I am a conservation ecologist trained in Egypt (BSc), the UK (MRes), and Germany (Dr. rer. nat). I am interested in spatial-, quantitative-, and macro-ecology, biogeography, and biodiversity conservation. I am particularly interested in data and methodological challenges in this realm.
My research is mainly focused on studying the spatial distribution of biodiversity and the prioritization of conservation efforts. I am interested in understanding factors determining species distributions in time and space, mainly using the overarching methods of species distribution modelling.
Previously as a master student at the University of Nottingham, I modelled the distribution of the Egyptian reptiles under current and future climates, and studied the the potential impact of anthropogenic climate change on them. Then, as a doctorate student at the University of Freiburg, I studied some issues affecting the reliability of presence-only species distribution models for wildlife conservation in developing countries.
Currently, I am working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ocean Acoustics Lab, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany. I am interested in modelling the spatio-temporal distribution of baleen whales in the Southern Ocean.
Dr. rer. nat. in Biometry and environmental system analysis, 2018
University of Freiburg, Germany.
MRes in Conservation Biology, 2012
The University of Nottingham, UK.
BSc in Zoology, 2005
Suez Canal University, Egypt.