Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture


We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors will open at 6:00 PM this month. This allows time to join us for light refreshments, pay your membership dues, and to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM and mingle with other members. As this is the first meeting of the membership year our Membership tables will be open at 6:00 PM.

Please read the separate message from the Chairwoman for details about membership registration and our light dinner offering for the first meeting.

October Talk: Using DNA Barcoding Method to Determine Identity of Animal Species in Qatar

Speaker: Dr Kuei-Chiu Chen,  Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Premedical Biology, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

Date & Time: WEDNESDAY, October 3 at Doha English Speaking School (DESS).  

Venue: Doha English Speaking School - Map

Synopsis of talk

Ever wonder if you can know the species of bird from a feather left in your garden? How about a scat on the hiking trail? The worldwide campaign of DNA barcoding initiated in Canada is using a specific segment of DNA (the DNA barcoding gene) in the genome of each animal, plant, and others that can serve as a signature of that particular species. With confirmed morphological identification, scientists can analyze and link the DNA barcode information to the species. In Qatar, we are aiming to DNA barcode all vertebrate animal species and a few, more iconic invertebrates. In this talk, we will share what we have done so far on the reptiles, amphibians, and other animals in Qatar.

Short biography

Kuei-Chiu ChenAfter receiving her Ph.D. in biology from New York University, Kuei-Chiu Chen worked as a forensic biologist in New York City’s medical examiner’s office. She returned to academia and taught at UCLA and Cornell University in the USA. She is presently teaching biology and conducting student-centered research at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q). She has received multiple grants from Qatar National Research Fund to support her student research on biodiversity and conservation of animals in Qatar. With her dual interests in teaching and mentoring students on research, she has received the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Best Research Mentor Award from WCM-Q.





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