Dr. Andy Kwarteng

Dr. Andy Kwarteng is the Director of Remote Sensing and GIS Center, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman and the Principal Investigator of this project. His research interests include remote sensing and GIS applications to desert, urban, coastal and marine environments and geology. Bird migration is a recent addition to his interest.

Dr. Jan van Gils

Dr. Jan van Gils is a senior scientist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) in the Coastal Sciences department. He performed his dissertation on the digestive constraints of Red Knot (Calidris canutus). He is still chasing this species in their migration and wintering areas and their constraints in foraging ecology. He now has also extended his research to Barr al Hikman, Sultanate of Oman as a supervisor of the project.

Prof. Reginald Victor

Prof Reginald Victor is a Professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman and the Co-Principal Investigator of this project. His research specialization includes non-marine aquatic ecology and environmental studies. Reg is interested in the birds, seagrass and diatoms at Barr Al Hikman.

Ibrahim Abdullrahiem K. Al Zakwani

Ibrahim Abdullrahiem Al Zakwani is an MS degree student at the Biology Department at Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman. His research thesis is on the use of nitrogen-14 and carbon-13 stable isotopes to study the seagrass and diatoms at Barr Al Hikman aquatic system.

Omar Salim M. S. Al-Sudairy

Omar Salim Al-Sudairy is currently pursuing his MS degree at the Biology Department, Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman. His research thesis is on DNA barcoding of birds at Barr Al Hikman.

Roeland Bom (MSc)

Roeland Bom (MSc) is the first PhD student appointed to study the pristine seagrass based ecosystem of Barr al Hikman. Roeland has been to the area annually since 2008. He focusses on the crab plovers, crabs and seagrasses as model species to study the system. Recently his interest was caught by the bar-tailed godwits, which he hopes to track to their breeding grounds.

Prof Chris Small

Prof Christopher Small is a Research Professor at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, USA and a consultant for this project. Chris is leading scientist in remote sensing land cover and urban mapping applications and has conducted satellite-based land cover mapping and monitoring with field validation programs in several countries. Chris excited to explore the mapping of seagrass in the project area using medium to high-resolution satellite imagery.

The field team in November 2015.