Thulfiqar Ali Jasim Al-Graiti

Ph.D. student in School of Environmental Sciences at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary (2020-2021) until the present.  Ph.D. supervisors: Drs., Gergely Jakab and Zoltán Szalai.

Education

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, New York (United States).
Master of Science degree (MS), Environmental Science, College of Science (2015-2017).
Graduate Thesis title: ”Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Created Wetlands: How Management Techniques Impact Emissions and Implications for Climate Change”. Relevant Coursework: Advanced conservation biology; Graduate special topics: climate change: Science and technology; Hydrological application of geographical information systems; Graduate science technology policy seminar; biostatistics; and advance concepts environmental chemistry. Cumulative GPA: 3.630 out of 4. Master’s advisor: Dr. Carmody McCalley.

University of Kufa, Najaf (Iraq).
Bachelor Degree, Ecology Department, Faculty of Science (2008-2012). Undergraduate research project: Study of Bacterial Pollution of Water in Kufa City. Relevant Coursework: Biostatistics; Mathematics; General Chemistry, General Biology, Biophysics,            Field Application, Fundamental of Ecology and Pollution, and Ecological Management. Graduation degree, 88.872 % with honor (1st rank on Faculty of Science).

LANGUAGE EXPERIENCE
English, fluent.
Arabic, mother tongue

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Ecosystem ecology.
Hydrological regime, vegetation cover; and nutrient dynamics impacting ecosystem functions.
Wetland carbon exchange.
Remote sensing data analysis related to environmental applications.
Soil organic matter (SOM).
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) in terrestrial ecosystem.

Publications
Effects of prior land use, carbon availability and hydrology on nitrogen cycling in created freshwater wetlands; McGowan, M. B., Al Graiti, T., Huang, S., Eddingsaas, N. C., McCalley, C. K., and Tyler, A. C., AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, December 2018. Accessed from https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2018AGUFM.B41E2760M/abstract
Al-Graiti, Thulfiqar Ali Jasim, “Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Created Wetlands: How Management Techniques Impact Emissions and Implications for Climate Change” (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
https://scholarworks.rit.edu/theses/9647
Effect of antecedent terrestrial land-use on C and N cycling in created wetlands;  McCalley, C. K., Al Graiti, T., Williams, T., Huang, S., McGowan, M. B., Eddingsaas, N. C., and Tyler, A. C, AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, December 2017. Accessed from https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017AGUFM.B51F1873M/abstract

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
Effect of Drought and Management on C and N Cycling in Created Wetlands in the Great Lakes Watershed. Poster session for the International Association for the Great Lakes Research (IAGLR, Toronto, 2018).
Managing greenhouse gas flux from created wetlands: hydrology, carbon supply and prior land use. The International Association for the Great Lakes Research; Wetland Restoration in the Great Lakes Basin: Research and Innovation (2), (Brockport, New York, June 2019).

WORK EXPERIENCE
Member of the Advanced Environmental Research lab at Faculty of Science, University of Kufa, Iraq (2019).
Instructor and assistant lecturer in the University of Kufa, Faculty of Science (2018 to 2020).
Working as lab technician at the University of Kufa, Najaf, Iraq (August 2013 to January 2015).
Working as a technician and teaching assistant at Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Researches (August, 2012 to June 2013, Iraq).

SKILLS & ABILITIES
Experience in research, data collection and and statistical analysis.
Experiences in dealing with several lab tools and instruments such as Shimadzu GC-2014 gas chromatograph; LI-COR; Lachat QuikChem 8500 Autoanalyzer; spectrophotometer (Shimadzu UV 1800 Spectrophotometer); and UV-VIS Spectrophotometer UV-2600i, Spectro Fluorophotometer-RF 6000, and TOC-L instrument.
Excellent abilities in experimental design for field works (e.g. field soil sampling, GHG assembling chamber and installing), as well as collaboration and communication skills during laboratory and fieldwork.
Skills with academic and statistical programs (e.g. Mendeley, SPSS, Minitab, and JMP Pro).
An expertise with R language for data analysis.

 

Research Summary

Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) between Cultivation Systems and Climate Effects
The soil system creates the foundation for any ecosystem functions as it includes both biotic and abiotic components. It considers the largest carbon pool on the earth’s surface, and soil organic matter (SOM) is the organic part. An important fraction part includes dissolved organic matter (DOM). Although DOM comes from a small part of soil decomposition products, it is highly reactive in soil solution and characterized as SOM<0.45 μm. DOM is important for soil quality as it controls microbial activities, nutrients retention and transportation, soil acid-basic reactions, heavy metals immobilization processes, and therefore sustains soil function and, as a result, ecosystem services. DOM concentration could dramatically respond to such a change in the soil system.
DOM could have variability under soil heterogeneity, temporal variability, and seasonal effects could vary highly. Soil management practices could also impact DOM, such as leaching rate. DOM leaching from soils could highly impact C pools in the soil system. This research will be studying dissolved organic matter (DOM) in an arable field to hopefully investigate soil disturbance effects on their levels in conjunction with seasonal effects and soil heterogeneity using laboratory and field techniques.