Malika Kheireddine, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

Dr. Kheireddine's research interests are the study of the bio-optical characterization of the Red Sea, their impact on ocean color remote sensing, and their potential use in biogeochemical applications. She will also study the role of dust inputs in the biogeochemical functions of the Red Sea. She is carving a career in bio-optical oceanography and expanding my knowledge in this field.

Selected Publications

  • Diel variability of the beam attenuation and backscattering coefficients in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea (BOU... 
    Malika Kheireddine, David Antoine
    JGR Oceans, (2014)
  • Characterization of the bio-optical anomaly and diurnal variability of particulate matter, as seen from scattering ... 
    Loisel, H., V. Vantrepotte, K. Norkvist, X.Mériaux, M. Kheireddine, J. Ras, M. Pujo-Pay, Y...
    Biogeosciences, 8, 32953317, (2011)


  • ​PhD., Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), France, 2014
  • Second Master’s degree internship, Laboratoire d’Océanologie et Géosciences (LOG), Wimereux, France, 2010
  • First Master’s degree, Laboratoire d’Océanologie et Géosciences (LOG), Wimereux, France,2009
  • Bachelor’s degree, Laboratoire d’Océanologie et Géosciences (LOG), Wimereux, France, 2008

Professional Profile

  • 2018-Present: Research scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2014: Participation to the scientific group concerning a proposal for a future ocean colour satellite mission from a geostationary orbit (“OCAPI” for Ocean Color Advanced Permanent Imager). This proposal include 17 laboratories and institutions: LOV, LOCEAN, LSCE, LOG, LEGI, MERCATOR, SHOM, IFREMER, CNES, SZN Naples, FU Berlin, MUMM belgium, JRC Ispra, CSIR-NRE South Africa, KORDI Korea,UCSB/ICESS USA, Univ. New Hampshire USA, NASA/GSFC USA and 2 industrial partners (ACRI-st and EADS-Astrium)
  • 2011-2014: Participation to the BIOCAREX project (ANR funding; 4 French laboratories involved). Fundamental aspects and implications of the diel cycle of ocean optical properties

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Bio-optical oceanography Biogeochemical processes Long-term changes in phytoplankton dynamics