Peng Jin


Postdoctoral fellow



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​My research focuses on the eco-physiological responses of phytoplankton to global climate change. Current interests include:

1): Investigating the thermal adaptations of phytoplankton to global warming in Red Sea

2): Investigating the underlying mechanisms for the thermal adaptation of phytoplankton in Red Sea​

Research Interest

Biological Oceanography, Ocean Change Biology, Experimental Evolution, Marine Ecology

Selected Publications

  • Peng Jin, Kunshan Gao, John Beardall. (2013) Evolutionary responses of a coccolithophorid Gephyrocapsa oceanica to ocean acidification. Evolution, 67: 1869-1878.
  • Peng Jin, Kunshan Gao, Virginia E. Villafañe, Douglas A. Campbell, E. Walter Helbling. (2013) Ocean acidification alters the photosynthetic responses of a coccolithophorid to fluctuating ultraviolet and visible radiation. Plant Physiology, 162:2084-2094. 
  • Kunshan Gao, Juntian Xu, Guang Gao, Yahe Li, D. A. Hutchins, Bangqin Huang, Lei Wang, Ying Zheng, Peng Jin, Xiaoni Cai, D.P. Häder, Wei Li, Kai Xu, Nana Liu, Ulf. Riebesell. (2012) Rising CO2 and increased light exposure synergistically reduce marine primary productivity. Nature Climate Change. 2:519–523 DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1507.
  • Peng Jin, Tifeng Wang, Nana Liu, Sam Dupont, John Beardall, Philip Boyd, Ulf Riebesell and Kunshan Gao. (2015) Ocean acidification increases the accumulation of toxic phenolic compounds across trophic levels. Nature Communications. 6:8714 doi: 10.1038/ncomms9714.
  • Peng Jin, Kunshan Gao. (2016) Reduced resilience of a globally distributed coccolithophore to ocean acidification: Confirmed up to 2000 generations. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 103:101-108.
  • Peng Jin, Guang Gao, Xin Liu, Futian Li, Shanying Tong, Jiancheng Ding, Zhihai Zhong, Nana Liu and Kunshan Gao. (2016) Contrasting photophysiology characteristics of phytoplankton assemblages in the northern South China Sea. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0153555. 
  • Peng Jin, Carlos M. Duarte, Susana Agustí. (2017) Contrasting responses of marine and freshwater photosynthetic organisms to UVB radiation: a meta-analysis. Frontiers in Marine Science, Volume 4:45 (2017). DOI=10.3389/fmars.2017.00045
  • Peng Jin, Jiancheng Ding, Tao Xing, Ulf Riebesell, Kunshan Gao. (2016) High levels of solar radiation offset impacts of ocean acidification on Emiliania huxleyi, with special reference to calcifying and non-calcifying strains. Marine Ecology Progress Series, In revision.
  • Guang Gao, Peng Jin, Nana Liu, Futian Li, Shanying Tong, David Hutchins, Kunshan Gao. (2016) Combined effects of elevated pCO2 and temperature on biomass and carbon fixation of phytoplankton assemblages in the northern South China Sea​. Biogeosciences Discussion. doi:10.5194/bg-2016-403


  • ​2009-2014, Ph.D student, Environmental science, Xiamen University
  • 2005-2009, B.Sc., Biotechnology, Hefei University of Technology

Professional Profile

  • 2015 - 2018: Post Doctoral Fellow, Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology,
  • 2014 - 2015: Professor, College of Marine Science, Shanghai Ocean University


  • ​2011-2014, First class scholarship in Xiamen University
  • 2012, Outstanding poster presentation, The 5th Japan-China-Korea graduate student forum. (University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan)
  • 2013, National scholarship for undergraduate students

KAUST Affiliations

​​Red Sea Research Center