Dr. Ahmed El-Gabbas

Contact info

Dr. Ahmed El-Gabbas
Postdoctroral researcher

Department of Community Ecology  |  Vegetation and Macroecology Group

Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4, 06120 Halle, Germany

Tel: 0341 235 5319
E-Mail: ahmed.el-gabbas[at]ufz.de
Website: https://elgabbas.netlify.app/

Research interests

Current projects

BioDT: Prototype Digital Twins to help protect and restore biodiversity [https://biodt.eu/]



Bachelor of Science (Zoology); Suez Canal University, Faculty of Science, Egypt


Master by research (MRes) in conservation biology [with distinction], University of Nottinham, UK.

[CHEVENING scholarship]

Supervisor: Prof. Francis Gilbert

Thesis: Distribution of the Egyptian reptiles under current and future climates [URL]


Dr. rer. nat.; University of Freiburg, Germany

[German Egyptian Research Long-Term Scholarship “GERLS”].

Supervisor: Prof. Carsten F. Dormann

Thesis: Reliability of species distribution modelling for wildlife conservation in developing countries. [URL]

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Duengen D, Burkhardt E, El-Gabbas A (2022) Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus) distribution modeling on their Nordic and Barents Seas feeding grounds. Marine Mammal Science 38(4):1583-1608. [10.1111/mms.12943]
  • El-Gabbas A, van Opzeeland IC, Burkhardt E, Boebel O (2021) Dynamic species distribution models in the marine realm: predicting year-round habitat suitability of baleen whales in the Southern Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science (802276). [10.3389/fmars.2021.802276].
  • Schall E, Thomisch K, Boebel O, Gerlach G, Woods SM, El-Gabbas A, van Opzeeland IC (2021) Multi-year presence of humpback whales in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean but not during El Niño. Nature Communications Biology 4(790). [10.1038/s42003-021-02332-6].
  • El-Gabbas A, van Opzeeland IC, Burkhardt E, Boebel O (2021) Static species distribution models in the marine realm: the case of baleen whales in the Southern Ocean. Diversity and Distributions 27(8):1536-1552. [10.1111/ddi.13300].
  • El-Gabbas A, Gilbert F, Dormann CF (2020) Spatial conservation prioritisation in data-poor countries: a quantitative sensitivity analysis using multiple taxa. BMC Ecology, 20(35). [10.1186/s12898-020-00305-7].
  • El-Gabbas A, Dormann CF (2018) Wrong, but useful: regional species distribution models may not be improved by range-wide data under biased sampling. Ecology and Evolution, 8(4): 2196-2206. [10.1002/ece3.3834].
  • El-Gabbas A, Dormann CF (2018) Improved species-occurrence predictions in data-poor regions: using large-scale data and bias correction with down-weighted Poisson regression and Maxent. Ecography, 41(7): 1161-1172. [10.1111/ecog.03149].
  • El-Gabbas A, Gilbert F (2016) The Desert Beauty Calopieris eulimene: a butterfly new to Egypt (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Zoology in the Middle East, 62(3): 279-281. [10.1080/09397140.2016.1202984].
  • El-Gabbas A, Baha El Din S, Zalat S, Gilbert F (2016) Conserving Egypt's reptiles under climate change. Journal of Arid Environments, 127: 211-221. [10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.12.007].
  • Newbold T, Reader T, El-Gabbas A, Berg W, Shohdi WM, Zalat S, Baha El Din S, Gilbert F (2010) Testing the accuracy of species distribution models using species records from a new field survey. Oikos, 119(8): 1326-1334. [10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.18295.x].
  • Newbold T, Reader T, Zalat S, El-Gabbas A, Gilbert F (2009) Effect of characteristics of butterfly species on the accuracy of distribution models in an arid environment. Biodiversity & Conservation, 18: 3629-41. [10.1007/s10531-009-9668-5].
  • Newbold T, Gilbert F, Zalat S, El-Gabbas A, Reader T (2009) Climate-based models of spatial patterns of species richness in Egypt's butterfly and mammal fauna. Journal of Biogeography, 36: 2085-2095. [10.1111/j.1365-2699.2009.02140.x].
  • Brading P, El-Gabbas A, Zalat S, Gilbert S (2009) Biodiversity economics: the value of pollination services to Egypt. Egyptian Journal of Biology, 11: 45-51. [10.5281/zenodo.1205128].