Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hossein Akhani from Iran visits Primack Lab

Posted by Richard Primack

In early July, Prof. Hossein Akhani from the University of Tehran visited the Primack lab to discuss our current project to produce an Iranian edition of A Primer of Conservation Biology. Prof. Akhani presented an engaging seminar to the BU Biology Department on “The ecology and conservation of saline ecosystems in Iran with a focus on Lake Urmia, the largest lake in the Middle East”. The environmental damage being done to Lake Urmia through diversion of water is reminiscent of the better known example of the disappearance of the Aral Sea.  

Two highlights of his visit were a trip to the Arnold Arboretum with BU undergrads Luca Russo and Lucas Stegman to monitor fruit maturation, and an excursion to Plum Island to observe coastal vegetation.  

Prof. Akhani’s visit coincided with the final round of international negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear program, and allowed us to get a better idea of the Iranian perspective of these complex issues.

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