January Talk:Biodiversity of insect fauna in Qatar
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 13th video Conferencing Starting at 7 pm.
Speakers: Dr. Salma H. Al-Hajri, Laboratory Analysis Expert, Ministry of Municipality and Environment.
Venue: Video conference via Zoom
Registrations: Zoom Link to register for the talk: Register Here
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Synopsis of talks
The insect fauna of Qatar will be showcased during this talk, with an emphasis on the ant species, including methods of collecting them in the field and identifying them, as well as their distribution in different ecosystems of the desert. The importance of ants as well as other insects and their positive and negative impacts on the environment will be covered, along with recommendations of what we can do to help conserve these species.
Dr. Salma AlHajri, a Qatari citizen, received her MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Qatar University (QU). Her research centers on the biodiversity of invertebrates in different environments. For her Ph.D., Dr. Salma focused on the ant fauna, a novel area of research never before addressed in Qatar. So far, she has identified more than 40 different ant species, most of them recorded for the first time https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3527970, thus contributing to the overall understanding of biodiversity in Qatar. Dr. Salma has been the winner of the visualization challenge in Photography award, QU, and her Ph.D. research work has received recognition as an Outstanding Graduate Research Project and a Pioneering Research at QU’s Annual Research Forum & Exhibition 2017 and 2018. In her current position as the Laboratory Analysis expert at MME, Dr. Salma has been part of diverse projects from whale shark distribution to soil degradation and fertility.