Tom Iliffe, a professor in the Marine Biology Department at TAMUG who has been studying the biodiversity, evolution and conservation of marine cave animals for nearly 40 years, remarks, Providing a model for the basic function of this globally-distributed ecosystem is an important contribution to coastal groundwater ecology and establishes a baseline for evaluating how sea level rise, seaside touristic development and other stressors will impact the viability of these lightless, food-poor systems.
The research was conducted during field expeditions funded by the USGS, TAMUG, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and with field assistance from Moody Gardens and Speleotech.
He became Dean of the Maritime College and Professor of Marine Biology at TAMUG, the marine science arm of Texas A&M and was instrumental in procuring a new training ship for the Texas State Maritime Academy.
Bill and I taught several courses together at TAMUG and Shedd Aquarium.
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It was hosted by QUs College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and attended by CAS associate dean for Research and Graduate Affairs Dr Ahmed Ahmedna, EMRQ research director Dr Jennifer Dupont, TAMUG Department of Marine Biology Associate Professor Dr Christopher Marshall, CAS Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences professors and students, in addition to representatives of the General Directorate of Natural Reserves Private Engineering Office (PEO), Ministry of Environment, Coast Guard and Qatar Petroleum.
It was also intended to advance dialogue on current research being conducted on the dugong population in the Arabian Gulf as well as a preservation plan to address the challenges facing this unique marine mammal.It followed from a 2-day workshop on dugongs held in October 2014 as part of the agreement signed in July of that year by EMRQ, QU and TAMUG to further environmental research and marine mammal initiatives relevant to Qatar.
In her remarks, CAS dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi said: Were extremely pleased to host this joint research activity which embodies the success of the agreement signed between QU, EMRQ and TAMUG. This workshop tackles a serious environmental issue in the country and aims atsupporting one of CAS strategic objectives to empower and engage its students during their college experience by building their academic and practicalcapabilities to support QU in its endeavor to become a model national university in the region and promote the Qatar National Vision 2030.
EMRQ will provide TAMUG and QU with funding and technical assistance in the project to increase understanding of the dugongpopulation in the Qatar coastal waters.
We are delighted to partner with TAMUG and QU on this valuable marine environment initiative."