Yusuf C. El-Khaled


​Visiting PhD Student​



Although I also got in touch with marine sciences slightly during my bachelor, it took me until the start of my PhD in May 2017 at the University of Bremen, Germany, until I was able to start my first project in the marine sciences. During a six month stay at KAUST I would like to generate as much data as possible for my PhD, on which my research is mainly based on.

Research Interests

​My main focus now is closely linked to the NICE (Nitrogen cycling in Coral reef Environments) project, which started in 2016 with a cooperation of KAUST and Bremen University. I am interested in the different pathways of the nitrogen cycle in marine benthic organisms, finding differences among different functional groups using a physiologically based approach. To go beyond, I would also find out how environmental changes do alter the nitrogen cycle processes in the investigated organisms.

Professional Profile

  • ​M. Sc. Landscape Ecology in Oldenburg, Germany. Master thesis: “A valuation basis for bats in windfarm planning in North-western Germany” (2014-2017)
  • Spatial Planner in North-western Germany (2012-2017).
  • B. Sc. Environmental Sciences in Oldenburg, Germany. Bachelor thesis: “Touristic acceptance of offshore wind power plants on Spiekeroog, Germany”


Research Interests Keywords

Biological networks and interactions Marine ecology Marine microbiology