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Dr. Omar Attum

Associate Professor of Biology

Life Sciences 305
Phone: (812) 941-2634
oattum@ius.edu

Personal Websites

Biography

I earned my PhD from the University of Louisville, in which I lived in Egypt for over a year to conduct field work on which species would survive desertification.  Afterwards, I was employed by the Zoological Society of London to study the populations of reintroduced gazelles in Saudi Arabia.  I also lived in Jordan for two years with my wife and daughters as a Fulbright fellow to study the conservation issues of large mammals in arid environments, the biodiversity value of cultural landscapes, and the dynamics of Red Sea reef fish communities.  I was recently an ACOR-CAORC fellow and studied the biodiversity value of archaeological sites in Jordan.

Academic Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

    • Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, United States
    • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Doctorate

    • University of Louisville, Louisville, United States
    • Environmental Biology

Professional Interests

Teaching

As a professor, I regularly participate in professional development regarding educational best practices, student mental well-being, and student retention in order to better mentor students who are at a pivotal stage in their life. I take a project based approach to my classes by often incorporating my research. I teach Ecology, Applied Conservation Biology, Marine Biology, and Field Biology

Research

My research focuses on biodiversity loss, with an emphasis on trying to reverse species declines.  This is achieved by using ecological concepts to address conservation issues.  I have a diverse interest in conservation topics that include studying forest and urban ecology in the United States, wildlife reintroductions and ecology in the Saharan and Arabian deserts, and coral reef fish and shark populations in the Red Sea. I am also involved in long term population studies of the endangered Egyptian tortoise and coral reef fish community in Aqaba, Jordan.

Campus Events

Monday Bible Study

Monday Bible Study

January 24th, 2022

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Bullet Journal Workshop for Busy Students

Bullet Journal Workshop for Busy Students

January 24th, 2022

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Card Night Rush Event

Card Night Rush Event

January 24th, 2022

7:15 PM - 8:45 PM

International Faculty Brown Bag with Yunmi Choi

International Faculty Brown Bag with Yunmi Choi

January 25th, 2022

12:20 PM - 1:10 PM

Stop Following Me! Recognizing and Stopping Stalking

Stop Following Me! Recognizing and Stopping Stalking

January 25th, 2022

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Spectrum Spring 2022 Meetings

Spectrum Spring 2022 Meetings

January 25th, 2022

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday Women’s Bible Study

Tuesday Women’s Bible Study

January 25th, 2022

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Malibu Jack’s Rush Event

Malibu Jack’s Rush Event

January 25th, 2022

7:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Ask Aaron: An Expert Tackles Your COVID-19 Questions

Ask Aaron: An Expert Tackles Your COVID-19 Questions

January 26th, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Joy of Teaching: Sumreen Asim

Joy of Teaching: Sumreen Asim

January 26th, 2022

12:25 PM - 1:10 PM

Meditation for Health and Wellness

Meditation for Health and Wellness

January 26th, 2022

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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