Graduate Spotlight

Hossam Eldien M. Abdel Moniem

May 2014


Dr. Jeff Holland
Dr. Brandi Schemerhorn
Dr. Andrew DeWoody

Expected Graduation

May 2014

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Future Career Plans

I will work towards completing my academic training as a postdoc research associate then start a tenure track faculty in the department of Zoology at SCU.

Area of Research

Landscape genetics

Summary of Research

I am interested in studying how landscape structure and habitat connectivity influence the population genetic structure of pollinator longhorn beetles. I use modern landscape ecology tools such as remote sensing, GIS and surface metrology along with a suit of molecular markers (mitochondrial and nuclear genes) to test hypothesis related to our understanding of the phylogeography, demographic history and spatial population genetics structure of these beetles. This research has many applications in optimizing conservation efforts, management planning and promoting ecosystem services.

How You Got Into Entomology

I developed an interest in entomology and ecology since my undergraduate work in the department of Zoology at the Suez Canal University (SCU) in Egypt.

Favorite Insect and Why

The banded longhorn beetle [Typocerus v. velutinus (Olivier)]. It is an important ecosystem services provider, had a relationship with her for 6 years  and it is a great material for photography as it can stay still while in a photography session.


Reading, soccer, scientific photography

Favorite Cookie Flavor

White chocolate chips and cinnamon

Favorite Movie

The Lord of the Rings

Favorite Book

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species – Sean B. Carroll

Place I Would LIke to Visit in the Future

I would love to visit the US west coast and eastern Europe

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