Sunday, 06 April 2014
Lecture Title – “UAE Dolphin Project: update from a new research initiative” – presented by Dr. Ada Natoli
The talk will focus on:
- General introduction about whales and dolphins and their adaptation to water, being mammals,
- Importance of studying dolphin for the conservation of the marine environment
- Review of the actual knowledge available for these species in UAE and the Gulf
- Introduction of the targets of the UAE Dolphin Project initiative
- First research results
- How the public can help
Ada Natoli is a specialist in population genetics. applied to conservation of species. Her main interests are investigating the evolutionary mechanisms generating population structure, and supporting conservation and management programmes.
She focuses her research on marine mammals but has been working on turtles and has a broad background covering plant genetics & general ecology. She holds a PhD in molecular ecology from the University of Durham, UK, where she completed her thesis on the molecular ecology of bottlenose and common dolphins, comparing these species and their population structure on a worldwide scale and in the Mediterranean Sea. Ada also spent a number of years conducting field research with the Tethys Research Institute, working on several projects monitoring the cetacean population in the Mediterranean Sea and Canary Islands.
She recently launched the UAE Dolphin Project (www.uaedolphinproject.org) a new initiative that aims to raise public awareness and gather scientific information to assess the status of the local dolphin populations and support their conservation.
She is member of the IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group, has been associated to UAE University as adjunct assistant professor, and collaborates with several universities and international organisations in UK, Italy, Australia and New Zealand
Sunday, 04 May 2014
Lecture Title – “The Arabian Gulf: A Natural History of its Environment and Ecosystems” – presented by Dr. John Burt - Assistant Professor and Head of NYUAD Marine Biology Laboratory, New York University Abu Dhabi
Visitors and new members are welcome.