Carlos Angulo-Preckler

Research Scientists

Research Scientist



Building 2, Level 3, Side south

Contact Information:

+(966) 0566506484


My primary interest lies in the field of marine invertebrate. My field of research is ecology in its broad sense. I been studying the diversity and function of Antarctic invertebrates and their chemical ecology. I have studied and described some Antarctic benthic communities (from megafauna to bacteria). I have also participated in several Antarctic expeditions. For the last two years, I have training my molecular ecology toolbox, including bioinformatics and statistics of high-throughput data to expand my knowledge of Arctic ecology, for broadening the understanding of polar ecosystem functioning.

Selected Publications

  •   Volcanism and rapid sedimentation effects on benthic communities of Deception Island, Antarctica. C. Angulo-Preckler, P. Pernet, C. García-Hernández, G. Kereszturi, A. Alvarez-Valero, J. Hopfenblatt, M. Gómez-Ballesteros, X. Otero, J. Caza, J. Ruiz-Fernández, A. Geyer, C. Avila. Continental Shelf Research 220, 104404 (2021)
  •   A Minireview on Biodiscovery in Antarctic Marine Benthic Invertebrates. C. Avila, C. Angulo-Preckler, Frontiers in Marine Science, 976, (2021)
  •   Bioactive compounds from marine heterobranchs. C. Avila, C. Angulo-Preckler, Marine Drugs, 18(12), 657, (2020)
  •   More than expected from old sponge samples: a natural sampler DNA metabarcoding assessment of marine fish diversity in Nha Trang Bay (Vietnam). M. Turon, C. Angulo-Preckler, A. Antich, K. Præbel, O. Wangensteen. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 1042, (2020)
  •   Chemical Ecology in the Southern Ocean. Book chapter in: Life in Extreme Environments: Insights in Biological Capability. Cambridge University Press 251pp, C. Angulo-Preckler, P. De Castro-Fernandez, R. Martin-Martin, B. Figuerola, C. Avila (2020)
  •   Invasive marine species discovered on non–native kelp rafts in the warmest Antarctic island. C. Avila, C. Angulo-Preckler, R. Martín-Martín, B. Figuerola, H.J. Griffiths, C.L. Waller, Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1-9, (2020)


  • Ph.D. Student, Biodiversity, UB, Barcelona, Spain, 2010 - 2015
  • M.Sc., Animal biodiversity, UB, Barcelona, Spain, 2009
  • B.Sc., Marine Sciences, ULPGC, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, 2003 - 2008
  • B.Sc., Geography, UCM, Madrid, Spain, 1998 - 2003

Professional Profile

  • 2021 - Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-2021: Postdoctoral fellow, UiT, Tromsø, Norway

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Association of Polar Early Careers (APECS)


  • 2014: Faranda Prize, for the study; Antifouling activity of selected Antarctic invertebrates: in situ experiments at Deception Island, Antarctica. CONISMA/European Marine Board. Rome, Italy.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine invertebrates chemical ecology Environmental DNA