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The Marine Science (MarS) Program takes advantage of KAUST’’s location on the Red Sea, a living laboratory with great potential for exciting science. The program addresses the biology and ecology of the multitude of marine life forms. There is an intentional focus on the local Red Sea system, both as a primary study system and as a system with which general concepts from other marine systems can be compared. 

The goal of the Marine Science Program is to develop an integrated understanding of the Red Sea’s ecosystem as well as marine ecosystems in general, including fundamental biology at the molecular and genomic levels, symbiosis with algae and prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea), associated communities of fish and corals and the physical and chemical environment that impacts and shapes them. This understanding could have an impact on global carbon cycling, endangered species and how we manage the harvesting of resources from the Oceans.

Faculty members in the program have a wide range of interests, reflected in the program’s course offerings. These include marine microbiology, molecular ecology and genomics, coral reef biology and ecology, pelagic ecology, and conservation of marine resources. Other faculty members associated with the program have interests in large-scale data assimilation, geophysical fluid dynamics, and modeling ir-sea interactions.


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  • A bibliometric assessment of progress in marine spatial planning

    Chalastani, V. I., Tsoukala, V. K., Coccossis, H. & Duarte, C. M., Mar 13 2021, In: Marine Policy. 127, p. 104329

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    2 Scopus citations
  • A comparative baseline of coral disease in three regions along the Saudi Arabian coast of the central Red Sea.

    Aeby, G. S., Shore, A., Jensen, T., Ziegler, M., Work, T. & Voolstra, C. R., Jul 9 2021, In: PloS one. 16, 7, p. e0246854

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Activity of loggerhead turtles during the U-shaped dive: insights using angular velocity metrics

    Gunner, RM., Wilson, RP., Holton, MD., Scott, R., Arkwright, A., Fahlman, A., Ulrich, M., Hopkins, P., Duarte, C. M. & Eizaguirre, C., May 6 2021, In: Endangered Species Research. 45, p. 1-12 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • A new Lagrangian-based short-term prediction methodology for high-frequency (HF) radar currents

    Solabarrieta, L., Hernández-Carrasco, I., Rubio, A., Campbell, M. F., Esnaola, G., Mader, J., Jones, B. & Orfila, A., Jun 4 2021, In: Ocean Science. 17, 3, p. 755-768 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • An Indo-Pacific coral spawning database.

    Baird, A. H., Guest, J. R., Edwards, A. J., Bauman, A. G., Bouwmeester, J., Mera, H., Abrego, D., Alvarez-Noriega, M., Babcock, R. C., Barbosa, M. B., Bonito, V., Burt, J., Cabaitan, P. C., Chang, C-F., Chavanich, S., Chen, C. A., Chen, C-J., Chen, W-J., Chung, F-C., Connolly, S. R. & 71 others, Cumbo, V. R., Dornelas, M., Doropoulos, C., Eyal, G., Eyal-Shaham, L., Fadli, N., Figueiredo, J., Flot, J-F., Gan, S-H., Gomez, E., Graham, E. M., Grinblat, M., Gutiérrez-Isaza, N., Harii, S., Harrison, P. L., Hatta, M., Ho, N. A. J., Hoarau, G., Hoogenboom, M., Howells, E. J., Iguchi, A., Isomura, N., Jamodiong, E. A., Jandang, S., Keyse, J., Kitanobo, S., Kongjandtre, N., Kuo, C., Ligson, C., Lin, C-H., Low, J., Loya, Y., Maboloc, E. A., Madin, J. S., Mezaki, T., Min, C., Morita, M., Moya, A., Neo, S-H., Nitschke, M. R., Nojima, S., Nozawa, Y., Piromvaragorn, S., Plathong, S., Puill-Stephan, E., Quigley, K., Ramirez-Portilla, C., Ricardo, G., Sakai, K., Sampayo, E., Shlesinger, T., Sikim, L., Simpson, C., Sims, C. A., Sinniger, F., Spiji, D. A., Tabalanza, T., Tan, C-H., Terraneo, T. I., Torda, G., True, J., Tun, K., Vicentuan, K., Viyakarn, V., Waheed, Z., Ward, S., Willis, B., Woods, R. M., Woolsey, E. S., Yamamoto, H. H. & Yusuf, S., Jan 30 2021, In: Scientific data. 8, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    2 Scopus citations
  • Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology

    Duarte, Carlos (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Award or HonorExcellence Award