Kieran Carpenter

Past members

Visiting Master Student (VSRP)


As a child, my interest for the marine world developed as I got the opportunity to experience the joys of SCUBA diving. I was hooked. Living in Switzerland, my access to the sea and ocean was somewhat limited. I therefore pursued a degree in Biology at the University of Neuchâtel, which further developed my interest into ecological interactions and symbiotic relationships. From there I joined the International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea) which has allowed me to travel through Europe, to experience work in the Mediterranean and the North Sea, to connect with professionals active in my field of interest and connect with students from all over the world who share a common passion. This passion has now brought me to KAUST, where I will complete my Master thesis and experience the wonders of the Red Sea.

Research Interests

My interests are centered on developing and implementing methods and technologies to conserve our most valuable marine resources. Corals and the reefs they form are a perfect example of one such resource. An innovative approach such as coral probiotics presents an opportunity to increase the resilience and resistance of these fragile organisms in the face of growing adverse environmental conditions. It is my aim to contribute to the understanding of the underlying mechanisms and interactions that dictate the success of such an approach.


B.Sc. Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Faculty of Science, Switzerland, 2021

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

Non-KAUST Affiliations

European Marine Biological Resource Center (EMBRC), Belgium

International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea), Belgium

Research Interests Keywords

Symbiosis Coral Restoration Probiotics Microbiology