2011 - 2012 Talks


6 June 2012 Programme:  

  • April Conkey, Renee Richer, Aurora Castilla, and John Tribuna will speak on "Tales of a desert survivor: the dhub (spiny-tailed lizard) of Qatar" 
  • Biodiversity flyer series:  spiny-tailed lizard

2 May 2012 Programme:

  • Dr. Tim Bouts spoke on "Achievements and Challenges from Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation".  For a detailed speaker bio and topic summary: click here
  • Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, Qatar website:  click here

18 April 2012 Programme: 

  • Joy Totah Hilden spoke on "Bedouin Weaving".  For a detailed speaker bio and topic summary: click here

4 April 2012 Programme:

  • Dr. Hubert Bari spoke on "Pearls II:  Pearl Natural History and from an Exhibition to a Museum".  For a detailed speaker bio and topic summary: click here.

7 March 2012 Programme:

Mr. David Stanton presented on "Protecting Yemen's Leopards: Challenges and Successes" 
  • For a detailed speaker bio and topic summary:  click here.
  • Foundation for the Protection of the Arabian Leopard in Yemen website: click here

1 February 2012 Programme:

Dr. Robert Carter presented "Pearls and the Making of the Arabian Gulf".  

Short summary:  This presentation discussed the practice of pearling in Qatar and the Gulf, from its ancient origins in the stone age (seven thousand years ago), through the boom centuries in the 18th to early 20th centuries AD, up to its demise between the 1930s and early 1960s.
For detailed speaker bio and topic summary:  click here.

4 January 2012 Programme:

Dr. Fareed Krupp, Director of the (newly established) Qatar Natural History Museum,  will spoke on "Freshwater and Marine Fish Conservation in the Arabian Peninsula." 

Short summary:  The Arabian Peninsula was once inhabited by a rich freshwater fauna of African origin, but increasingly arid conditions resulted in a low species diversity. The region is home to only 20 species of freshwater fishes.  At least four species must be considered critically endangered.  With more than 2000 species, fish diversity in the Arabian Seas Region is one of the highest globally and the degree of endemism: species that occur only here and nowhere else on earth, is significant. While many areas in the Red Sea region and Southern Arabia are still in a reasonably healthy condition, the Gulf environment is in rapid decline. Over-exploitation and destructive fishing methods pose the greatest threat to marine fish.  
For a detailed speaker bio and topic summary: click here


7 December 2011 Programme:
Speaker:  Dr. Edward M. Barrows spoke on the "Arthropods of the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve (Potomac River, USA) and Life on the Edge". 
Speaker bio:  Dr. Edward Barrows studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, from which he earned a B.S. in botany and zoology and earned his doctorate in entomology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  In 1975 he joined the Georgetown University Department of Biology in Washington, D.C. where he currently undertakes research, teaches, and administers as a Professor of Biology and Director of the Laboratory of Entomology and Biodiversity, Director of Environmental Studies, and the Director of the Center for the Environment.  His research focuses on the behavior, ecology, evolution, and conservation, usually involving arthropods and plants as study organisms.
For a detailed speaker bio and topic summary: click here


2 November 2011 Programme:
Speaker:  Dr. Emma Tetlow spoke on the topic "Environmental Archaeology is Rubbish!  A Fishy Tale from Wadi Debayan, North Western Qatar"
Speaker bio:  Dr. Tetlow is an archaeologist and a member of the team working on the Qatar National Dr. Emma TetlowHistoric Environment Record, a combined project of the Qatar Museums Authority and the University of Birmingham, UK.  Previous to the work of the Qatar National Historic Environment Record , the application of environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology to sites in Qatar has been limited.  This presentation will outline the principles and techniques of both fields, including the application of analytical techniques such as pollen, macroscopic plant and insect remains, and the importance of radiometric and other methods of dating.  The value of geomorphological and sedimentological data to establish sites which would have been favourable for human occupation will also be considered. 
For a more detailed speaker bio and topic summary: click here
5 October 2011 Programme:     Gulf Times Article
Phillip L. WatsonSpeaker:  Professor Phillip L. Watson, Program Head of the Department of Biological and Environmental Biology at Qatar University, will give the first presentation of the season on the "Biodiversity of Insects as it Relates to Environmental and Forensic Degradation, or How Bugs Tell Us What is Happening Without an Agenda". 
Speaker bio:  Professor Watson is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, USA, where he studied zoology and biology, and wrote his doctoral thesis in entomology at the University of Illinois.  In addition to his post at Qatar University, he is also the Emeriti Professor of Biology at Ferris State University in Michigan. 
He joined the staff of Qatar University in 2009 as a Fulbright Senior Fellow and has taught ecology, presented a seminar on forensic entomology, helped with the biology museum insect specimen identification, published articles in the Qatar Biodiversity Newsletter and presented a student-led symposium on environmental management. 
Professor Watson has also taught at the University of Botswana in Gabarone, Botswana and An Giang University in Vietnam and has given presentations as an invited speaker in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Belize in Central America.  In Colombia in South America he help in establishing a forest research project. 
His current research interest is the biodiversity of insects.