of the IAG/AIG Executive Committee


Iran Regional Conference

Adel_Sepehr-picAdel SEPEHR (born 1981) is an Assistant Professor of Geomorphology at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad since 2011 and was a Lecturer at the University of Isfahan from 2006 to 2010. He obtained Master and Ph.D degrees from Shiraz University (2003-2005) and his Ph.D from University of Isfahan (2005-2009) in Desert and Arid Zone Geomorphology. He was a researcher at the University of Sassari, Sardegna, Italy (2009-2010). He was a scientific collaborator of FAO/UNEP and research assistant of ESAs, LADA, DeSurvey and DesertWatch projects in EU between 2005-2010. He is representative of the Iranian Association of Geomorphological-IRAG (2014-now). He is also a member of the Iran Desert and Arid lands Commission since 2009. He is a member of the reviewing committee of several environments, geography, and geomorphology international journals.

His work mainly focuses on the linkage between geomorphology, biology, microbiology, ecology and soil sciences. His research interests are biogeomorphology, ecogeomorphology, land degradation issues, in particular in desert and arid zones. He has focused on four specific themes in his research, namely: Biological Soil Crusts (BSCs), microbial geomorphology, pattern dynamics and ecosystem shifts in arid zones, Quaternary and Bio-dating methods. During the last year, he has conducted research on soil microbial diversity regarding geomorphology and landform characteristics to combat desertification and land degradation. He is currently looking for postgraduate students interested in bio-geomorphology and geomorphology-related microbial activities in arid and hyper-arid areas.


Adel Sepehr

Dept. of Desert and Arid Zones Management,

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Mashhad, Iran

phone: +98 915 508 5732