Dr. Ivonne Bejarano Rodriguez | American University of Sharjah


College / Department

Teaching areas

Biology, Environmental modeling, Management and conservation science.

Research areas

Environmental DNA, Coastal and marine ecosystems, Reef fishes, Coral reefs, Oyster beds, Mesophotic habitats, Spatial ecology, Marine biodiversity, Conservation and management.


PhD, Biological Oceanography, University of Puerto Rico, United States, 2013
MS, Biological Oceanography, University of Puerto Rico, United States, 2006
BS, Marine Biology, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Colombia, 2001

Professional experience

Assistant Professor Of Biology, Biology, Chemistry, And Environmental Sciences, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2018 - Present
Research Associate, Emirates Nature-WWF, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2018 - 2018
Marine Conservation Director, Emirates Marine Environmental Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017 - 2018
Climate Change Project Manager, UNEP-RAC SPA, Spain, 2015 - 2017
Science Advisor, The Spanish National Research Council, National Museum of Natural History, Spain, 2015 - 2016
Science Advisor, UNESCO, Spain, 2014 - 2016
Knauss Fellow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Washington DC, United States, 2014 - 2015
Lecturer, Sandwatch - Innovative Hands-on Project For Teachers, UNESCO, Puerto Rico Sea Grant College, Puerto Rico, United States, 2013 - 2013
Plankton Analyst, Aguirre Gasport, Tera Tech, Inc., Puerto Rico, United States, 2012 - 2013
Lecturer, Program Encounter With The Sea, NASA-Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium & Sea Grant, Puerto Rico, United States, 2012 - 2013
Researcher & Data Analyst, NOAA Fisheries Service & Sea Ventures, Puerto Rico, United States, 2009 - 2013
Researcher & Scientific Diver, HJR Reefscaping, Puerto Rico, United States, 2008 - 2013
Lecturer, Mathematics And Science Alliance Projects, School Teachers Training Workshop, 2013 - 2013
Doctoral Researcher, University of Puerto Rico & NOAA, Puerto Rico, United States, 2007 - 2013
Fisheries Biologist, The Caribbean Fisheries and Management Council, Puerto Rico, United States, 2011 - 2012
Graduate Researcher, Department Of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico & Puerto Rico Department of Natural & Environmental Resources, PR, United States, 2003 - 2006
Teaching Assistant, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, United States, 2002 - 2004
Teaching Assistant, Mayaguez Campus, University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, United States, 2002 - 2004
Field & Lab Biologist, CSA Group, Inc., PR, United States, 2002 - 2003
Undergraduate Researcher, Puerto Rastrojo NGO, Colombian Amazon, Colombia, 2000 - 2001


Energy, Water and Sustainable Environment Research Center, EWSERC, April 2024
Sharjah Fish Resources Authority, Local, Scientific advisor, August 2023
Northeastern Arabia Reef Monitoring Network, Regional, May 2023
The Middle Eastern Marine Science Network, MEMS, Regional, May 2023
Reviewer/Referee for Galaxea, Journal of Coral Reef Studies, March 2022
Reviewer/Referee for Water, March 2022
Reviewer/Referee for Estuaries, Coastal and Shelf Science Journal, January 2021
Reviewer/Referee for Scientific Reports, Nature Research, January 2021
Reviewer/Referee for the Bulletin of Marine Sciences, January 2021
UAE Climate Change Research Network. Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, CCRN, Local, October 2020
Reviewer Board member Diversity Journal-MDPI, September 2020
Reviewer/Referee for Estuaries, Coastal and Shelf Science Journal, 2020
Reviewer/Referee for Marine Ecology Progress Series, January 2020
Mideast Coral Reef Society, Regional, January 2019
Reviewer/Referee for Coral Reefs, January 2015
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