Juan Fernando Rivera-Cifuentes

Master Students

Master Student

Research Interests

Juan Fernando's interests revolve around the study of marine ecosystems and organisms, especially coral reef fish. He is particularly interested in understanding how the different roles that fish play in reefs contribute to the resilience and productivity of these ecosystems. Also, Juan is interested in the evolution of the different life history strategies of coral reef fishes and he would like to explore and use molecular tools that would provide a deeper and more complete understanding of the coral reef's functioning.


  • ​B.Sc. Biology, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, 2019

Professional Profile

  • 2019-2021: Research Assistant, Coral Reef Ecology Research Group, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
  • 2021-2022: Research Scientist, Estuaries and Mangroves Ecology Research Group, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Coral reef biology Functional ecology Fish ecology Conservation