Jeneen Hadj-Hammou

Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BSc Leeds University; MSc Oxford University; PhD Lancaster University

Research Websites: Mubadala Arabian Center for Climate and Environmental ScienceS (ACCESS)

Research Areas: Coral reefs; ecosystem functions; functional traits; climate change; marine protected areas; fishing


Jeneen Hadj-Hammou is a marine ecologist interested in understanding the coral reef ecosystem functioning in a changing world. She completed her PhD at the University of Lancaster, where she studied the functional dynamics of coral reef fish in marine protected areas. Her PhD publications include “Decadal shifts in traits of reef fish communities in marine reserves,” “Response and effect traits of coral reef fish,” and “Habitat and fishing control grazing potential on coral reefs”.

Hadj-Hammou is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Mubadala Arabian Center for Climate and Environmental Science. In this position, she is helping develop a coral reef monitoring program for the United Arab Emirates and expanding on her research using trait-based approaches to understand ecosystem functions. She hopes to combine experimental work with observational survey data from the Arabian Gulf, a sea with a uniquely considerable temperature variation, to understand the patterns and trajectories of coral reef functional changes.