Hailey Shchepanik

Master Students

​Master Student

Research Interests

​Hailey is using DNA metabarcoding to survey the presence of nonindigenous cryptofauna in natural and artificial habitats in the Red Sea. This research aims to evaluate the colonization of nonindigenous species in coral reefs, marinas, and commercial shipping ports, to establish a robust and rapid baseline monitoring system to assess species distributions and facilitate early detection of biological invasions.


  • ​B.Sc., Biology (Honours), Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada, 2018

Professional Profile

  • ​2020 - Visiting Student, Reef Ecology Lab, KAUST
  • 2019 - Fisheries Resource Management Intern, University of Belize
  • 2018 - Research Assistant, Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Sustainable aquaculture and biological invasions

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecology Biological invasions Coral reef fish biology Fisheries biology