People

Alexander Kattan

Master's Students

Research Interests

Alex hails from the Sunshine State: Florida, USA. In May 2012, he graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Natural Resource Conservation, a BA in Political Science, and a minor in Sustainability Studies. Wanting to combine his exposure to research with a budding love for exploring the underwater world, Alex set out on a post-graduation mission to shift gears and work towards a career in research diving. Towards this end, he worked as a summer Outdoor Adventure Leader in the Lower Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas, leading snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing trips for young teens; earned his PADI Divemaster certificate in Utila, Honduras (where he became hooked on lion-fishing); and interned for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in Key Largo, Florida, where he focused on invasive lionfish education, outreach, and research.

 

Alex joined the Reef Ecology Lab in 2013 as a Master's student, and, under the supervision of Dr. Berumen, he conducted a comparative study of fish biomass and trophic structure in the Saudi Arabian versus the Sudanese Red Sea. He also got involved in outreach community events at KAUST, sharing his passion for the ocean and conservation through videography and teaching. He graduated in December 2014.

 

When not wearing a mask and snorkel, Alex pursues such interests and hobbies as travel, playing football (soccer), watching football, reading about football, biking, eating, electronic music and taking any opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.