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Arabian Journal of Geosciences

Arabian Journal of Geosciences

Editor-in-Chief: Abdullah M. Al-Amri

ISSN: 1866-7511 (print version)
ISSN: 1866-7538 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12517

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Founder & Editor-in-Chief  

Abdullah Al-Amri (King Saud University, KSA)

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Dr. Al-Amri holds a B.Sc. in Geology (1981) from King Saud University (KSA), a M.Sc. in Applied Geophysics (1985) from the University of South Florida (USA) and a Ph.D. degree in Earthquake Seismology (1990) from the University of Minnesota (USA). He is currently a Professor of Earthquake Seismology at King Saud University (KSU), the Director of the Seismic Studies Center at KSU, the Chairman of KSU’s Geology and Geophysics Department and the President of the Saudi Society for Geosciences (SSG). He has received several international prizes and awards for scientific excellence and innovation. His research interests focus on crustal structures and seismic microzoning of the Arabian Peninsula. He has conducted more than 45 research projects, the most recent of which involved EM and MT applications in deep groundwater exploration of the Empty Quarter, and geothermal prospecting of volcanic Harrats in the Arabian shield. He has co-published 65 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals and authored several books. In 2008 Dr. Al-Amri, in close partnership with Springer, founded the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (AJGS) on behalf of the SSG.

Assistant Editors 

Amjad Kallel (University of Sfax, Tunisia)

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Dr. Kallel holds a B.Eng. in Georesources and Environment (1998) from the University of Sfax (Tunisia), a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Georesources and Environment (2004) from Hokkaido University (Japan). He joined Venture Business Laboratory (VBL) at Akita University, Japan (2005–2006) as a researcher focusing on refining and recycling technologies for recovering of rare elements from natural and secondary sources. Back in Tunisia, he started working at the University of Gabes from 2006–2011 where he contributed to the elaboration of teaching programs at the Higher Institute of Water Sciences and Technologies of Gabes. Since 2011, he has started lecturing at the Sfax National School of Engineering (University of Sfax, Tunisia). There, he has been also involved in various research projects related to Environmental Geology and Environmental Geotechnics. Dr. Kallel has organized many prestigious workshops, seminars and international conferences. Currently, he is supporting the editorial board of the Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration (Springer). In 2016 Dr. Kallel joined the AJGS as an Assistant Editor supporting the Editor-in-Chief.

Domenico Doronzo (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)

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Dr. Doronzo holds a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences (2005), a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences (2007) and a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences (2011) from Università degli Studi di Bari (Italy). Theses and specialties related to the degrees are petrology-volcanology, experimental volcanology and physical volcanology, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor of rock physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico). He has received the Rittmann Medal in 2014 from Associazione Italiana di Vulcanologia (AIV), which is assigned to the best young Italian volcanologist. His research interests focus on integrating theory, field, numerical modeling, experiments and laboratory to study geological processes and products in volcanic areas from a fluid dynamic perspective. His current investigation consists of physically characterizing porous and fractured rocks in areas of geothermal and petroleum interest. He also studies dust storms, subaqueous gravity currents and man-made environmental phenomena for hazard assessment. He has recently coordinated the Topical Collection on Dust for the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (AJGS). In 2014 Dr. Doronzo joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Petrology, Volcanology and Geothermal Research, and in 2017 as an Assistant Editor supporting the Editor-in-Chief.

Hakim Saibi (United Arab Emirates University, UAE)

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Dr. Saibi holds a B. Sc. in Geology (2000) and a M. Sc. in Hydrogeology (2003) from University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene (Algeria) along with a Ph.D. degree in Earth Resources Engineering (2007) from Kyushu University (Japan). He is currently an Associate Professor at Geology Department, United Arab Emirates University (UAE). From 2007 to 2009, he was a Post-Doctoral fellow (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) at Kyushu University, Japan. In 2009, he received a business degree at the Innovation Training Program for R'' & ''D and Business Leaders of Kyushu University and completed training at The Matsushita Institute of Government and Management in Kanagawa, Tokyo. From 2010 to 2016, he was an Associate Professor at the Department of Earth Resources Engineering at Kyushu University in Japan, where he developed new courses in Geophysics, Physics and supported students in their international internships. He developed international connections between Japanese universities and north African universities and helped in organizing international conferences on Earth sciences. His research interests focus on exploration geophysics in general and developing new 2D and 3D geophysical codes for gravity and magnetic methods specially, 2D/3D Magnetotelluric for geothermal exploration, geothermal reservoir simulation, Artificial Neural Network in geophysics, volcanology, GIS and remote sensing and hydrochemistry.
He has published more than 40 International Journal papers, 60 proceedings in international conferences, 3 books and one book chapter. His publications covered 13 different countries from Asia, Africa and central America. He has supervised more than 10 M. Sc. and Ph.D. theses. In 2017 Dr. Saibi joined the AJGS as an Assistant Editor supporting the Editor-in-Chief, and as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geophysics.

Associate Editors 

Abderrahim Jardani (Université de Rouen, France)

In 2016 Dr. Jardani joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geophysics, Hydrogeology, and Numerical Modeling.

Adil K. Al-Tamimi (American University of Sharjah, UAE)

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Dr. Al-Tamimi (Ph.D. degree in Engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 1990) has teaching, consultation/industrial, and research interests in the areas of: Sustainability, Design of High Performance Concrete in Harsh Environment, Design of Green Building, Management, Safety, Construction Materials, Carbon Fibers, Management of Materials, and Engineering Quality. He has worked with the construction industry for over 25 years. Prior to joining the American University of Sharjah (UAE) in 2000 he contributed to the establishment of the Advanced Concrete & Masonry Center “ACM” at the University of Paisley (UK). He was Member of the Concrete Society in UK (1996–2000). Since 2004 Dr. Al-Tamimi is the Chair/Co-Chair of 8 International Conferences on the Applications of Materials in Harsh Environment in UAE. He has also established and coordinated the first UAE National Forum for the design of Concrete Durability Standards. He published over 100 papers in journals and proceedings, three book chapters, and co-authored two books. He is a co-author of the book “Workability & Rheology of Fresh Concrete” in 2002, and has also contributed technically to a book entitled “Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings” in 2015. In 2016 Dr. Al-Tamimi joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geoenvironmental / Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Science.

Ali Al-Dousari (Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait)

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Dr. Al-Dousari (Ph.D. degree in Geology from Royal Holloway University of London, UK) is one of the leading scientists in the science of land degradation (desertification) and rehabilitation methods in the Arab region, especially in the Arabian Peninsula, where he has a significant experience in addressing land degradation and its socio-economic effects. Dr. Al-Dousari led many major projects in fields of Aeolian studies (mobile sand and dust) and land rehabilitation. He also acts as an active member within the Committee of Science and Technology (CST) in United Nation Committee for Compacting Desertification UNCCD (2016–2019) and many other local, regional and global scientific committees. He is a founding member of both the Land Rehabilitation Society and the Regional Center of Environmental Monitoring within the Gulf Cooperation Council. He won encouraging prizes locally and regionally. He co-published about 85 book chapters and papers in refereed scientific journals and conferences. Also, he was invited as a keynote speaker in many international conferences. He has conducted many workshops, training courses and conferences in his fields of research. He was active as an editor and reviewer for more than 50 scientific papers. In 2014 Dr. Al-Dousari joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geography, Climate Change and Aeolian Research.

Ali Dehghani (University of Hamburg, Germany)

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Dr. Dehghani holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physics (1974) from the University of Tehran (Iran), a M.Sc. in Geophysics (1978) from the University of Tehran (Iran) and a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics (1981) from the University of Hamburg (Germany). He is currently a permanent Senior Scientist of Geophysics, Head of the Marine Gravity and Magnetic group, Head of the Central Committee for the Promotion of Young Academics at the University of Hamburg (Germany). His main interest over the last years has been geophysical researches in the marine area, especially marine gravity and magnetic measurements. Main activity is the planning and carrying out of geophysical measurements at sea and interpretation of the results according to the geological structure of the area. Working areas: Worldwide, specially the Strait of Gibraltar and Mediterranean Sea, northern Norway (Lofoten), the Red Sea, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Pacific Ocean (Japan, the Ryukyu Trench and Okinawa), Tahiti, Easter Islands, Canary Islands, South Pacific (Foundation Chain), Galapagos, Peru, Chili and South Atlantic (Totally more than 80 cruises). Dr. Dehghani has been also active with teaching and supervising of many Ph.D., graduate and undergraduate students. He has co-published more than 80 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals and books. In 2014 Dr. Dehghani joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geophysics, Gravity, Magnetics and Seismic.

Ali Karrech (University of Western Australia, Australia)

Dr Ali Karrech holds a Multi-Disciplinary B.Sc. in Engineering from Tunisia Polytechnic School (Tunisia, 2001), a M.Sc. in Mechanics of Solids and Structures (2004) and a PhD in Materials and Structures (2008) from the "Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées" (Paris France). In addition, he has an Habilitation to Direct Research in Engineering Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Paris, France, 2013). Dr Karrech is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Research Coordinator at the School of Civil, Environmental, and Mining Engineering of the University of Western Australia. Dr Karrech received several research awards especially from the Australian Research Council. Dr Karrech's research interests are in the computational geo-mechanics for resource engineering applications. In particular, he focuses on poromechanics, plasticity, finite transformations, continuum damage mechanics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and multi-physics coupling. In 2017 Dr. Karrech joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering with particular focus on computational geo-mechanics for resource engineering applications.

Alok Porwal (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, India)

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Dr. Porwal is a full Professor at the Centre for Studies in Resources Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay). He is PhD in mineral exploration from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Before joining IIT Bombay, he worked at the Centre for Exploration Targeting of the University of Western Australia, where he continues to hold the adjunct position. His research interests include mineral systems studies, GIS-based mineral prospectivity modelling, machine learning and artificial intelligence in geological studies, geologic remote sensing (terrestrial and planetary) and spectroscopy of geologic material. Basically an academic, he works very closely with the industry and has been involved in a large number of projects for mining industry in Australia, Africa and India. A prolific researcher, he has published over 60 highly cited papers in international journals, in addition to being in the editorial boards of three international journals. He teaches masters courses at IIT Bombay as well as short-term training courses for the mining industry as well as governmental and intragovernmental agencies. In 2017 Dr. Porwal joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Mineral Systems Studies, GIS-based Mineral Prospectivity Modelling, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Geological Sstudies, Geologic Remote Sensing (Terrestrial and Planetary) and Spectroscopy of Geological Material.

Anna Maria Ferrero (University of Turin, Italy)

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Dr. Ferrero is full professor in geotechnics at University of Turin where she teaches soil and rock mechanics and slope stability for both the first level degree course and for the master course degree. Her research activity covered different subject of Rock Mechanics and in particular the study of the behaviour of natural and reinforced rock discontinuities, the mechanical behaviour of composite rock materials and the objective analysis of geostructutal survey. The research has been carried on by experimental tests, numerical modelling and theoretical studies. She co-operated and has been responsible in several EU projects for the development of rock mechanics numerical models using different numerical tools such as the Finite Element Method and the Finite Difference for continuous medium and the Distinct Element Method for discontinuous medium. She has been responsible of local research unit of national project in 1998, 2201, 2006 and 2008. Her research activity is witnessed by more than 100 scientific papers on journal and conferences proceedings. She is an editorial board member of some journal (e.g. Géotechnique Letters, Geoingegneria Ambientale e Mineraria, Rivista Italiana di Geotecnica). In 2017 Dr. Ferrero joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geotechnics.

Angela Vallejos (University of Almería, Spain)

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Dr. Vallejos holds a B.Sc. in Geology (1987) and a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology (1997) from the University of Granada (Spain). She is currently an Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology at University of Almería (Spain). Her research interests mainly focus on the evaluation of seawater intrusion, pollution in agricultural areas, hydrogeochemistry and isotopic hydrogeology. She is currently working in a research project on the effectiveness of the seawater extraction screens in improving the quality of groundwater in the inland aquifer as well as the different hydrogeochemical processes involved. In 2017 Dr. Vallejos joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrogeochemistry and Hydrogeology.

Antonio Pulido-Bosch (University of Almeria, Spain)

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Graduate (1972) and Doctor (1977) in Geological Sciences: Hydrogeology by the University of Granada (Spain). Associate Professor at the University of Granada (1977-1997). Currently Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Almeria (Spain). He has taken part in some 40 competitive projects, 10 of them internationals, and more than one hundred research contracts. Author or editor of 20 books. More than a hundred SCI papers and about 400 papers in other journals and book chapters. Reviewer of articles in about twenty indexed journals. In 2017 Dr. Pulido-Bosch joined the AJGS as an Aossiate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management.

António Viana da Fonseca (University of Porto, Portugal)

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Dr. Viana da Fonseca is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), a Principal Researcher of Construct-Geo (a division of one of the few exceptional research centers in Portugal), Director of the Geotechnical Laboratory at FEUP, a Geotechnical Specialist and Fellow (Counselor Member) of the Portuguese Institution of Engineers (OE-P), and the Chair of the ISSMGE Tech. Committee TC102 “Ground Property Characterization from In-Situ Tests”. He has coordinated several multiannual research programs in national and international I&D systems in the areas of experimental characterization by in situ and laboratory tests, modeling of geomechanical behaviour of non-textbook soils, seismic analysis and cyclic liquefaction, monotonic and flow liquefaction in tailings, behaviour of foundations and earth retaining structures in residual soils, static and dynamic properties characterization, and modelling of stabilized soils for subgrade and foundations. He is the author/co-author of 54 articles in international peer reviewed journals (JCR/ISI) and 33 other papers in national journals. He has contributed with more than 220 communications to national and international conference proceedings, including 15 keynotes/special lectures. He has also produced 66 technical documents for workshops and courses. He is also the author/co-author of 9 book chapters and the co-editor of 3 conference proceedings with international publishers. He has also published 3 books and 3 book chapters in Portuguese. He is the responsible and/or the consultant for more than 100 projects of structures and special geotechnical works, including bridge foundations, embankments on soft soils, large excavations and tunnels (Algeria, Brazil, Morocco, Mozambique, Poland, Portugal, and Spain). He is the coordinator of more than 300 experimental projects in LabGeo-FEUP, being the responsible for the respective formal technical reports. He has successfully supervised 27 PhD theses and 70 MSc theses. In 2017 Dr. Viana da Fonseca joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geotechnical and Geomechanical Engineering.

A. Erhan Tercan (Hacettepe University, Turkey)

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Dr. Tercan holds a B.Sc. (1982) and a M.Sc. (1987) in Mining Engineering from Hacettepe University (Turkey) and a Ph.D. degree in Geostatistics (1994) from the University of Leeds (UK). He is currently a Professor of Mining Engineering at Hacettepe University in Ankara. His research interest includes Geostatistics and Mineral Resource Estimation. He has conducted more than 25 research and industry projects on theoretical geostatistics and resource estimation of coal, rare earth and precious metallic deposits. He has co-published about 80 research papers in refereed scientific journals and conferences. He has been also active with teaching and supervising of many Ph.D., graduate and undergraduate students. In 2016 Dr. Tercan joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geostatistics, Mineral Resource Estimation, Mining and Mineral Engineering.

Beatriz María Bádenas Lago (University of Zaragoza, Spain)

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Dr. Bádenas holds a five-year B.Sc. in Geology (1991) and a Ph.D. degree in Stratigraphy (1999) from the University of Zaragoza (Spain). She is currently a Professor of Stratigraphy and Sedimentology at the Earth-Science Department of the University of Zaragoza. Her research interests mainly focus on sedimentology and sequence and cyclostratigraphic analyses of marine carbonate sediments, with special emphasis on sedimentary processes and facies heterogeneities of tidal flat-lagoonal facies, shallow-platform coated-grains sandbodies and carbonate buildups, and hemipelagic rhythmites and black shales. She is currently working in a multidisciplinary research project on the palaeoenvironmental and paleoclimatic reconstructions of the Jurassic and Cretaceous in the Iberian plate. She has co-published near 100 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals. Since 2011, she is member of the editorial and scientific committees of the journals edited by the Geological Society of Spain. In 2016 Dr. Bádenas joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Stratigraphy and Sedimentology.

Bernard Giroux (Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Canada)

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Dr. Giroux holds a B.Sc.A. in engineering physics (1992) from Laval University (Canada) and a M.Sc.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (2001), both in applied geophysics from École Polytechnique de Montréal (Canada). He is currently associate professor at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Centre Eau-Terre-Environnement in Quebec city (Canada). His research interests include geophysical monitoring, near-surface geophysics, numerical modelling, geophysical inversion and data assimilation. Over the last years, his work focused largely on improving methods for quantitative interpretation and monitoring of CO2 storage. In 2016 Dr. Giroux joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in Applied Geophysics.

Bienvenido Martínez-Navarro (IPHES & ICREA, Tarragona)

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In 2016 Dr. Martínez-Navarro joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Paleontology.

Broder J. Merkel (TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany)

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Dr. Merkel studied Chemistry and Geology at the Technical University of Munich (Germany). He received his Ph.D. degree there in 1983 and his Habilitation in 1992 at the University of Kiel (Germany). From 1993 to 2015 he was a full Professor of Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry at the Technical University of Freiberg (Germany). From 1995 to 2014 he was a director of the Institute of Geology, during five years as a Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences, Geoengineering and Mining, and from 2014 to 2015 he was appointed as a Vice President for Research. Since October 2015, Dr. Merkel is the Vice President for Strategy Development at the Technical University of Freiberg. Dr. Merkel initiated in 1995 the International Conference on Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology (UMH), which was held for seven times in Freiberg. He was speaker of the DFG Research Training Group and has been dealing with arid Hydrogeology, impact of mining on the water, the speciation of elements and numerical modeling of groundwater flow, and chemical reactions and the reactive transport. He was co-founder of the course Geoecology in Freiberg in 2008. In 2002 he founded with others the Scientific Diving Center at the Technical University of Freiberg and established two modules for various studies. He has co-published more than 125 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals. In 2015 Dr. Merkel joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrogeology & Mining Geology.

Biswajeet Pradhan (University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia)

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Dr. Pradhan received the B.Sc. degree with honors from Berhampur University (India), the M.Sc. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Bombay (India), and the M.Tech. degree in Civil Engineering from the IIT in Kanpur (India) and Dresden University of Technology (Germany). He received the Ph.D. degree in GIS and Geomatics Engineering from the University Putra Malaysia. From 2008 to 2010 he was a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship from Germany. In 2011, he received his Habilitation in Remote Sensing from Dresden University of Technology (Germany). Since March 2015, he is serving as the Humboldt Ambassador Scientist for the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation (Germany). Dr. Pradhan is also the recipient of the prestigious German Academic Exchange Research (DAAD) Fellowship Award, Saxony State Fellowship from 1999 to 2002, Keith Atherton Research Award, and Georg Forster Research Award from German Government. He is currently Faculty Member of Dept. of Civil Engineering, University Putra Malaysia. He has more than sixteen years of teaching, research, consultancy and industrial experience. Out of his more than 450 articles, more than 276 have been published in science citation index (SCI/SCIE) technical journals. He has written two books in GIS data compression and disaster management and edited three volumes, and written 12 book chapters. He has recently submitted two new books for publication with Springer. He specializes in Remote Sensing, GIS application, and soft computing techniques in natural hazard and environmental problems. His published work has been widely cited by his peers with more than 4800 citations in SCOPUS database allowing him to reach a h-index of 47. He has completed 20 research projects. Most recently, he has been selected as a 2016 Web of Science High Cited Researcher. Dr. Pradhan is a member of many professional bodies such as Committee of Space Research (COSPAR), Senior Member of IEEE, United Nations Outer Space Research Programme (UNOOSA) and many more. He sits as a board member of many national programs in Malaysia and South-East Asia. He is a regular reviewer for many international bodies alike Dutch Research Council, European Science Foundation, Austrian Science Foundation, Research Council UK (RCUK) and many more. He has been also active with teaching and supervising of many Ph.D., MSc. and undergraduate students. Dr. Pradhan has widely travelled abroad visiting more than 55 countries to present his research findings (e.g. Germany, USA, Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and many more). In 2013 Dr. Pradhan joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Environmental, Geo-Informatics and Geotechnical Sciences.

Bruno R.C. Granier (University of Western Brittany, France)

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Dr. Granier holds a B.Sc. in Sedimentary Geology (1981) from P. Sabatier University, Toulouse (France), a M.Sc. in Geodynamics (1983), a Ph.D. in Stratigraphy (1987) as well as a D.Sc. (Habilitation) in Earth Sciences (2003) from Sorbonne University – UPMC, Paris (France). Before joining academe, he worked over a decade and a half for the oil industry. In 1991, he joined Total as Senior Carbonate Sedimentologist at its Scientific and Technical Research Centre in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (France). There, he coordinated studies on Angola and Libya, and was responsible for carbonate studies on France, Qatar and Yemen. In 1995 he was seconded to ADMA-OPCO in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), as a Petrography Expert. In 2001 he was back in Paris – La Défense with Total in the reservoir division where he dealt with the carbonate reservoirs of the Congo, Angola, ... along with the bituminous sands of Alberta. Since 2004, Dr. Granier is a full Professor and the Chairperson in Paleontology and Sedimentology at the University of Western Brittany – UBO, Brest (France). Since 2007, he is also an Adjunct Research Associate with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence (U.S.A.). Since 2011, he is a “Pesquisador Associado” with the UNESPetro at the “Centro de Geociências Aplicadas ao Petróleo” of the “Universidade Estadual Paulista” in Rio Claro – SP (Brazil). In summer 2015, he was awarded a Franco-Brazilian professorship at the UNESP. Since 2013, he is also an Adjunct Researcher at the Faculty of Sciences II – Fanar Campus of the Lebanese University in Beirut (Lebanon). Dr. Granier has authored or co-authored some 120 research papers and number of technical reports. He serves as an Editor or Associate Editor some journals such as PALAIOS, Carnets Geol. and Studia UBB. He is or was an active member of several not-for-profit associations (Emirates Society of Geosciences, French Geological Society, International Palaeontological Association, International Association of Sedimentology, …etc.) and also chaired invited sessions at international meetings. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Chair of the French Committee on Stratigraphy (CFS) and as such he organized the International Congress STRATI2010 in Paris on behalf of the CFS. Currently, he is still a Vice-Chair of the French Group on the Cretaceous (GFC). In 2016 Dr. Granier joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Carbonate Reservoir Geology and Micropaleontology.

David Giles (University of Portsmouth, UK)

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Dr Giles is a Principal Lecturer in Engineering Geology in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences University of Portsmouth. He is a graduate of the Portsmouth Engineering Geology and Geotechnics degree with over 30 years’ experience in academia and industry working at the British Geological Survey and with Mott MacDonald, teaching at Portsmouth since 1991. His principal teaching and research areas include glacial and periglacial engineering geology, engineering geomorphology, landslides and slope stability, contaminated land, hazard and risk, geohazard management and remediation, spatial data modelling and geographical information systems, geostatistical techniques, remote sensing and image analysis. He is particularly interested in computer modelling with a PhD in Computer-Based Modelling and Analysis in Engineering Geology. Dr Giles is an active member of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London, currently the Chair (2016-2018), a Scrutineer for Chartered Geologist applicants and an active member of Geological Society Working Parties including UK Geohazards, Glacial and Periglacial Engineering Geology and the Engineering Geology of Artificial Ground. In 2017 Dr. Giles joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Engineering Geology and Geotechnics.

Debasis Deb (Career Development Centre (CDC), IIT, India)

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Debasis Deb received his B.Tech (Hons.) degree in Mining Engineering from IIT Kharagpur in the year 1990. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Mineral Engineering and Interdisciplinary Mining and Engineering Mechanics from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA in the year 1994 and 1997 respectively. Dr. Deb developed a “Longwall Strata Control System” for improving longwall operation as a part of his PhD thesis. Currently, he is a Professor of the Department of Mining Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India. Earlier, he worked as Research Associate at the University of Alabama and Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), South Korea and also as visiting Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA. Dr. Deb received Smt. Bala Tandon Memorial Award (2008-2009) and prestigious National Geoscience Award (2013) for his outstanding contribution in rock mechanics, mine environment and mining technology. Dr. Deb works in the area of rock mechanics and ground control and specializes on the development and applications of FEM, XFEM and SPH procedures for reinforced jointed rock mass under dynamic loading conditions. He is also currently developing methodologies in Digital Image Correlation (DIC) platform for measuring displacements and strains of structures in a non-contact manner. He has published two books titled “Fundamentals and Applications of Rock Mechanics (2016)”, and “Finite Element Methods: Concepts and Applications in Geomechanics, 2nd Edition (2013)”, both published by PHI, New Delhi. He has published over 150 research papers in various journals and conferences and has three patents in his credits.

Dikun Yang (University of British Columbia, Canada)

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Dr. Yang holds a B.Sc. (2005) and a M.A.Sc. (2008) in geophysics from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), and a Ph.D. (2014) in geophysics from the University of British Columbia in Canada. From 2014 to 2017, he is a Mitacs postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia and a consultant at Computational Geosciences Inc. in Vancouver. Dr. Yang has extensive experience in electrical and electromagnetic (EM) methods in applied geophysics, including airborne EM, onshore and offshore controlled source EM, borehole EM, magnetotelluric, etc. At UBC, he develops advanced algorithms for 3D simulation and inversion of EM data acquired in the exploration of minerals, petroleum and groundwater. He has made contribution to the efficient 3D parallel inversion of large EM data sets, particularly airborne EM data. Currently, he is also interested in EM monitoring of underground fluid that is either naturally occurring or artificially injected. Dr. Yang is a member of Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, American Geophysical Union and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2017, Dr. Yang joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor for evaluating submissions in the fields of geophysics.

Dominique Frizon de lamotte (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France)

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In 2015 Dr. Frizon de lamotte joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Tectonics, Geodynamics and Tethyan Margin.

Ehsan Forootan (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, UK)

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Dr. Forootan holds a B.Sc. in Civil-Surveying Engineering (2006) and a M.Sc. in Geodesy-Hydrography (2008) from University of Tehran, Iran, and a Ph.D. in Geodesy (2014) from University of Bonn, Germany. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Curtin University, Perth, Australia (2015). Since July 2016, he has been working as a lecturer at Cardiff University, U.K. with a research focusing on satellite, mathematical, and physical geodesy as well as hydrology. Dr. Forootan’s interest and experience has pioneered various frameworks to analyze remote sensing/geodetic observations, along with hydrological/metrological model outputs to study geophysical variations (e.g., mass redistribution, surface deformation, and thermospheric/inospheric changes). The main focus of his research has been on signal separation and integration techniques, including statistical decomposition and data-model fusion methods, to allow a complementary use of available data and models, and consequently to better monitor and understand physical processes within the Earth system. Since 2010, he has been supervising B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. students in Germany, Iran, Australia, and U.K. He has been delivering several scientific research projects. His research outputs are published as scientific papers in highly-ranked journals in the field of geodesy, geophysics, water research, and remote sensing. In 2017 Dr. Forootan joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of environmental geodesy and remote sensing.

Emmanuel John M. Carranza (James Cook University, Australia)

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Dr. Carranza holds degrees of BSc in geology (Adamson University, Manila, Philippines) in 1983, MSc (with distinction) in mineral exploration (International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, Netherlands) in 1994, and PhD in GIS-based mineral potential mapping (Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands) in 2002. He started his professional career in 1983 as a geologist in the Bureau of Mines and Geosciences of the Philippines where he was involved with geological mapping, stratigraphic studies, geological hazard mapping, evaluation of industrial rocks/minerals and geochemical exploration for gold. His work on exploration geochemistry led to recognition of a previously unknown mineralized area in a Quaternary volcanic terrane in Bicol Region of the Philippines. In 2001-2003, he was a Researcher in the Earth Systems Analysis (ESA) department of ITC where he is involved with (a) research in developing geospatial data infrastructure for mineral resource management, (b) teaching at post-graduate level and (c) supervising MSc and PhD students. From 2003 to 2012, he was Assistant Professor in the ESA department of ITC with more-or-less similar teaching and research tasks as his Researcher appointment. From January 2013 to January 2016, Dr. Carranza was Associate Professor in the School of Earth & Environmental Science, James Cook University (JCU), Queensland, Australia. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor in JCU. Also, since August 2015, Dr. Carranza is currently Visiting Professor in the Institute of Geosciences of State University of Campinas, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The highlights of Dr. Carranza's academic career, since 2001, are: he is working at forefront of research in predictive modeling of mineral prospectivity; he has written/published a book on “Geochemical Anomaly and Mineral Prospectivity Mapping in GIS”; he has published two book chapters; he has published at least 135 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals; he has at least 75 publications in international geoscience conference proceedings; he has supervised and led to graduation 8 PhD students and 30 MSc students; he has been an external examiner for 7 PhD candidates and 1 MSc candidate; he has delivered 4 invited keynote lectures/presentations at international geoscience conferences; he has delivered at least 30 invited special topic lectures/presentations to academe/industry; he has convened 7 sessions at international geoscience conferences; he has edited 8 geoscience journal special/thematic issues. According to Google Scholar, Dr. Carranza has an H-index of 39 and has more than 5,100 citations. Dr. Carranza is Registered Professional Geoscientist (2014–present) with Australian Institute of Geoscientists. He is Fellow (2009–present), was Councilor (2009–2010, 2011–2012) and was Member (1991–2008) of the Association of Applied Geochemists (formerly Association of Exploration Geochemists). He is Fellow (2012–present) of the Society of Economic Geologists. He is Fellow (2014–present) and was Member (2013–2014) of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is Fellow (2014–present) of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. He is Member (2004–present) of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences. He is Member (2009–present) of the International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits. He is Member (2009–present) of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits. He is Member (2010–present) of the Geochemical Society. Dr. Carranza is Editor-in-Chief of the Natural Resources Research (since September 2012). He is Associate Editor of the Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis (since August 2010). He is Associate Editor, Journal of Geochemical Exploration (since March 2010). He is Associate Editor, Ore Geology Reviews (since January 2011). He is Associate Editor, Arabian Journal of Geosciences (since February 2017). He is Associate Editor, Korean Journal of Remote Sensing (since February 2017). He is Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Computers & Geosciences (since June 2010). He is Member of the Editorial Board of Resource Geology (since November 2013). In 2017 Dr. Carranza joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the general fields of spatial predictive modeling of mineral prospectivity, geological/mineral remote sensing, and exploration/environmental geochemistry.

Eugenio Fazio (University of Catania, Italy)

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Dr. Fazio holds a degree in Geological Sciences (2001) and a Ph.D. in Petrology and Petrography (2005) from the University of Catania (Italy). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Optical Mineralogy at the same university. His research interests mainly focus on the reconstruction of tectono-metamorphic evolution of metamorphic basements, with special emphasis on strain rate analysis of mylonites from crustal scale shear zones. His current research is aimed at quantifying microstructures (shape and lattice preferred orientation of minerals, SPO and LPO) and find relationships with petrophysical characteristics (magnetic anomalies) of naturally deformed metamorphic rocks. In 2017 Dr. Fazio joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Metamorphic Petrology, Microtectonics, Field Survey, GIS, Remote Sensing, and Structural Analysis of Crystalline Basements.

Eugenio Nicotra (University of Catania, Italy)

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Dr. Nicotra holds a M.Sc. in Geological Sciences (2006) and a Ph.D. degree in Petrography and Petrology (2010) from University of Catania. His PhD thesis was related to the field of Volcanology, with particular reference to eruptive styles, geochemistry, petrography, petrology and mineralogy of erupted magmas at Mt. Etna volcano. Main topics of study focused on the mechanisms of storage and ascent of magmas and their timescales, throughout the study of whole rock geochemistry, mineral chemistry and crystal textures of erupted magmas. Other topics are related to geochemical and isotopic studies of whole rock and minerals-hosted fluid and melt inclusions, the study of textural and compositional features of the most important mineralogical phases in volcanic products. In 2013 Dr. Nicotra won the SIMP "Angelo Bianchi" 2013 Award for his scientific activity during the previous two years in the field of petrography and petrology. Dr. Nicotra developed, at different basaltic volcanic systems (Etna, Aeolian Islands, Avachinsky, Pantelleria, Iceland, Ethiopia, Ustica), models of magma ascent, transport and storage into the feeding systems, models of eruptive mechanisms and variation of eruptive styles of ongoing events as a function of magma degassing. He is the co-author of 63 publications, 19 of which were published in international and national scientific journals and 44 abstracts were published in international and national conferences proceedings. In 2016 Dr. Nicotra joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submission in the fields of Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology.

Federico Rossetti (University of “Roma Tre”, Italy)

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Dr. Rossetti holds a degree in Geological Sciences (1995) and a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences (1999) from Sapienza University of Rome, Roma (Italy). He is currently Associate Professor of Structural Geology at the University of “Roma Tre”, Roma (Italy). His research is focused at understanding ductile and brittle continental tectonics in different geodynamic settings and at different spatio-temporal scales. He has done extensive field work along the Alpine-Himalayan convergence zone (Betic-Rif chain, Apennine and Alpine chain, Iran), Pan-African orogen in Tanzania and Ross-Delamerian orogen in Antarctica. He was awarded for the 2005 “Felice Ippolito Prize” for the category Earth Sciences for the research done in Antarctica. His approach is multidisciplinary, integrating geological field survey, structural geology, metamorphic petrology and geodynamic synthesis. He serves as Topical Editor of the EGU journal Solid Earth since 2010. He is author of more than 100 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals. In 2015 Dr. Rossetti joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Structural Geology, Continental Tectonics and Metamorphic Petrology.

Feng Dai (Sichuan University, China)

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Dr. Dai holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Mechanics (2000) and a M.Sc. in Rock Mechanics (2003) from Sichuan University (China), and a Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering (2010) from the University of Toronto (Canada). He has been enrolled in the “1000 talents plan” of Chinese government Award and is currently a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Sichuan University. Focusing on the research of rock dynamics and rock engineering, he has built up a series of dynamic testing methods for measuring dynamic mechanical properties of rocks, which have been documented as 3 suggested methods by International Society for Rock Mechanics. Dr. Dai has applied seismic monitoring techniques to many world-class hydroelectric projects in China. He has conducted more than 30 research projects including a project of National Program on Key Basic Research Project of China (973 Program). He has been appointed as Editorial Board Member for 5 famous international journals including Springer Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. He has co-published more than one hundred research articles. In 2013 Dr. Dai joined the AJGS as Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of experimental, numerical and theoretical aspects of rock mechanics and related engineering applications.

Fernando A.L. Pacheco (Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University – UTAD, Portugal)

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Dr. Pacheco holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Geology (1991) from the Coimbra University (Portugal), with an ERASMUS student specialization in Geochemistry (1991) from the Utrecht University (The Netherlands); a M.Sc. in Geosciences, with a specialization in Environment and Territory Management (1996) from the Coimbra University (Portugal); and a Ph.D. degree in Hydrogeology (2001) from the Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University – UTAD (Portugal). He is currently an Assistant Professor in Hydrogeology at the UTAD, being the Head of Geology Department. He published over 50 research papers in International Journals and reviewed over 200 manuscripts for 40 different International Journals. In 2016, He received from Publons the Sentinel of Science Award as the Top Overall Contributor to the Peer Review of the Field of Earth and Planetary Sciences. His research interests focus on hydrologic models coupled with weathering algorithms, to assess hydraulic parameters at catchment scale, and relate them with variations in mineral weathering rates over time, in areas with significant anthropogenic pressure. Complementary to weathering studies in rural catchments, Dr. Pacheco has interests on multivariate statistical and environmental analyses of surface and groundwater databases, aiming at the interpretation of pollution patterns and pathways in small watersheds, with parallel focus on the prevention of Lake Eutrophication and groundwater contamination. His current investigation consists of studies on environmental land use conflicts, which refer to uses of the land not conforming to the soils’ natural use, and their negative impacts on soil erosion and fertility, surface and groundwater quality, and ecosystem integrity / biodiversity. He also studies the attenuation of hydrologic extremes (floods, droughts) through implementation of detention basins and decentralized rainwater harvesting systems in catchments. He is currently coordinating the research line BEST of INTERACT project – “Integrated Research in Environment, Agro-Chain and Technology”, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the North Regional Operational Program 2014/2020. In 2017, Dr. Pacheco joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry.

Francesco Dela Pierre (University of Torino, Italy)

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Dr. Dela Pierre obtained a diploma in Geological Sciences (1987) and a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences (1992) from University of Torino (Italy). He is currently Associate Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Stratigraphy at the University of Torino (Italy). His expertise includes the stratigraphy and sedimentology of Meso-Cenozoic carbonate successions of the Tethyan realm, the origin the and diagenetic evolution of Cenozoic seep carbonates, and the stratigraphy sedimentology and geomicrobiology of the Messinian evaporites of the Mediterranean basin, with special emphasis on the response of prokaryotes communities to the extreme environmental conditions (hypersalinity and anoxia) established in the course of the Messinian salinity crisis, the youngest evaporitic event of Earth History. Dr. Dela Pierre has authored and co-authored more than 60 research papers and numerous geological maps at various scales. In 2016 Dr. Dela Pierre joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Sedimentology, Stratigraphy and Paleoenvironments.

Gemmina Di Emidio (Ghent University, Belgium)

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Dr. Di Emidio holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Ghent University (UGent), Belgium, and a M.Sc in Civil and Environmental Engineer, from Univpm, Italy. She is working at UGent on Geotechnics and Environmental Geotechnics as Lecturer (Offshore Foundations and Geotechnics) and as research supervisor (Geotechnics and Environmental Geotechnics, valorization of granted patents on polymerized clays). She is an active member of various ISSMGE, IGS and CEN specialty technical committees, Editorial Board member, Guest Editor and Chairman at a number of peer reviewed journals and International Conferences. She was invited for master’s lectures, seminars and stages at various international Universities. Since 2012 she is coordinator of various granted research and valorization projects at UGent funded also by the dredging industry and interdisciplinary funds. In 2017 Dr. Di Emidio joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor for evaluating submissions in the fields of Environmental Geotechnics, Geosynthetics, Offshore Foundations, and Unsaturated Soils.

Haw Yen (Blackland Research & Extension Center, Texas A & M University, USA)

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Dr. Yen has interests in watershed modeling; point and nonpoint sources pollution control/simulation; traditional and heuristic optimization techniques; sensitivity & uncertainty analysis; water resources planning & management; reservoir operation rules development & real-time flood control operation; and data management. Dr. Yen has developed the Integrated Parameter Estimation and Uncertainty Analysis Tool (IPEAT) to incorporate uncertainty sources from system parameters, forcing inputs, measured data and model structure. IPEAT has been implemented to large-scale national projects such as the USDA funded Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP), and the EPA funded Hydrologic And Water Quality System (HAWQS). At the Blackland Research and Extension Center, Texas A & M University, he designs and develops watershed simulations to mitigate environmental and ecological impacts for the original and the new version of the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT and SWAT+) as well as participating in SWAT training seminars and workshops dealing with new technology. In addition, he is supporting the automated systems for the Agricultural Policy/Environmental eXtender (APEX) such as the APEX autocalibration tool (APEX-CUTE). Dr. Yen is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Dr. Yen is also actively serving multiple associate editor positions in internationally recognized journals such as Limnology [Springer, ISSN: 1439-8621]. In 2017 Dr. Yen joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrology, Hydroinformatics, and Water Resources Management.

Hesham El-Araby (King Saud University, KSA)

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Dr. El-Araby holds a B.Sc. in Geophysics (1984), a M.Sc. in Potential fields (1987) and a Ph.D. degree in Potential fields (1990) from Cairo University (Egypt) after conducting his practical training at Free University of Berlin (Germany). He is currently a Professor of Geophysics at King Saud University (KSU) on leave from Cairo University. He joined as a scientific researcher both the University of Cologne (Germany) in 1993–1994 and Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago (USA) in 1997. At Cairo University Center for Environmental Hazard Mitigation, he held the position of Manager of information and data analysis laboratory (1996–2001). He has received several international trainings, fellowships, prizes and awards. His research interests focus on solving environmental problems using integrated geophysical and hydro-geological methods with the aid of Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. He has conducted more than 15 research projects, the most recent of which involved subsurface cavity detection using ground penetrating radar. He supervised more than 20 M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. He has co-published more than 50 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals. In 2015 Dr. El-Araby joined the AJGS as an Assistant Editor supporting the Editor-in-Chief, and in 2016 as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the field of Geophysical Potential Fields.

Helder I. Chaminé (School of Engineering – ISEP, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal)

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Dr. Chaminé is a Geologist and Professor of engineering geosciences with over 25 years' experience in multidisciplinary geosciences research, consultancy and practice. He studied geological engineering and geology (B.Sc. in 1990) at the Universities of Aveiro and Porto (Portugal), respectively. He received his Ph.D. in geology (structural geology and regional mapping) at the University of Porto in 2000 and spent his postdoctoral research in applied geosciences (basin geology and geodynamics) at the University of Aveiro. In 2011 he received his Habilitation (D.Sc.) in geosciences (rock mechanics and engineering geosciences) from Aveiro University. Before joining academy, he worked over a decade in international projects for mining, geotechnics and groundwater industry and/or academia related to geodynamics and regional geology, hard-rock hydrogeology and water resources, engineering geosciences and applied geomorphology, rock engineering and georesources. His research interests span over fundamental to applied fields: structural geology mapping, engineering geoscience mapping, coastal geoscience mapping and harbour geotechnics, slope geotechnics and rock engineering, mining geology, hydrogeomechanics and mining geoheritage, groundwater exploration, hydromineral resources, and evaluation of fractured hard-rock aquifers. Dr. Chaminé is a member of several international societies (IAEG, AEG, ISRM, ITA, IAH, GSA, ISSMGE, IAPG, … etc.), Portuguese societies (SGP|GGET, SPG, AP3E, APGeom), and professional bodies (Portuguese Association of Geologists, APG, Institution of Portuguese Engineers, OE). Presently, he is the Director of the M.Sc. Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (OE+EUR-ACE Label), Head of the Laboratory of Cartography and Applied Geology (LABCARGA|ISEP) and Senior Researcher at Centre GeoBioTec|UA (Georesources, Geotechnics and Geomaterials team). Dr. Chaminé has co-authored over 185 publications in indexed journals, conference proceedings/full papers, book chapters and technical papers. He co-edited 5 conference volumes, 3 special volumes, 1 special issue for "Environmental Earth Sciences" (2015, Springer), as well as currently preparing a special issue for "Sustainable Water Resources Management" (Springer). He serves as a member of editorial or advisory boards of many journals and also chaired invited sessions at international conferences. Currently, he is a board member of the Portuguese Geotechnical Society (SPG) and was a board member of the APGeom – Portuguese Association of Geomorphologists (2009–2013). He has been also active with teaching and supervising of many Ph.D., M.Sc. and undergraduate students. In 2016 Dr. Chaminé joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of GIS engineering geoscience mapping, rock engineering, slope geotechnics, hydrogeomechanics, groundwater exploration, environmental hydrogeology, urban geoscience and geoheritage.

Hongchao Fan (Heidelberg University, Germany and Wuhan University, China)

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Dr. Hongchao Fan has been working as Group Leader for 3D Geodata Infrastructure at Heidelberg University since 2012. From June, 2017 he is appointed as professor of Geoinformatics at Wuhan University, while he is associated at Heidelberg University at the same time. He is member of the Centre for Scientific Computing (IWR) and Heidelberg Centre for Environment (HCE) at Heidelberg University. Before he went to Heidelberg, he was Assistant Professor at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Dr. Fan finished his PhD study in cartography and photogrammetry at the Technical University of Munich in 2010. He did his master study in surveying and geoinformatics at the University of Stuttgart from 2012 t0 2006. He is scientific committee member of several international conferences and member of several working groups of international scientific society. His research focuses include spatial data analysis and data mining by using VGI data, feature extractions from images and point cloud data, spatial data quality, cartography etc. In 2017 Dr. Fan joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Environmental Geoinformatics.

Ibrahim Demir (University of Iowa, USA)

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Dr. Demir received his B.S. in Chemistry from Bogazici (Bosphorus) University, M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Gebze Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Environmental Informatics from University of Georgia. Dr. Demir is Associate Research Professor at the IIHR – Hydroscience and Engineering, and faculty member at the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments at the University of Iowa. Dr. Demir’s research focuses on hydroinformatics, environmental information systems, scientific visualization, big data analytics, intelligent systems, and information communication. Dr. Demir is interested in exploring novel computational techniques and approaches for environmental engineering applications. His research projects include intelligent systems, smart assistant (e.g. Siri) and chatbots for flooding, crowdsourced augmented reality applications for environmental monitoring, virtual reality and cyber learning systems for hydrological simulations, and holographic applications for emergency management. Dr. Demir studied machine intelligence and environmental information systems during his graduate studies (MS, PhD). He is the lead architect and developer of many novel research and operational information systems including Iowa Flood Information System, Iowa Water Quality Information System, NASA IFloodS and SMAP Satellite Mission Information Systems, Georgia Watershed Information System, and many others. Dr. Demir currently serves at Editorial Board of Environmental Modeling and Software journal (Elsevier), and various national and international informatics and cyberinfrastructure committees including the CUAHSI Informatics Committee, NSF EarthCube Technology and Architecture Committee, Unidata User Committee, and International Joint Committee on Hydroinformatics (IWA/IAHR/IAHS). In 2017 Dr. Demir joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Environmental Informatics, Hydroinformatics, and Information Systems.

Isik YILMAZ (Cumhuriyet University, Turkey)

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Dr. Yilmaz is full professor in Department of Geological Engineering at Cumhuriyet University and teaches soil mechanics, rock mechanics, engineering geology &geotechnics. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Geology & Geotechnics (1998) from the Cumhuriyet University (Turkey). Dr. Yilmaz’ s research interests focus on the various subjects of engineering geology & geotechnics, rock mechanics, soil mechanics such as; slope stability, soft computing techniques in rock/soil parameter estimation and hazard/susceptibility mapping of landslide and liquefaction, topographical deformations depending on underground mining. He has 6 International and National books and more than 150 papers published in many International journals indexed in Web of Science. He is editor and/or editorial board member of many International Journals.

Jay N. Meegoda (New Jersy Institute of Technology, USA)

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Dr. Meegoda is the director of Geotechnical Program and a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT, USA). He received his B.Sc. (Honors) from University of Sri Lanka and his M.S. and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. He has been working as educator, consultant and researcher in engineering for over 35 years. He utilizes scientific concepts and engineering technologies in his research to provide solutions to real world problems. Dr. Meegoda has worked with state and local governments, and foreign governments to provide technical input for broad range of problems. His primary research is in Mechanics of Geo-Environmental Engineering, which includes Engineering Properties of Contaminated Soils, Centrifugal Modeling of Contaminant Movement in Soils and Remediation of Contaminated Soils, Micro-mechanics of Soils, Reuse of Contaminated Soils, and Ultrasound. His second major research area is sustainable use of waste, which is still under the broad area of Geo-environmental Engineering. It includes Modeling of Bio-reactor Landfill performance, Sustainable Waste Management and Construction use of waste. Recently Dr. Meegoda initiated his third research area, the sustainable infrastructure initiative, which includes Performance of pipes and development of next generation of pipes, Management of underground infrastructure and Pavement texture and snow/ice management to limit accidents. Dr. Meegoda has successfully concluded several multidisciplinary research projects worth over $7M from several agencies. Some of those technologies are now extensively used while others are to be commercialized. He has published over 150 papers. He has one patent and applied for one provisional patent. He received the research implementation award from the New Jersey Department of Transportation in 2011 for his Culvert Information Management Research, the best theoretical paper award from the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE in May 2012 for his research collaboration with China and the best practice paper award from the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE in May 2001 for the paper describing the results of one USEPA SITE demonstration project. Recently he was awarded USEPA National Notable Award. Dr. Meegoda currently serves as Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member of many journals including Springer Journal on Waste and Biomass Valorization. He is a guest/research/visiting professor/scholar of six different universities and has research collaborations spanning all six continents. He was recently selected as a visiting distinguished professor by the Tsinghua University (China). He was invited to deliver keynote lectures and invited lectures at numerous events around the world. At NJIT, he was instrumental in setting up the NJIT chapter of Engineers without Borders and is currently serving as the faculty advisor. In 2016 Dr. Meegoda joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Mechanics of Geo-Environmental Engineering.

Jinsong Chen (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)

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Dr. Chen received a B.Eng. (1988) in water-resources engineering, a B.S. (1988) in applied mathematics, and an M.Eng. (1990) in hydrology from Tsinghua University in China. He also received an M.S. (1997) in environmental fluid mechanics from Georgia Institute of Technology, an M.A. (2001) in statistics, and a Ph.D. (2001) in environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Chen is a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has over fifteen years’ experience in developing advanced statistical methods to solve complex problems in earth and environmental sciences. He has developed stochastic methods for inversion or joint inversion of multiple geophysical data, including crosswell seismic data, 2D and 3D surface seismic data, electromagnetic (EM) data, magnetotelluric (MT) data, and gravity data. He has also developed statistical methods to integrate hydrological, geophysical, and biogeochemical data for subsurface characterization. Dr. Chen is very skillful in formulating complex estimation and prediction problems within a Bayesian framework, developing efficient Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling methods to explore the complex joint posterior distribution, and implementing the algorithms using multiple computer languages. In 2016 Dr. Chen joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for valuating submissions in the fields of Hydro-/Bio-/Geo-physics, and Environmental Engineering/Applied Statistics.

John S. Armstrong-Altrin (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)

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Dr. Armstrong-Altrin holds a M.Sc. in Geology (1993) from Madurai Kamaraj University (India) and a Ph.D. degree in Sedimentology (1999) from University of Madras (India). He is currently a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico). His research interests focus on sediment provenance, geochemistry and tectonic environments. He has conducted a good number of research projects on coastal and deep-sea sediments of the Gulf of Mexico. He has published more than 50 research articles in indexed refereed journals. In 2016 Dr. Armstrong-Altrin joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Environmental Geochemistry, Sediment Provenance, Sedimentology and Tectonics.

Joseph L. Awange (Curtin University, Australia)

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Dr. Awange joined the Department of Spatial Sciences (Curtin University, Australia) in 2006 under a Curtin Research Fellowship and concurrently undertook the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellowship at the Geodetic Institute (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany) having been awarded the Australian 2008-2011 Ludwig Leichhardt Memorial Fellowship for experienced researchers. In 2015, he won all the three major Fellowship Awards: Alexander von Humboldt (Germany), Japan Society of Promotion of Science (Japan) and Brazil Frontier of Science (Brazil) to carry out research in those countries. At Curtin University, he is currently engaged in teaching and research having attracted more than $1.5M worth of research grants. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Surveying from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and was also awarded a merit scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD), which facilitated his obtaining a second MSc degree and PhD in Geodesy at Stuttgart University (Germany). In 2002-2004, he was awarded the prestigious Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to pursue postdoctoral research at Kyoto University (Japan). In 2016, Dr. Awange became Leader of an international project looking at the impacts of extreme climate (e.g., droughts) on Brazilian water resources. In 2006, he attained International Editorial role in Springer Earth Science Books becoming Springer’s Acquisition Manager in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment books in 2015. He has authored 11 scholarly books with the prestigious Springer publisher and more than 150 peer-reviewed high impact journal publications (in e,g., Remote Sensing of Environment, Journal of Climate, Climatic Change, Advances in Water Resources, International Journal of Climatology, and Journal of Hydrology among others). His research interests are in Environmental Geoinformatics/Satellite Environmental Sensing, e,g., changes in global and regional stored water (surface, underground, ice, and soil moisture) using satellite, reanalysis and models data (such as GRACE and TRMM satellites); Climate Change (and its impacts, e.g., droughts/floods, global warming) using GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems), precipitation and altimetry satellites; Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Audit (EA) and Monitoring, Geometrical Geodesy, GNSS, Mathematics (Algebra, Robust Statistics, Quantitative Methods). His Springer authored Environmental books include (i) Environmental Geoinformatics (2013; a total of 15760 chapter downloads and one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook Collection in 2013) (ii) Globalised Poverty and Environment (2014) (iii) Environmental Monitoring using GNSS (2012) (iv) Environmental Project Management (2016) (v) Energy Resources in Africa (2016) (vi) Lake Victoria (2006) and (vii) Energy Resources in East Africa (2006). Geodesy related Springer books include (i) Solving Algebraic Problems in Geodesy (2005) and (ii) Algebraic Geodesy and Geoinformatics (2010). Last but not least, his Springer Mathematical books are (i) Applications of Linear and Nonlinear Models (2012; a total of 10288 chapter downloads and one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook Collection in 2013) and (ii) Geospatial algebraic computations (2016). Upcoming books include (i) GNSS Environmental Sensing, and (ii) Surveying for Civil and Mine Engineers. Dr. Awange has supervised postgraduate (Postdoc, PhD, MSc) students most of whom he has mentored to publish in high impact journals as first authors. In 2017 Dr. Awange joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Environmental Geoinformatics.

Jürgen Runge (Goethe-University & Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies, Frankfurt, Germany)

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Dr. Runge studied Geology, Soil Science, Botany and Physical Geography at the University of Giessen and the University of Göttingen (Germany). He received his Ph.D. degree in 1989 at the University of Göttingen and his Habilitation in 2000 at the University of Paderborn (Germany). In 2000 he was appointed as a full Professor of Geoecology and Physical Geography with a strong regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa at Goethe-University in Frankfurt (Germany). In 2003 he founded the Centre for Interdisciplinary African Studies (ZIAF). His working group is concerned with the landscape and climate evolution of tropical environments in Africa, above all during the Last Glacial Maximum and in the Holocene period. In view of today’s ecosystems, he is investigating the sensitivity of the rainforest-savanna boundary as part of the DFG Research Group 510 and the biodiversity project BIOTA. Main countries involved include Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda and Togo. He applies conventional land and geomorphological investigation methods, remote sensing techniques and GIS. In addition he is involved as a consultant in applied topics such as good governance, transparency, stakeholder dialogues and the impact of infrastructure and mining on tropical environments. From 2007 to 2010 he was the manager of a multi-country developing project in the CEMAC region of Central Africa, executed by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ/GIZ). His applied research questions and consultation activities refer to integrated rural regional development (land use changes, soil erosion, thematic mapping, smallholder irrigated agriculture, infrastructure projects, road construction, and education). In 2016 Dr. Runge joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of tropical geomorphology, former and recent climate changes, transparency initiatives (good governance), China in Africa (foreign economic investments, ‘Afrasian’ stakeholder relations), and the environmental impact of mining.

Lahcen Zouhri (Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais, France)

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Dr. Zouhri holds a Ph.D. degree in hydrogeology modelling and a Habilitation in the modelling of physico-chemical processes and hydrogeological exploration of heterogeneous and fissured media from Lille1 University for Science and Technology (France). His research interests cover the hydrogeology of the porous and fissured media. He coordinated many academic projects in northern Africa (Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria) and industrial partnerships in France. He has supervised several research projects on the hydrogeological behavior of complex aquifers, hydrogeophysical exploration, vulnerability assessment and hydrogeological exploration. He has conducted a good number of hydrogeological works related to the development of the hydrogeological experimental site of the Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais (France). He has published more than 60 research papers in indexed refereed journals. In 2016 Dr. Zouhri joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrogeology and Hydrology.

Lassaad Dassi (University of Sfax, Tunisia)

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Dr. Dassi holds a B.Sc. in Geology (1997) from Mosul University (Iraq), a M.Sc. in Geology of Sedimentary Basins (1999) from El Manar University of Tunis (Tunisia) and a Ph.D. degree in Hydrogeology (2004) from University of Sfax (Tunisia) after conducting his research during three years at the “Helmholtz Zentrum München” (Germany). He also completed an Habilitation in Hydrochemistry and Applied Hydrogeology (2014) at the University of Sfax (Tunisia). He is currently an Associate Professor at the Higher Institute of Biotechnology of the University of Sfax (Tunisia). He is a specialist in applied hydrogeology, hydrochemistry and isotope hydrology. He has conducted several research projects on groundwater assessment and exploration of Tunisian hydrogeological basins. He has published and co-authored a good number of research articles which focus on the use of hydrochemistry, stable and radioactive isotopes to investigate groundwater hydrodynamics and recharge, water mineralization processes, surface water– groundwater interaction and inter-aquifer leakage. In 2014 Dr. Dassi joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrogeology and Hydrochemistry.

Marouane Temimi (Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE)

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Dr. Temimi obtained his Ph.D. degree in Water resources/Remote Sensing and his M.Sc. degree in Urban Hydrology from the University of Quebec / ETS Montreal (Canada) in 2006 and 2002, respectively. Dr. Temimi holds over ten years of extensive experience in industry and academia. Before joining Masdar Institute as an Associate Professor, member of the Water and Environmental Engineering Program, in 2013, Dr. Temimi worked at the NOAA-CREST Institute at the City University of New York as a Research Associate Professor. He was responsible for the Remote Sensing of Land and Hydrology Research Group. He led/co-led several research projects including those funded by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Temimi’s research interests are in environmental sensing and modeling. He has worked on the integration of satellite imagery and cutting-edge geographic information tools into numerical models. He also developed an expertise in monitoring and predicting hydrological processes such as flash flood events, inundation, water storage, hydrodynamic, and soil moisture using satellite imagery. He expanded his interests to investigate the use of satellite remote sensing for marine sea water quality detection and tracking. Moreover, Dr. Temimi has been investigating dust and air quality variability in arid regions through the analysis of in situ data and satellite imagery of aerosols and trace gases. In addition, he looked at the use of satellite images and numerical models to monitor fog formation and its impact on aviation. He has co-published near 60 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals. In 2016 Dr. Temimi joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Water Resources Management and Environmental Remote Sensing.

LiZhen Cheng (Abitibi-Témiscamingue of Québec University, Canada)

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Dr. Cheng holds a M.Sc. in Metallogeny (1994) from Laval University (Canada) and a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics (1999) from Québec University in Montréal (Canada). She is currently a Professor of Geophysics at Institute of Research in Mine and in Environment, Québec University in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Canada). Her research projects involve algorithm developments, geophysical methods applied to mineral resources exploration, to 3D underground structure investigation and to environmental problems. Since 2014, the research group started to develop new data processing and interpretation tools dedicating to two deep mining technologies (GRAVILOG in gravity and ARMIT in EM), and to develop new underground geophysical measurement strategy dedicated to the development of deep mines. She has co-published more than 60 research papers in refereed scientific journals, government reports and conferences. Through number of industry partner projects, she acquired and developed knowledge about the intrinsic link between changes in geophysical fields (gravity, magnetism, electromagnetism, resistivity, georadar) and the geology, as well as skills on integration of multidisciplinary information, especially in 3D modeling and 3D inversion. She is an Associate Editor for Exploration and Mining Geology (published by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum) and member of `Circle of Excellence` of University of Québec in 2014. In 2016 Dr. Cheng joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Applied Geophysics.

Mabrouk Boughdiri (University of Carthage, Tunisia)

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Dr. Boughdiri holds a B.Sc. in Geology (1988) from El Manar University of Tunis (Tunisia), a M.Sc. in Paleontology and Stratigraphy (1989) from the Bourgogne University of Dijon (France), a Ph.D. degree in Paleontology and Stratigraphy (1994) from the Claude Bernard University of Lyon (France) and a Habilitation in Geology (2006) from El Manar University of Tunis. He is currently a Professor of Paleontology and Stratigraphy and the Head of Earth Sciences Department at the Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte (University of Carthage, Tunisia). He is also the Vice-President of the Tunisian National Commission of Geological Sciences and the President of the Tunisian Association of Paleontology and Stratigraphy. Dr. Boughdiri is a voting member of the International Commission of Stratigraphy (Subcommission of Jurassic Stratigraphy) and, until 2016, an active member of the international Berriasian Working Group for the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary at the International Subcomission on Cretaceous Stratigraphy (ISCS). He has received one national prize and two international awards for scientific excellence. His research interests focus on Upper Jurassic ammonite, calpionellid and radiolarian paleontology, biostratigraphy and paleobiogeography, mainly from the South-Tethyan Margin of the Maghreb and neighboring provinces. He has participated at (and conducted) many national and international research projects, the most recent of which involved comparative Jurassic bio-, chemo- and magnetostratigraphy of the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghreb. He has co-published 27 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals and chaired and/or co-organized four international thematic meetings. In 2015 Dr. Boughdiri joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Paleontology and Life History (esp. integrated stratigraphy and paleoenvironments of Jurassic and Cretaceous systems).

Mansour Al-Garni (King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia)

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Dr. Al-Garni holds a B.Sc. (1993) in Geophysics from King Abdulaziz University (KAU, Saudi Arabia), a M.Sc. (1996) in Geophysics from Colorado School of Mines (Colorado, USA), and a Ph.D. (2001) in Geophysics from Texas A & M University (TAMU, College Station, USA). In 1993, he worked as a Geophysicist at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, United States Geological Survey in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), and as a Demonstrator of Geophysics at KAU, where he became in 2002 an Assistant Professor of Geophysics. He has been promoted to an Associate Professor in 2006 and to a full Professor of Geophysics in 2010. Furthermore, he has been assigned as the Chairman of Geophysics Department (2003–2011), Vice Dean (2014), and Vice Dean for graduate studies and scientific research (2015–Now). His research interests cover controlled-source electromagnetic induction, electrical methods, gravity and magnetic methods, near-surface applied Geophysics, forward and inverse modeling, environmental and engineering Geophysics, environmental site characterization, ground penetrating radar, Hydrogeophysics, and mining Geophysics: theory, data processing and interpretation. Dr. Al-Garni has reviewed a lot of academic works and has been in many committees including those of M.Sc. and Ph.D. examinations. His remarkable efforts in the establishment and development of various projects were reflected in valuable academic and professional successes and achievements. He has conducted more than 15 research projects, the most recent of which involved EM, DC resistivity, SP, IP, and magnetic methods for mineral exploration in the Arabian Shield. He has published more than 50 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals. He has been listed in the "Marquis Who's who in the World" as one of the worlds foremost achievers in the field of Geophysics in the 28th Edition (2011). In 2015 Dr. Al-Garni joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submission in the fields of Theoretical and Applied Exploration Geophysics.

Masayoshi Satoh (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

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Dr. Satoh graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at Tokyo University in Japan (1970) and received his Doctoral Degree in Agricultural Engineering (1979) from Tokyo University on Multipurpose Reservoir Operation under Conflicts between Flood Control and Water Use Sectors. He was teaching in Japan at Gifu University, Iwate University and University of Tsukuba. He has been Professor Emeritus at the University of Tsukuba since 2012. Dr. Satoh’s research activities focused on irrigation management, water requirement and water resources management (in Japan, East and South-East Asian countries and also in Africa particularly in Egypt). He also has experiences in participatory irrigation management. In 2015 Dr. Satoh joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrology and Water Resources.

Massimiliano Ghinassi (University of Padova, Italy)

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Dr. Ghinassi received a Degree in Geological Sciences (2000) at the University of Florence (Italy), and gained afterwards a Ph.D. in Sedimentary Geology and Stratigraphy (2004) at the University of Siena (Italy). He is currently an Associate Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Stratigraphy at the University of Padova (Italy). His main research fields are facies analysis and stratigraphy of siliciclastic systems, with particular interest on alluvial and coastal sedimentation. In this framework, he carried out extensive field work in Italy, Turkey, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Greece, United Kingdom, and Spain. He carries out multidisciplinary studies by applying facies analysis and physical stratigraphy in archaeological, paleontological and paleoanthropological contexts. He recently focused his work on morphodynamics and sedimentology of fluvial and tidal meander bends. Dr. Ghinassi has published and co-authored about 50 research articles in refereed journals. In 2016 Dr. Ghinassi joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy.

Maurizio Barbieri (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)

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Dr. Barbieri holds a degree in Geological Sciences (1994) and a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences (1998) from Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). He is currently Associate Professor of Environmental Geochemistry and Hydrogeochemistry at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). His current research focusses the application of the geochemistry methodologies in the characterization of environmental problems. In particular he studied the distribution of elements and isotopes in the Earth systems with emphasis on the use abundances and isotopic ratios in defining the interaction between different reservoirs (mantle, crust, atmosphere ad hydrosphere). He has also related interests in environmental geochemistry and Health studying the role of toxic trace elements (e.g. As, B and Hg), deriving from hydrogeochemical anomalies of natural origin, and on water quality. He is an Environmental Advisor (Hydrogeochemistry) for the International Project (2016-2019) SECOSUD II – Conservation and equitable use of biological diversity in the SADC region. The project is financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented through Eduardo Mondlane University, SouthAfrican National Park and Sapienza University of Rome. He was a Scientific Coordinator (2014–2016) for the Geochemical model of the Vico Lake (Central Italy), with particular regard to environmental arsenic (Client: Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Lazio), and a Scientific coordinator for the Water Unit of the International Project (2012–2014): Institutional Support to the management of Protected Areas in Albania funding from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In 2017 Dr. Barbieri joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Environmental Geochemistry and Hydrogeochemistry/Water Quality.

Mehmet Sabri Çelik (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey)

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Dr. Çelik received his B.Sc. (1974), M.Sc. (1977) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees from Istanbul Technical University (ITU, Turkey), Pennsylvania State University (USA) and Columbia University (USA), respectively. He is working as a professor of Mineral Processing Engineering in ITU. He was until recently Vice President of Istanbul Technical University in charge of all research activities including technoparks. He has authored many publications with well received citations (Scopus h-index 25 with 145 papers and more than 2500 citations). His current areas of interests include surface and colloid chemistry of mineral processing including flotation, development of commercial products out of industrial minerals, production and characterization of micro and nano particles related to paint, coating and plastics. In 2016 Dr. Çelik joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Mineralogy, Mineral Processing Engineering and Geochemistry.

Michel Kasser (HEIG-VD, Switzerland)

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Dr. Kasser has been nominated Professor at the University of Paris in 1991, has been head of two Masters in Engineering in France (ESGT and ENSG), and since 2011 in Switzerland (section of Geomatics) for surveying and Geomatics at School of Management and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD). His researches have been led in Geodesy, firstly for tectonic and volcanological monitoring (Algeria, Djibouti, Philippines, Indonesia, Mexico, China), and secondly for instrumentation (work on two-color laser ranging, development of the FTLRS portable satellite laser ranging station, first digital aerial cameras at IGN-F). He has been President of the AFT (French Association of Surveyors) for 10 years, director of the “Groupe de Recherches en Géodésie Spatiale” (GRGS) for 4 years. He has published and co-authored 170 scientific, professional papers or books in Geodesy, Photogrammetry, Laser Instrumentation, Geophysics and Geomatics. He holds 3 patents in laser ranging and has received several awards, including one from the French Academy of Sciences. In 2016 Dr. Kasser joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geodesy, Geomatics and Geographical Sciences.

Mikael Motelica-Heino (CNRS Orleans Campus, Orléans, France)

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Dr. Motelica-Heino completed his Ph.D. (1999) in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Pau (France). He has served as a Research Associate (1999–2002) at the University of Lancaster (UK) and as a Research Scientist (2002–2006) at the French Geological Survey (BRGM, France). Since 2006, he was appointed as a full Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry at the University of Orléans (France). He has developed an expertise in the fields of various disciplines related to Environmental Biogeochemistry (e.g. Hydrogeochemistry, Geochemistry of trace elements in natural and contaminated terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems), Environmental Mineralogy and Ecological Restoration. He has co-published about 70 peer-reviewed publications and internationally recognized research papers. In 2016 Dr. Motelica-Heino joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Environmental Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Hydrogeochemistry.

Mingjie Chen (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)

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Dr. Chen holds a B.E. in Environmental Engineering (1997) from Tsinghua University (China), a M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences (2000) from Peking University (China) and a Ph.D. degree in Hydrogeology (2005) from University of California, Santa Barbara (USA). After over 10 years of research experiences in USA, Dr. Chen joined as a senior hydrogeologist the Water Research Center, Sultan Qaboos University (Oman) in 2014. His research focuses on using mathematical models, numerical techniques, and high performance computing to study fluid flow and contaminant transport in heterogeneous subsurface media. He has conducted more than 20 research projects on underground environment remediation, hydrocarbon reservoirs, CO2 utilization and sequestration, geothermal reservoir, groundwater modeling and management. He holds an adjunct hydrogeologist position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in USA, working on CO2 sequestration projects. Dr. Chen serves as an Associate Editor for Springer Hydrogeology Journal (official journal of International Association of Hydrogeologists). He has co-published more than 25 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals. In 2014 Dr. Chen jointed AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrogeology, Hydrology, Contaminant Hydrology, Numerical Modeling, Uncertainty Quantification and Risk Assessment.

Murat Karakus (University of Adelaide, Australia)

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Dr. Karakus holds a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering (1991) from Hacettepe University (Turkey), and a Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering (2000) from University of Leeds in the UK. He is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering and a Mining/Geotechnical Engineering Research Group Leader at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. His research interests focus on numerical analysis (continuum and discontinuum) in tunnelling and rock mechanics. He has also been researching on strain burst analysis for deep tunnels and mining excavations. He has directed and involved many research projects including Australian Research Council grants. Dr. Karakus has published several book chapters and over eighty papers in international Journals and Conferences. Dr. Karakus is member of Editorial board of three journals; International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment. In 2017 Dr. Karakus joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geoenvironmental / Geotechnical Engineering.

Mustapha Meghraoui (University of Strasbourg, France)

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Dr. Meghraoui completed his Ph.D. (1988) at the University of Paris XI-Orsay (France) on the Seismotectonics and Paleoseismology of the Tell Atlas in Algeria. He is a senior scientist at the “Institut de Physique du Globe” at the University of Strasbourg (France). His working group has achieved major strides, releasing pioneering studies on the identification of active faults in intraplate Europe and interplate major continental active faults. They have developed paleoseismic studies in regions with fast active deformation and large earthquakes, and in regions with low-level seismicity in Europe. In particular, and for nearly 20 years now, the combination of micro-topography, shallow geophysics and trenching in active faulting studies has led to the group producing numerous peer-reviewed publications and internationally recognized research papers (ca. 90 articles in ISI-JCR journals, 2500 citations). These contributions focus on the development of paleoseismic and archeoseismic studies and earthquake geology in different tectonic domains (North African Atlas, North and East Anatolian fault, and Dead Sea fault), and on the comparison between regions with slow active deformation and regions with fast seismic slip release. Furthermore, their research focuses on the development of a conceptual framework to deepen our understanding of long-term faulting behavior in earthquake-prone regions, and on studies of faults in regions with the potential for large or moderate earthquakes and related physical characteristics. Dr. Meghraoui has contributed to many international scientific projects, supervised 12 Ph.D. theses and coordinated several European and international (UNESCO) projects. He has served as an editorial board member for the Annals of Geophysics and Natural Hazards journals. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration (Springer). In 2016 Dr. Meghraoui joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Earthquake Geology, Paleoseismology, Archeoseismology, Seismotectonics and Neotectonics.

Nadia Mokni (Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety, France)

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Dr. Mokni holds a degree in Civil Engineering (2005) from the University of Tunis (Tunisia) and a Ph.D. degree in Geomechanics (2011) from the Polytechnical University of Catalunya (Spain). She is currently working as a researcher in Geomechanics at the “Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire” (IRSN, France). Dr. Mokni has co-published numerous research papers in international indexed journals and conference proceedings in the areas of Geomechanics. She is involved in several international research projects on thermo-hydro-mechanical behavior of clayey materials. Her research activities focus on mechanics of unsaturated soils, chemo-hydro-mechanical behavior of bentonite barriers and host rocks for underground nuclear waste disposal, and deformation and flow driven by osmotic processes in porous materials. In 2016 Dr. Mokni joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Soil and Rock Mechanics.

Narasimman Sundararajan (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman)

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Dr. Sundararajan graduated in Mathematics from Madras University (1975) followed by a M.Sc.Tech. (1978) and a Ph.D. degrees (1983) in Geophysics from Osmania University (India). He began his career as a Research Scientist and subsequently as a Lecturer at Osmania University where he became a full Professor in 2004. Currently, he is based at the Department of Earth Sciences of Sultan Qaboos University (Oman). Dr. Sundararajan has brought out a few innovative tools for processing and interpreting of various geophysical data besides a mathematical concept called “Sundararajan Transform”. He has also introduced an alternate approach to the multidimensional “Hartley Transform” in contrast to the definition of Prof R. N. Bracewell, Stanford University (USA). Moreover, he has implemented several research projects including one on Uranium exploration. He was a member of the XIV Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica during 1994–95. He has co-published more than 80 papers in leading international journals and supervised several Ph.D. students in Geophysics as well as Mathematics. In 2007 the Indian Government conferred upon him the “National Award” for his significant research contributions in Geosciences. His research interests are varied and wide including geophysical data processing, mineral and ground water exploration, earth quake hazard assessment studies, …etc. In 2015 Dr. Sundararajan joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of various disciplines related to Theoretical and Applied Geophysics.

Nilanchal Patel (Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi, India)

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Dr. Patel holds a M.Sc.Tech. degree in Applied Geology (1985) from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (formerly University of Roorkee, India) and a Ph.D. degree in Remote Sensing (1992) from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (India). He is currently a full Professor at the Birla Institute of Technology Mesra (Ranchi, India). Earlier, he served as a Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing and Geology at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India). He has co-published more than 60 papers in indexed and refereed journals and conferences. He has also served as a Visiting Professor/Visiting Scientist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (China), Aalborg University (Denmark), University of Nova in Lisbon (Portugal), University of Aveiro (Portugal), University of Poitiers (France) and University of Cape Town (South Africa). He has been associated as an editorial board member and as a guest editor in several international and national journals including Journal of Forestry Research (Springer), Earth Science Informatics (Springer) and Arabian Journal of Geosciences (Springer). In 2015 Dr. Patel joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geo-Informatics for Environmental Sustainability and Natural Hazards.

Ozgur Kisi (Ilia State University, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Tbilisi, GEORGIA)

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Dr. Kisi received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Cukurova University, Turkey (1997), his M.Sc. in Hydraulics from the Erciyes University, Turkey (1999), and his Ph.D. degree from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey (2003). His research fields are: Developing novel algorithms and methods towards the innovative solution of hydrologic forecasting and modeling; suspended sediment modeling; forecasting and estimating hydrological variables such as precipitation, streamflow, evaporation, evapotranspiration, groundwater, lake level; hydroinformatics; and trend analysis. He is an active participant in numerous national research projects and supervisor of several MSc and PhD works. He is serving as an Editorial Board Member of several reputed journals (e.g. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering (ASCE), ISH Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, Irrigation & Drainage Systems Engineering and Austin Journal of Irrigation). He has also served as a Guest Editor for Special Issues published in Hydrological Hazards in a Changing Environment-Early Warning, Forecasting, and Impact Assessment I and II (Advances in Meteorology) in 2015. He is also serving as a Reviewer for more than 70 journals indexed in Science Citation Index (SCI) in the fields of hydrology, irrigation, water resources and hydro-informatics (e.g. ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, Hydrological Processes, Hydrology Research, Water Resources Management, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Journal of Hydroinformatics, Water Science and Technology). He has authored more than 200 research articles and 24 discussions (Web of Science h-index = 35, Google Scholar h-index = 46; Scopus h-index 39). Dr. Kisi is the recipient of the 2006 International Tison Award (given by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS); URL: http://iahs.info/About-IAHS/Competition--Events/Tison-Award/Tison-Award-winners/OKisi.do). In 2017 Dr. Kisi joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of hydroinformatics; hydrological modeling/evapotranspiration estimation; river flow forecasting techniques; and other fields related to hydrology.

Paul Selden (University of Kansas, USA)

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Dr. Selden gained the B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Geology and Zoology in 1975. He then went up to the University of Cambridge, Darwin College, where he achieved a Ph.D. in 1979, working with Prof. Harry Whittington. His career has been in university teaching, first (1979–1981) at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College, then at the University of Manchester (1981–2005). He left the latter institution (as Reader in Palaeontology in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences) and joined the Natural History Museum in London as a Scientific Associate (and now hold an Honorary Research Fellowship there). In 2007, he started a new position as Distinguished Professor in Invertebrate Paleontology and Director of the Paleontological Institute, at the University of Kansas, USA. His research interests are in fossil arthropods, mainly Chelicerata. Dr. Selden has served as Vice President of the Palaeontological Association and the Palaeontographical Society, President of the British Arachnological Society, International Society for Arachnology, and the Manchester Geological Association. He has also served as Editor of Palaeontology, and presently serves as Editor of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, Paleontological Contributions, and Arachnology, and as Associate Editor for PALAIOS. In 2016 Dr. Selden joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Palaeontology.

Peter Bengtson (Heidelberg University, Germany)

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Dr. Bengtson studied Historical Geology, Paleontology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, Mineralogy, Chemistry, Anthropology and Russian at Uppsala University in Sweden and the “Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul” in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He holds a B.Sc. in Geology (1969) and a M.Sc. (1974), a Ph.D (1977) and a D.Sc. (1978) in Historical Geology and Palaeontology from Uppsala University. During the summer months of 1968 to 1979 he was employed by the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU) for hydrogeological and stratigraphic work. From 1975 to 1989 he was employed by Uppsala University as a Research Associate, Asssistant Professor and Associate Professor, and from 1990 until his retirement in 2010 by Heidelberg University, Germany, as a full Professor of Paleontology. From 1969 to date he has spent a total of three years in Brazil, initially one year as a Rotary Fellow at the “Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul”, thereafter carrying out biostratigraphic and paleontological fieldwork. His Ph.D. thesis carried the title “Mid-Cretaceous Biostratigraphy of the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, Northeastern Brazil”. At Uppsala and Heidelberg he has been teaching mainly Invertebrate Paleontology and Biostratigraphy and led field courses in the marine Cretaceous of Brazil, Germany, France, and Ukraine, the Lower Paleozoic and Mesozoic of Sweden, and the Neoproterozoic to Lower Palaeozoic of Newfoundland, Canada. He has supervised 18 M.Sc. and 18 concluded Ph.D. theses at the universities of Uppsala, Heidelberg, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. From 1975 to 1980 he was a member of the IUGS/ICSU Working Group on a Multilingual Thesaurus in Geology and 1976–1987 initiator and Coordinator of the project “Swedish Glossary of Geology”. From 1975 to 1985 he was Project Secretary of IGCP Project 58 “Mid-Cretaceous Events” (MCE) and 1995–2001 Co-Leader of IGCP Project 381 “South Atlantic Mesozoic Correlations” (SAMC). During 1978–1980 he was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Geologiska Föreningens i Stockholm Förhandlingar (GFF), 1975–1985 Co-Editor of the newsletter MCE News, 1995–2001 Co-Editor of the newsletter SAMC News, and 1995–2011 Co-Editor of the journal Gaea heidelbergensis. From 1981 to 1982 he served as a board member of the European Life Science Editors association (ELSE). He was one of the initiators and from 1980 to 1990 editorial board member of the journal Cretaceous Research and is since 2000 editorial board member of the journal Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia. From 1995 to 2000 he was Chairman of the Turonian Working Group of the International Subcommission on Cretaceous Stratigraphy, 1996–2006 voting member of the German Subcommission for Cretaceous Stratigraphy, 1998–2006 voting member of the International Subcommission on Cretaceous Stratigraphy, and 2000–2006 board member of the German National Committee for the IGCP. He has organized and co-organized 15 international conferences. Dr. Bengtson’s principal research interests are Cretaceous palaeontology, biostratigraphy and biogeography with focus on marine Mollusca of the Southern Hemisphere, geological and palaeontological terminology and nomenclature, and stratigraphic principles and procedures. He has carried out extensive field work in Brazil, Sweden and Antarctica and has further field experience from Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Georgia, Gabon, Canada, Argentina and Colombia. He has published and co-authored 227 original articles, monographs, text-books, edited books, special issues, and conference abstracts. In 2016 Dr. Bengtson joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Biostratigraphy, Palaeontology and Palaeoecology.

Petri Pellikka (University of Helsinki, Finland)

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Dr. Pellikka is a full Professor of Geoinformatics at the University of Helsinki in Finland since 2002. His research career has focused on remote sensing and GIS applications on wide range of applications related to physical geography and environmental studies. His current research interests are forest damage, land use change, vegetation phenology and glacier changes as related to climate change and other driving forces impacting our environment. The starting point of his interest in remote sensing was the land use and forest classification at the National Land Survey of Finland in 1989 in which he was involved. During his MSc thesis he combined development studies and remote sensing by studying land use in the Taita Hills, Kenya interpreted from SPOT XS satellite image. After completing these studies he worked as an assistant land use planner in a development project in Sudan. Afterward, Dr. Pellikka started his academic career in 1992 at the University of Oulu, Finland teaching cartography, physical geography and remote sensing and studying reindeer pastures using SPOT XS data in Finnish-Norwegian border. He spent three years between 1992 and 1995 in Munich, Germany for his PhD studies for developing a calibration chain for multitemporal airborne video camera data under supervision by Prof. Wolfram Mauser of the Department of Geography. The video camera data were applied for phenological studies of beech forests in the German Alps. The main achievement of the work was to develop a correction for bi-directional effects (BRDF) in frame format airborne imagery. In 1997 Dr. Pellikka transferred to University of Turku, Finland in order to take part in landscape ecological studies carried out by the team led by Prof. Risto Kalliola. He defended his PhD thesis in 1998 at the University of Oulu, Finland after which he started research collaboration with Prof. Douglas King at Carleton University, Canada. During 1998-1999 in Canada he studied forest damage in maple forests caused by freezing rain. The work involved setting up 70 research plots, extensive and intensive field work with hemispherical photographic methods, and analysis of aerial photograph spectral and textural variables for detecting damage level. In 1999 Dr. Pellikka returned to University of Turku and in 2001 he started as a coordinator of EU funded OMEGA project about remote sensing of glaciers (http://omega.utu.fi). The project involved applying all the potential airborne and spaceborne remote sensing data for elevation model generation over glaciers, glacier delineation and development of a monitoring system for glacier changes. The project did not just take him to glaciers in the Alps and Norway, but also to a new field of application. Dr. Pellikka has co-published more than 85 articles in indexed academic journals (1240 citations, h-index 18). In 2016 Dr. Pellikka joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geo-Informatics and Environmental Remote Sensing.

Rezene Mahatsente (The University of Alabama, USA)

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Dr. Mahatsente holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics (1998) from the Clausthal University of Technology (Germany), a M.Sc. in Exploration Geophysics (1991) from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) and a B.Sc. in Physics (1986) from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Geophysics at the University of Alabama (USA). Prior to joining the University of Alabama, he was an Assistant Professor of Geophysics at the Christian-Albrecht University (Germany) and a Research Associate at Carleton University (Canada). He worked on several funded research projects in potential field and thermo-mechanical modelling of active plate boundaries. He has published more than 40 papers in indexed and refereed journals and conferences. His research interests focus on geophysical modelling of subduction, continental rifting and driving mechanism of plate motion. He is particularly interested in gravity, magnetic and heat flow data interpretation in extensional and compressional tectonic regimes. In 2016 Dr. Mahatsente joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in Geophysics and Geodynamics.

Reza Barati (The University of Kansas, USA)

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In 2015 Dr. Barati joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

Roger Davies (Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd., UK)

Dr. Davies serves as a Technical Director at Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd. There, he is an active member of the technical team. He has over 30 years of oil industry experience, both with BP and as an independent geoscience consultant concentrating on the Middle East, North Sea and North America. He is a co-founder of Neftex. Within Neftex, he acts as a geoscience mentor ensuring geological standards. He also has a fundamental role in the development and application of the Neftex Sequence Stratigraphic Model. His specialist background is in sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy. He was a co-author of “Arabian Plate Sequence Stratigraphy”, and has published several other papers on Middle East geoscience and numerous proprietary company reports. His early career was spent as a sedimentologist working worldwide on carbonate and clastic reservoirs for BP. He has a PhD in Carbonate Sedimentology and Micropalaeontology from Southampton University, and a BSc in Geology from Bristol University in the United Kingdom. In 2016 Dr. Davies joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Petroleum Geology, Sedimentology, and Sequence Stratigraphy.

Santanu Banerjee (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India)

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Dr. Banerjee holds a B.Sc. in Geology (1990) from Burdwan University, a M.Sc. in Applied Geology (1992) from the University of Allahabad and a PhD degree in Sedimentology (1997) from Jadavpur University, India. He is currently a Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. He has conducted a good number of research projects on Sedimentology and Stratigraphy of Indian sedimentary basins which include both Precambrian and Phanerozoic. Along with his collaborators he has attempted a correlation of Precambrian sedimentary successions across the world. He has also carried out several research projects sponsored by oil companies. His research interests include microbial mat structures in Precambrian siliclastics, origin of glauconite, Sequence Stratigraphy and Petroleum Geology. He has published more than 55 papers in indexed refereed journals, contributed for several book chapters and edited a book. He is currently the International Councilor and country Ambassador of Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM). In 2014 Dr. Banerjee joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology.

Saro Lee (Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, South Korea)

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Dr. Lee completed his B.Sc. in Geology (1991), a M.Sc. in GIS-based geological hazard mapping (1993) and a Ph.D. in landslide susceptibility mapping using GIS (2000) at Yonsei University in Seoul (Korea). He is currently a Principal Researcher at the Geological Research Division of Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM). He is also a Professor at the University of Science and Technology (UST) in Daejeon (South Korea). He started his professional career in 1995 as a researcher at KIGAM. He spent many years as a part-time lecturer in many universities. He carried out many international cooperative research projects in the fields of mineral potential and geological hazard in Brazil, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. He also managed several times the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) International Training Program and gave lectures in the fields of Mineral Exploration and GIS/RS for participants from many countries. His research interest includes geospatial predictive mapping with GIS and RS such as landslide susceptibility, ground subsidence hazard, groundwater potential, mineral potential and habitat mapping. He has co-authored more than 100 research articles in refereed journals and is an ISI highly cited researcher (ca. 5000 citations, h-index 37). In 2015 Dr. Lee joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences.

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)

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Dr. Luzzadder-Beach is Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas-Austin (TX, USA), where she is Fellow of the C.B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations, Associate Faculty of the Theresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and Affiliated Faculty of the Center for European Studies and the Bernard and Audrey Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at UT. She was Professor of Geography and Associate Provost at George Mason University, where she was a faculty member for over 20 years prior to arriving at UT Austin. Dr. Luzzadder-Beach was awarded, along with Dr. Tim Beach, the 2010 AAG G.K. Gilbert Outstanding Research Award in Geomorphology, and in 2013 she was recognized with the GMU College of Science Outstanding Publication Award. She specializes in physical geography, hydrology and geomorphology, water chemistry, geoarchaeology, geostatistics, and gender, science and human rights, with field research in Mesoamerica, California, the Mediterranean and Near East, and Iceland. Dr. Luzzadder-Beach’s research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, among other sources, publishing more than 50 peer reviewed book chapters and articles. Dr. Luzzadder-Beach is the Founding Director of the Water Quality and Environmental Hydrology Lab in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin. She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota- Minneapolis, and her Bachelor of Arts in Geography from California State University at Chico. In 2016 Dr. Luzzadder-Beach joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Hydrology, Water Quality, Geomorphology and Geoarchaeology.

Shifeng Dai (China University of Mining and Technology, China)

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Dr. Dai holds a M.Sc. degree (1997) in Coal Petrology and a Ph.D. degree (2002) in Applied Geochemistry from China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing). He is currently a full Professor at the Key Laboratory of Coal Resources and Safe Mining, China University of Mining and Technology. His research interests include coal Mineralogy, coal Geochemistry, coal-hosted rare-metal ore deposits, organic Petrology, and shale gas Geology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Coal Geology and the President of The Society for Organic Petrology (2015–2017), Houston (USA). He is the Chief Scientist of the National Key Basic Research Program of China, the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholar, and the Yangtze River Scholar of the Ministry of Education (China). He has published and co-authored more than 100 papers in refereed journals, contributed for several book chapters, and edited several special issues for international journals. In 2016 Dr. Dai joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Mining Geology, Gas Geology and Organic Petrology.

Stefano Tavani (University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy)

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Dr. Tavani holds a degree in Geological Sciences (2000) and a Ph.D. degree in Geodynamics (2004) from “Roma Tre” University of Rome (Italy). He is currently Associate Professor of Structural Geology at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Naples (Italy). His main research fields are structural geology and tectonics, with particular interest on thrust tectonics and fracture study. In this framework, he carried out extensive field work in Italy, Spain, Greece, and Iran. He is author of more than 35 articles in international indexed and refereed journals. In 2017 Dr. Tavani joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Tectonics and Structural Geology

Tefaruk Haktanir (Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey)

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Dr. Haktanir received his B.Sc. degree at the Civil Engineering Department of the Middle East Technical University at Ankara Turkey in 1973, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the majors of open channel hydraulics and water resources engineering at the Civil Engineering Department of the Pennsylvania State University in 1976 and 1980, respectively. Dr. Haktanir has taught various under-graduate and post-graduate courses related to engineering hydrology, open channel hydraulics, statistical and stochastic methods in hydrology, and structural concrete at Cukurova University and presently at Erciyes University in Turkey. The specific fields of research interest of Dr. Haktanir are Statistical frequency analyses of recorded series of hydrologic variables such as annual flood peaks, annual extreme rainfalls of standard durations; parameter estimation methods of probability distributions; operation of radial-gated ogee spillways during floods; stochastic modeling of monthly stream flows; monthly operation of artificial reservoirs for hydro-electric energy generation; and normal-weight and light-weight structural concrete. Dr. Haktanir prefers to perform theoretical research work aiming to provide applicable results for practitioners. For example, a computer program coded by Dr. Haktanir performing single-site frequency analyses of successive-duration annual extreme rainfalls of standard durations from 5 minutes to 24 hours is being used by the General Directorate of Meteorological Works (MGM) of Turkey as an alternative to the one developed previously by MGM personnel. Another computer program coded by Dr. Haktanir performing single-site frequency analysis of recorded annual flood peaks series has been used by many researchers in Turkey and is in the repository of the General Directorate of State Water Works (DSI) of Turkey. Dr. Haktanir worked in Germany as a guest scientist at Stuttgart University (1991) and at Dresden Technical University (1994), both as an AvHumboldt research fellow. He is also proud of having worked as a professor at the Water Research Center of King Abdul-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Dr. Haktanir has won some awards. The most important ones are (1) Benjamin Baker Medal award bestowed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in United Kingdom for the best paper in the field of hydraulics published in 2007 in the journal of Water Management, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and (2) the Best Paper Award among the papers presented at and published in the proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Seismic Retrofitting with the Focus on Concrete Technology held in Tabriz, Iran in 2009. In 2017 Dr. Haktanir joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Engineering Hydrology, Theoretical Hydrology, and Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering.

Thilo Rennert (Universität Hohenheim, Germany)

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Dr. Rennert studied Geography, Soil Science and Geology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. In 2002, he received his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) and finished his habilitation in 2008. In 2013, he was appointed as full Professor of Soil Chemistry and Pedology at Universität Hohenheim, Germany. In 2017 Dr. Rennert joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Soil Science and Pedology.

Vincenzo Festa (University of Bari "Aldo Moro," Bari, Italy)

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Dr. Festa (Ph.D. degree in Geology from the University of Bari, 1999), currently teaches both "Field Geological Mapping of Basement Rocks" and "Petrography and Microstructures of Fault-related Rocks" at the Geological and Geophysical Sciences degree course of the University of Bari "Aldo Moro" (Bari, Italy). His research activity, as researcher of the Department of Earth and Geoenvironmental Sciences of the same University, is addressed to the analysis of tectonic deformations from the map to the microscopic scales, and from magmatic to sub-solidus conditions, therefore strictly reflecting the topics of the above teachings. He is member of the School of Doctoral of Geosciences of the same University. In 2017 Dr. Festa joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Tectonics and Petrography.

Werner E. Piller (University of Graz, Austria)

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In 2015 Dr. Piller joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Paleontology and Historical Geology.

Wilfried Bauer (German University of Technology in Oman, Sultanate of Oman)

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Dr. Bauer obtained his diploma (1991) and PhD (1995) in Geology from RWTH Aachen University (Germany). He continued his work in Aachen from 1995 to 2002 as a Post-Doc and later as a Research Assistant with a scientific focus on the structural geology, metamorphic petrology, mineral chemistry and geochronology of Precambrian metamorphic rocks in high-grade gneiss terranes of the East Antarctic Craton. As a member of an inter-disciplinary team he worked in 1997 and 1998 on balanced cross-sections of the West-Uralian fold-and-thrust belt (EUROPROBE – URSEIS section) with special emphasis on the deformation of the Proterozoic crystalline basement within the southern Ural Mountains. In 2004, he worked for the commercial branch of the Norwegian Geological Survey NORCONSULT in a mapping project that covered four sheets of the geological map 1:250,000 of Mozambique. From 2005 to 2007 he held a position as Senior Survey Geologist at the British Geological Survey and was the deputy leader of a team that mapped and compiled 40 sheets of the geological map of Madagascar 1:100,000 as part of a World Bank-funded project. Between 2007 and 2014 he lead the Research & Development section of an Australian exploration company, focused on the exploration of gold, bauxite and graphite in Madagascar. In February 2015, he joined the German University of Technology in Oman as an Associate Professor. His research interests comprise structural geology, metamorphic petrology and microfabrics in ductile shear zones as well as mineral exploration. In 2016 Dr. Bauer joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Structural Geology, Geological Mapping, Metamorphic Petrology and Mineral Exploration.

Wissem Frikha (National Engineering School of Tunis, Tunisia)

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Dr. Frikha is an Associate Professor at “Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Tunis” (ENIT), Tunisia. He is an expert in the areas of computational geomechanics, analytical modelling, ground improvement techniques, soil behaviour, laboratory, and in situ testing. He received a civil engineering degree (1999) and a Master of Science (2003) in modelling of soils and structures from ENIT. He also obtained a PhD degree in civil engineering from ENIT and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussée (ENPC) in Paris, France. There, at ENPC he also spent a one-year postdoctoral research from 2010 to 2011. Afterward, Dr. Frikha successfully achieved his habilitation degree (2015) in civil engineering (“accreditation to supervise research”, abbreviated HDR in French) at ENIT. He was the Chair of Organizing Committee of the 7th International Symposium of Pressuremeter (ISP in 2015) and the 3rd International Conference of Geotechnical Engineering (ICGE) which were held in Tunisia in 2015 and 2013, respectively. He is currently the Vice President of the Tunisian Society of Soil Mechanics (ATMS), the General Secretary of the International Committee on Pressuremeter (ICP), and the Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of GeoMEast International Conference 2017, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Dr. Frikha is the author/co-author of several articles in international peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has also edited three conference proceedings which were published by international reputable publishers. During his career, he has successfully supervised several MSc and PhD theses. He is also active as a reviewer for several international journals in geotechnical engineering, and as an Associate Editor for Innovative Infrastructure Solutions journal (Springer and SSIG Egypt). In 2017 Dr. Frikha joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of geotechnical engineering with particular focus on computational geomechanics, analytical modelling, ground improvement techniques, soil behaviour, and laboratory and in situ testing.

Y. Jun Xu (Louisiana State University, USA)

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Dr. Xu is a Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources at Louisiana State University, (USA). He holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture with a focus on Forest Soils from Beijing Forestry University (China) and a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Soil Science and Hydrology from University of Göttingen (Germany). His research has covered a wide range of topics including watershed-scale modeling, soil water transport, coastal and riverine hydrology, surface water quality, riverine sediment and nutrient transport, fluvial geomorphology, biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nutrients, and GIS/RS applications in surface hydrology, water quality, and geomorphology. He has co-published more than 100 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals, and authored some books. In 2016 Dr. Xu joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Physical Hydrology, Water Quality, and Geomorphology.

Zakaria Hamimi (Benha University, Egypt)

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Dr. Hamimi is a structural geologist spent the majority of his academic career at Benha University (Egypt) along with some years at Sana’a University (Yemen) and King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia). He has graduated (1984) from Assiut University (Egypt), and holds a M.Sc. (1988) from Zagazig University (Egypt) and a Ph.D. degree in Structural Geology and Tectonics (1992) from Cairo University (Egypt). His research interests focus on Structural Geology, Microstructures and Tectonics. He has worked in many field-related sub-disciplines of Earth Sciences including geologic mapping, microstructural analysis, strain analysis, paleostress reconstruction, active tectonics, tectonic geomorphology, crustal deformation and image processing. He used all these fields to study key areas in the Arabian-Nubian Shield, and to decipher their deformation history. Dr. Hamimi is the president, and one of the founders, of the Arabian Geosciences Union (ArabGU) since 2012. He has been awarded the medal of the Egyptian Geological Society in 2015. Most recently, he has been selected as a member of the Egyptian Universities Promotion Committee, the Supreme Council for Universities (SCU, Egypt), and as a member of the National Committee for Geological Sciences, Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt. He has co-published 50 research articles in national and international refereed journals and authored several books. In 2016 Dr. Hamimi joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Structural Geology, Microstructures and Tectonics.

Zeynal Abiddin Erguler (Dumlupınar University, Turkey)

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Dr. Erguler is a full professor at Geological Engineering Department at Dumlupınar University (Turkey). Dr. Erguler holds a B.Sc. (1998), a M.Sc. (2001) and a Ph.D. degree (2007) in Geological Engineering from Hacettepe University (Turkey). His research interests mainly focus on rock mechanics, engineering geology, environmental geology and soil mechanics. His current investigation is to understand and model thermo- hydro-mechanical behavior of shale rocks in the area of shale gas production. In addition to doing many researches and performing industry funded projects, he has also been teaching and supervising undergraduate and graduate students. In 2017, Dr. Erguler joined the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (AJGS) as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of rock mechanics, engineering geology, environmental geology and soil mechanics.

Zhe Zhu (Texas Tech University, USA)

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Dr. Zhu holds a B.E. in Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry (2006) from Wuhan University (China), a Ph.D. degree in Geography (2013) from Boston University. He is currently an assistant Professor of Geography at Texas Tech University (USA). His research interests focus on remote sensing, land cover/land use change, and climate change. He has have published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers in top remote sensing journals, including Remote Sensing of Environment, and Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. He had participated in many USGS and NASA funded remote sensing projects.

Zhihua Zhang (Beijing Normal University, China)

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Dr. Zhang holds a Ph.D. degree (2007) from the University of California at Davis (USA). He is currently a full Professor of Climate Change at Beijing Normal University (BNU) and the Associate Director of Polar Climate and Environment Laboratory at BNU. He has published more than 50 first-authored research articles and a first-authored monograph entitled “Mathematical and Physical Fundamentals of Climate Change”. He has served in the editorial board of several ISI-JCR journals including International Journal of Global Warming, Journal of Cleaner Production, EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing (Springer) and Open Geosciences. In 2013 Dr. Zhang joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Climate Change and Signal Processing.

Zuhair Hasan El-Isa (University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)

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Dr. El-Isa holds a B.Sc. in Physics & Geology (1971) from Cairo University in Egypt, a M.Sc. in Engineering Geophysics (1974) from Strathclyde University, Glasgow in the U.K. and a Ph.D. in Seismology (1977) from Glasgow University, U.K. He joined the University of Jordan as an Assistant Professor of Geophysics in September 1978. He is currently a full Professor of Geophysics at the same University. He got a few leave of absence and sabbaticals of 1 to 3 years each to work at King Abdul-Aziz University in Saudi Arabia, Yarmook University in Jordan, Sultan Qaboose University in Oman, University of Michigan in U.S.A., and University of Calgary in Canada. He founded the first seismological station in Jordan in 1981 and the Sultan Qaboose Seismological Center of Oman in 2001. He has conducted many research projects most of which were concerned with the crustal and lithospheric structure of the Jordan Dead Sea transform region, its seismicity and seismotectonics, geophysical exploration for ground water and the seismicity of the Red Sea region. He supervised more than 30 M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses. He has co-published more than 60 research articles in international indexed and refereed journals. In 2017 Dr. El-Isa joined the AJGS as an Associate Editor responsible for evaluating submissions in the fields of Geophysics and Seismology.

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Nabil Khélifi (Springer, Germany)

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Dr. Khélifi holds a B.Sc. in Natural Sciences (2001) and a M.Sc. in Earth & Environmental Sciences (2004) from the University of Sfax (Tunisia). He received fellowships from the global change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) in 2005 and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from 2006 to 2010 to continue with his Ph.D. studies in Marine Geosciences (Specialty: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology) at the University of Kiel in Germany. After his Ph.D. in 2010, Dr. Khélifi received two postdoctoral research grants from the German Science Foundation (DFG) to start his self-designed research projects at the GEOMAR Ocean Research Centre in Kiel, Germany on reconstructing past changes in oceanography and climate in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea using marine sediment samples retrieved by the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and applying foraminiferal and geochemical proxy methods. He published afterwards his research findings in highly ranked scientific journals. Dr. Khélifi also received funding from the European Science Foundation (ESF) and some European universities to co-organize with other European scientists two workshops on Pliocene climate in Bordeaux, France (2009) and Bristol, UK (2013). In early 2014 he received the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (SGES) to continue with his research projects at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Although his interest in scientific research remains strong, Dr. Khélifi decided in March 2014 to pursue his career as a Publishing Editor with Springer (a part of Springer Nature) in Heidelberg, Germany. He is mainly responsible for developing the Springer’s publishing program in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). The program currently consists of developing 15 academic journals from the Arab World and publishing tens of scientific books each year. Dr. Khélifi also helps researchers in MENA countries publish their work by delivering educational seminars for authors, reviewers, and journal editors to help improve publication output and quality. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Carthage, Tunisia and King Saud University, KSA. Since 2014 Dr. Khélifi is the Publishing Editor responsible for managing the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (AJGS) in close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, his Assistant Editors, and the Journal’s Editorial Office. In 2017 he has been promoted to Senior Publishing Editor with Springer. Dr. Khélifi is the recipient of the 2016 Africa Leadership Awards "Green Future Leadership Award" in recognition of his work contributing to sustainable development through advancing science and promoting publications in Africa and Middle East.

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    The Arabian Journal of Geosciences is the official journal of the Saudi Society for Geosciences and publishes peer-reviewed original and review articles on the entire range of Earth Science themes, focused on, but not limited to, those that have regional significance to the Middle East and the Euro-Mediterranean Zone. Key topics therefore include; geology, hydrogeology, earth system science, petroleum sciences, geophysics, seismology and crustal structures, tectonics, sedimentology, palaeontology, metamorphic and igneous petrology, natural hazards, environmental sciences and sustainable development, geoarchaeology, geomorphology, paleo-environment studies, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, GIS and remote sensing, geodesy, mineralogy, volcanology, geochemistry and metallogenesis.

    NEW: The Arabian Journal of Geosciences will start publishing accepted articles as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year starting in 2016. This will ensure that articles are made available as soon as they are ready to avoid unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.

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