Morteza Naderi

Morteza Naderi
Koc University · Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

PhD at Environmental Sciences
Genomic signals of brown bears isolation in Turkey

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Introduction
As an associate professor in wildlife ecology and conservation, I am very interested to work on projects which lead to the wildlife restoration and conservation in their natural habitats. Currently, I am working on Brown bears, wolves and lynx in eastern Turkey. Species habitat use and distribution modeling, their evolutionary ecology, morphology, habitat restoration are some of my deep interests. I am currently PI of a national project funded by Tubitak 1001, in Bears landscape genomics
Additional affiliations
September 2015 - January 2019
Arak University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Teaching and mentoring undergraduates and graduates. Teaching the following courses: Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, Game animals biology, Ornithology, Evolutionary ecology, Biostatistics, Genetics, Field techniques, Research methods in environmental sciences, protected areas, conservation biology,
Education
January 2019 - January 2022
Koc University
Field of study
  • Wildlife Biology and Ecology
September 2011 - February 2015
University of Tehran
Field of study
  • Environmental Gliserin (Phd thesis: glis phylogeography)
September 2002 - January 2003
University of Tehran
Field of study
  • Environmental Sciences

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Publications (66)
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Central Iran supports a diversity of carnivores, most of which are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation. Carnivore conservation requires the identification and preservation of core habitats and ensuring connectivity between them. In the present study, we used species distribution modeling to predict habitat suitability and connectivity mode...
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Predator-prey interactions and human presence are among the key factors shaping large mammal activity patterns. In human-dominated landscapes, large carnivores must balance their activity rhythms between optimizing their feeding opportunities and avoiding encounters with humans. In north-eastern Turkey, the Caucasian lynx (Lynx lynx dinniki), a thr...
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We address in this study the taxonomic status of the two major phylogenetic lineages of fat dormice, genus Glis . These lineages show unique mutations at 43 positions of the cytochrome b alignment and are classified as two distinct species, the European fat dormouse Glis glis (Linnaeus, C. [1766]. Systema naturae per regna tria naturae, secundum cl...
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Central Iran supports a diversity of carnivores, most of which are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation. Carnivore conservation requires the identification and preservation of core habitats and ensuring connectivity between them. In the present study, we applied species distribution modeling to predict habitat suitability and used connectiv...
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The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) was recorded for the first time in Turkey on May 10, 2019, and June 5, 2019, in the same location after 4668 nights of camera trapping in the forests of the Sarıkamış region and Allahuekber Mountains in eastern Turkey. It was recorded in a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) forest at 2340 m above sea level with...
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Today, transportation is one of the most important and effective infrastructures and at the same time is the basis for development and adaptive development, and this has caused the attention of managers and planners to the category of transportation. But with regard to the focus of transport planners on accesses and other dynamic aspects of urban t...
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To study the genetic diversity of the Yellow ground squirrel (Spermophilus fulvus) in Iran, 79 tissue samples were collected from seven provinces (Razavi Khorasan, North Khorasan, Zanjan, Qazvin, Alborz, Hamedan and Kurdistan). Following DNA isolation and polymerase chain reaction (PCR), genetic variation was investigated using the complete sequenc...
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Global climate change poses a new challenge for species and can even push some species toward an extinction vortex. The most affected organisms are those with narrow tolerance to the climatic factors but many large mammals such as ungulates with a wider ecological niche are also being affected indirectly. Our research mainly used wild sheep in cent...
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– Over six years from 2011 to 2015, direct field observations and waterbirds' surveys were performed in three Ramsar sites (Choghakhor, Shadegan and Parishan). Our results indicated that all three wetlands affected by developing intensive farming systems and lowered species richness. The most important difference existing among the wetlands points...
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Old world ground squirrels (genus Spermophilus) are distributed throughout the Holarctic and Palearctic regions, of which two Iranian species, the Yellow ground squirrel S. fulvus and the Asia Minor ground squirrel S. xanthoprymnus, comprise the southernmost distribution of the genus in the Palearctic. The two species are found in fragmented popula...
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In recent decades, the rate of extinction of species has been increased continually all over the world and lack of effective and efficient conservation strategies will lead to extinction of a large number of species. Determination of habitat suitability is an essential necessity for management and conservation of wildlife. Suitable habitats play a...
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The Brandt`s hedgehog Paraechinus hypomelas (Brandt 1836), is a relatively widespread species which range from Arabian Peninsula and Iran, through southern areas of Central Asia to western South Asia.The phylogenetic position of the species tat is little known in Iran, although it has been studied in different parts of its distributional range. To...
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Prey-predator relationships can affect habitat selection of the animals greatly. In the recent investigation we tried to test how rodents can affect nocturnal sand cat habitat usage pattern. Microhabitat affinities of sand cat and its den site selection were investigated in Sistan and Baluchistan Province from early 2013 to late 2015 in Semsor area...
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We used the fat dormouse (Glis glis), a species from a monotypic genus of family Gliridae, as a model to promote the understanding of patterns of cryptic diversification along the ancient Hyrcanian Forests, one of the old-growth relicts of the temperate deciduous forests worldwide. Mitochondrial Cytb data was used to investigate the phylogenetic st...
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Due to the relatively low offspring survival rate, surviving adult leopards play a critical role in the species’ viability. The unnatural mortality of leopards, caused by human activities can seriously compromise the species’ long-term population survival. An analysis of spatial distribution and sex ratio of unnatural mortality of 147 recorded Pers...
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This file shows the exact UTM localities of the Persian leopard accidental mortalities in Iran. (CSV)
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This study evaluates and compares habitat preferences and spatial niche breadth and overlap between two sympatrically occurring species, the sand cat (Felis margarita) and Rüppell's fox (Vulpes rueppellii), in a desert landscape of central Iran. A field survey from 2014 to 2016 was conducted to collect occurrence points for the two species as well...
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We tried to model habitat suitability of two prey and predator species including wild sheep (Ovis orientalis) and wolf (Canis lupus) in Varjin protected area located in northern east of Tehran using a presence only method, maximum entropy (MaxEnt). Totally 11 environmental variables were measured in the species presence points which can be classifi...
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The Zagros and Alborz mountainous ridges can be regarded as one of the most interesting and known physical barriers responsible for the vicariance event. Based on the probable effect of Zagros Mountains on the rodent population vicariance, a research on Caucasian mole vole phylogeography, population genetic structure and diversity was designed alon...
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Based on historical data, wolf is one of the large carnivores which suffers from human-wildlife conflicts especially in the animal husbandry field. In this research we tried to model wolf attacks to the humans and livestocks in Ardabil Province, and give some relevant recommendations. Focusing on the wolf attacks data (both human and livestocks), r...
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The levels of Pb and Cd in the liver and muscle samples of fat dormouse (Glis glis) were measured and compared in various localities in Hyrcanian forests of Northern Iran. We detected the highest Pb and Cd residues in sampled animals inhabiting forest patches closer to high-traffic roads and a decreasing trend was recorded ranging from polluted are...
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Wetlands as one of the most fragile ecosystems worldwide have been seriously affected by different natural and anthropogenic factors such as global climate change, land use change, and excess resource consumption. To investigate such adverse effects, we studied Parishan International Wetland situation over 25 years from 1991 to 2015. In order to de...
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Our study was performed on the phylogeographic structure of Blanford’s jerboa (Jaculus blanfordi (Murray, 1884)) collected from nine localities in Iran, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and was based on mitochondrial evidence indicating a slight phylogeographic divergence among the populations. We aimed to amplify two frequently used mitochondrial mark...
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Parishan International Wetland, an Iranian Ramsar Site in Fars Province, is one of the two demonstration sites for the UNDP/GEF Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project. The aim of this study was to examine the factors influencing water bird abundance, density, the number of species, and species richness in Parishan wetland from 1991 to 2010. We us...
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The raccoon Procyon lotor (Linnaeus 1758) is a native species of North and Central America, but it can be also found as an alien species in parts of Europe and Asia. The raccoon’s flexibility and capability in coping with environmental changes have made it the most successful invader compared with other species. In 1991, a raccoon was recorded in I...
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Invasive alien species are considered to be one of the most important causes for the extinction and the reason for diminishing of the wild native species. Considering that nowadays the raccoon (Procyon lotor, Linnaeus 1758) is found in several European and Asian countries where it can amplification its ranges remarkably, but it is actually native t...
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This study conducted to determine the amount of the heavy metals such as Cd, Ni, and Pb in the muscle tissue of Hoof benthic fish (Psettodes erumei) and urban pelagic fish () in Qeshm Island in the north of the Persian Gulf. Overall, the heavy metal content Lethrinus nebulosus of 30 tissue
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Zoning of a protected area is an approach to partition landscape into various land use units. The management of these landscape units can reduce conflicts caused by human activities. Tandoreh National Park is one of the most biologically diverse, protected areas in Iran. Although the area is generally designed to protect biodiversity, there are man...
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The fat dormouse (Glis glis L.) is a small arboreal and extreme habitat specialist mammal that is tightly linked to the deciduous mixed forests dominated by Beech (Fagus orientalis) and oaks (Quercus sp.). Despite its status in Iran as a least concern species, dormice face high risk of extinction in some parts of Europe. The unique life history and...
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One hundred and thirty-five specimens of Acipenser stellatus were collected from the fishery stations of Babolsar, Farahabad and Bandar-e-Torkaman, south-eastern Caspian Sea between the winter of 2001 and spring 2003. The content of the alimentary canal was studied fresh, prey items were separated and then fixed in 10% formalin for identification....
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We used Ecological Niche Factor Analysis (ENFA) to describe the niche of Wild Bezoar Goat (Capra aegagrus Erxleben, 1777) in the Agh-Dagh Protected Area and to identify key factors that shape its distribution. The habitat suitability modelling showed that the species distribution is restricted to the marginal habitats, principally because of some r...
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Investigation of habitat affinities of Williams' Jerboa in Ardabil Province showed that its activity pattern and habitat selection are positively correlated with relatively barren areas with slopes of lower than 20% covered by Festuca ovina, Trifolium montanum, and Bromus scoparius. Statistical analysis indicated that the Agropyron-Stipa vegetation...
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Investigation of the activity pattern of Hotson's jerboa (Allactaga hotsoni) by motorcycle and search light indicated that there was a significant relationship between night brightness and the encounter rate of the Hotson's jerboa or its activity. The results showed a reduction in activity of the jerboa as the moon light intensity increased. In oth...
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We investigated the habitat associations and burrow structure of Blanford’s Jerboa (Jaculus blanfordi). Our results indicated that microhabitat vegetation types have a strong effect on the Jerboa’s habitat selection for burrow sites. In addition, we identified different types of burrows, including temporary, breeding-nest and wintering burrows. The...
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Sustainable exploitation and protection of biological diversity in riverine ecosystems, particularly effected due to anthropological activities, require determination of habitat use of its habitants. The Taleghan River, a tributary of Sefidrood River, shows a great diversity in terms of fish species. Hence, this research was aimed to study the habi...
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Fat dormouse is a squirrel-like rodent which is closely tied to deciduous forest ecosystem in southwestern Eurasia. As such it is a valuable indicator of forest survival in refugia during glacial-interglacial periods. Previous phylogeographic analyses uncovered divergent fat dormouse lineages in southern refugia in Italy and the Balkans, but retrie...
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Fat dormouse is a squirrel-like rodent which is closely tied to deciduous forest ecosystem in southwestern Eurasia. As such it is a valuable indicator of forest survival in refugia during glacial-interglacial periods. Previous phylogeographic analyses uncovered divergent fat dormouse lineages in southern refugia in Italy and the Balkans, but retrie...
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We studied the habitat selection of Bezoar wild goats (Capra aegagrus) in the Agh-Dagh protected area in northwestern Iran. This species lives in mountainous areas. The species' habitat selection was modeled by incorporating various physical and biological variables in a logistic regression. Topographic features including aspect and slope, ranked b...
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Mammary number determines the nursing ability of a female and is an important factor in the evolution of litter size. We studied the variation in the number of nipples and the mean litter size in the fat dormouse Glis glisfrom northern Iran. Iranian dormice have on average more nipples (mean, 12.57 ± 1.024) than their counterparts from northern It...
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We studied the selection of nesting sites by the Syrian Woodpecker, Dendrocopos syri-acus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg), in a forest oasis in semi-arid central Iran. Habitat variables such as tree height, tree diameter and canopy cover of nesting trees were compared with randomly select-ed non-used trees. The results showed that, in spite of the availabil...
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Allactaga hotsoni firouzi is endemic to a restricted area in Isfahan Province, Iran. However, this rodent has hardly been studied. Density estimates are essential for the effective design of conservation strategies. Given the nocturnal behaviour of A. h. firouzi, we conducted spotlight surveys to determine the relative abundance of this rodent. The...
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Abstract. Iran hosts both resident and migratory populations of the vulnerable Houbara Bustard, Chlamydotis macqueenii, especially in the region of Yazd where resident birds occur. For investigation of its density and abundance, 8000 ha of the Harat area in Yazd province were studied from February to March 2006. The distance sampling method (line t...
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Iran hosts both resident and migratory populations of the vulnerable Houbara Bustard, Chlamydotis macqueenii, especially in the region of Yazd where resident birds occur. For investigation of its density and abundance, 8000 ha of the Harat area in Yazd province were studied from February to March 2006. The distance sampling method (line transect) i...
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We studied habitat preferences of the only known population of Iranian jerboa in Iran. Binary logistic regression was used to identify habitat variables that might be important to Iranian jerboa. The number of candidate variables was reduced using logistic regression retaining variables that differed between occupied (presence) and non-used (absenc...
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The study of the nocturnal activity pattern of Iranian jerboa showed that this species stayed out of the burrow nests for a large part of the night during the first and last weeks of the lunar month, whereby their nocturnal activities markedly decreased from a half to a full moon. The scale of activity was higher when the moon was low than when it...
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Abstract. We studied the selection of nesting sites by the Syrian Woodpecker, Dendrocopos syriacus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg), in a forest oasis in semi-arid central Iran. Habitat variables such as tree height, tree diameter and canopy cover of nesting trees were compared with randomly selected non-used trees. The results showed that, in spite of the a...
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Iranian jerboa was recorded as a new species for Iran near village of Shah-Reza, Isfahan province. It is considered as a data deficient species according to IUCN criteria. Since, No data have been yet reported, on the relationship between architecture of burrows and the social organization of this species, this study aimed to identify the burrow sy...
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Iranian jerboa was recorded as a new species for Iran near village of Shah–Reza, Isfahan province. It is considered as a data deficient species according to IUCN criteria. Since, No data have been yet reported, on the relationship between architecture of burrows and the social organization of this species, this study aimed to identify the burrow sy...
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In this study, we used the quadrate method to investigate microhabitat utilization by Iranian Jerboa in the south of Isfahan province, Iran. To investigate microhabitat selection in activity sites (outside the burrows) we compared habitat characteristics in 75 square plots in activity sites and the same number of plots in 500 meters away from activ...
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We studied the selection of nesting sites by the Syrian Woodpecker, Dendrocopos syri-acus (Hemprich & Ehrenberg), in a forest oasis in semi-arid central Iran. Habitat variables such as tree height, tree diameter and canopy cover of nesting trees were compared with randomly select-ed non-used trees. The results showed that, in spite of the availabil...
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The Iranian Jerboa, Allactaga firouzi Womochel, 1978, is restricted to a small part of the Iranian Plateau and has been listed in the IUCN Red List. We have recorded the habitat characteristics in the burrows, observation and capture sites. We could distinuguish four types of burrows including nest burrows, temporal burrows, winter burrows and high...
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The temporal and spatial distribution ofbiological oxygen demand (BOD),chemical oxygen demand (COD),turbidity, total suspended solids (TSS) and total dissolved solids(TDS) of surface and depth watercollected from different points of LengehPort basin were analyzed during the period from August2010 to August 2011. The results of sampling stations at...
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The Iranian jerboa Allactaga firouzi (Womochel, 1978) is one of the rarest rodent species in the world and it has been reported exclusively from a single site in central Iran. Due to the lack of enough information on the ecology of this species, its conservation status was changed to "Data Deficient" category in late 2008. No additional data on A....

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