I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Environmental and Climate Research and the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science of Lund University in southern Sweden. I was born in Somalia and raised in the United Arab Emirates, where I received my primary and secondary education. I moved to the United States for higher education and lived there for the next decade and a half.
My research interests include all aspects of land system science and biodiversity conservation with particular focus on climate impacts, land degradation, and species distribution mapping and monitoring. I use a variety of tools, including data from Earth-observing satellites, remote sensing methods, geographic information systems and statistical modeling, to understand human impacts on the terrestrial biosphere. I have been an avid birdwatcher since the age of 14, and as such I am interested in the conservation of Afro-Palearctic migrant bird species and the quality of their breeding, staging and wintering habitats.
I have a PhD in Physical Geography from Lund University in Sweden, and an MSc in Geospatial Technologies from the University of Münster in Germany and the New University of Lisbon in Portugal. I received my BSc in Geoscience from Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA. Further details can be found in my CV. Since 1999 I've worked within various sectors including private, government, and academia in eight countries spanning three continents.