Ms Ananya Ashok

Ph.D. candidate (First stage researcher), 

Saudi Arabia

English, Tamil, Hindi

Research Focus

Unraveling the complex interplays between human activities, ongoing global change, and the ways in which organisms tolerate, respond, and adapt drives my scientific curiosity. In my doctoral research, I study the impacts of oil pollution on the habitats and organisms of three environmentally critical locations: the Arabian Gulf, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the Red Sea. Specifically, I investigate the bioaccumulation of sensitivity to polyaromatic hydrocarbons that are toxic oil derivatives on corals, microalgae, and oligotrophic marine microbial communities. I have also been involved in research looking at the immediate effects of oil spills such as rapid degradation under the influence of high temperatures and solar radiation. I am also interested in investigating the thermal tolerance thresholds of symbiotic microalgae ex hospite and in situ in corals.

Research Groups

  • Biological Oceanography Laboratory, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST


  • Explorations on PAHs Pollution in Tropical Marine Ecosystems (Doctoral Fellowship Funding from KAUST)
  • National Action Project, British Council, India


  • Ph.D. candidate (First stage researcher)

Global goals

Target 13.3
Target 14.1
Target 14.2
Target 14.5
Target 14.A

Professional Organisations

  • Society for Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography


  • Saudi Arabia

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