Sarah A. Kanee

Masters Students

MS Student, Environmental Sciences and Engineering



Sarah received her BSc in Geology from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).  After graduating, she joined the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston as a Planetary Geochemist, where she worked on developing methods to further study the chemical evolution of the moon.  Her time at NASA exposed her to the field of earth observation and remote sensing, and later motivated her to join the Environmental Science and Engineering (EnSE) program at KAUST where she is presently a Master's student.

Research Interests

Sarah's current work involves a combination of remote sensing, GIS and machine learning techniques to study and forecast changes in the phenology of agricultural fields in Saudi Arabia.  She is still exploring her interest in environmental monitoring and hopes to continue grappling with sustainability issues at the nexus of water, energy and food.

Selected Publications

  • Jeremy W. Boyce, Sarah A. Kanee, Francis M. McCubbin, Jessica J. Barnes, Hayley Bricker, Allan H. Treiman "Early loss, fractionation, and redistribution of chlorine in the Moon as revealed by the low-Ti lunar mare basalt suite" Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2018, 



  • B.Sc., Geology, UCLA, 2017


  • Qimam Fellowship for High-Potential Leaders, 2020 - Present
  • Saudi Cultural Mission Scholarship (SACM) Recipient, 2013 - 2017
  • Kaust Gifted Student Program Scholarship Recipient, 2012 - 2015

Research Interests Keywords

Remote Sensing water-energy-food nexus sustainability Environmental Monitoring geochemistry