Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Ecology, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Durham, UK,
  • Degree in Biology, Plant Genetics, Department of Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, University of Milan, Italy
Bio

Dr. Natoli is a molecular ecologist specialized in conservation genetics of marine species, specifically marine mammals. Her primary interest is utilizing molecular markers and monitoring techniques to investigate population structure and evolutionary mechanisms that shape populations in order to support conservation of species. She has a broad background covering plant genetics, chemistry, microbiology and general ecology, She is currently concentrating her scientific efforts on the cetacean species occurring in the Gulf and Northern Indian Ocean coordinating with the local authorities and international research groups, developing different lines of long term research to support the development of conservation measures for these species and the marine ecosystem. These include boat based and land based monitoring surveys, stranding monitoring, diet and genetic analysis and citizen science.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor – Dept. of Life and Environmental Sciences, Zayed University Dubai – 2016 -2019
  • Scientific External consultant – 2017-2018
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor – Dept. Biological Sciences, UAE University - 2010 – 2013
  • External scientific collaborator – advisor - 2005 – 2010
  • Researcher – Department of Zootechnics, University of Piacenza (Italy) - 1998
  • Researcher – Tethys Research Institute (Italy) - 1995-2000

 
Office

Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, FF1-1-052

Phone:

+971 2 5993298

Email:
Teaching Areas

  • Biology
  • Population genetics
  • Ecology
  • Marine mammals

Research and Professional Activities

  • Whales and dolphin research in UAE

  • UAE Dolphin Project Initiative (www.uaedolphinproject.org)

  • Conservation genetics of hawksbill turtles in UAE

MEMBERSHIP OF SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES: 

  • IUCN cetacean specialist (https://iucn-csg.org/) list member

  • International Whaling Commission (https://iwc.int/home) IP and country delegation member

  • Arabian Seas Whale Network (https://arabianseawhalenetwork.org/) member

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