Cecilia Martin

PhD Students

PhD Student



Building 2 (Ibn Al Haytham) West, Level 2, Office: 2206-WS16

Research Interests

I am interested in assessing the impact of plastic pollution in the Red Sea, focusing on microplastics abundance and interaction with ecosystems and sea life. I will particularly investigate microplastic ingestion by filter feeders (e.g. scleractinian corals) and microplastic burial rate in seagrass and mangrove sediments.


  • 2016 - Present: Ph.D. student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • M.Sc., Biology, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, 2015
  • M.Sc., Marine Sciences for Sustainable Development, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, 2012
  • B.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, 2011​​​

Professional Profile

  • 2015: Scientific communication intern, Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, Ispra, Italy

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Microplastics Plastic Pollution Marine Debris