Andrea Anton

Postdoctoral Fellows


I study the influence of natural and anthropogenic factors on the dynamics of marine communities. My work contributes to our understanding of the effects of pollution, global warming and invasive species on coastal ecosystems. Currently, I am exploring community metabolism on coral reefs in the Red Sea.

Research Interests

Coral Reef Ecology, Seagrass Ecology, Global Change, Community Metabolism, Invasive Species

Selected Publications

Prey naiveté to invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans) on Caribbean coral reefs

A. Anton, K. Cure, C.A. Layman, R. Puntila, M. S. Simpson, J. F. Bruno

Marine Ecology Progress Series, (In press)


Environmental and biotic correlates to lionfish invasion success in Bahamian coral reefs.

A. Anton, M. S. Simpson, I. V.

PLoS ONE 9(9): e106229, (2014)

Shoreline stabilization alters patterns of macroalgal primary production near salt marshes.

M. I. O’Connor, C. R. Violin, A. Anton, L.M. Ladwig, M. F. Piehler

Wetlands Ecology and Management, 19, 131-140, (2011)


Decoupled effects (positive to negative) of nutrient enrichment on ecosystem services.

A. Anton, J. Cebrian, K. L. Jr. Heck, C. M. Duarte, K. L. Sheenan, M. E. C. Miller, C. D. Foster

Ecological Applications, 21, 991–1009, (2011)

The impact of oyster reef restoration on nutrient dynamics and primary productivity in tidal marsh creeks of the North Central Gulf of Mexico.

R. Plutchak, K. M. Major, J. Cebrian, C. D. Foster, M. E. C. Miller, A. Anton, K. L. Sheehan, K. L. Jr. Heck, S. Powers

Estuaries and Coasts, 33, 1355-1364, (2010)


Warming and resource availability shift metabolism of a marine food web.

M. I. O’Connor, M. F. Piehler, D. M. Leech, A. Anton, J. F. Bruno

PLOS Biology, 7(8) e1000178, (2009)


Low impact of hurricane Katrina on seagrass community structure and functioning.

A. Anton, J. Cebrian, C. M. Duarte, K. L. Jr. Heck, J. Goff

Bulletin of Marine Science, 85, 45–59, (2009)


The impact of Hurricane Ivan on the primary productivity and metabolism of marsh tidal creeks.

J. Cebrian, C. D. Foster, R. Plutchak, K. Sheehan, M. E. C. Miller, A. Anton, K. M. Major, K. L. Jr. Heck, S. P.
Aquatic Ecology, 41(2), 391-404, (2008)


Ph.D., Ecology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA, 2013

M.Sc., University of South Alabama and Dauphin Island Sea Lab, USA, 2007

B.Sc., Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2003

Professional Profile

2016 – Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC) - Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​​