus in Fall 2021 as an MSc student working with Michael Berumen. She is keen to develop a thesis working with blue-spotted ribbontailed rays. This project primarily aims to determine the population structure, including sex biased dispersal, using a combination of microsatellite and mitochondrial analysis. Through her research, Ellie hopes to assist in long term conservation efforts for this species.


BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Science, SRUC, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 2016

Professional Profile

  • 2017 - 2018: Station Manager of Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, Bimini, the Bahamas
  • Summer 2018: Teacher of "Bahamian Histories" at the Island School, Eleuthera, the Bahamas
  • Spring 2019: Education Officer at the Sea Watch Foundation, Wales, UK
  • 2019 -2021: Station Manager and Admin at the Bimini Biological Field Station, Bimini, the Bahamas

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecology MPA efforts Movement ecology Elasmobranch research Population structure Habitat use