Dr. Vincent Saderne

Research Scientist


Research Interests

Vincent is a marine ecologist and biogeochemist, specialized on all the aspects of carbon cycling in nearshore ecosystems of temperate and tropical zones (mangrove forests, seagrass lagoons, coral reefs) in a context global change. His research interests cover the fluxes of CO2, CH4, CaCO3 and carbonate system parameters between the flora and fauna, sediment, water column and atmosphere. His work aims at better defining the role of nearshore ecosystems as source or sink of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere, in a context of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration and ocean acidity, highlighting the benefits of the conservation of these ecosystems to the society. At KAUST, Vincent has been involved in research on carbonate system variations and total alkalinity, CO2 and CH4 fluxes in mangroves, coral reefs and seagrass meadows, as well as on research on calcification rates of coral reefs and reef organisms. He has been involved in blue carbon research including burial rates of organic carbon, calcium carbonate, heavy metals, nutrients and pollutants in the mangroves, seagrass and saltmarshes ecosystems of the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf. More recently, Vincent took part in research on reef paleo-ecology and paleo-climate reconstruction.

Vincent is from Blaye, near Bordeaux in France. He completed his Bachelor degree at the University of Bordeaux and master degree in Paris at Sorbonne University (ex-UPMC). He obtained his PhD at the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel in Germany in 2012 after his work at GEOMAR (Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel) and NIOZ (Royal Institute for Sea Research in Yerseke) in the Netherlands. He is at KAUST as postdoc and then Research scientist since 2016.
Co-advised by Prof. Burton Jones