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Gholam Hosein Yusefi

Gholam Hosein Yusefi

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CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas. 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
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My research is centered on mammal's biogeography, systematics, ecology, and conservation, focusing on the mammalian fauna of Iran and most recently on the unique lineage of jerboas (Dipodidae, Rodentia) in the deserts of Asia and north Africa. I have also strong interest in wildlife ecology and conservation of large mammals.

​I earned my PhD (funded by Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution at University of Porto/CIBIO, where my research explored the biogeography, systematics, and ecology of Iran terrestrial mammals. Besides reviewing the systematics and distribution of all the known species of terrestrial mammals of Iran, I examined biogeographic patterns in mammals distribution using two different analytical approaches (distance- and network-based methods), explored correlates of extinction risk using phylogenetic comparative methods, and assessed impacts of climate change (both in magnitude and velocity) on functional diversity of the targeted species.

Before arriving at CIBIO, I spent two wonderful years at Uppsala University, where I completed my MSc degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology. For my master thesis, in collaboration with CIBIO researchers I studied rare Iranian Asiatic black bears using noninvasive genetics. I previously worked as Wildlife Researcher in Mohitban Society (an independent Iranian wildlife research and conservation NGO) where I was co-founder and CEO (2010-2016) and as Field Researcher in Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP) -a joint project between UNDP, GEF and Iran Department of Environment.

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