Department of Ecology
King Abdulaziz University
Born and raised in Taif, Saudi Arabia, Al-Farawati earned a B.S. in Marine Chemistry in 1990 from Faculty of Marine Sciences, King Abdulaziz University. After graduation, he enrolled as a student at Oceanography Laboratories, Liverpool University, obtaining a PhD degree in oceanography in 1998. Subsequently, he was appointed as lecturer at the Faculty of Marine Sciences, King Abdulaziz University. In 1999, he was appointed the chairman of marine chemistry department, a post he held up to now. The research interest of Al-Farawati covers wide areas in seawater. However, his main interest is to study the distribution of nutrients and trace metals in the coastal waters of eastern Red Sea; and speciation of dissolved trace metals in seawater. Recently, He participated in research collaboration international institute, in particular with Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel to study the geochemistry of methane in hot brines and shallow areas of the Red Sea. Besides that, Al-Farawati participated in many projects to study marine natural products from marine organisms such as corals, algae and sponges.
His main research interests include Distribution of nutrients and trace metals in the coastal waters of eastern Red Sea; Speciation of dissolved trace metals in seawater marine natural products from marine organisms