Syed Haleem Shah, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

​Dr. Shah's is interested in investigating profiles of phytoplankton-bacterioplankton trophic relationships in Red Sea waters through the assessment of photosynthesis-irradiance relationships and primary production rates of phytoplankton as well as bacterioplankton secondary production using radioisotopes labelling methods.

Selected Publications

  • A Random Forest Machine Learning Approach for Retrieval of Leaf Chlorophyll Content in Wheat 
    Shah, S.H.; Houborg, R.; Angellopez Y. and McCabe M.F.
    Remote Sensing 11(8), 920, (2019)
  • Response of Chlorophyll, Carotenoid and SPAD-502 Measurement to Salinity and Nutrient Stress in Wheat (Triticum aes... 
    Shah, S.H.; Houborg, R.; McCabe, M.F.
    Agronomy 2017, 7, 61, (2017)
  • Synergy effects of biochar and polyacrylamide on plant growth and soil erosion control 
    Lee, S.S., S. H. Shah, Y. M. Awad, S. Kumar, Y. S. Ok.
    Environmental Earth Science. 74(3), 2463-2473, (2015)
  • Bioaugmented Phytoremediation: A strategy for Reclamation of Diesel Oil-contaminated Soils 
    Chuluun, B., S. H. Shah, J. S. Rhee
    International Journal of Agriculture and Biology. Issue 16, 624-628, (2014)


  • ​Ph.D., Environmental Sciences and Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2019
  • MS, Ghent University, Belgium, 2007
  • MSc, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2006

Professional Profile

  • ​2019- present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2013: Visiting Scientist, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea
  • 2010-2011: Research Associate, Kangwon, National University, Chuncheon, Korea
  • 2008-2010: Asst. Agricultural Chemist, United Nations Development Program, Lahore, Pakistan

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​​Phytoplankton ecology Carbon Biogeochemistry