Ms. Maryam Hakim Elahi is currently a Marine Ecology PhD student at Khorramshahr Marine Science and Technology University (KMSU) in South Iran adjacent to the Persian Gulf. She also works at the Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science (INIOAS) as a researcher and expert in the International Affairs Office. In addition, she is the executive manager of the Journal of Oceanography. As her present research project seeks to understand how environmental factors influence food webs, she will seek to expand her knowledge of ecosystem modeling with Dr. Lewis.
Together, they will investigate the Southern marine ecosystems of Iran, including mangroves and coral reefs of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, as well as the marine environments of the Indian Ocean.They will also be looking to facilitate a broader institutional collaboration with St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Marine Iranian Institutes and Universities having joint workshops and conferences in both countries in near future.