Shannon Klein

Research Scientists

Research Scientist



Building 2 (Ibn Al Haytham) West, Level 3, Room 3216-WS12

Research Interests

My research focusses broadly on the impacts of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors on non-calcifying coral reef cnidarians, including jellyfish. Specifically, my work investigates the impacts of changing ocean conditions on the productivity and photophysiology of endosymbionts that form symbioses with cnidarians.

Selected Publications

  •   Symbiodinium mitigate the combined effects of hypoxia and acidification on a non‐calcifying cnidarian, S. G. Klein, K.A. Pitt, M.R. Nitschke, S. Goyen, D.T. Welsh, D.J. Suggett, A. Carroll, Global Change Biology, (2017)
  •   Pre-exposure to simultaneous, but not individual, climate change stressors limits acclimation capacity of Irukandji jellyfish polyps to predicted climate scenarios, S.G. Klein, K.A. Pitt, A. Carroll, Coral Reefs, (2017)
  •   Surviving but not thriving: inconsistent responses of zooxanthellate jellyfish polyps to ocean warming and future UV-B scenarios, S.G. Klein, K.A. Pitt, A. Carroll, Scientific Reports, 6, 28859, (2016)
  •   Reduced salinity increases susceptibility of zooxanthellate jellyfish to herbicide toxicity during a simulated rainfall event, S.G. Klein, K.A. Pitt, A. Carroll, Environmental Pollution, 209, 79-86, (2016)
  •   Irukandji jellyfish polyps exhibit tolerance to interacting climate change stressors, S.G. Klein, K.A. Pitt, K.A. Rathjen, J.E. Seymour, Global Change Biology, 20, 28-37 (2014)


  • Ph.D., Marine Biology, Eco-physiology and Climate Change, Griffith University, Australia, 2016
  • BSc. (Hons), Marine Biology and Climate Change, Griffith University, Australia, 2012
  • BSc., Environmental Science, Griffith University, Australia, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2017-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2016: Ph.D. candidate, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University, Australia
  • 2012-2016: Casual lecturer and tutor for Statistics and Applied Statistics, Griffith University, Australia  

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Australian Marine Science Association (AMSA)
  • Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS)​​​

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Climate Change Coral Reefs Marine Biology Pollution Acclimatization Applied Statistics