Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

June Talk: CORAL REEFS: Wonders at risk in the Qatar marine environment

Speaker: Radhouane Ben-Hamadou, Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Science, Qatar University

Date & Time: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 at Doha English Speaking School (DESS).  Iftar at 6:30 followed by talk at 7:30

Venue: Doha English Speaking School - Map

NOTE: As this month’s talk is during the month of Ramadan we will be offering Iftar to the attendees. Sunset is at 6:22 so the Iftar will be available at that time along with tea and water. As we have to order food it would be appreciated if you could send an rsvp to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to tell us if you plan on attending the meeting so we get an idea of numbers attending. To accommodate those who will break the fast at home we are starting our meeting at 7:30 this month.

We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors will open at 6:00 PM this month. There will be time to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:30 PM and mingle with other members. Our Rambles and Membership tables will also be open at 7:00.

Synopsis of talk

We will dive into the beautiful world of coral reefs in Qatar. We will explore the biodiversity, productivity and the challenges faced by natural and artificial coral reefs in Qatar and understand how we can act to preserve and restore these key ecosystems that provide tremendous goods and services.

Short biography

Dr. Radhouan Ben-Hamadou, Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences and Head of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Qatar University, is an ecohydrologist and oceanographer with an Aquaculture Engineer and an MSc and PhD degrees from the Sorbonne Universities (UPMC-Paris 6) in Biological Oceanography. Prior to joining Qatar University, from 2006-2013 he was Researcher Associate Professor at the Centre of Marine Sciences and Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve. He also acted as Deputy Director of the UNESCO International Centre for Coastal Ecohydrology (UNESCO-ICCE) and is co-founder of the International Society of Ecohydrology (IS-ECOHYD). He participated in the launching of the EU-ERASMUS-MUNDUS Master on Ecohydrology, a shared MSc diploma between 5 universities in Europe and South America. He served also as consultant to several aquaculture companies. At Qatar University, Dr. Ben-Hamadou, was successful in securing funding for 4 NPRP projects since 2013 mainly about coral reef ecology and restoraton and several other industry and community grants. He was appointed to the task force to develop QU strategy in 2014 and 2016. Dr. Ben-Hamadou acted up to 2016 as President of the Arabian Gulf Branch of the SETAC society. He was awarded in 2016 the CAS Excellence Research Award. He co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and books and has supervised 13 M.Sc. and 5 Ph.D. students.
Chairwoman’s Message for June to October

Finally ...... Thank you’s: 

I would like to say THANK YOU to the QNHG Committee Members for their tireless efforts to put together a memorable “year”. Our team works well together in supporting each other and working to keep QNHG at the high standards that were set long before any of us were in Qatar. In saying that, I think we can set the bar even higher with more volunteers. We could use members to create additional social media opportunities (Twitter; Instagram) for reaching out to more of the Qatari and expat populations. Our Rambles leader, Richard Angwin, is leaving Qatar and, though it pains us, we have no choice but to replace him since he will not be here. (The obvious being stated to emphasize our needs.) Interested in collaborating to put together an international trip for our members? It’s been a few years since there was a trip offered and we’d like to explore that area for next year.
A massive THANK YOU to the members who made all our efforts worthwhile by attending our talks and rambles. We would not have a group without you.

Lastly, THANK YOU to our speakers who gave us so much in their talks and rambles. We are grateful for the time you gave to us and the sharing of your knowledge and amazing expertise.

Now let’s keep it simple and start with June:
Join us for our last talk of the season for one more chance to learn something new and to break the fast together with an Iftar offered to all who attend. With the heat of the summer pushing the mercury higher we will not have any more outdoor rambles, but will have a group tour at Sheikh Faisal’s Museum the end of June. It’s a great way to leave the apartment and a good event for children, too. Details to register will be sent separately.

July through September: You can continue exploring Qatar without us—just do it safely and travel with more than one vehicle and ALWAYS have lots of water and something to provide shade if you get stuck or break down. If you travel to another country, find a way to use the knowledge you have learned here and apply it there. Check on local natural history groups wherever you may go. The next 5 months are hot here and you can help birds and other animals (domesticated or not) by placing water outside your home, on a window ledge or in a take away container in a dry area.

We will be announcing our first meeting via email, our website and facebook, but jot down Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30. A general way to remember when we have our meetings is “The First Wednesday of the month”.
Please contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or areas where you are interested in serving.
Safe travels, safe summer and enjoy the “backyard” of wherever you may be.
Sheri Kenly

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