Broadly, my research focuses on three main areas of study: 1) fish systematics and evolutionary processes, 2) taxonomy and ecology of the early life history stages of marine fishes, and 3) zooplankton ecology. This work includes such elements as diversity and distribution of ichthyoplankton and zooplankton, comparative anatomy of fishes, taxonomy, biomechanics, and the evolution of the mechanosensory system in fishes. I also am interested in the connections between zooplankton and ichthyoplankton communities. Research in my lab at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals currently is focused on examining patterns of diversity and distribution of zooplankton in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea. We are working to describe the temporal and spatial patterns of zooplankton communities in waters of Saudi Arabia and to identify factors that drive those patterns. In addition to these broad ecological investigations, we also are describing new species of fishes and zooplankton, describing aspects of fish anatomy, and exploring the functional anatomy of zooplankton.
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