Palestine has a rich natural history that is often overshadowed (and threatened by) the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. In the midst of this challenging environment a team of mostly volunteers has made major progress in documenting the biodiversity and conservation status of Palestine’s flora and fauna and sharing that natural heritage with students, local citizens and the international community. Come hear the story of how the Palestine Museum of Natural History is studying biodiversity and promoting environmental conservation and sustainability.
About Our Speaker: Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh is founder and Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity Research (www.palestinenature.org). He currently teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in the Palestinian territories and previously served on the faculties at the University of Tennessee, Duke and Yale. His research, teaching and writing is wide-ranging, from molecular biology and cytogenetics to the biodiversity and natural history of the fauna and flora of Palestine.