Conservation, Restoration and Mitigation of Qatar’s Flora and Fauna

Dr. Renee Richer teaches introductory at the Biology Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar since January 2007. Dr. Richer received her BA in biology from the University of Chicago and her PhD in biology from Harvard University in 2004. Her research experience ranges from animal physiological ecology to plant physiological ecology and her dissertation work focused on climate change and savanna ecosystems in southern Africa. Prior to joining WCMC-Q she was Director of the Environmental Conservation and Research Center of the American University of Armenia, where she also taught environmental science and ecological economics. Her work with bird life in Armenia was recognized by the Whitley Award, the UK’s largest conservation award.

Her current work focuses on the intersection of biological processes, conservation and
sustainable development and she is widely published.
• Conservation in Qatar: Impacts of Increasing Industrialization (peer reviewed, review paper)
• Environment and Development: Policies for our sustainable future (book oeditor)
• An illustrated checklist of the flora of Qatar (book co-author)
• Cyanobacteria and BMAA exposure from desert dust: A possible link to sporadic ALS among Gulf War veterans (peer reviewed journal article, coauthor)
• First evidence of scavenging behaviour in the herbivorous lizard Uromastyx aegyptia (peer reviewed journal article, coauthor)

Dr. April Ann Torres Conkey is an Adjunct Professor of Biology with Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar where she teaches courses in ecology and conservation biology. She has diverse research experience including studies on endangered bird conservation, waterfowl use of rice-wetlands, and the natural resistance of woodrats to rattlesnake venom. For her Ph.D dissertation, she evaluated freshwater wetland mitigation permits issued for impacts along the upper Texas coast.