Biological Oceanography Lab
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Isabelle Schulz


Postdoctoral fellow


  • Investigate the response of Red Sea microphytoplankton communities (biomass and composition)  to dust inputs from the surrounding deserts through incubation experiments during different seasonal cycles
  • Assess the biomass and viability of microphytoplankton communities in the bathypelagic Red Sea using a recently developed oceanographic device, the bottle-net and as well as traditional methods (microscopy)
  • Understanding long-term patterns of marine plankton: abundance, distribution and seasonal cycles
  • Studying marine food chains (trophic interactions), marine community structuring and functioning
  • Discovery and characterization of viable phytoplankton assemblages in the bathypelagic, oligotrophic Red Sea.

Research Interests

Marine Ecology, Plankton Ecology, Marine Mammal Ecology 

Selected Publications

L.S. Ponnampalam, T.J.Q. Collins, G. Minton, I. Schulz, H. Gray, F.G. Rupert, R.F.G Ormond, R.M. Baldwin. Stomach contents of small cetaceansstranded along the Sea of Oman and Arabian Sea coasts of the Sultanate of Oman. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom DOI: 10.1017/S0025315411002104 (2012)

F. Ebersbach, P. Assmy, P. Martin, I. Schulz, S. Wolzenburg, E-M. Nöthig. Particle flux characterisation and sedimentation patterns of protistan plankton during the iron fertilisation experiment LOHAFEX in the Southern Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers Volume 89, Pages 94–103, (2014)

S. Thiele, C. Wolf, I.K. Schulz, P. Assmy, K. Metfies, B.M. Fuchs, R.I. Amann. Stable composition of the nano- and picoplankton community during the ocean iron fertilization experiment LOHAFEX. PLoS ONE 9(11): e113244.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113244 (2014)

Schulz, I.K.; Roberts, M; Roik, A.; Voolstra, C.R. Repeated observations of Cetaceans and Carcharhiniformes associations in the Red Sea, Marine Biodiversity pp. 1-2, doi:10.1007/s12526-015-0356-2 (2015)


Ph.D (Marine Biology), Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz-Center for Polar- und Marine Research (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany and Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), Bremen, Germany, 2009-2013
M.Sc. (Marine Biology), University of Bremen, Germany and the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Bremen, Germany, 2008

Professional Profile

2014-2018, Postdoctoral Fellow at the RSRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Memberships


KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)​