Syed Haleem Shah

Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral Fellow


I am interested in investigating profiles of phytoplankton-bacterioplankton trophic relationships in Red Sea waters through the assessment of photosynthesis-irradiance relationships and primary production rates of phytoplankton as well as bacterioplankton secondary production using radioisotopes labelling methods.

Research Interests

Photosynthesis, Carbon sequestration, Biogeochemistry, Environment

Selected Publications

  •  A Random Forest Machine Learning Approach for Retrieval of Leaf Chlorophyll Content in Wheat
    Shah, S.H.; Houborg, R.; Angellopez Y. and McCabe M.F.
    Remote Sensing 11(8), 920, (2019)
  • Response of Chlorophyll, Carotenoid and SPAD-502 Measurement to Salinity and Nutrient Stress in Wheat (Triticum aes...
    Shah, S.H.; Houborg, R.; McCabe, M.F.
    Agronomy 2017, 7, 61, (2017)
  • Synergy effects of biochar and polyacrylamide on plant growth and soil erosion control
    Lee, S.S., S. H. Shah, Y. M. Awad, S. Kumar, Y. S. Ok
    Environmental Earth Science. 74(3), 2463-2473, (2015) 
  • Bioaugmented Phytoremediation: A strategy for Reclamation of Diesel Oil-contaminated Soils
    Chuluun, B., S. H. Shah, J. S. Rhee
    International Journal of Agriculture and Biology. Issue 16, 624-628, (2014) 


Ph.D., Environmental Sciences and Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2019

MS, Ghent University, Belgium, 2007

MSc, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 2006

Professional Profile

2019- present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2011-2013: Visiting Scientist, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea

2010-2011: Research Associate, Kangwon, National University, Chuncheon, Korea

2008-2010: Asst. Agricultural Chemist, United Nations Development Program, Lahore, Pakistan

Scientific and Professional Memberships

Society for Experimental Biology (SEB)
American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)


Ghent University Fellowship award, Belgium
BEST-KNU, Kangwon National University, South Korea​

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)