Nahaa Alotaibi

I have been working as a lecturer at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2011; and have been working on plant ecology of the desert and forest in Saudi Arabia. I did my BSc (Class Hons) in Botany and followed by MSc (Class Hons) in Plant Ecology with Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. My thesis for my MSc was "The effect of Autotoxicity and Intraspecific competition on the plantation and seedling growth in Ziziphus nummularia". Ziziphus nummularia is an important species that has ecological value, but regeneration of the species is very low despite its high production of seeds. PNU funded research project working with Department of Biology to evaluate the effects of some factors such as allelopathy and competition on seedlings growth.

I have got a scholarship from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia’s Cultural Bureau (SACB) and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU). In 2015, I moved to Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, UK to be postgraduate researcher and pursue a PhD in plant ecology. Supervised PhD project by Dr James Bull and Prof Luca Borger in the Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, UK. This project will aim to be looking at spatial structure in population genetics in UK seagrass, Zostera marina to better understand the link between demography, ecological dynamics and population genetics. I chose my course because I was curious about marine life, Swansea University is one of the leading universities for marine projects so it was a good fit. I am interested in Plant Ecology of the desert, forest as well as with marine life because the most inspiring thing about ecology is its broad influence on the human experience. It is not only an important component of most biological sciences.

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