Scientist Profile: Dr Hanieh Saeedi

Dr Hanieh Saeedi

Postdoctoral Researcher (deep-sea biogeography) & OBIS Data Manager (deep-sea node)
Goethe University Frankfurt & Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Germany

• 2017 – Present: Postdoctoral Researcher in Deep-sea Biogeography (Beneficial Project), Goethe University Frankfurt & Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Germany.
• 2017 – Present: OBIS Data Manager, deep-sea node.
• 2015 – 2017: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Deep-sea Biodiversity and Ecology (BioSuOr Project)/ Lecturer in Biogeography, University of Espirito Santo, Brazil.
• 2011 – 2015: PhD in Marine Science (topic: taxonomy and biogeography) / Teacher Assistant at University of Auckland, New Zealand.
• 2009 – 2011: Research Advisor and Environmental Consultant at Shill Amayesh Consultant Engineering Company, Iran.
• 2008 – 2009: Research Fellowship in Marine Toxicology at Shahid Beheshti University, G.C, Iran.
• 2006 – 2008: MSc in Marine Biology (1st rank student), Shahid Beheshti University, G.C, Iran.

Areas of expertise
• Marine Biodiversity and Biogeography (shallow and deep-sea)
• Bioinformatics and Data Analysis
• Ecological Modelling
• Morphological and Molecular Taxonomy (mainly bivalves)

Research Interests
I am interested in understanding the driving ecological and evolutionary processes that shape biodiversity and biogeographic patterns of marine species (shallow and deep sea), and also to predict how species richness and distribution ranges will shift under future climate change. My longer-term goals will be focused on connectivity and evolutionary biology studies on deep-sea benthic species using molecular genetics, 3D modelling and mathematical

Current Research – Biogeography of the NW Pacific deep-sea fauna and their possible future invasions into the Arctic Ocean (Beneficial Project). The aim of our project is to deliver a sound biogeographic baseline study of the NW Pacific area, including our available data from the Sea of Japan, Sea of Okhotsk, Kuril-Kamchatka Trench (KKT), Aleutian Trench (AT), SW Bering Sea and the NW Pacific open abyssal plain. We aim at compiling a novel book on the biogeography of the NW Pacific faunas, which will also provide information on highly abundant key species that might potentially invade the Arctic Ocean in the future, under decreasing sea-ice conditions. Thus, our data will be “beneficial” for the assessment of state and quality of the Arctic marine ecosystems in a changing environment.

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Full Contacts
• Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum; Department of Marine Zoology, Crustaceans;
Senckenberganlage 25; 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Phone: +49-69-75421344
• Goethe University Frankfurt, FB 15 Biological Sciences, Institute for Ecology, Diversity and Evolution, Biologicum,
Campus Riedberg, Max-von-Laue-Str. 13, 60438 Frankfurt am Main.


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