Associate Professor of Practice of Marine Science
Prof. Carvalho’s expertise blends the fields of marine ecology, ecotoxicology, and coastal management. Prof. Carvalho is interested in untangling the role natural and anthropogenic stressors play in shaping marine biodiversity patterns and ecosystem functioning, using field and laboratory-based approaches. Her research advances fundamental knowledge of how marine organisms respond to environmental changes and the intrinsic patterns driving those changes. While her research aims to identify the main threats to the marine environment it has an applied aspect by incorporating the views of stakeholders into management pathways. Her goal is to keep fostering interactions with local stakeholders to improve decision-making in the field of marine science and ultimately contribute to the sustainability of the Red Sea.
At KAUST, Prof. Carvalho has established inter-disciplinary monitoring frameworks using standardized approaches aligned with international programs, which will be pivotal for the assessment of climate change impacts not only in the region but globally. She has also been involved in testing and validating emerging research tools, such as molecular-based tools in the field of environmental genomics, aiming to advance the establishment of early warning systems for marine health. More recently, she started investigating the status of non-native species in the region and the response of local species to emerging contaminants.