Francesca Giovenzana

Ph.D. Students

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

​My specific academic interest is based around the study of the seafloor from a sedimentological and morphological point of view, with a particular interest on how the biological and geological spheres interact. This is crucial in a reef environment since corals can be considered both as living organisms but also as the ones that shape the environment and provide hard substrata for the other living beings. To achieve this goal, I use both remote data collection (MultiBeam EchoSounder, Side Scan Sonar, satellite data, and drone surveys) and field surveys (scuba diving, Remote Operated Vehicle). I previously worked on the biogenic component of Mediterranean sediments, i.e. on the ecology of benthic foraminifera and their possible implication in paleoenvironmental reconstructions.


  • ​MSc., Marine Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, 2018
  • BSc., Biological Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, 2016

Professional Profile

  • ​2020-Present: Ph.D. Student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​Marine ecology Coral reef Benthic invertebrate community GIS Geomorphology