ISU Hosts Iraqi Visiting Professor Who Will Speak on Iraqi Wetlands

July 12th, 2004

Hamid Ahmed, a marine biologist and a visiting professor at Basrah University in Iraq, will speak in Ames on Thursday, July 15, on restoring the fragile wetlands of southern Iraq.

Ahmed is an Iraqi expatriate who has lived in England since 1991. He is visiting with several faculty and staff members at Iowa State University to explore the potential of assembling an international group of scientists and students to collaborate with Iraqi universities and institutions to help restore the region's ecology, agriculture, culture and economy.

Ahmed's presentation, "Restoring the Mesopotamian Marshes and the Prospects for Renewal in Southern Iraq," will begin at 7 p.m. in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium at the Ames Public Library.

His presentation is sponsored by the College of Agriculture, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Department of Entomology, International Studies Program and other ISU programs.

Ahmed will outline the current ecological situation in southern Iraq. For more than 5,000 years, the Iraqi marshes were an oasis amid the arid lands of southwest Asia, sustaining an advanced culture and abundant natural resources. Today only a fragment of the marshes remains.

Ahmed works as a learning consultant at Halton College in Widnes, England. He recently was appointed a visiting professor at the Marine Science Centre at Basrah University.


Royce Bitzer, Entomology, (515) 233-6741,
Lita Rule, Natural Resources Ecology and Management, (515) 294-1223,