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Asghar Abdoli, born in 1968 in Tehran, is an ecologist and ichthyologist. He holds a B.A. in Fisheries Science and environment, an M.A. in environment from the University of Tehran and a PhD in ecology from France University of lyon. He has more than 25 years of experience in teaching and researching fields of ecology and ichthyology in researching centers and different universities of Iran including the Caspian Sea Ecology Research Center, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Shahid Beheshti University, University of Tehran as well as Isfahan University of Technology. Abdoli is currently the scientific board member of Environmental Sciences Research Institute at Shahid Beheshti University.
He mostly spends his time on studying the biodiversity of Iran’s freshwater fish (biology, ecology and protection) as well as teaching the field.
The ecologist has cooperated in more than 30 research projects, published 8 book titles as well as 150 scientific articles.



Majid Eskandari started his research from 1996 in collecting and studying plants in the museum and herbarium of the Botany Research Department, Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection. He has cooperated in more than 18 national plans and research projects, 10 scientific- research articles in credible Iranian and foreign journals and has introduced some new and rare species for Iran and the world’s flora.
Visiting different parts of Iran for research purposes and collecting 4000 plant samples, for the herbarium of Ministry of Agriculture holding the international ID of Iran, are among his other activities. He holds an M.A. in environment and natural sources.
“The waterfalls of Iran”, published by Iranshenasi Publications, is one of the books which is a bestseller.




Kamran Kamali was born in December 1979, Tehran. He was interested in animals since he was a child and used to read different scientific books on zoology, biology and natural sciences. Attracted to the nature, animals and ecology, he studied environmental studies and received an M.A. in the natural sources of environmental sciences.
Getting support from his master Houshang Ziaei, during his B.A., he got into the field of wildlife. He has so far cooperated with several foreign and Iranian researching projects, published many articles on amphibians and reptiles and has registered numerous new records of different reptile species. Kamali also cooperated in penning the first atlas of Iran’s reptiles. He is currently the managing director of the Research Institute of Iran’s amphibians and reptiles.





Alireza Naderi was born in 1973 in Tehran. He was fascinated with the nature and animals since his childhood; during which he began to collect insects. In his collection of insects he was mostly interested in butterflies (he was 9 when he collected the first one). Finishing his high school, he started to scientifically research the butterflies with the help of his friends particularly Vazrick Nazari. He concluded his agriculture engineering in Karaj University of Agriculture and he is in charge of Iran’s Department of Environment’s Arthropods’ classifications since 2002.
Travelling to different parts of Iran, he has collected over 400 species which is indeed the greatest in the world in terms of species. It is kept in his personal archive.
He also holds a scientific collection of butterflies from other parts of the world (over 1600 species). So far Naderi has introduced new taxa for Iran which is a new record for the country.



Mehdi Rajabizadeh has been engaged in herpetology since he was a bachelor student at Razi University, where he met Nasrollah Rastegar-Pouyani in  2002.  In master career at Shahid Beheshti University, he studied the biodiversity of mountain vipers, under supervision of Dr. Bahram Kiabi. Later, he studied the biodiversity of snakes in mountains of Iran in his Ph.D thesis, under supervision of Prof. Dominique Adriaens; and received his Ph.D from Ghent University, Belgium in 2013. He is interested in biodiversity of snakes in western Asia, especially biodiversity of non-poisonous, dwarfed snakes. so far, he has contributed in descri‌ption of 3 new species and 2 new genera of snakes, as well as 9 new species of lizards in the western Asia.





Seyyed Amir Tavakoli Sabour was born in winter 1974 in Tehran. In 1992 he started studying geology and in 2004 he received a M.A. from Iran’s Research Institute for Earth Sciences. Interested in geological phenomenon, he traveled to different parts of Iran. Since 1998 he has been working in geological fields including mines, gas and oil and has been teaching geology since 2003.










Mohammad Tohidifar
I was born in Tehran in 1984. My primary and secondary school was totally devoid of birds although in 2002, when I was a freshman student in university, I became fascinated with aves and their ecology. Since then, most of my quality time was dedicated to study of these creatures.
This way was professionally paved when I got my MSc in environmental science (biodiversity and habitats) in 2009. Currently, I am acting as freelance consultant in biodiversity-linked projects and also I do conduct scientific study on ornithofauna of Iran in cooperating with other experts. These on-going researches are particularly focus on distribution, range extension patterns and population dynamic of different species from passerines to raptors. Furthermore, I routinely carry out several voluntary based activities on conservation-oriented issues. Due to my professional carrier, I was senior author or co-author of a number of scientific papers on birds and recently, I had the chance to be co-author of two major references about avifauna of country; «Atlas of birds of Iran» and «Birds of Iran; annotated checklist of the species and subspecies» which were published in 2016 and 2017, respectively.





Alireza Zamani, born in 1993 in Tehran, is a graduate of animal biology (University of Tehran), instructor of Iran’s arachnids during the courses of wildlife guides and the directing board member of Pars Plateau Zoologists Group. He has so far cooperated with several foreign and Iranian scholars, the result of which was new taxa for the scientific world and the introduction of more than 6 families, 34 genera and 112 species, presented as more than 25 articles and scientific reports. Zamani cooperated in the spider collection of the Zoological Museum of Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection and he was also the coordinator of Iran in the World Spider Catalog project (Switzerland). He is the partner at the Virtual Institute of Spider Taxonomy Research, and a member of the editorial boards of the journals Arachnida: Rivista Aracnologica Italiana and Check-List.