Tamara Huete-Stauffer

Postdoctoral Fellows
Post doctoral fellow in Marine Microbial Oceanography​


I am interested in marine prokaryotes (Bacteria and Archaea) and their distributions and functional role in the ocean. I have a wide background in oceanography, ecology and microbiology and I focus on the interaction of prokaryotes and biogeochemical cycles, especially of heterotrophic prokaryotes and the carbon cycle. I analyze the metabolic rates of microorganisms (production, respiration, growth) as well as their taxonomic diversity, using several molecular techniques (CARD-FISH, metagenomics). Currently, my work seeks to relate the distribution patterns of microbes to the environmental gradients of the Red Sea.​​​ I am also quite interested in bioinformatics and large scale data analysis, and I am particularly fond of the use of open source resources such as R.

Research Interests

Prokaryotes, Bacteria, Archaea, marine ecology, oceanography, 16S, metagenomics, diversity, flow cytometry, R, Python, Unix

Selected Publications

Factors Regulating the Relationship Between Total and Size-Fractionated Chlorophyll-a in Coastal Waters of the Red Sea. Robert J. W. Brewin, Xosé Anxelu G. Morán, Dionysios E. Raitsos, John A. Gittings, Maria Ll. Calleja, Miguel Viegas, Mohd I. Ansari, Najwa Al-Otaibi, Tamara M. Huete-Stauffer and Ibrahim Hoteit. Front Microbiol (2019)​


Low Abundances but High Growth Rates of Coastal Heterotrophic Bacteria in the Red Sea. L. Silva, M.L. Calleja, T.M. Huete-Stauffer, S. Ivetic, M.I. Ansari, M. Viegas, X.A.G Morán. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9:3244, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.03244 (2019)


Temperature sensitivities of microbial plankton net growth rates are seasonally coherent and linked to nutrient availability​. Xosé Anxelu G. Morán, Alejandra Calvoaz, Néstor Arandia-Gorostidi, Tamara Megan Huete-StaufferEnvironmental Microbiology 20(10) (2018)


Testing the Metabolic Theory of Ecology with marine bacteria: Different temperature sensitivity of major phylogenetic groups during the spring phytoplankton bloom. Arandia-Gorostidi N, Huete-Stauffer TM, Alonso-Sáez L, Morán XAG.Environ Microbiol (2017)


Experimental warming reduces the size and nucleic acid content of marine bacterial communities. Huete-Stauffer TM, Arandia-Gosrostidi N, Alonso-Sáez L, Morán XAG (2016). Front Microbiol 7:730 (2016)


Temperature dependences of growth rates and carrying capacities of marine bacteria depart from metabolic theoretical predictions. Huete-Stauffer TM, Arandia-Gorostidi N, Pérez-Díaz L, Morán XAG. FEMS Microb Ecol 91:fiv111 (2015)


More, smaller bacteria in response to ocean’s warming? Morán XAG, Alonso-Sáez L, Nogueira E, Ducklow HW, González N, López-Urrutia A, Pérez-Díaz L, Calvo-Díaz A, Arandia-Gorostidi N,  Huete-Stauffer TM. Proc R Soc B 282:20150371 (2015)


Dynamics of heterotrophic bacteria in températe coastal waters: similar net growth but different controls in low and high nucleic acid content cells. Huete-Satuffer TM, Morán XAG. Aquat Microb Ecol 67:211-223 (2012)


  • Ph. D., Biogeosciences, Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, 2016
  • M.Sc, Teacher Training, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, La Rioja, Spain, 2016
  • M.Sc, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, 2011
  • B.Sc., Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid,Spain, 2009​​​

Professional Profile

2017-now: Post-doctoral fellow, KAUST
2011-2016: PhD student, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, Gijón/Xixón, Spain​​​

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Biological and environmental science and engineering division (BESE) ​