Susana Agustí Requena

Principal Investigator

​Professor of Marine Science



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​Professor Agusti is a biological oceanographer. Her research focuses on the ecology of photosynthetic plankton and the metabolic balance of the oceans. She has conducted research in the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Southern Ocean. Now she is also studying the Red Sea.

Her present goals focus on evaluating the impact of global change in the oceans. She aims to test the vulnerability of planktonic communities to warming, as well as to other stressors associated with global change such as increased UVB radiation, persistent pollutants and ocean acidification. She also studies other related aspects, such as stressors' joint effects and the adaptation of Red Sea organisms to global change.

Research Interests

● Global Change effects on the oceans with emphasis on the Red Sea
● Thermal capacity of Red Sea organisms
● Phytoplankton sensitivity to oil and persistent pollutants
● Phytoplankton cell mortality and consequences for the oceans carbon cycle
● Impacts of enhanced UVB radiation on marine biota
● Interactive effects of stressors associated to global change
● Adaptation of Red Sea organisms to global change

Selected Publications


  • ​​Ph.D., Autonomous University of Madrid, 1989
  • B.Sc. Autonomous University of Madrid, 1982

Professional Profile

  • ​​2015-Present: Professor of Marine Science, BESE, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-2015:  Adjunct Professor, University of Trømso, Norway
  • 2011-2015: Professorial Fellow, The UWA Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
  • 2009-present:  Research Professor, Spanish National Research Council, Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies, Mallorca, Spain
  • 2001-2009: Research Scientist, Spanish National Research Council, Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies, Mallorca, Spain
  • 1992-2001: Titular Scientist, Spanish National Research Council, Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes, Catalonia, Spain
  • 1990-1992: Postdoctoral scientist, Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes, Spanish National Research Council, Catalonia, Spain
  • 1989: Postdoctoral scientist, University of Florida, Gainnesville, USA

Scientific and Professional Membership

​American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)


  • ​​NATO- Scientific Affairs Division.  Early Career award.  Cell and Particle Analysis in Oceanography, Italy, 1990
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, I+D Catalan Government, Spain, 1990-1992
  • Woman of today, Research Project Award, Group IFA, Spain, 1996

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecology Phytoplankton Marine pollution Global changes Environmental stresses Carbon sinking UV-A, UV-B radiation