Nahlah Alsuwaiyan

Seaweed reproduction in a warming ocean (PhD)

Anthropogenic climate change has affected the oceans greatly resulting in serious problems such as increasing seawater temperatures. My PhD project will examine the sensitivity to warming sea temperatures of different life stages of several large brown algae found on the Western Australian coast. Large brown algae form the major base of the food chain for fisheries species and provide a habitat for many marine animals. The ongoing increase of water temperature is causing distributional shifts of these important algal species but little is known about their temperature tolerances, especially the sensitivity of their juvenile stages to warming events. My research will focus on the early life-stage of these canopy forming seaweeds.

Supervisors: Thomas Wernberg, Marion L. Cambridge

Qualifications

  • 2011: B.Sc. Biology with Second Class Honor at Qassim University (Saudi Arabia)
  • 2016: Master of Biological Science in Plant Conservation Biology at the University of Western Australia (Australia)

Achievements and awards

  • 2011: The excellence award from Qassim University, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013: International Postgraduate Scholarship for a Masters at UWA
  • 2016: International Postgraduate Research Scholarship for a PhD at UWA

 

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