Biological Oceanography Lab
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Danang Ambar Prabowo



·      Biodiversity and distribution of dinoflagellates in the Red Sea

·      Taxonomy/systematics and molecular phylogeny of dinoflagellates in the Red Sea

·      Harmful algal bloom (HAB) and toxic dinoflagellates in the Red Sea

·      Vulnerability of Red Sea dinoflagellates to global change (e.g. UV-B radiation, ocean warming, etc.)

Research Interests

Marine Ecology, Global Change, Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, Phycology, Dinoflagellates Taxonomy & Systematics, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Toxic Dinoflagellates, Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), Marine Biology

Selected Publications

D.A. Prabowo and S. Agusti. Free-living dinoflagellates of the central Red Sea, Saudi Arabia: Variability, new records and potentially harmful species. Marine Pollution Bulletin, Volume 141, 629-648, (2019)

D.A. Prabowo, M.M.R Shah, T. Horiguchi, S. Suda. Genetic diversity of Moestrupiaoblonga (Dinophyceae) from coastal areas of Okinawa Island, Japan. Marine Biodiversity, Volume 46, Issue 1, 197-209, (2016)


D.A. Prabowo, O. Hiraishi, S. Suda. Diversity of Crypthecodinium spp. (Dinophyceae) from Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Journal of Marine Science and Technology, Volume 21, 181-191, (2013)


Ph.D., Marine and Environmental Sciences, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan, 2015

M.Sc., Chemistry, Biology and Marine Science, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan, 2012

B.Sc., Marine Science and Technology, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia, 2009

Professional Profile

2016 - present: Postdoctoral fellow, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.

2015 - 2016: Research fellow, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus, Japan.

2013 - 2014: Japan-South Africa research project - Evolution of Algae in the Indo-Pacific: A Japan-South Africa Comparison (Strategic International Research Cooperative Program) of Japan Science and Technology (JST) Agency.

2010 - 2015: Research and Teaching Assistant, University of the Ryukyus, Japan.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

International Phycological Society (IPS)

International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA)

Japanese Society of Phycology (Sorui)

Asian Pacific Phycological Forum (APPF)


University of the Ryukyus President Honorary Award 2015, Japan

Student Travel Award 2014, 16th ICHA, New Zealand


usho (MEXT) Scholarship Awardee 2010-2015, Japan

Bayer Ecominds Award 2009, Indonesia-New Zealand

Indonesia Best Student Award 2007, Ministry of Education, Indonesia

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)