Image (c) Jennifer R. Pournelle, October 2012. Prof. Malik, director of the U. Basra Marine Science Centre, East Hammar Marsh.
As a port within a trading province, Basra is a uniquely multicultural city, mixing Arab, Persian, Kurdish, Turkish, Indian, African, and Southeast Asian heritage (among others!). It makes for a great collegial atmosphere, and open-handed support for international collaborators. We sincerely hope for international reach with this project, for Basra shares its ecological crisis with many other delta regions of the world. Sincere appreciation to Yang Xiao for funding two hours of electron microscopic analysis - a service not yet available to scholars within Iraq!