Cassandra Roch

Research Group Staff




My research interests focus on the effect of global climate change on coral reef systems, especially in coral responses to stress and how to enhance their tolerance/resilience to a changing world.

My past research work was focused on coral-algal symbiosis and assessing whether Symbiodiniaceae diversity has changed in Red Sea corals since the onset of anthropogenic climate change.

Research Interests

Marine ecology, conservation biology, Coral restoration, coral-microbial symbiosis


  • MSc., International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources: Applied Marine Ecology and Conservation, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, 2021
  • BSc., Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherland, 2018

Professional Profile

  • 2022: Consultant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

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

Non-KAUST Affiliations

  • Global Coral R&D Accelerator Platform (CORDAP)

Research Interests Keywords

Coral reef ecology Coral reef restoration Marine Ecology Conservation coral-microbial simbiosis