14 November, 2018

Céline Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Yves Cousteau, visits Aranda Lab

Diving into the Red Sea Research with Céline Cousteau

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17 October, 2018

Prof. Manuel Aranda will be one of the panelists at the SciCafe event

Assistant Professor Manuel Aranda from @RSRC_KAUST will be one of the panelists at the Sci-Café event on the theme of Extreme Marine Environments. Watch live on our KAUST Official Facebook page on Wednesday, October 17 at 4:00pm.

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07 October, 2018

PhD student Maha wins fourth place in the Falling Walls lab competition at KAUST

She presented her work on epigenetics, particularly histone modifications, and how this knowledge can aid us in training corals to have higher thermal resilience.

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06 October, 2018

Prof. Manuel's insight on teaching coral to toughen up to help reefs survive climate change

Manuel Aranda, a marine scientist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia and the author of two studies published in June and August in the journal Science Advances, thinks the first warming event activates genes that prime the coral to cope with the next round of heat stress.

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13 September, 2018

First PhD student graduated from Coral Symbiomics Lab !

Wang Xin defended his thesis with presentation focussing on "How corals got bone -- comparative genomics reveals the evolution of coral calcification"

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30 August, 2018

PhD student Maha co-authored a book chapter in YOUMARES 8

The chapter is called: For a World without Boundaries: Connectivity between marine tropical ecosystems in times of change. It is focused on understanding climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, acidifcation and temperature on mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs. We then discuss how these three ecosystems are connected and hence, a downfall in one will lead to loss and degradation in another.

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29 August, 2018

Prof. Manuel Aranda on the TalkRadio show with Paul Ross

Prof. Manuel Aranda interviewed by Paul Ross on the TalkRadio show. The interview was broadcasted live and is only 10min long, check the last slot 4:30-5:00 am starting around minute 2:22.

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15 August, 2018

Post doc fellow Yong Li's new publication in Science advances

The symbiotic relationship between cnidarians and dinoflagellates is the cornerstone of coral reef ecosystems.

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25 July, 2018

Prof. Manuel Aranda attended the ‘Gene technologies for the protection and restoration of coral reefs’ workshop on Magnetic Island

Reef Recovery on Magnetic Island is an innovative project in partnership with government, researchers, industry and community that aims to make a positive environmental, social and economic benefit for our local reefs and communities.

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21 July, 2018

Prof. Manuel Aranda, Eric and Maha actively participated in ISS 2018, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

The ISS Congress is the sanctioned meeting of the International Symbiosis Society and is held every three years.

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06 June, 2018

Post doc fellow Yi Jin's new publication in Science advances

There are increasing concerns that the current rate of climate change might outpace the ability of reef-building corals to adapt to future conditions.

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18 April, 2018

PhD student Maha is featured in BBC News!

Maha's work offers an angle of hope for understanding coral temperature tolerance and duly recognized in BBC News feature !

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18 April, 2018

PhD student Maha's new publication in Royal Society B

Corals and their endosymbiotic dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium have a fragile relationship that breaks down under heat stress, an event known as bleaching.

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15 September, 2017


Maha attends YOUMARES 8, and wins 3rd best talk there.

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03 August, 2017

Corals, Climate and Time | Manuel Aranda | TEDxKAUST

Manuel Aranda's TEDx talk published

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13 June, 2017

Register for ECRS 2017!

The European Coral Reef Symposium is now open accepting abstracts and registrations!

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16 May, 2017

RNA editing in dinoflagellates featured in Discovery Magazine

PLOS Genetics paper on nuclear RNA editing in dinoflagellates was featured in the KAUST Discovery Magazine

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09 May, 2017

Manuel nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award

Manuel was one of six KAUST professors nominated for teaching award

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