Song He, PhD

Research Scientists

​Research Scientist

Research Interests

​Dr. He's research interests include investigating the natural hybridization phenomenon for all kinds of marine fishes, the ecological factors which could have an influence on that particular phenomenon, and how the hybridizations influence the marine fish speciation process. He is also investigating the biogeographic patterns of the groupers in the Indo-Pacific Ocean.

Selected Publications

  • An examination of introgression and incomplete lineage sorting among three closely related species of chocolate‐dip... 
    He, S., Robitzch, V. S., Hobbs, JP. A, Berumen, M. L., Travers, M. J., Cortes, D. L., and ...
    Ecology and Evolution, 9(9), 5468-5478 , (2019)
  • Species delineation and hybrid identification using diagnostic nuclear markers for Plectropomus leopardus and Plect... 
    He, S., Harrison, H.B., and Berumen, M.L. 
    Fisheries Research, 206, 287-291 , (2018)
  • Diagnostic nuclear markers for hybrid Nemos in Kimbe Bay, PNG-Amphiprion chrysopterus X A. sandaracinos 
    He, S., Sinclair-Taylor, T.H., Planes, S., and Berumen, M.L. 
    Marine Biodiversity, (2018)
  • Molecular confirmation of hybridization between Dascyllus reticulatus X Dascyllus aruanus from the Great Barrier R... 
    He, S., Johannsen, J.L., Pappas, M.K., Hoey, A.S., and Berumen, M.L. 
    Marine Biodiversity volume 49, pages 395404, (2017)
  • Characteristic LDH isozyme electrophoretic patterns in six flatfish species in the Trondheim fjord, Norway and thei... 
    He, S., & Mork, J.
    Marine Biology Research, 11(3), 330-334, (2015)
  • Genetic diversity of giant clams (Tridacna spp.) and their associated Symbiodinium in the central Red Sea 
    Pappas, M. K., He, S. … Berumen, M. L. 
    Marine Biodiversity, 47(4), 1209-1222, (2017)
  • Hybridization between damselfishes Dascyllus aruanus and D. reticulatus on the Great Barrier Reef 
    Johansen, J.L., He, S., Frank, G. et al.
    Coral Reefs, (2017)
  • Reproducibility of pyrosequencing data for biodiversity assessment in complex communities 
    Zhan, A., He, S., Brown, E. A., Chain, F. J., Therriault, T. W., Abbott, C. L. ... & MacIs...
    Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5(9), 881-890, (2014)
  • Influence of artifact removal on rare species recovery in natural complex communities using high-throughput sequenc... 
    Zhan, A., Xiong, W., He, S., & MacIsaac, H. J. 
    PLoS One, 9(5), e96928, (2014)
  • When biogeographical provinces collide: hybridization of reef fishes at the crossroads of marine biogeographical pr... 
    DiBattista, J. D., Rocha, L. A., Hobbs, J. P. A., He, S. ... Berumen, M. L. 
    Journal of Biogeography, 42(9), 1601-1614, (2015)


  • Ph.D.; Marine Science  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Reef Ecology Lab | Red Sea Research Center, KSA, 2017
  • MSc.; Marine Biology and Biochemistry, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Department of Biology | Trondheim Biology Station, Norway 2013
  • BSc.; Marine Biology, Ocean University of China (OUC), Fishery Resources Laboratory | Fisheries College, China, 2011

Professional Profile

  • ​2019 - Present: Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Reef Ecology Lab | Red Sea Research Center, KSA
  • 2018-2019: Research Scientist, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Center for Environment and Water, KSA

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine FIsh Hybridization Hybridization Speciation Biogeography