Mascha Fiona Dix

Master Students

Master Student

Research Interests

Human activities affect the marine environment in many ways, but particularly the change of local conditions due to ocean warming and acidification poses a global threat to the marine environment and its’ inhabitants. Within this overarching theme, my interest focuses on the stress and resilience mechanisms of marine invertebrates on a molecular level. My thesis research will investigate epigenetic memory to heat stress in the model organism Aiptasia by comparing histone modifications in response to stress between previously exposed and naïve organisms.

Selected Publications

  • Reduced pH increases mortality and genotoxicity in an Arctic coastal copepod, Acartia longiremis
    C. Halsband, M.F. Dix, K.H. Sperre, H.C. Reinardy
    Aquatic Toxicology (2021)


  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science with Arctic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands at the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Scotland 2020
  • Erasmus exchange Arctic Geography and Arctic Marine Biology, the University Centre in Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Norway, 2018-2019

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present: Master student, Bioscience, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • April - July 2021: Arctic Ocean Acidification Research Internship, Akvaplan-Niva, Tromsø, Norway
  • June - December 2020: Ecotoxicology Research Internship, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Scotland
  • July 2019: Red Sea Summer Program, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • Scottish Association for Marine Science – SAMS Council Award for Academic Excellence, September 2020
  • University Centre in Svalbard – Best Marine Biology Poster, March 2019
  • Rotary Club Lüneburg – Dr. Walter Zechlin Award, June 2016

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Climate change biology Coral resilience Epigenetics Molecular biology