John Gittings

PhD Student

PhD Student


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John was awarded the EU Marie Curie scholar fellowship and chose to work at the University of Athens.

Research Interests

​John's research involves the use of satellite remote sensing to monitor and study phytoplankton dynamics across the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf. Currently, He is investigating how the timing and community structure of seasonal phytoplankton blooms in the Red Sea may be changing in relation to the regional physical environment and the broader climate regime.

Selected Publications

  • Evaluating tropical phytoplankton phenology metrics using contemporary tools
    J.A. Gittings, D.E Raitsos, M. Kheireddine, M.F. Racault, H. Claustre & I. Hoteit
    Scientific Reports, in press
  • Impacts of warming on phytoplankton abundance and phenology in a typical tropical marine ecosystem
    J.A. Gittings, D.E. Raitsos, G. Krokos & I. Hoteit
    Scientific Reports, 8(1), 2240, 2018
  • Remote sensing of environment seasonal phytoplankton blooms in the Gulf of Aden revealed by remote sensing
    J.A. Gittings, D.E. Raitsos, M.F Racault, R.J.W. Brewin, Y. Pradhan, S. Sathyendranath & T. Platt
    Remote Sensing of Environment. 189, 56–66, 2017
  • The Gulf of Aden intermediate water intrusion regulates the southern Red Sea summer phytoplankton blooms
    D. Dreano, D.E. Raitsos, J.A. Gittings, G. Krokos & I. Hoteit
    PLoS ONE, 1–20, 2016


  • ​M.Sc. Marine Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2016
  • B.Sc. Marine Biology and Oceanography, Plymouth University, United Kingdom, 2015

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • EU Marie Curie scholar fellowship

Non-KAUST Affiliations

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Athens, Greece

Research Interests Keywords

Biological oceanography Ocean colour remote sensing Phytoplankton phenology Marine ecology

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