Nauras Daraghmeh

Master Students

​Master Student

Research Interests

Nauras has developed a strong interest in marine molecular ecology and its applications for conservation practices. Using Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures and DNA metabarcoding, he has been investigating coral reefs and other marine ecosystems in regards to biodiversity, inter-species networks, phylogeography, and non-indigenous species. Nauras is currently looking to further extend his knowledge and skills in the field of genomics and the application of multiple molecular markers in population genetics to study marine organisms in times of rapid environmental changes.

Selected Publications

  • 11-yr of coral community dynamics in reefs around Dahab (Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea): the collapse of urchins and rise of macroalgae and cyanobacterial mats
    M. Reverter, M. Jackson, N. Daraghmeh, C. von Mach, N. Milton
    Coral Reefs, 39, 1605–1618 (2020)


  • B.Sc., Biology, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 2020
    Diploma, Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Technology Dresden, Dresden, Germany (2017)

Professional Profile

  • 2020-2021: Intern, Swedish eDNA Lab, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2020: Visiting Student, Extreme Systems Microbiology Lab, RSRC, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA
  • 2019-2020: Research Assistant, Work Group Deliberation, Valuation and Sustainability, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, Germany
  • 2019: Wind Power Market Analysis Assistant, wpd onshore GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen, Germany
  • 2018-2020: Lab Assistant, Marine Ecology / Coral Reef Ecology workgroup, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Coral reef ecology Marine molecular ecology Genomics Population genetics Phylogeography Conservation genetics Marine biodiversity Marine conservation