Nada Ahmed Sinno
Lecturer, Post Herbarium curator Nationality: Lebanese
Biology Department Married
P.O. Box 11-0236 Home Address: Saoud
American University of Beirut Building, Abu Shahla
Beirut –Lebanon Str. Beirut, Lebanon
Tel:01 350000 ext. 3901
Secondary Education: International College, Beirut, Lebanon
Baccalaureate-Part II (Experimental Science) 1977
University Education: Ph.D. University of Reading, Reading, UK (June, 2005).
MS Biology, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon (June, 1982)
B.S Biology, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon (February, 1980)
2007- Teaching Biol 210 (Human Biology) & Biol 273 (Economic botany) in addition to giving the laboratory lectures of Biol. 201 & Biol 202.
2000 - Involved in the teaching of Biol.201 recitations sessions every semester. Give the laboratory lectures in Biol. 201 and Biol. 202, in addition to management and coordination of all the laboratory sections in Biol. 201 and Biol. 202 and integration of experiments and new techniques .
1999 - Taught the general biology course for freshman students (Biol. 104). I was also the coordinator for its laboratories
1994-: a. Laboratory
instructor for Biology 201
b. Laboratory instructor for Biology 202
c. Laboratory coordinator for all the sections in Biology 201
d. Laboratory coordinator for all the sections in Biology 202
e. In charge of all the preparations and sample collections in Biology 202
f. Teaching and training graduate students involved in the teaching of Bio.201 and Bio. 202
g. Teaching Laboratory sections in Biology 201 and Biology202
1990-1994: a. Laboratory coordinator and instructor for Biology 103
b. Laboratory coordinator and instructor for Biology 201
c. Laboratory coordinator and instructor for Biology 202
d. In charge for all the preparations in Biology 103, 201, 202
1984-1990: a- Lecturer for
Biology 264 (Ecology, Senior level course)
b- Laboratory instructor for Biology 264
c- Coordinator for Biology 201.
1983-1984: a. Instructor for Biology 103 (General Biology course for the
b. Laboratory coordinator and instructor for Biology 103
1982-1983: Instructor for the Botany course, AUB.
1982-1984: Lecturer and laboratory instructor, Saddam
Hussein College of Medicine, Makassed University, teaching: a.
General Biology course
b. Laboratory of the General Biology course
1980-1982: Graduate Assistant, Biology Department, AUB, teaching:
a. General Botany and Ecology labs.
b. Scouting and Logistics for laboratory field trips.
c. Tutor in Botany for undergraduate students
Herbarium Curation Experience:
2006- I participated in a training course in collections management at the Natural History Museum, NHM, London. I had the chance to discuss with the curators at NHM the procedures they use for accessioning, recording and dispatching their collection. We also explored the data base used for the herbarium collection. At the end, I obtained a diploma on collection management from the Natural History Museum in London.
2003- I was awarded a short term faculty development from URB, which I spent in the UK at the University of Reading, Linnean Society, Kew, and the British Museum. I was able to review the literature available in these institutions that helped better understand the list that was compiled by the late Paul Mouterde of the French Faculty and the author of Flore de Liban (1966-1983). The list includes 157 names that Dr Post has named most of which, we could not locate in any of the old publications. This allowed me to locate more of the Post Type specimens that we have in the Post Herbarium.
2002- I was awarded a long term faculty development from URB, which I spent in the Uk at the University of Reading, Linnean Society, Kew and the British Museum. I was able to verify all of the Post Types that I located in the Post Herbarium.
2001- I was awarded a place in the herbarium technique course that was offered at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from May 30 till July 30. I received the International Diploma in Herbarium Technique.(see attached)
1999-: Training in the UK at the University of Reading and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew that introduced me to management regimes practiced in their herbaria. Through the Darwin project, I was able to establish further scientific links between the UK & AUB.
Work in the Post Herbarium
2008- In addition to the work in the Post Herbarium, we have worked with about 1000 specimens of the MADA collection that were collected from the Akkar region (North of Lebanon). Specimens are data based & incorporated in the herbarium.
2007- Continued the organization of the Post Herbarium plant
material and presently twenty
nine cabinets out of the 36 cabinets in the Post herbarium have been organized
and the herbarium sheets have been geographically separated.
- More of Post types have been identified, data based and scanned in addition to types of other well-known botanists like Boissier, Aznavor, Blanche and Stapf.
- A data base was prepared for the 90 possible type specimens of roses for the french botanist Michel Gandoger. Half of these are already verified as types and the rest need more work.
- We have received around 400 plant specimens from MADA project, which were pressed, dried and identified. We are in the process of preparing their labels to mount them and incorporate them in the herbarium.
- After 27 years, we started the process of loaning plant material to other universities abroad to help them in their scientific research. The first loan was sent to the University of Dresden, Germany.
- We have continued assisting students, researchers and visitors that had some inquiries about specific plant samples.
2006- Identified 150
more of Post types in the Post Herbarium. These types will be data based and
- Identified around 100 possible types of roses for a French botanists Michael Gandoger. I have verified fifty percent of these types and found the published reference, the rest need more work and possibly a trip to Lyon Herbarium, France where his holotypes are present.
- The work on the reorganizing the Post Herbarium is still going on. We have rehabilitated five more cabinets.
- We started data basing the plant material collected in Lebanon and we have finished 15 cabinets.
- I have assisted researchers from Lebanon and abroad that had inquiries about our material. Some of them worked in the herbarium and others were assisted through scans, or by E-mails. The inquiries came from USA, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Argentina, Spain, Serbia- Monte Negro Syria and Jordan.
2005- Identified the
176 Post types in the Post Herbarium. All the types are data based and scanned
and will be available on the web in the near future.
- Assisted around 12 researchers from Lebanon, Spain, Turkey, Portugal, France etc.. who had specific inquiries about specific material in the Post Herbarium. I have sent to some digital images and scans to help them in their research.
involved in the preparation, mounting and storage of all
the plant specimens collected in the Initiative
for Biodiversity Studies in Arid Regions project (IBSAR) and incorporating these
specimens in the Post Herbarium.
- Half through repairing a big fern collection that was presented by Mrs. D. Stuart Dodge in 1889. The collection is a valuable collection that was mounted in the Victorian manner. This is the type of collection that can be put on display when the herbarium moves to Post Hall.
- Prepared a report on “Policies for the Post Herbarium” that can be used as guidelines for visitors who are interested in using the herbarium. It also sets the rules and regulations concerning accessions and loan of herbarium specimens.
- In the process of reorganizing the Post Herbarium so as to be used in teaching and research. I have rehabilitated so far 20 out of a total of 36 cabinets. Current efforts at reorganizing the herbarium include the geographical separation of specimens into separate genus folders for: 1-Lebanon, 2- Rest of the Middle East, 3- Europe, 4- Africa, 5- Rest of the World. Accordingly, a major curation of the Herbarium is being undertaken.
- Prepared a Family Index for the 184 families in Post Herbarium that helps students and researchers find the genus they need in the herbarium without going back to Post flora.
Services to the department
- A member of the Natural History Museum Committee that through a proposal submitted to ASHA was granted 200,000$ for the preservation and organization of the museum and herbarium collection.
- A member of the Post Herbarium Interfaculty Committee that is trying to revive the Post Herbarium as a teaching tool as well as a research center for plant taxonomic identification.
- Coordinate the workload of all graduate students in department in terms of teaching laboratories, proctoring and museum tours.
Services to the community:
- A member of a
steering scientific committee for the biodiversity studies implementation in
the North Lebanon Region (Akkar, Donniyeh) which is funded by the Royal Society
for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and the Dutsch Embassy.
- Participated in a workshop on June 9, 2004 in a workshop on the “Biodiversity enabling activities” to try and find ways to make the community aware of the importance of biodiversity.
- Prepared and offered a workshop on herbarium techniques for local NGO dealing with protected areas.There were 15 participants representing 10 organizations.
- Presented a seminar “Recent Work on Curation of the Post Herbarium in the American University of Beirut", in the Darwin Project Coastal Vegetation Survey and Conservation for Lebanon.
Current Research Interest
Completed a research project with Dr Stephen Jury (University of Reading) and Dr
Khuzama Knio (AUB) on the “Biosystematics of Anemone coronaria and
related species”. The main findings of my research were that:
1- The climate and the soil types are the main factors that determine the distribution of Anemone coronaria.
2- By multivariante analysis we were able to define very clearly all the species that were considered before as probable subspecies of A. coronaria. Moreover, we were able to define all the infrasepcific variants of A. coronaria.
Currently involved in a research project with Dr L. J Musselman on the Isoetes in Lebanon.
PUBLICATIONS AND ABSTRACTS
1) Sinno- Saoud, N & S. Jury. Type specimens of G.E. Post in Beirut and Natural History Museum. . Bot. J. Linn. Soc. In press..
2) Sinno-Saoud, N, K, Knio, and S. Jury. 2005. Phenetic analysis of Anemone coronaria and related species. Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 2007, 153.
3) Musselman.L.J. & N. Sinno-Saoud. 2004. Types of George Post in the Post Herbarium (BEI) of the American University of Beirut and the Botanical Garden of Geneva (G).Turk. J. Bot. 28: 155-160.
4) Musselman.L.J.& N. Sinno -Saoud. 2002. George Post and the Post Herbarium at the American University of Beirut. VI. Plant Life Southwest Asia Symposium.
5) Talhouk, S.N, N. Sinno- Saoud & Jury, S.L. 2002. Work on the Post Herbarium at the American University of Beirut- Bocconea 14:000-000.
6) Squires, L.E. & N. Sinno- Saoud. 1986. Effects of Water Quality and Season on Diatom Community Structure in the Damour River, Lebanon, Hydrobiologia, 133:127-141
7) Sinno, N. & Lorin Squires. 1985. Diatoms of the Damour River, Lebanon. Nova Hedwigia, 41:291-341 (including 21 plates).
8) Squires, L. & N. Sinno. 1984. Seasonal Changes in the Diatom Flora in the Estuary of the Damour River, Lebanon. In:Mann, D.G. (ed.): Proc. 7th International Diatom Symposium. Philadelphia 1982. Otto Koeltz, Koenigstein, pp.359-372.
9) Squires, L. & N. Sinno. 1983. Ecology of the Algae of the Damour River. Report submitted to the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, Beirut, Lebanon, pp. 106.
10) Sinno, Nada Ahmed. 1982. A Study on the Ecology of the Algal Flora in Nahr Damour, Lebanon. MS Thesis, American University of Beirut, 127 pp.