Stephania Palacios Narvaez

Ph.D. Students

PhD Student

Research Interests

​Stephania is a biologist, passionate about oceans, fish, and marine sciences. Her research interest is focused on assessing the habitat use and trophic ecology of coral reef fishes and the effect of climate change in the coral reef ecosystem, especially how habitat degradation may affect the coral reef fish community of the Red Sea.

Selected Publications

  • Diet of the coral hawkfish Cirrhitichthys oxycephalus (Family: Cirrhitidae) in a fringing coral reef of the Eastern Tropical Pacific
    Palacios-Narváez, S. Valencia, B., & Giraldo, A.
    Coral Reefs, (2020). DOI: 10.1007/s00338-020-02007-4
  • Aproximación a la dieta de Thalassoma lucasanum (familia Labridae) en el arrecife coralino de La Azufrada, isla Gorgona, Pacífico Oriental Tropical
    Palacios-Narváez, S. Valencia, B., & Giraldo, A.
    Boletín de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras, (2020)


  • MSc., Marine science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2022​
  • B.Sc. Biology, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, 2019.

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-2020: Research assistant, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia


  • ​2019: Laureate Thesis Award. “Effect of the habitat structural complexity in body size distribution of coral reefs fishes of Gorgona Island, Tropical Eastern Pacific”. August, Universidad del Valle, Colombia.
  • 2019: Scholarship to participate in the Red Sea Summer Workshop 2019. Visiting Student Research Program (VSRP). King Abdullah University of Science and Technology – KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, July 21 – August 8.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Fish ecology Coral reef ecology Fish interactions Trophic ecology Climate Change