Dr. Rebecca Klaus
Researcher/collaborator: F2.4, F2.5, B1.14 (part-time)
Co-Supervisor: Maren Ziegler (PhD student, B2.3)
Research interests and expertise
Coral reef ecology in the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Region and the effects of climate variability and change, with a particular interest in the marginal coral communities of the Arabian Region (Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Arabian Gulf) as a window into the future.
Taxonomy and biogeography of corals of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Region
Mapping and monitoring of tropical marine habitats using remote sensing technologies
Biogeography and ecology of islands
Transfer and applied research
Marine spatial planning and management for protected areas and integrated coastal zone management
Tropical marine ecosystem function and services under climate change
Marine and coastal environmental research and consulting for technical and policy level for institutional and private organizations and stakeholders
Project development and management
2009-2010 Researcher / Collaborator with BiK-F (part-time)
2009-2010 Independent consultant and researcher on various projects including:
2000-2009 Independent consultant and researcher on various projects including:
1998-2003 PhD. “A Comparative Assessment of the 1997/98 Indian Ocean Coral Bleaching Event”, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, UK.
1997-1998 Marine GIS and Image Processing Consultant, for Fugro GEOS Ltd, UK.
1996-1998 Research Associate, Ecosystems Analysis and Management Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, UK.
1994-1995 MSc. (Distinction) Marine Environmental Protection, University of Wales, Bangor, UK.
1990-1993 BSc. (Hons 2i), Zoology, University of Bristol, UK.
Publications and reports
Turner, J.R. & KLAUS, R. (2005). Coral Reefs of the Mascarenes, Western Indian Ocean. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A 363: 229-250.
De Vantier, L., KLAUS, R., Abdal-Aziz, M. & Al-Mohgrabi, S. (2004) Reef-building corals of the Socotra Islands, Yemen: zoogeographic 'crossroads' in the Arabian Sea. Fauna of Arabia 20: 117-168.
KLAUS, R. & Turner, J.R. (2004). The marine biotopes of the Socotra Island Group. Fauna of Arabia 20: 45-115.
Hardman, E., Meunier, S., Turner, J.R., Lynch, T., Taylor, M. & KLAUS, R. (2004) The extent of coral bleaching in Rodrigues, 2002. Journal of Natural History, 38, 3077-3089.
Price, A.R.G., KLAUS, R. & Sheppard, C.R.C. (2000) Environmental and bioeconomic characterisation of coastal and marine systems of Cameroon, including risk implications of the Chad Cameroon pipeline project. Aquatic Ecosystems Health and Management 3: 137-161.Sheppard, C.R.C, Seaward, M.R.D., KLAUS, R. & Topp, J. (1999) The Chagos Archipelago. In The Ecology of the Chagos Archipelago. Ed. CRC Sheppard and MRD Seaward. The Linnean Society.
Selected scientific reports
KLAUS, R., Hardman, E.R. & Persand, S. (2008). Mapping the Biotopes in the Rodrigues Lagoons and the Creation of a Geographical Information System for Management of the South Eastern Marine Protected Area. First Report of GIS Team, UNDP, Rodrigues Regional Assesmbly. 52 p
Abrahams, L. and KLAUS, R. (2007): Coastal Atlas and Geographical Information Systems for Eritrea. ECMIB Project.
Zajonz, U. & Klaus, R. (2005, updated 2007). The Pilot CZM Areas of Bir Ali - Burum and Sharma - Jethmun. Coastal Zone Management Plan for Bir Ali-Burum and Sharma-Jethmun (Deliveries B03+B04). Report to the Environment Protection Authority, Yemen (World Bank-GEF Grant No. TF 023492). 256 pp. (Vol. 1) + XVIII Appendices (Vol. 2). MacAlister Elliott & Partners Ltd, U.K.; Scientific Council for Systems and Applied Science, Sana’a.
Klaus, R. & Zajonz, U. (2005, updated 2007). The Pilot CZM Areas of Bir Ali - Burum and Sharma - Jethmun. Map Catalogue. Versions 1.1-1.3 (Delivery D01-D08). Report to the Environment Protection Authority, Yemen and the World Bank-GEF. 11(9) pp. + V(IV) Annexes + CD-Rom. MacAlister Elliott & Partners Ltd, U.K.; Scientific Council for Systems and Applied Science, Sana’a. (available as pdf-file)
Kemp, J.M. & Klaus, R. (2005, unpubl.). The Pilot CZM Areas of Bir Ali - Burum and Sharma - Jethmun. Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Report 1 (Delivery A20a+b). Report to the Environment Protection Authority, Yemen (World Bank-GEF Grant No. TF 023492). 131 pp. + XII Appendices (2 Vols.) MacAlister Elliott & Partners Ltd, U.K.; Scientific Council for Systems and Applied Science, Sana’a.
Current publication projects
KLAUS, R. (in prep). The marginal coral communities in Gulf of Aden: survival and recovery in an upwelling region.
KLAUS, R., Ziegler, M., Zajonz, U. et al. (in prep). The marginal coral communities of Socotra.
KLAUS, R., Hussey, N., Kessel, S.A., Kemp, J., Chekchak, T (in prep). Large Aggregation of Manta alfredi in the Sudanese Red Sea.
Hussey, N., Stroh, N., KLAUS, R. Chekchak, T., Kessel, S.A. (submitted) Scuba diver observations and placard tags to monitor grey reef sharks, Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos, at Sha'ab Rumi, The Sudan: Assessment and future directions
- Transdisciplinary work group „Tropical Marine Ecosystems“ (TMS)
- Field research station Socotra
- Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystem
- Shoals Rodrigues
- South Eastern Marine Protected Area
- School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor