Mohammed A. Al-Saffar


Biology Department, Oxford, Ohio, USA 45056


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DSC04063Mohammed A. Al-Saffar attended the University of Baghdad, where he obtained a B.Sc. in biology in 1998 and a M.Sc. in benthic macro-invertebrates ecology in 2007. While pursuing his M.Sc., Al-Saffar joined Nature Iraq and spent around 7 years in this NGO engaging in multiple positions such as researcher and benthic macro-invertebrates team leader. During that time, he was a visiting student at the Wetlands Research Center in the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) and participated in the Canada-Iraq Marshlands Initiative project. In 2009, Al-Saffar joined the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS) as a researcher. In September 2009, Al-Saffar worked on the DNA bar-coding for Iraqi caddisflies at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Entomology Department.

In 2010 Al-Saffar started to pursue his PhD at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, USA) to advance his knowledge in the evolution and conservation of biodiversity, the geographic distribution of genetic diversity within species, and the forces responsible for creating and maintaining genetic and community diversity of invertebrates in freshwater ecosystems. Al-Saffar current and future research will be devoted to studying benthic macro-invertebrates inhabiting springs, streams, and marshes (especially the most imperiled groups) and focusing on how evolutionary forces such as natural selection, isolation and dispersal among populations, and random changes in genetic diversity affect community composition. In addition, Al-Saffar will be examining the use of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequencing for answering questions of conservation interest, uncover cryptic biodiversity and discover new species that are genetically distinct from, but outwardly similar to, known species. For more details, please refer to the professional profile on LinkedIn.



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