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Developing a Data-Driven Decision Support System to Improve Conservation Planning for Species of Concern on Department of Defense and Surrounding Lands in Coastal California
Umarfarooq Adavudi Abdulwahab (Farooq) is a PhD candidate advised by Dr. Charles Hawkins and Dr. Edd Hammill in the Watershed Sciences Department. Farooq is broadly interested in understanding the drivers of biodiversity patterns and developing strategies to optimize biodiversity conservation. More specifically, Farooq’s dissertation research focuses on developing decision support tools to aid the conservation of several imperiled amphibians and a reptile in south coastal California. Farooq is originally from Nigeria, West Africa, where he earned his BS in Environmental Biology from the University of Maiduguri in 2014 and an MS in Conservation Biology (with ornithology focus) from the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, the University of Jos in 2017. His MS research assessed habitat quality perception through the eyes of birds in Amurum Forest Reserve, Nigeria. Farooq’s hobbies include birdwatching, fishing, hiking, nature photography, and playing soccer.