Clara S. Stanschewski

PhD Students

Ph.D. Student



Research Interests

I am driven by my motivation to contribute to efforts towards food security, one of the many challenges that are intensified by climate change. Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is very promising due to, for instance, high tolerances to harsh environmental conditions. In the scope of improving the crop further, I am investigating the genetic architecture of agronomically important traits in quinoa using comprehensive phenotyping and Genome-Wide Association Studies. 


  • Ph.D. student, Plant Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, since Aug. 2018
  • M.Sc. In Climate Change Science and Impacts, UCD, Dublin, Ireland, 2017
  • B.Sc. in Marine Science, NUIG, Galway, Ireland, 2016 

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Mark Tester's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Plant Genetics, Plant Phenotyping, Genome-Wide Association Studies, Genotype x Environment interactions, Plant Domestication, Climate Change