Dareen K. Almojil
Ph.D. University of Cambridge, UK.
Thesis title: Conservation of two reef shark species along the Arabian coasts: insights from fishermens’ knowledge and molecular tools.
M.Sc. James Cook University, Australia.
Thesis title: Using genetic techniques to assess the interconnectedness of the Galapagos shark Carcharhinus galapagensis at the Elizabeth and Middleton Reef Marine Reserve and Lord Howe Island.
B.Sc. Kuwait University, Kuwait.
Majored in Zoology minored in marine science.
July 2017 - present: Founder of “Muthalath”, an independent online platform with a broad scope aimed to contribute to the advancement of science and research in the Arab world.
July 2008 – August 2011: Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project (KTCP), TOTAL Foundation.
Senior marine biologist.
June 2004 – June 2006: SAFEGE (UN project).
My work involved identifying and enumerating specimens of juvenile shrimp. The study was conducted to evaluate the impact of the Gulf War on the fauna of the Kuwaiti waters.
November 2017 – present: The scientific center of Kuwait.
Building the scientific capacity of the aquarium staff through organizing weekly talk series and group discussions.
April – December 2005: Kuwait University.
The research aimed to study the spawning period of the Jack pomfret Formio niger and the Silvery croaker Otolithes argenteus. My role was to dissect fish samples and prepare high quality histological slides of gonads.
September 2004 – November 2005: Kuwait University.
The research aimed to study the faunal assemblage associated with floating Sargassum. My responsibility was to collect Sargassum samples from the sea, isolate and maintain the associated fauna in aquarium holdings, identify the associated fauna to their species level.
August 2002 – March 2005: Scientific Center Kuwait (Part time).
My work was to test water quality, maintain the wet-lab culture (algae, rotifers and artemia), observe fish daily behaviour and report on any changes, deal with fish disease treatments and identification of parasites.
Other qualifications and skills:
Computer programs for scientific analysis:
Sequence alignment: Biomed.
Genotyping: Genemapper and Geneious.
Population genetic: MEGA, Arlequin, STRUCTURE and Adegenet.
Parentage inference: COLONY.
Phylogenetic: APE (Analysis of Phylogenetic and Evolution package in R).
Programming languages: Python (Backend), HTML and CSS (Frontend).
Light and stereomicroscopes (comfortable). Scanning and Transmitting electron microscope SEM & TEM (Beginner; certified but need more practical experience).
PADI Divermaster license, Nitrox diver, Canadian engine boat driving license and Queensland engine boat driving license.
March 2012 - (12 weeks): PhD field work, India, Pakistan, Yemen, Oman, UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait.
March 2011 - (2 weeks): Shark Quest Arabia, Musandam.
December 2009 - (2 weeks): Shark Quest Arabia, Djibouti.
June 2009 - (4 weeks): Shark Quest Arabia, Sudan.
May 2009 - (2 weeks): Shark Conservation Society Expedition, Qatar.
April 2008 - (2 weeks): Shark Conservation Society Expedition, Kuwait.
List of publications:
Professor Claire Spottiswoode - PhD supervisor at the University of Cambridge - UK.
Professor Rolf Schuster - at the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory - UAE.
Dr. Peter Lawrence - University of Cambridge - UK.
Dr. Lynne van Herwerden - MSc supervisor at James Cook University - Australia.
Mrs. Nancy Papathanasopoulou - KTCP Project manager.