Organization profile

Organization profile

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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