Bob Vernooij

PhD Students

Ph.D. Student



Bob is a conservation biologist from the Netherlands. Initially focused on species conservation, his vision broadened towards the broader field of ecology during his undergraduate studies. Thanks to a VSBfonds scholarship to study abroad, he could pursue a master’s degree in the United Kingdom. Currently he is studying Halobates, the only insects known to survive a full lifecycle on the ocean surface.

Research Interests

Biodiversity, Conservation, Marine Biology, Forest Ecology, Halobates


  • MSc, Conservation Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University, England (2017)
  • Biodiversity & Natural Environment (minor), Leiden University, The Netherlands (2015)
  • BASc, Animal Husbandry, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands (2015)

Professional Profile

  • 2021-2022: Biologist/Aquarist, Rotterdam Zoo, The Netherlands
  • 2020-2021: BI/Big Data Engineer, YoungCapital, The Netherlands

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​​