Dr Daniela Catania

        Head shot of Dr Daniela Catania in the SAMS microbiology lab

Micro-algal Support Scientist

I am a marine ecologist with an interest in HABs and marine benthic ecology. I have worked with marine toxic microalgae and studied their bloom dynamics to understand how HABs could be regulated/mitigated.

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My job at SAMS

I joined SAMS in January 2019 to work on the ABACUS project.

In this project I am involved in the development and biomass analysis of micro-algal strains for high value products for specific applications or products for commercial use.



2017: PhD Environmental Sciences. University of Côte d'Azur

2012: MSc Marine Sciences. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

2009: BSc (Hons) Zoology. Royal Holloway, University of London


2017: Boat Licence

2012: PADI Rescue Diver


Catania, Daniela, Mindy L. Richlen, Yim Ling Mak, Steve L. Morton, Elizabeth H. Laban, Yixiao Xu, Donald M. Anderson, Leo Lai Chan, and Michael L. Berumen. (2017). The prevalence of benthic dinoflagellates associated with ciguatera fish poisoning in the central Red Sea. Harmful Algae: 68: 206 - 216

Mangialajo, L., Fricke, A., Perez Gutierrez, G., Catania, D., Jauzein, C., Lemée, R., (2017). Benthic Dinoflagellates Integrator (BEDI): a new method of the quantification of Benthic Harmful Algal Blooms. Harmful Algae: 64: 1 - 10

Erpenbeck, D., Voigt, O., Al-Aidaroos, A, M., Berumen, M, L., Büttner, G., Catania, D., Guirguis, A, N., Paulay, G., Schätzle, S., Wörheide, G. (2016). Molecular biodiversity of Red Sea demosponges. Marine Pollution Bulletin: 105: 507 – 514

M. L. Berumen, A. S. Hoey, W. H. Bass, J. Bouwmeester, D. Catania, J. E. M. Cochran, M. T. Khalil, S. Miyake, M. R. Mughal, J. L. Y. Spaet, P. Saenz-Agudelo (2013). The status of coral reef ecology research in the Red Sea. Coral Reefs: 32: 737–748