In 2009, I obtained a BSc in Zoology from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, my home city. I travelled to Sweden in 2011 to pursue a MSc in Animal Ecology at Lund University and graduated in December 2013. My thesis focused on the application of non-invasive sampling of faecal-DNA in conservation monitoring of large carnivores in the Iranian Caucasus. I conducted the first abundance estimation of a brown bear population in Iran, and a pilot survey of Persian leopards in some key reserves. Since 2008 I have collaborated with the Iranian Cheetah Society, an Iranian NGO, as a research associate.
I am interested in ecology of large carnivores on human-altered landscapes, and translating my findings to informed conservation actions.
I hope attending the postgraduate diploma will equip me with a higher level of analytical and practical skills to contribute to wildlife ecology and conservation with a focus on large carnivores.