United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
Species and ecosystems are declining at unprecedented rates on account of direct and indirect effects of human activities. Thus, the core goal of my research program is to provide species or ecosystem-specific scientific guidance to decision makers so that correct intervention action may be implemented to ensure the survival of viable populations of species and the ecosystems of which they are a part. The broad objectives of my research program are to (i) determine distribution and abundance of species or species assemblages and the factors that help them to persist; (ii) determine patterns of movement in highly mobile species or assemblages (e.g. through dispersive or migratory movements); (iii) determine the impact of specific factors that influence survival and distribution (e.g. predation pressure, disease or parasite outbreaks, hunting pressure); (iv) evaluate areas of overlap between species distributions and human activities (e.g. varying levels of human activity at avian flyways); (iv) highlight the need for conservation and identify areas that need protection; (v) engage the public and policy makers to take action (e.g. through public awareness and policy development); and (vi) determine the effectiveness of intervention measures. My current research involves the study of the regionally endemic Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) in the Arabian Gulf.