Department of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management

Iran favors rich plant and animal biodiversity due to its diverse climatic conditions and long history as a center of origins of some major species. These conditions have resulted in favorable habitats for formation of species throughout the past. Iran is famous for being a four-seasons country. Coastal areas in the north of the country, desert and mountainous areas in the west-east and northwest-southeast directions along with tropical environments in the south of the country along the Persian Gulf have provided a range of ecosystems, which serves as a major reason of the rich biodiversity of the country. The Department of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management tries to explore the richness and distribution of various species throughout the country and the interaction between species themselves and their environment in order to find solutions for better management of ecosystems considering the role that human has on the environment.

Graduate programs:
Master’s and PhD in biodiversity and ecosystem management

Major objectives:
  • Exploring the habitats of wildlife and their optimization through mathematical modeling
  • Assessing the ecological capacity of various animal and plant habitats of the country
  • Drafting conservation programs for biodiversity hot-spots in the country such ecotones and centers of plant endemism
  • Exploring the interaction between plant and animal species with each other and with environment in order to find appropriate models for biodiversity conservation
  • Exploring the impacts of climate change and human activities on wildlife and natural ecosystems
  • Assessing the integrity of ecosystems by using biological indices
  • Exploring the impacts of invasive and alien species on biodiversity status of the country

  • Dr. Asghar Abdoli
  • Dr. Khosro Piri
  • Dr. Faraham Ahmadzadeh
  • Dr. Hossein Mostafavi