Principal Investigator

Carlos M. Duarte

Distinguished Professor of Marine Science, Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology

Research Interests: Marine Ecology, Environment, Biodiversity, Conservation biology, Ecosystem ecology, Coastal ecology aquaculture, Carbon Dynamics, Seagrass Ecology

Research Scientists

Shannon Klein

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Climate Change, Coral Reefs, Marine Biology, Pollution, Acclimatization, Applied Statistics

Alexandra Steckbauer

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Hypoxia, Deoxygenation, Acidification, Climate Change, Multi-stressor Experiments

Carlos Angulo-Preckler

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Marine invertebrates, chemical ecology, Environmental DNA

Sebastian Schmidt-Roach

Research Scientist

Research Interests: Marine Ecology, Evolution, Epigenetics, Coral Taxonomy

Postdoctoral Fellows

Amal Bajaffer

Post-doctoral fellow

Chuangcheng Fu (Alex Fu)

Post-doctoral Fellow

Research Interests: Blue carbon, Soil and sediment biogeochemistry, Climate Change

Lutfi Afiq-Rosli

Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interests: Coral reef ecology, Coral reef restoration, Population genomics, Conservation genetics

PhD Students

Silvia Arossa

PhD Student

Research Interests: Marine Ecology, Coral Reefs, Environmental pollution

Anastasiia Martynova

PhD Student

Research Interests: Plastic Pollution, Microplastics

Anieka Parry

PhD Student

Research Interests: Coral reef ecology, cnidarian symbioses, Applied Statistics, Animal Physiology, thermal performance, chemical ecology

Diego Elihú Rivera Rosas

PhD Student

Research Interests: Mangrove Ecology, Community and Landscape Ecology, Conservation and Restoration, Deep Sea, Anthropogenic Impacts

Eleonora Re

PhD Student

Research Interests: Marine Ecology, Conservation biology, Restoration, Coral Reefs, Community ecology

Elisa Laiolo

PhD Student

Research Interests: Microbial ecology, Metagenomics, Benthic habitats, Extreme Habitats, Blue carbon

Hugo Mann

PhD - Student

Research Interests: Blue carbon, Marine Ecology, Climate Change

Jacqueline Alva

PhD Student

Research Interests: Marine Ecology, Marine diversity, Conservation Strategies, Marine Protected Areas, Anthropogenic Impacts

Kah Kheng Lim (Ken Lim)

PhD Student

Research Interests: Population Genetics, Conservation biology, Ecotoxicology, Statistical modeling

Michelle-Nicole Havlik

PhD Student

Research Interests: Ocean bioacoustics, Marine Ecology, Anthropogenic noise, Sea Sounds

Sofia Frappi

PhD Student

Research Interests: Blue carbon, Elasmobranchs, eDNA, Megafauna, Population Genetics, Sharks, Marine Ecology

Taiba A. Alamoudi

PhD Student

Research Interests: Marine Ecology, Aquaculture, Climate Change, Biosecurity

Masters Students

Mai Aldhahri

Master Student

Research Interests: Clams, Environmental sustainability, Marine Ecology, Blue carbon, Carbon cycle, Marine analytical chemistry, Climate Change

Research Group Staff

Mongi Ennasri

Laboratory Technician​

Research Interests: Analytical Chemistry, Marine Ecology, Environmental analysis

Altynay Kaidarova

Visiting Researcher - Senior Research Scientist of Caspian Seals Research and Rehabilitation Center

Research Interests: underwater monitoring, electronic sensors, sustainability

Naira Pluma

Research Specialist

Research Interests: Marine Conservation, Marine Ecology, Coral reef restoration, Citizen Science, Biodiversity

Vanita Dighe

Chemical Analyst Technician

Wajitha Jasmine Raja Mohamed Sait

Laboratory Technician

Research Interests: Molecular biology, Gene sequencing, Immunohistochemistry