Mustapha Ouhssain

Research Staff

​Lab and Field Engineer

Research Interests

​Marine analytical chemistry, bio-optics, ocean colour remote sensing, biological oceanography, analysis of phytoplankton pigments (chlorophylls, carotenoids), method development, Red Sea optical properties.

Selected Publications

  • Light Absorption by Suspended Particles in the Red Sea: Effect of Phytoplankton Community Size Structure and Pigmen... 
    Kheireddine M, Ouhssain M, Organelli E, Bricaud A, Jones BH
    JGR Oceans, (2018)
  • An optical algorithm to estimate downwelling diffuse attenuation coefficient in the Red Sea 
    Surya Prakash Tiwari , Yellepeddi V. B. Sarma, Benjamin Kürten, Mustapha Ouhssain, Burton ...
    IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, (2018)
  • Vertical profiles of environmental parameters measured on discrete water samples collected with Niskin bottles duri... 
    M. Picheral; S. Searson; V. Taillandier; A. Bricaud; E. Boss; J. Ras; H. Claustre; M. Ouhs...
    HAL, (2014)
  • Underway sampling of marine inherent optical properties on the Tara Oceans expedition as a novel resource for ocean... 
    P. J. Werdell; C. W. Proctor; E. Boss; T. Leeuw; M. Ouhssain
    Methods in Oceanography Volume 7, pp. 40-51, (2013)


  • ​M.Sc.; Technology and the Marine Environment (STEM), CHARME: Analytical chemistry and environmental modelling, Université de Toulon, France. (2018)
  • B.Sc.; Chemistry Speciality: chemical analysis applied to the environment,Université des sciences Montpellier 2,France (2006)

Professional Profile

  • ​2014-Present: Laboratory Engineer, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009-2014: Assistant Analytical Engineer (marine analytical chemistry) CNRS, Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.
  • 2007-2009: Analytical Engineer (biogeochemistry). CNRS, HydroSciences Montpellier, France 

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​Biogeochemical cycles Primary production Phytoplankton pigments Apparent and Inherent optical properties Ocean color Profiling floats Gliders