Dr. Razieh Ghayoumi is a research fellow with the Biodiversity and Biosafety Research Group at the Research Center for Environmental and Sustainable Development, Department of Environment of Iran. While a research fellow is expected to contribute in many ways to the research project, typical responsibilities include: contributing to the development of the Center’s research strategies and themes as well as Department of Environment and carry out other research. Previously, she was Senior Coastal Wetlands Officer at the Department of Environment, Marine Division and her duties focused on coastal and marine protected areas. She holds a B. Sc. degree in Zoology, M. Sc. and PhD degrees in Marine Biology. She has also served as an undergraduate lecturer on a range of courses such as Marine Ecology, Ichthyology, Wetland Ecology, Biology, Research methods and Aquatic Plants. In 2013, she was awarded the United Nations-the Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship to undertake research on “Marine and coastal Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas in south Iran and review of related laws” at Saint Mary’s University and the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), the United Nations.
Dr. Ghayoumi’s interests in nature began with childhood nature explorations during travels throughout the Iran. During the 13 years of her career, she has participated in several training sessions and workshops on the marine and coastal environment, as well research and research related projects. She is interested in the role of local communities in the management of marine and coastal protected areas. She is also investigating how research partnerships can make a difference to the coastal communities and how organizations can have better cooperation with local communities. She is also interested in research areas including ecology and management of coastal ecosystems; marine protected area (MPA) management and marine biology.