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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Red Sea
Research Center
Symposium
April 9–11, 2011

AGENDA
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Red Sea Research


Red Sea Research Center Symposium

Center Inauguration
Saturday, April 9, 2011
9:00–9:45 Registration; Welcome Reception
9:45–11:00 Welcome Remarks
• Prof. James R. Luyten, Director, Red Sea Research Center
The Red Sea—Precious Resource: Opportunity and Responsibility
• Prof. Choon Fong Shih, President of KAUST
KAUST – Towards Regional Impact and Global Excellence
Scientific Opportunities in the Red Sea 
• Dr. Sameer J. Ghazi, Presidential Deputy for Environmental Affairs,
Presidency for Meteorology & Environment
• Prof. Terry Hughes, Australian Research Council Centre of
Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia
11:00–12:00 Lab Opening
• Walk over to Red Sea Research Center, Ibn Al-Haytham, Level 2
• Opening Remarks: P rof. James R. Luyten, Director,
Red Sea Research Center
• Tour of Lab
12:00–13:00 Lunch Conference Center, Building 19
Red Sea Research

Red Sea Research Center Symposium


Center Symposium
Saturday, April 9, 2011
13:00–13:10 Opening Remarks: Stefan Catsicas, Provost
Marine Microbial Ecology
Session Leader: Prof. Uli Stingl
Session Introduction: Prof. Uli Stingl
13:10–13:15 
Marine Microbial Ecology at the KAUST Red Sea
Research Center
13:15–15:00 Marine Microbial Ecology—Ongoing Collaborations
• Mitch Sogin, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), USA
Long-Tailed Distributions in Microbial Communities in
Globally-Distributed Sites and the Red Sea
• Hamza El Dorry, The American University of Cairo (AUC), Egypt
The Red Sea Microbiome Project: Metagenomics Analysis of the
Microbial Communities in the Red Sea
15:00–15:30 BREAK
15:30–17:30 Marine Microbial Ecology—The Next Step
• H. Jim Tripp, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Reduced Genomes of SAR11 and UCYN-A in the World Ocean:
Specialized Roles in Biogeochemical Cycles
• Stefan Sievert, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA
Shedding Light on the Dark: A Metaproteogenomic View of
Chemosynthesis at Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents
• Thomas Ishoey, Glori Oil Limited, USA
Single Cell Genomics: Development and Application in
Microbial Genomics
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Sunday, April 10, 2011


Red Sea Research Center Symposium

8:30–9:00 Reception
Modeling and Analyzing the Red Sea
Physical and Biological Environment
Session Co-Leaders: P rof. Georgiy Stenchikov
Prof. Ibrahim Hoteit
9:00–9:15 Session Introduction
9:15–10:30 Ocean Dynamics: Observations, Modeling and Assimilation
• Amy Bower, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA
Eddies in the Red Sea
• Sarantis Sofianos, University of Athens, Greece
The Red Sea Three-Dimensional Circulation and Exchange with
the Indian Ocean
• Fengchao Yao, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
(KAUST), KSA
Seasonal Overturning Circulation in the Red Sea
10:30–10:45 BREAK
10:45–12:45 Ocean Dynamics: Observations, Modeling, and
Assimilation (contd.)
• Marcus Dengler, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, Kiel, Germany
New Insights on the Atlantis II Brine Pool from
Microstructure Temperature Observations
• Jim Carton, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
The ocean deserts: salt budgets of northern subtropical oceans
and their relationship to climate variability (James Carton and
Semyon Grodsky)
Atmospheric Forcings
• Zong-Liang Yang, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Beyond Land-Atmosphere Interaction

• George Kallos, University of Athens, Greece


The Role of Natural and Anthropogenic Particles on
Radiation-Cloud-Precipitation Cycle in Arid and
Semi-Arid Areas
12:45–13:45 LUNCH Conference Center, Building 19
13:45–15:15 Atmospheric Forcings (cont’d.)

Red Sea Research Center Symposium


• Russell Dickerson, The University of Maryland,
College Park, USA
Reactive Nitrogen in the Environment: An Integrated Approach
• Elie Bou-Zeid, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
Experimental and Numerical Studies of Atmosphere-
Water Interactions
• Georgiy Stenchikov, King Abdullah University of Science and
Technology (KAUST), KSA
Modeling of Regional Climate over Red Sea and Arabian Pen-
insula (G. Stenchikov, M. Zampieri, R. Abida, S. Kalenderski)

15:15–15:30 BREAK
15:30–17:00 Modeling of Red Sea Ecology
• John Norbury, Oxford University, UK
Constructing Ecologies
• George Triantafyllou, Hellenic Centre for Marine
Research, Attica, Greece
Modeling the Ecosystem of the Red Sea
• Goulven Laurelle, SOWCAR, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Biogeochemical Dynamics of the Coastal Waters of Jeddah: A
3D Finite Elements Modeling Approach
17:00–17:15 BREAK
FISH
Session Leader: Stein Kaartvedt
17:15–18:30 Session Introduction: Prof. Stein Kaartvedt
• Jarl Giske, University of Bergen, Norway
Modeling Vertical Migration: Combined Effects of
Environment and Animal Motivation
• Hauke Kite-Powell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
(WHOI) USA
Bioeconomic Analysis of Traditional Fisheries on the Red Sea
Coast of Saudi Arabia (Hauke Kite-Powell, Di Jin, Porter Hoa-
gland, Andrew Solow)
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Monday, April 11, 2011


Red Sea Research Center Symposium

8:30–9:00 Reception
Coral Reef Ecology and Genomics
Session Co-Leaders: Michael Berumen
Christian Voolstra
9:00–9:10 Session Introduction: Michael Berumen
What We Know About the Red Sea
9:10–10:30 Coral Reef Ecology
• Maroof Khalaf, University of Jordan
Fish Communities of Aqaba
• Andrew Baird, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Coral Spawning in the Red Sea
• Simon Thorrold, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA
WHOI-KAUST Fish Ecology Projects
• Ann Tarrant, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA
WHOI-KAUST Coral Ecology Projects
10:30–10:45 BREAK
10:45–12:30 What We Would Like to Know About the Red Sea
• Sally Holbrook, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
Herbivory, Connectivity, and Resilience on Coral Reefs
• Russ Schmitt, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
How Important are Reciprocal Feedbacks between Tropical
Fishes and their Coral Habitat?
• Stuart Sandin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California, USA
The Structure and Ecology of Coral Reefs Across the Central Pacific
• Howard Choat, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
The Red Sea—A Critical Resource for Calibrating Ecological and
Evolutionary Processes in Reef Fishes
• Terry Hughes, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
12:30–13:30 LUNCH Conference Center, Building 19
13:30–15:00 Projects Underway with KAUST
• Greg Skomal, Mass Marine Fisheries, New Bedford, USA
Red Sea Shark Ecology
• Brian Bowen, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology,
University of Hawaii, USA
The Origins of Tropical Marine Biodiversity in the
Indo-Pacific and Red Sea: A Phylogeographic Perspective
• Kathryn Furby, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA

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Red Sea Coral Health Assessments
• Kelton McMahon, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), USA
Ontogenetic Movements and Trophic Dynamics
• Elizabeth Tyler, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
(KAUST), KSA
Within- and Among-Reef Fish Movements
15:00–15:15 BREAK
 Genomics
15:15–18:00 Session Introduction: Christian Voolstra
• Roberto Iglesias Prieto, Universidad Nacional Autonoma
de Mexico, Mexico
Using Light to Build Reefs: The Development of Bio-Optical
Models of Coral Calcification
• John Pringle, Stanford University, USA
A Model System for Studies of Dinoflagellate-
Cnidarian Symbiosis
• Gos Micklem, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
The Genome Sequence of the Dinoflagellate Symbiodinium sp., a
Symbiont from the Red Sea Coral Stylophora pistillata
• Mikhail Matz, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Quantitative Genetics and Genomics of Adaptive Traits in Reef-
Building Corals
• Didier Zoccola, The Monaco Scientific Center, Monaco
Characterization of Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs)
from Stylophora pistillata
• Ute Hentschel, University of Würzburg, Germany
Functional Insights into Sponge Microbiology by
Single Cell Genomics
• Christian Wild, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, Germany
Warm and Cold Water Corals as Engineers of
Reef Ecosystems
18:00–18:15 closing remarks
• Prof. Jean Frechet, Vice President for Research
• Prof. James Luyten, Director, Red Sea Research Center
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