Tamer Khafaga

Tamer Khafaga
King Salman Royal Nature Reserve Development Authority

PhD in Terrestrial Ecology

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Introduction
Tamer Khafaga is a senior ecologist with more than 20 years of experience in ecology and conservation management, and sustainable development. Tamer’s work in the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency complemented his interest and skills in understanding biodiversity conservation and protected area management. As a team leader, Tamer’s responsibilities included surveys of ecosystems and target species and the ecological aspects of EIAs (environmental impact assessment).
Additional affiliations
December 2007 - March 2020
Emirates Group
Position
  • Project Manager
Description
  • Oversee research committee operations and ensure the seamless contribution of the members towards active research program which results in sound scientific outcomes and reliable data to assist the management decision making processes.

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Publications (20)
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This study investigated the small mammal community of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (225 Km²), Dubai, United Arab Emirates. We aimed to determine the diversity and distribution of rodents in two different habitats: (i) sand dunes and (ii) gravel plains. Using 240 trap-nights, four rodent species were captured. The most frequent species were...
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Data extraction from unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) imagery has proved effective in animal surveys and monitoring, but to date, it has scarcely been used for detailed population analysis and individual animal feature extraction. We assessed the zoometric and feature extraction of Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) using data acquired from a captive popula...
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Abstract The successful collaboration between Biosphere Expeditions and the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR), initiated in 2012, continues with citizen scientists collecting data for the ninth successive expedition from 18 to 25 January 2020. The 2020 expedition’s quadrant surveys recorded the following species from 256 random observatio...
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We conducted a cross-sectional survey of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) in dromedary camels and attached ticks at 3 locations in the United Arab Emirates. Results revealed a high prevalence of CCHFV-reactive antibodies in camels and viral RNA in ticks and camel serum, suggesting the virus is endemic in this country.
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This chapter examines natural habitats in Dubai, UAE that the state has demarcated as protected areas (PAs) in an attempt to utilize them for recreational/economic purposes while also mitigating habitat fragmentation. The authors employ the concept of the ‘commodity frontier’ to demonstrate how these PAs have contributed to the ongoing commodificat...
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We conducted a cross-sectional survey of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) in dromedary camels and attached ticks at 3 locations in the United Arab Emirates. Results revealed a high prevalence of CCHFV-reactive antibodies in camels and viral RNA in ticks and camel serum, suggesting the virus is endemic in this country.
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Hyper-arid rangeland vegetation is typically dominated by large woody species which are often overlooked in herbivory studies. Long-term responses of tall shrub populations to herbivory change are poorly understood in the Arabian Peninsula. Population and size of 1559 individuals from four shrub species were assessed over an 11-year period under tw...
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Urban developments affect neighbouring ecosystems in multiple ways, usually decreasing native biodiversity. Arabian arid rangeland was studied to identify the primary causes of biodiversity variation. Al Marmoum is a 990 km2 area on the urban edge of Dubai, designated for ecological ‘enhancement’ and outdoor recreational use. The area lacks histori...
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Hyper-arid rangeland vegetation is typically dominated by large woody species which are often overlooked in herbivory studies. Knowledge of long-term large shrub population responses to change in browsing system in the Arabian Peninsula has been anecdotal. Population and size of 1559 individuals from four shrub species were opportunistically assess...
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In December 2014, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Sultanate of Oman and IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, West Asia was jointly organized International Training Workshop on Conservation and Management of Protected Areas, during the workshop participants visited Al Jabal Al Akhdar Scenic Reserve (Figs. 1-4) and observed the b...
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Wadi Helo (WH), in the United Arab Emirates, is a famous archeological site and protected area in the Hajar Mountains in the Arabian Peninsula. We investigated effects of topography, aspect, and altitude on floral diversity and species composition in this heterogeneous, mountainous, and highly arid environment. Using twenty transects distributed fr...
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Protected rangelands in desert shrub habitats are typically large spaces with low biodiversity and sparse biomass. These conditions are optimal for monitoring by drone, since alternatives are prohibitively expensive. Over 600 plants were photographed at 2, 6 and 20 mm ground sampling distances. Each was identified in situ by a resident botanist, an...
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The rally event took place in late January 2003, sampling prior to the event took place just two days before the rally while the second sampling session was done a year after the event in Feb 2004 to account for diversity recovery, if there is any has occurred. In addition direct observation of the rally event itself was done to observe the inflect...

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i would like to know what are the different types of disturbances the coastal habitats in Kuwait are facing (e.g. urban development or recreational development or other)?
i am working on similar project here in Dubai but for inland desert environment titled "partial restoration of native biodiversity in an urban fringe." where we are discussing the residential or recreational development as a tool to combat overgrazing"

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Projects (8)
Archived project
Research aimed to study seasonal dynamics in herd structure and activity pattern of semi-wild population of Arabian oryx (Oryx leucoryx) on one of the sites of re-introduction in the United Arab Emirates - Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (225 km2). Records from camera trap station and rangers` reports were analysed to reveal seasonal changes in herd composition within and between years - 2011 and 2019.
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We will going to assess the community structure changes for the four dominant large shrubs in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in response to a change in livestock management.