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Mounir Rachid Abi Said

Assistant professor
Life & Earth Sciences department - Section II - Fanar
Speciality: Biology
Specific Speciality: Biodiversity management Mammalogist

Teaching 11 Taught Courses
(2014-2015) BDPE 502 - Methodology of research and technics of communication

M2 Biodiversity : Management and Conservation of Natural resources

(2014-2015) GCRN 508 - Vertebrate Diversity

M2 Biodiversity : Management and Conservation of Natural resources

(2014-2015) GCRN 515 - Human Wildlife Conflict

M2 Biodiversity : Management and Conservation of Natural resources

(2014-2015) Biol 114 - Organization of the plant living world and environment

BS Earth and life sciences

(2014-2015) GCRN 580 - Training

M2 Biodiversity : Management and Conservation of Natural resources

(2014-2015) Biol 217 - Zoology II (vertebrates)

BS Earth and life sciences

(2014-2015) Biol 247 - Zoology II (vertebrates) Lab

BS Earth and life sciences

(2014-2015) Biol 326 - General Ecology

BS Earth and life sciences

(2014-2015) Biol 333 - Pedology

BS Earth and life sciences

(2014-2015) Biol 346 - General Ecology Lab

BS Earth and life sciences

(2014-2015) Biol 353 - Pedology Lab

BS Earth and life sciences

Education
2001 - 2006: Doctorate of Philosophy

University of Kent at Canterbury
Biodiversity Management / Mammalogist

1989 - 1991: Master of Sciences

American University of Beirut
Animal Science

1985 - 1989: Diploma

American University of Beirut
Ingenieur Agricole

1985 - 1989: Bachelor of Science

American University of Beirut
General Agriculture

Publications 70 publications
Mounir R. Abi-Said, Riad A. Sadek, and Nigel Leader-Williams. Ranging patterns and habitat use of striped hyaenas (Hyaena hyaena syriaca) in Lebanese human-dominated landscapes. American Society of Mammalogist 2015

Increase in human population density is inextricably associated with the decrease in the abundance, distribution and home range size of local carnivore populations and leads to an increase in human-carnivore conflict. Though research has been carried out on the direct humans' effect on the ranging ecology of large carnivores, few studies are available on the Hyaenidae family. Moreover, no detailed studies have been carried out on striped hyaenas living in human-dominated landscapes. In this study we investigated the home range size and habitat use by striped hyaenas in Lebanon in two human-dominated landscapes, rural and urban, and the effect of environmental correlates on their ranging ecology. We trapped and radio-collared four hyaenas, two in each landscape. Distance per hour walked by hyaenas was longer in rural sites than in urban ones as well in moonless vs. full moon nights. The home range size of hyaenas living in urban landscapes has responded to the benefits of available urban refuse, and to the challenges posed by human disturbance, by reducing their home range by a factor of 5 and by much larger home range overlap. Despite this difference in home range size, all hyaenas showed greater preference for wild and urban habitats than agricultural ones. Understanding the ranging patterns and habitat use by hyaenas could help in resolving their conflict with humans and improve their conservation.

Riyad Sadek, Mounir Abi-Said, Nisreen Alwan, Walid Hleihil, Ziad Fajloun, Souad Hraoui-Bloquet. Annual Spatial Activity Patterns of the Lebanon Mountain Viper, Montiviperabornmuelleri(Werner, 1898). European Congress of Herpetology 2015

Lučan, K. R., T. Bartonička, P. Benda, R. Bilgin, P. Jedlička, H. Nicolaou, A. Reiter, W.M. Shohdi, M. Šálek, S. Řeřucha, M. Uhrin, M. Abi-Said, and I. Horáček Reproductive seasonality of the Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) at the northern limits of its distribution. Journal of Mammalogy 2014

Abi-Said, M. R. Monitoring, threats and conservation of hibernating bats roosts in Lebanon Jordan Journal of Natural History 2014

Abi-Said, M., J. El Khoury, H. Makhlouf, Z. Amr Ecology of the Persian Squirrel, Sciurus anomalus, in Horch Ehden Nature Reserve, Lebanon. Vertebrate Zoology 2014

The ecology of the Persian Squirrel, Sciurus anomalus, was studied in Horsh Ehden Nature Reserve, Lebanon. Trapping yielded very low trapping success (2 out of 572 trapping days), while camera trapping proved to be an efficient method to determine presence/absence of squirrels. The Persian Squirrel was found to feed on pine cones more than cedar cone. Association between feeding areas was established. Based on camera trapping, squirrels’ activity began as early as 6:00 am and lasted until 18:00 pm. Peak activity was recorded between 9:00 am until 14:00 pm. An estimate of 1.04–1.82 squirrels per hectare was determined based on seed consumption and daily energy intake.

Abi-Said, M.R., A. Shehab, Z. Amr. Diet of the Barn Owl, Tyto alba, from Chaddra-Akkar, Northern Lebanon. Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences. 2014

Jaber, L.S., E.K. Barbour, M. Abi-Said, M. Chedid, S. Giger-Reverdin, C. Duvaux-Ponter, P. Morand-Fehr, S.K. Hamadeh Responses to repeated cycles of water restriction in lactating Shami goats. Journal of Applied Animal Research 2014

Hamadeh, Shadi, Salwa Tohme Tawk, Mounir Abi-Said Urban Agriculture and Food Security in the Middle Eastern Context: A Case Study from Lebanon and Jordan. In Food Security in the Middle East. Edited by Z. Babar and S Mirgani. C. Hurst & Co. London, UK 2014

Bartonička I., T. - Lučan, R. K. - Jedlička, Petr - Řeřucha, Šimon - Bilgin, M. R. - Abi-Said, - Shohdi, W. M. - M. - Porteš, M. - Šálek, Martin Nicolaou, H. - Horáček Sezónní dynamika prostorové aktivity kaloně Rousettus aegyptiacus ve východním Mediteránu. Zoologické dny 2014

Gürün K., J. Juste, S.J. Puechmaille, P. Hulva, C. Ibanez, P. Presetnik, S. Gazaryan, P. Georgiakakis, M. Joao Ramos Pereira, J. Palmeirim, D. Hamidovic, B. Allegrini, Z.L. Nagy, M. Uhrin, M. Abi-Said, H. Nicolou, D. Scaravelli, R. Bilgin. An investigation of the phylogeography and the evolutionary history of Miniopterus schreibersii (mammalia: chiroptera) using nuclear microsatellites. XIIIth European Bat Research Symposium, Šibenik, Croatia 2014

T Bartonička, R Lučan, P Benda, P Jedlička, S Řeřucha, R Bilgin, Mounir Abi-Said, M Porteš, A Reiter, W M Shohdi, M Šálek, I Horáček Reproductive biology and seasonal dynamics of spatial activity of Rousettus aegyptiacus in the Eastern Mediterranean. XVI International Bat Research Conference. San Jose, Costa Rica 2013

Kryštufek, B., M. Abi-Said, M. Hladnik. The Iranian vole Microtus irani occurs in Lebanon (Mammalia: Rodentia). Zoology in the Middle East. 2013

Kryštufek, B., A. Arslan, A. Shehab, M. Abi-Said, S. Zupan, M. Lužnik Mitochondrial sequences point on a cryptic species in five-toed jerboas, subgenus Paralactaga. Mammalia. 2013

Rasit Bilgin, ö. Maraci, K. Gürün, H. Rebelo, S. Puechmaille, P. Prestenik, D. Hamidovic, N.Fressel, P.Hulva, I.Horacek, M. Abi-Said, R. Lucan, T. Bartonicka, H.Nicolaou, D.Scaravelli,B.Karapandza, M.Uhrin, M.Paunovic, P. Benda, J. juste. Circum-Mediterranean Phylogeography of a Bat Coupled with Past Environmental Niche Modelling: a New Paradigm for the Recolonization of Europe? XVI International Bat Research Conference, Costa Rica 2013

Radek Lučan, Petr Benda, Tomáš Bartonička, Rasit Bilgin, Mounir Abi-Said, Michal Porteš, Antonín Reiter, Wael Shohdi, Martin Šálek, Ivan Horáček. Reprodukční biologie kaloně egypského (R. aegyptiacus) v oblasti východního Středomoří: sezónní polyestrie u temperátního letouna. Zoologické dny 2013

Radek Lučan, Petr Benda, Tomáš Bartonička, Rasit Bilgin, Mounir Abi-Said, Michal Porteš, Antonín Reiter, Wael Shohdi, Martin Šálek, Ivan Horáček Geografická a vnitropopulační variabilita parazitace muchule Eucampsipoda aegyptia na kaloni egyptském Rousettus aegyptiacus v oblasti západního Palearktu. Zoologické dny 2013

Abi-Said, M. R., B. Kryštufek First record of forest dormouse Dryomys nitedula in Lebanon (Mammalia: Rodentia). Zoology in the Middle East. 2012

Abi-Said, M. R., Z. Amr Camera trapping in assessing diversity of mammals in Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, Lebanon. Vertebrate Zoology 2012

Thirteen species of mammals were documented using camera trapping in Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve in Lebanon. The presence of seven carnivores and most interestingly the Rock Hyrax, Procavia capensis, was confirmed. Data on annual activity were also included for all species reported.

Jaber Lina, Elie Barbour, Mounir Abi-Saïd, Mabelle Chedid, Sylvie Giger-Reverdin Changes in blood and milk parameters in lactating shami goats subjected to intermittent watering. 11. International Conference on Goats, Gran Canaria, Spain 2012

Abi-Said, M. R., D. Marrouche Abi-Said. The Animal Encounter: A success story towards conserving biodiversity in Lebanon. Wildlife Middle East 2011

Petr Benda. Mounir Abi-Said, Tomáš Bartonička, Raşit Bilgin, Kaveh Faizolahi, Radek K. Lučan, Haris Nikolaou, Antonin Reiter, Wael M. Shohdi, Marcel Uhrin, and Ivan Horáček Rousettus aegyptiacus (Pteropodidae) in the Palaearctic: list of records and a revision of the distribution range. Vespertilio 2011

Tohme Tawk, S., Z. Moussa, D. Marroush Abi Said, M. Abi-Said, S. Hamadeh. Redefining a sustainable role for urban agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa. Urban Agricultures in the Mediterranean. Watch Letter CIHEAM 2011

Jaber, L. S., Hanna, N., Barbour, E. K., Abi-Said, M., Rawda, N., Chedid, M., Hamadeh, S. k. Fat mobilization in water restricted Awassi ewes supplemented with Vitamin C. . Journal of Arid Environments 2011

Abi-Said, M.R. Mammals of Lebanon: Status, Threats, and Conservation. Euro-Mediterranean conference. Animal Biodiversity and Ecology of Health. Algeria, Algeria 2011

Abi-Said, M.R., D. Marrouche Abi-Said, and J. Barakat Bats of Lebanon: Status and conservation. 3rd Middle-East Speleology Symposium. Zouk Mikael, Lebanon 2011

Abi-Said, M. R., D. Marrouche Abi-Said, and N. Leader-Williams Evaluation of awareness programmes towards wildlife conservation. 25th Annual Meeting of the Society of Conservation Biology. Auckland, New Zealand 2011

Sattout, E., Abi Said, M., Naylor, C., Sadek, R. & N. Nemer Shouf Biosphere Reserve. Integrated Monitoring Programme. FGEF/AFD Project Strengthen Nature Reserve in Lebanon 2010

Abi-Said, M. R. Insanity or reality: Mammals of Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve. In Jabal Moussa Between Myth and Reality. The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) 2010

Horacek, I., P. Benda, P. Hulva, R. Bilgin, M. Abi-Said, R. Karanouh, N. Asan, I. Albayrak, A. Karatash, H. Nicolaou, T. Bartonicka, and R. Lucan The Mediterranean fruit bats, Rousettus aegyptiacus: distribution, chronologic status, and perspectives. 15th International Bat research Conference. Prague, Czech Republic 2010

Abi-Said, M. R., D. Marrouche Abi-Said and N. Leader-Williams Effect of zoo-based educational programme on biodiversity conservation. 24th Annual Meeting of the Society of Conservation Biology. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2010

Abi-Said, M. R. Mammals of Jabal Moussa Nature Reserve: survey, status and conservation. Biodiversity Conservation in the Arabian Peninsula. Sharja – UAE 2010

Abi-Said, M. R. First record of the Wargner’s gerbil Gerbillus dasyrus (Wagner, 1842) (Mammalia: Rodentia) in Lebanon. Zoology in the Middle East 2009

Horacek, I., P. Benda, R. Sadek, S. Karkabi, M. Abi-Said, R. Lucan, M. Uhrin, I. Bou Joudeh, R. Karanouh, S. Akil. Bats census in Lebanese caves 2008-2009. . Al-Ouat’Ouate 2009

Abi-Said, M. R. and N. Leader-Williams Attitudes towards striped hyaena in human dominated landscapes. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Conservation Biology. Beijing – China 2009

Horacek, I., P. Benda, R. Sadek, S. Karkabi, M. Abi-Said, R. Lucan, P. Hulva, R. Karanouh Bats of Lebanon: State of knowledge and perspectives. . Al-Ouat’Ouate 2008

Ghanem, A.M., L.S. Jaber, M. Abi-Said, E.K. Barbour, and S. K. Hamadeh Physiological and chemical responses in water-deprived Awassi ewes treated with vitamin C. Journal of arid Environments 2008

Abi-Said, M. R. Tannourine Cedars Nature Reserve: A baseline survey of large and medium mammals. Documenting, Analysing and Managing Biodiversity in the Middle East. Amman – Jordan. 2008

Abi-Said, M. R., D. Marrouche Abi-Said, R. Sadek Distribution and conservation of the striped hyaena, Hyaena hyaena syriaca Matius, 1882, (carnivora: Hyaenidae) in urban and rural areas of Lebanon. International Congress Documenting. Analysing and Managing Biodiversity in the Middle East. Amman – Jordan. 2008

Abi-Said, M. R. and D. M. Abi-Said Distribution of Striped Hyaena (Hyaena hyaena syriaca Matius, 1882) (Carnivora: Hyaenidae) in urban and rural areas of Lebanon. Zoology in the Middle East 2007

Abi-Said, M. R. REVILED AS A GRAVE-ROBBER: THE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF STRIPED HYAENAS IN THE HUMAN-DOMINATED LANDSCAPES OF LEBANON Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE). University of Kent, Canterbury, UK 2006

Hamadeh, S.K., N. Rawda, l.S. Jaber, M. Abi-Said, E.K. Barbour. Physiological responses to water restriction in dry and lactating Awassi ewes. Livestock Science 2006

Sattout, E. J., Naylor, C. & Abi Said, M Integrated and Practical Ecological Monitoring Manual for Tyr Coast Nature Reserve. Project MedWet Coast, FGEF/UNDP/MOE, Beirut, Lebanon 2006

F Tami, R Darwish, M Abi-Said, S Hamadeh Sustainable improvement of small ruminant production in the semi-arid areas in Lebanon. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 2005

Abi-Said, M. R. First record of Allactaga Euphratica (Thomas, 1881) in Lebanon. Zoology in the Middle East. 2004

Abi-Said, M. R. Breeding potentials of the Striped Hyaena Hyaena hyaena syriaca Matschie, 1900 (Carnivora) in captivity. Zoology in the Middle East. 2004

L.S. Jaber, A. Habre, N. Rawda, M. Abi Said, E. K. Barbour, S. Hamadeh The effect of water restriction on certain physiological parameters in Awassi sheep. Small Ruminant Research 2004

S Hamadeh, R Zurayk, M Darwish, H Seeden, S Talhouk, F AlAwar, R Baalbaki, M Abi-Said, M Sharara Changing rural livelihoods and land degradation in the Bekaa valley ICARDA, Aleppo 2001

R. Talhouk, F. A. Maa’ni, N. Kalaa’ni, G. S. Zoubian, C. J. Simaa’n, M. Abi-Said, S. K. Hamadeh, E. Barbour and M. El-Sabban Partial purification and characterization of proteins with growth factors involved in ovine mammary gland development. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 2001

Hamadeh S.K., G.N. Bistanji, M.R. Darwish, M. Abi Said, and D. Abi Ghanem Economic sustainability of small ruminants production in semi-arid areas of Lebanon. Small Ruminant Research 2001

Hamadeh S.K., M. Abi Said, F. Tami, and E.K. Barbour Weaning and the ram effect on fertility, serum luteinizing hormone and prolactin in spring postpartum Awaasi ewes. Small Ruminant Research 2001

Hamadeh, S.K., Abi-Said, M., Faour, K. and Osman, A.E. Native shrubs in sheep diets. In: Fodder Shrub Development in Arid and Semi-arid Zones, ICARDA, Aleppo 2000

Hamadeh, S.K., R. Zurayk, F. El-Awar, S. Talhouk, D. Abi-Ghanem, and M. Abi-Said Farming system analysis of drylands agriculture in Lebanon: An analysis of sustainability. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 1999

Hamadeh, S.K., E. Barbour, M. Abi-Said, K. Daadaa and C.G. Tarraf Reproduction performance, serum progesterone and milk production in spring postpartum Awassi and Finn x Texel x Awassi ewes. Journal of Agricultural Science 1998

Hamadeh, S.K., M. Abi-Said, F. Shomo, T. Nordbloom, R. Zurayk, and A. Nassar Diversity of small ruminant systems in Lebanon’s marginal lands. A response to constraints. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Livestock Production and Climatic Uncertainty in the Mediterranean 1998

Talhouk, R.S., Maa'ni, F., Abi-Said, M., Zoubiane, G.S., Simaa'n, C., Hamadeh, S., Barbour, E. Characterization and developmental regulation of mammary-derived growth promoting activities and gelatinases in sheep. First "Syrian-Lebanese Research Days" Conference. Animal Production and Health in Lebanon and Syria 1998

Hamadeh, S.K., Z. Moussa, M. Abi-Said, and E.K. Barbour Physiological indicators of adaptation in Awassi and Finn x Texel x Awassi sheep. Options Mediterraneennes 1997

Talhouk, R. S. , Maa’ni, F., Abi-Said, M. Zoubian, Gh. S. Simaa’n C., Hamadeh, Sh.K. and Barbour, E.K. Characterization and developmental regulation of mammary-derived growth promoting activities and gelatinases in sheep. The Lebanese Abstracts. 1997

Hamadeh, S.K., R. Zureik, F. El-Awar, S. Talhouk, and M. Abi-Said Farming system approach to drylands agriculture in Lebanon; An analysis of change. Dryland Resource Management Workshop. Cairo, Egypt 1997

Maa’ni, F., Abi-Said, M., Zoubian, Gh.S., Simaa’n C., Hamadeh, Sh.K., Barbour, E.K. and Talhouk, R. S. Characterization and partial purification of mammary growth regulators in Awassi sheep during gestation. The Lebanese Abstracts 1997

Hamadeh, S.K., Z Mousa, M. Abi-Said and E. Barbour Physiological indicators for adaptation in Awassi and Finn x Texel x Awassi sheep. Meeting of FAO-CIHEAM network on sheep and goats. Toulouse, France 1997

Hamadeh, Sh. K., Z. Moussa, M. Abi-Said, and E. K. Barbour Physiological indicators for adaptation in Awassi and Finn x Texel x Awassi sheep. The Lebanese Abstracts 1996

Hamadeh, S.K., A.E. Osman, M. Abi-Said, and K. Faour. Native shrubs in sheep diets. Proceedings of The Regional Training Workshop on Native and Exotic Fodder Shrubs in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones. Tunisia 1996

Hamadeh, Sh.K., A. E. Osman, M. Abi-Said, and K. Faour Native shrubs in sheep diets. The Lebanese Abstracts 1996

Hamadeh, S.K., E.K. Barbour, M. Abi Said, and K. Daadaa Reproductive performance of postpartum Awassi ewes under different lambing regimes. Small Ruminant Research 1995

Hamadeh, S.K., E. K. Barbour, M. Abi-Said, and K. Daadaa Reproductive performance of postpartum Awassi ewes under different lambing regimes. The Lebanese Abstracts 1995

Hamadeh, S.K., M. Abi Said, and G. Zubian Improving Milk Production and Reproduction Efficiency in Awassi Sheep by Selection. Proceedings of the 2nd Conference for Scientific Research. National Council for Scientific Research. Beirut-Lebanon 1995

Hamadeh, S.K., E.K. Barbour, M. Abi-Said, and R. Baalbaki Training needs for biodiversity conservation and management: The Lebanese perspective. Proceedings of the regional workshop on dryland biodiversity conservation through natural resource management. Amman, Jordan. 1995

Hamadeh, S.K., E.K. Barbour, M. Abi-Said, and K. Daadaa Fertility progesterone profiles, and milk production in spring postpartum Awassi and Finn X Texel Awassi ewes. The Lebanese Abstracts 1994

Hamadeh, S. K., H. Seden, S.Talhouk, R. Baalabki, R. Zurayk, M. Abi-Said, and M. Hallak Dry land resource management project. I. Changes in traditional agropastoral villages. Lebanese case study. Proceedings of the ICARDA dryland management project workshop 1993

Hamadeh, S.K. and M. Abi-Said Seasonal Fertility in Awassi and Finn X Texel X Awassi ewes. Proceedings of the XIth Lebanese Association for the Advancement of Science Meetings. Beirut-Lebanon 1991

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Arabic

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English

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