Megan Dear

Past members

Visiting Student


Growing up on a coastal estuary in the United States, Megan was always curious about the ocean and its inhabitants. Seeing firsthand anthropogenic effects on her local waters led Megan to pursue a career in marine sciences, and ultimately, her passion for coral conservation and restoration. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Megan worked with policy makers and environmental action agencies at both the local and national level, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She has also interned with various coral research institutes around the U.S. Megan is very excited to be at KAUST to continue researching the coral microbiome and learn more about probiotics.

Research Interests

Megan found her passion for coral reefs during her studies with SEA Semester where she investigated the interaction between disease outbreaks and mass bleaching events. Since then, she has interned with the NOAA Coral Rescue Team and Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida. While at Mote she worked on a project studying how transporting corals from in situ nurseries to land based aquaculture research centers effect the coral microbiome. At KAUST, Megan will be assisting on a study investigating on the effect of Beneficial Microorganisms for Corals (BMCs) on sexual recruits.  


  • B.A., Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, USA, 2022
  • SEA Semester, Woods Hole, MA, 2020


  • Mount Holyoke Abby Howe Turner Award for excellence in Biological Sciences

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

Research Interests Keywords

Coral Restoration Beneficial Microorganisms for Corals (BMCs) Climate Change Coral Microbiology Marine Ecology