Mohsen Rezaie-Atagholipour


       

  

Mohsen Rezaie-Atagholipour 

Founder & General Director

Mohsen is a young marine biologist with vast experience in working toward the conservation of threatened marine wildlife in the Persian Gulf. Although fascinated by the diversity of the world oceans, nothing compares to the passion Mohsen has for the Persian Gulf’s natural beauty. He is seriously concerned about how the Gulf environment is threatened by fast development of its bordering countries and overexploitation of its natural resources. Therefore, over the last decade, Mohsen has traveled throughout the region to collect data from fishing operators, landing sites, and natural marine ecosystems to conduct research on threatened marine taxa, such as chondrichthyans, sea turtles, small cetaceans and sea snakes. The results of his previous research have been presented in dozens of scientific articles, international conferences, and national and international media outlets. Mohsen has also worked with local communities and assisted in organising several national and local workshops and educational programs to enhance public awareness about marine wildlife conservation in Iran. As a marine biologist, Mohsen received a bachelor’s in Marine Biology (2005 – 2009) and a masters in Marine Zoology (2009 - 2012). He has also worked as a governmental official (2012 – 2016), and scientific consultant (2016 – 2018). He presently administers QECI and works on conservation projects under the umbrella of this NGO. Mohsen currently works in the Persian Gulf region to achieve two goals: 1) reducing incidental bycatch/overexploitation of threatened marine species, and 2) understanding how the Persian Gulf marine organisms overcome the environmental extremes of this sea.