I undertook my masterís studies on the stratigraphy, paleontology, and paleoecology of the Cretaceous deposits in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. I completed my PhD in 2010 at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford (UK), where my dissertation focused on study mammals recovered from the famous Fayum fossil deposits in Egypt. During my Ph.D. studies, I was an affiliated scientist at Stony Brook University, Ohio University in 2015 and currently at Duke University. I returned to Egypt in 2010 to take up a position at Mansoura University, teaching vertebrate paleontology, where I now serve as Lecturer.
My research interests are broadly in the area of vertebrate paleontological research in Afro-Arabia, and more specifically are aimed at understanding mammalian evolution in Africa, with a particular emphasis on the Afro-Arabian radiations of hystricognathous and anomaluroid rodents.
Moreover, I founded the Mansoura University Vertebrate Paleontology (MUVP) initiative, a combined research, outreach, and conservation endeavor based in the Geology Department of that university. The goals of MUVP include educating Egyptian vertebrate paleontologists, expanding awareness of Egyptís vertebrate paleontological resources, and undertaking preparation, anatomical study, and curation of Egyptís fossil vertebrate paleontological resources.
Dr. Hesham Sallam
Department of Geology
Faculty of Sciences