Iftekhar Rasool

Bio: 
Researcher at Plant protection department, College of Food & Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2460, Riyadh 11451, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Contact: +966-56-4225392 +92-333-6369914 Date of birth: December 25, 1988 Nationality: Pakistani Permanent address: Tibba Mustaqil Darmiyani, P/O Dera Din Panah, Tehsil Kot Addu, District Muzzaffar Garh, Punjab, Pakistan Email: iftekharrasool@yahoo.com irasool@ksu.edu.sa Web page: https://fac.ksu.edu.sa/irasool
Research   Interests
  • Insect taxonomy and biodiversity (Carabidae: Coleoptera)
  • Insect Zoogeography and distributional maps
 
  • Insect biodiversity conservation (Potential nature reserves)
  • Integrated taxonomy (Traditional taxonomy integrated with DNA barcoding)
Education
 
 
  • Master of Science (M.Sc. (Hons)) Entomology, 2015

CGPA: 4.46 out of 5.00
Plant protection department, College of Food & Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Thesis Title: “Taxonomy and Zoogeography of the Tribe Lebiini (Coleoptera, Carabidae) of Southwestern Saudi Arabia.

 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. (Hons)) Entomology, 2006-2010

CGPA: 3.48 out of 4.00
University College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, The Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan

 
  • Intermediate (F.Sc.) Pre Medical, 2005

Marks: 65%
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Matriculation (Science, 2003)

Marks: 84%
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan
 

Job Experience
  • Currently working as researcher at KSMA (King Saud University Museum of Arthropods, Saudi Arabia) under attracting Outstanding Faculty and Researchers Program, Plant protection department, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, since 10/03/2016 to present.
   
Practical Experiences
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Research Assistant (February, 10 2012 to August, 03, 2015)

Work experience at KSMA (King Saud University Museum of Arthropods, Saudi Arabia), Plant protection department, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • Team leader and facilitator (Farmers field school (2009-2010))

Worked as facilitators in farmer field schools, in Bahawalpur, a project of KWA (Kisan welfare association), funded by WWF.

Research Group
  • Working in Research group of Carabidae of Saudi Arabia, funded by The Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University # (RGP-1438-082).
Successful Projects
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Submitted Project
  • Insect Biodiversity (Arthropoda: Hexapoda) of Rawdhat Khorim, Saudi Arabia”, # 10-ENV1291, 2011-2013 (Worked from 2012-2013)
  • 24 months’ project of 50 million PKR, funded by NPST (National Plan for Science, Technology and innovations). This project was conducted for compression of insect diversity in protected (prevented from human activities) and non-protected (open for public) nature reserves. 
  • Insect Biodiversity in the Jabal Shada Al-A’Ala and Raydah Protected Areas in Southwestern Saudi Arabia, # 12-ENV2484-02, 2013-2015.
  • 24 months’ project of 50 million PKR, funded by NPST (National Plan for Science, Technology and innovations). Main purpose of this project was to explore the insect fauna of South-western Saudi Arabia mainly from protected areas. Also to analyse altitudinal distribution of insects from bottom to top of Shada Al Alaa and Rayda mountains. 
  • Evaluating the impacts of urbanization on biodiversity in Riyadh City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, using insects as bioindicators, #12-ENV2804-02, 2013-2015.
  • 24 months’ project of 50 million PKR, funded by NPST (National Plan for Science, Technology and innovations). Project was aimed to know the impact of urbanization on insect’s biodiversity. Three areas were selected - urban, semi urban and natural to compare the insect biodiversity in relation to urbanization gradient.
  • Pilot study to the establishment of new protected areas for biodiversity conservation, using insect diversity in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, #12-ENV2825-02, 2013-2015.
  • 24 months’ project of 50 million PKR, funded by NPST (National Plan for Science, Technology and innovations). Project was aimed to locate the new potential nature reserves for biodiversity conservation by using the insects as indicator and quality of habitat to declare area as potential hub of biodiversity.

 

  • Monitoring and evaluating the state of the insect diversity in the Ibex Reserve, Central Saudi Arabia (2018-2020)

Description: 24 months’ project of 25 million PKR, funded by KACST (King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology)

 

Awards/
medals
  • Recipient of  “Certificate of Appreciation” from plant protection department, College of food and agricultural sciences KSU for conducting research on Lebiini (Carabidae) and describing “five new species” from Saudi Arabia
 
  • Recipient of “Certificate of Appreciation” from plant protection department, College of food and agricultural sciences, KSU for writing “research publications”
Scientific
contribution
  • Total Impact Factor =              3.04
  • Total publication =                  3
  • Publications as First Author = 3
  • ISI publication =                      3
Publications  
  1. IFTEKHAR RASOOL, RON F.F.L. FELIX, MAHMOUD S. ABDEL-DAYEM & HATHAL M. ALDHAFER (2017). A review of subtribe Cymindidina Laporte, 1834 (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Lebiini) in Southwestern Saudi Arabia, with descriptions of two new species, Zootaxa 4236 (1): 157–171 impact factor 0.997
  2. FTEKHAR RASOOL, MAHMOUD S. ABDEL-DAYEM, RON F.F.L. FELIX & HATHAL M. ALDHAFER (2018) A review of the Subtribe Lebiina Bonelli (Lebiini, Carabidae, Coleoptera) from Southwest Saudi Arabia. Zootaxa 4379 (1): 087–102 impact factor 0.997
  3. IFTEKHAR RASOOL, MAHMOUD S. ABDEL-DAYEM, RON F.F.L. FELIX & HATHAL M. ALDHAFER () The Dromiusina Bonelli, 1810 (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Lebiini) of Southwestern Saudi Arabia with description of a new species (Accepted_Zookeys) impact factor 1.01
  4. MAHMOUD S. ABDEL-DAYEM, IFTEKHAR RASOOL, ALI, A. ELGHARBAWY, PETER NAGEL AND HATHAL M. ALDHAFER () Faunistic inventory and zoogeographical analysis of the ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) of Garf Raydah Nature Reserve, southwestern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Submitted)
  5. MAHMOUD S. ABDEL-DAYEM, ALI, A. ELGHARBAWY, IFTEKHAR RASOOL, PETER NAGEL AND HATHAL M. ALDHAFER () Carabidae (Coleoptera) of Jabal Shada Al-A’Ala Nature Reserve, Southwestern Saudi Arabia (Ready to submit)

 

Technical
Skills
Full command on project designing and writing manuscript using following programs:
 
  • Photoshop
  • Auto montage
 
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Excel
 
  • Microsoft word
 
 
       

 

International Seminars
 
 
  • Attended the seminar on “Honey plants and honey production under the dry environmental conditions” (12-AGR2510-02) at department of plant protection, College of Food and Agriculture, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, dated 16/03/2015
  • “Insects Biodiversity of Rawdhet Khorim” at Department of plant protection, College of food and agriculture science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 7/01/2013.

 

Magazine article
  • Wrote an article on “Importance of organic fertilizers” in a magazine of “IPM aur Kissan” under KWA (Kisan welfare association) in Bahawalpur published on January, 2010
Co-Curricular Activities
 
Social Activates
 
 
  • Worked as “President” of Tutorial Group Meeting (TGM) during stay in UCA & ES, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur

 

  • Worked as assistant team leader in PHVG (Pakistan Hajj Volunteer Group) in 2014.
  • Worked as team leader in PHVG (Pakistan Hajj Volunteer Group) in 2015.

 

 

 

 
References
 
 
 
 
Prof. Hathal Bin Muhammad Aldhafer
  •  
 
 
  • protection department,

College of Food and Agriculture Sciences
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Curator of KSMA
King Saud University Museum of Arthropods
Email: malwabel@ksu.edu.sa
Phone: +966-146-78442

 

 

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