1. Marine mammals’ conservation, habitat and distribution in the Mediterranean basin with emphasis on the North African coast.
2. Aquatic introduced species and their impact on the marine environment especially the Lessepsian invasive ichthyofauna
3. Marine birds monitoring and surveys
4. Marine Protected Areas implementation across the Mediterranean and Libya as part of the MedMPAnet Scheme
After graduation form Omar Mukhtar University (BSc. degree) from the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Science in 2000, I was assigned at the faculty as a demonstrator and was granted a scholarship for an MSc. degree. In 2007, I obtained my MSc. degree in Marine and Fisheries Science from University of Aberdeen. Afterward, I was assigned a lecturer position at the Marine Resources Department, Omar Mukhtar University (OMU), Libya. During that time I was involved in several national (and international) surveys and studies in Libya and the Mediterranean. Research conducted was through the Omar Mukhtar University, the Libyan Ministry of Environment (EGA), the Regional Activity Centre for Special Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), World WIldlife Fund (WWF) and Mediterranean Protected Areas Network (MedMPAnet).
I remained in that position until 2012 when I was again granted a second scholarship to start my PhD. I moved to Aberdeen in March 2013.
Active research projects:
Density and distribution of bottlenose dolphin and other cetaceans in Cyrenaica (northeast Libya)