Federica Barreca

Research Staff

Laboratory Technician

Research Interests

Despite their crucial biological and ecological role as bioconstructor, scleractinian corals are one of the most problematic groups from a taxonomic point of view. Among these, the coral genus Dipsastraea (Merulinidae), appears to be one of the least resolved taxa. During my master thesis, I focused on this genus and other related genera, deploying a morpho-molecular approach to better understand their taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships. As a member of the Habitat and Benthic Biodiversity Lab, I would like to further contribute to a deeper comprehension of the Scleractinian coral taxonomy and evolution.


  • M.Sc., Biology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, 2021
  • B.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, 2018

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present: Laboratory Technician, RSRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine biodiversity ​Coral reef Coral systematics