Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Health, University of Nevada, Reno, USA
M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany
B.Sc. Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan


  • Chair, Dept. Life and Environmental Sciences, CNHS college, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi Campus, UAE. 08/2020-07/2021

  • Professor, Dept. Life and Environmental Sciences, CNHS college, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi Campus, UAE. 08/2019-8/2020

  • Vice Dean, Deanship of Scientific Research and Graduate Studies, Yarmouk University, Jordan 09/2018-08/2019

  • Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan 03/2018- Present

  • Associate Prof. Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan 05/2013-03/2018

  • Chairman, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan 09/2016-09/2017

  • Member of the Climate Change Thematic Research Group of the National Climate Change Committee-Jordan 10/2011-10/2015

  • Acting Director, UNESCO Chair for Desert Studies and Desertification Control, Yarmouk University 06/2012-09/2013

  • Assistant Prof. Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University, Jordan 02/2009-05/2013

  • Research Assistant, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, University of Nevada, Reno, USA 08/2006-12/2008

  • Research Assistant, Desert Research Institute, Division of Hydrologic Sciences, Reno, USA. 01/2005-01/2006

  • Researcher, Ingenieurbüro Dr.-Ing.V. Patzold; Bochholz-NordHeide, Germany. 01/2001-10/2003


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, FF1-1-036


+971 2 599 3360

Teaching Areas

  • Environmental resources management and quality assessment.
    • Water management: water quality evaluation, monitoring, vulnerability studies, water and wastewater treatment (physical), health risk assessment)
    • Soil management: soil nutrients, contaminant transport and fate.
    • Nitrate in arid soils (photochemical/thermal formation of nitrate).
    • Air pollution assessment (monitoring, sources, airborne contaminants
    • Coastal management
  • Environmental and marine geochemistry
  • Thermal fixation of nitrogen on titanium dioxide and other semiconductors surfaces

Research and Professional Activities

  • Integrated inference of the indoor and outdoor dusts using microbiomes assessment and particulate analysis: a case study Abu Dhabi (Co-PI), Zayed University, UAE 2021

  • Mapping Desert Pavement in the Northern United Arab Emirates (PI), Zayed University, UAE, 2019.

  • Evolution of groundwater quality within the Upper Aquifer in Amman-Zarqa Basin and the impact of the presence of Zaatari refugee camp (Co-PI). Jordan, 2019

  • Assessment of Reservoir Sediments of King Talal and Al-Mujib Dams: Implications for Agricultural Use and Water Quality (PI). Jordan, 2012.Geochemistry and Mineralogy of the Sediments across the Fringing Reef of Aqaba, Red Sea: Implications for Coastal Management (PI). Jordan, 2011.

  • Investigation of Soil Nitrate under Desert Pavement in NE Badia of Jordan (PI). Jordan, 2011.

Google Scholar Profile


  • Grefat H, Zaman H, Batayneh A, Waheidi M, Qaysi S, Al-Taani A.A, Jallouli C, Badhris O. 2021. Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination in the Soils of the Gulf of Aqaba (Northwestern Saudi Arabia): Integration of Geochemical, Remote Sensing, GIS, and Statistical Data. Journal of Coastal Research (accepted)

  • Al Bsoul A, Hailat M , Abdelhay A, Tawalbeh M, AlOthman A, Al-kharabsheh I and Al-Taani A.A. 2021. Efficient Removal of Phenol Compounds from Water Environment using Ziziphus Leaves Adsorbent. Science of the Total Environment-Elsevier, 143229,

  • Al-Taani A.A, Nazzal Y, and Howari F. 2020. Chapter 12 - Groundwater scarcity in the Middle East, Editor(s): Abhijit Mukherjee, Bridget R. Scanlon, Alice Aureli, Simon Langan, Huaming Guo, Andrew A. McKenzie, Global Groundwater, Elsevier, 2021, 163-175, ISBN 9780128181720,

  • Al-Taani A.A, Rashdan M, Nazzal Y, Howari F, Iqbal J, Al-Rawabdeh A, Al Bsoul A and Khashashneh S. 2020. Evaluation of the Gulf of Aqaba Coastal Water, Jordan. Water, 12(8), 2125;

  • Howari F, Al-Taani A.A and Nazzal Y. 2020. Baseline Marine investigation and Impact of Fish Farming on the Marine Environment in Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Marine Pollution Bulletin-Elsevier, 159, 111468

  • Akkam Y, Al-Taani A.A, Ayasreh S, Almutairi A, Akkam N. 2020. Correlation of Blood Oxidative Stress Parameters to Indoor Radiofrequency Radiation: A Cross Sectional Study in Jordan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(13):4673. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17134673

  • Al-Harahsheh S, Al-Taani A.A, Al-Amoush H, et al (2020). Assessing the Impact of Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp on the Groundwater Quality, Central North Jordan. JJEES, 11(4) 260-271.

  • Al-Bsoul A, Al-Shannag M, Tawalbeh M, Al-Taani A.A, Lafi W.K, Al-Othman A, Alsheyab M. 2020. Optimal Conditions for Olive Mill Wastewater Treatment using Ultrasound and Advanced Oxidation Processes. Science of the Total Environment-Elsevier, 700, 134576,

  • Al-Taani A.A., Nazzal N and Howari F. 2019. Assessment to heavy metals in road side dust along the Abu Dhabi-Al Ain National Highway, UAE. Environmental Earth Sciences-Springer.

  • Nazzal Y, Barbulescu A, Howari F, Yousef A, Al-Taani A.A., Al Aydaroos F, Naseem M. 2019. New insights on sand dust storm from historical records, UAE. Arab J Geosci. 12: 396.

  • Al Khateeb W, Al-Taani A.A., El-Radaideh N, Tashtoush Y and Al-Momani R. 2019. Growth, Yield and Genetic Integrity of Spinach and Chrysanthemum as Affected by Soil Supplementation with Dam Sediments Collected From King Talal and Al-Mujib Dams/ Jordan. WASJ. 37 (1): 58-69.

  • AL Shwayatt K, Hassan A, Al-Taani A.A., Rozali S, Safari N, Sulaiman N. 2019. Removal of Arsenic Compound in Jordan, Yarmouk and Zarqa Rivers Using Coagulation Techniques. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development. 10(3): 624-629.

  • Al-Taani A.A. 2019. Comments on "Assessing rangeland cover conversion in Jordan after the Arab spring using a remote sensing approach". Journal of Arid Environments-Elsevier.

  • Al-Taani A.A., Howari F.M, Nazzal N and Yousef A. 2019. Long-term Trends in Ambient Fine Particulate Matter in United Arab Emirates. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment-Springer. 191: 143.

  • Muhaidat R, Al-Qudah K, Al-Taani A.A., and AlJammal S. 2019. Assessment of nitrate and nitrite levels in treated wastewater, soil, and vegetables at the upper reach of Zarqa River in Jordan. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment-Springer. 191: 153.