Ricardo Pedraza-Pohlenz

Master Students

Master Student

Research Interests

Ricardo's research interest is in the role that epigenetics has in the adaptations and acclimations of corals to stress. He is particularly interested in using molecular technologies to discover how epigenetic mechanisms operate and how they can be passed down from one generation to another (intergenerational epigenetic inheritance). Also, Ricardo is very interested in better understanding coral reproduction and how we can use selective breeding to enhance the heat tolerance of corals to future warming conditions.


  • BSc.; Marine Biology, Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, La Paz, Mexico, 2020

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present: Master's Student, RSRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • International Coral Reef Society (ICRS)
  • Sociedad Mexicana de Arrecifes Coralinos (SOMAC)
  • PADI Rescue Diver, issued June 2016


  • Second place in oral presentations at the X Mexican Coral Reefs Symposium at the undergraduate level, April 2019.
  • First place presenting the advances of my undergraduate thesis at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, November 2018.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Corals Coral symbiosis Coral resilience Coral reproduction Molecular biology Genomics Epigenetics