Dr. Assad Ahmed Al-Thukair


    Name:                                             Assad Ahmed Al-Thukair               


    Business Address:                           Chemistry Department, KFUPM, P. O. Box 157,

                    Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

                                                                    Tel.: 966-55820490; Fax: 966-3-860 6216

                                                                    E-mail: thukair@kfupm.edu.sa


    Nationality:                                           Saudi

    Date of Birth:                                        February 2, 1958

     Gender:                                                  Male

    Marital status:                                       Single




        1991                                            Ph.D. in Environment, specialized in Marine Ecology,  Boston 

             University, Boston, USA.

                Research focused on Arabian Gulf Marine Environment.

         1985                                              M.Sc. in Environmental Ecology, Eastern Illinois University,

                Charleston, IL, U.S.A.

                Research focused on Chemical Analysis of Water samples.

         1979                                             B.S. in Biology, Basra University, Basra, Iraq.




     Over 13 years experience in management and executing research projects related to biology, marine environment as

       well as coordinating workshop & activities pertaining to the same field.



     Good management and administrative skills were acquired from national, international, and current job exposure.

     1998-Present                        Chairman, Chemistry Department, K.F.U.P.M

Managing department consists of more than 60 faculty and staff. Activities include routine administration work as well as preparing departmental budget, purchasing of equipment, evaluation of technical reports, departmental meetings, and correspondence with various organizations.

      2000-Present                          Member of various committees

·       Appointed as a member of the  advisory  committee for the Center of Petroleum & Gass,
        Research Institute, K.F.U.P.M.
·       Participated in various organizing commitees (scientific and
   administrative)  at the University level as chairman, co-chairman, or member. This  participation
   includes; organizing conferences and workshops, and participation in  various scientific


    1996 & 1995                           International Exposure to Management Techniques.

      Participated in Battell International Program in R & D.  Columbus, Ohio, USA. The program             focused on different aspects of management in the R & D area, including principles of leadership, and other practices of R & D management.

       Participated in Contract Project Management in R & D organized jointly by UNESCO and Arabian    Gulf University, Bahrain. The program focused on enhancing abilities of senior scientists to manage different types of projects in R & D.  It also provided good guideline to manage personnel.


    1994-1996                                Board Member of Air & Waste Management Association,  Saudi Arabia Section.

                                                        Responsibilities include, organizing conferences and seminars,  technical                                                                                                  review, budget  management, and periodical meetings with members.


    1993-1996                                  Member of Faculty Evaluation Committee at KFUPM.

                                                        Involved in evaluating performance of faculty and renewal of faculty contracts.



     Broad experience and exposure to scientific research, documentation, and all other technical aspects related to general biology,     marine environment, oil pollution, and oil spill containment techniques. 

    1991-Present                          Principle investigator of projects

I have been heavily envolved in executing projects related to oil pollution, environmental impact assesments. Currently, I am the Principal investigator of two projects sponsored by King Abdul-Aziz City of Science and Technology (KACST). One project related to monitoring of pollution along the Red Sea. While the other is to cheracterize, and chemical analysis the discharge of sewage discharge along the Arabian Gulf. 

    1983-Present                          Possessed excellent knowledge on marine environment and oil pollution aspects.

    Comprehensive experience through participation in several research projects related to the Gulf Water sponsored by National          and International agencies, such agencies include Saudi Aramco, ROPME, IMO, NOAA Tokyo University, MEPA, NCWC, and         UNEP.

     1998                                        Clean-up activities

    Participated as Chairman of H.H. Prince Sultan Committee for Clean-up of Coral Reefs in Jubail, and                 Azizia beach in the Eastern Province.


    1992-1996                               Co-Chair of the Scientific Publication Committee.

    Participated as co-chairman of the Scientific committee at the Research Institute, K.F.U.P.M to                 review scientific papers submitted to various scientific journals.


    1995                                         Effect of pollution and urbanization on mangrove habitats.

    Participated in research project related to the effect of different kinds of pollution as well as land                 reclamation on mangrove habitat along the East Coast of Saudi Arabia, which is sponsored by                 UNEP.


    1995-1997                               NCWC activities related to Marine Sanctuary.

                                                        Participated in research project carried out in the Marine Sanctuary area in Jubail, Saudi Arabia to                                                         study the effect of oil pollution on marine habitats and different organisms.


    1993-1994                                Oceanographic Cruises carried by Tokyo University in Cooperation with ROPME.

                                                        Participated and executed two research projects on productivity of marine organisms and the long                                                         effect of the Gulf War on those organisms.

     1992-1993                                 IMO activities

         Participated as a Co-leader in related to selection of oil polluted  sites and appropriates selection                     of clean-up methods.


    1991-Present                          Aramco sustaining research projects studied the effect of environmental changes and oil                                                        pollution along the East Coast.

                                                        Participated as investigator to execute several research projects related to marine environment of                                                         the Arabian Gulf, sponsored by Saudi Aramco.

    1991-1992                               100-Day Oceanographic Cruise of NOAA Ship Mt. Mitchell in ROPME sea area.

        Participated in two Legs (II, IV) as co-leg leader to execute research projects related to the Arabian                     Gulf environment and study the effect of  1991 Gulf War on the marine environment.


    1991                                           ROPME monitoring programs

        Participated in several studies on fate and distribution of contaminants along the Gulf sponsored by                     ROPME (Regional Organization of Protection of Marine Environment).

1983                                        Investigation of Potential Health Effect of Nowruz Oil


Participated as a member of the marine task force committee

assembled by the Research Institute, K.F.U.P.M based on

request of the Ministry of Agriculture to investigate possible

health effects of oil pollution on fishes and fish stock.





Attain good administrative experience in organizing conferences, workshops, symposiums, and seminars. This includes theme selection, committee distribution, budget allocation, paper revision, speakers scheduling, and allocation of workshop/conference, guest accommodation and compiling publications and other logistic arrangements.


2000-2001                                                             Organized two separate 4-days workshop, and conference in

 K.F.U.P.M on Prepetory  programs, and the First Saudi

 Scientific conference on science.


1998 and 1996                        Organized two separate 2-Day Workshops in Saudi Arabia on Biotechnology and Membrane Separation.


1998                                        Organized a 1-Day Workshop on Catalysis in K.F.U.P.M.

                                                Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


1997                                        Organized a 2-Day Workshop on Marine Pollution in

K.F.U.P.M, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


1996                                                                                Organized a 2-Day Workshop on Water Reuse and Greening of the Desert in K.F.U.P.M, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


1995                                        Organized a 3-Day Conference on the Status of the Marine

                                                Environment and long Effect of Oil Pollution in ROPME Sea

                                                Area in Tokyo, Japan.


1994                                                                                Organized a 5-Day Workshop on Assessment and Remediation of Oil Contaminated Soil in Kuwait.


1993                                                                                Organized a 4-Day Workshop on the Effect of Pollution in

ROPME sea area in Kuwait.







Selected published papers in refereed journals, and books


Al-Thukair, A.A. Effect of Oil Pollution on Euendolithic Cyanobacteria of The Arabian Gulf. Envi.Microbiology. Vol.4 (2002), pp. 125-29.


Al-Thukair, A.A. Euendolithic Microorganisms Found to Bore Calcareous Sediment of the Arabian Gulf. Second International Conference Engineering for Calcareous Sediments. Bahrain, February 21-24, 1999.Vol. 1 (1999), pp. 291-299


Al-Thukair, A.A. and Golubic, S. “Characterization of Hyella caespitosa var. arbuscula var. nov. from shoaling ooid sand grains, Arabian Gulf.” Nova Hedwigia. , Beiheft. Vol. 112  (1996)., pp. 83-91.


Höpner, T., Yousef, M., Berthe-Corti, L, Felzman, H., Struck, H., and Al-Thukair, A. Cyanobacterial mats on Oil Polluted sediments-Start of a Promising Self Remediation Process? In: Amarine Wildlife Sanctuary for the Arabian Gulf. Environmental Research and Conservation Following the 1991 Gulf War Oil Spill. Ed.  Krupp, F. et al National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development Publication. Riyadh and Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt.  85-95. 1996.


Al-Thukair, A.A., Khan, A. M and Al-Hinai, Khatab. “ Monitoring of Coastal line Changes of Tarut Bay, Saudi Arabia Using Satellite Images.” Proceeding of the 2nd Regional Conference, ASCE-SAS, Beirut, Lebanon. (1995), pp. 273-285.


Al-Thukair, A.A. and Golubic, S. “New Euendolithic Cyanobacteria from the Bahama Bank and the Arabian Gulf.  II. Hyella racemus sp.nov. in Shoaling Ooid Sand Grains.” Journal of Phycology. Vol. 30 (1994)., pp. 764-769.


Al-Thukair, A. A., and Al-Hinai, Khattab,. “Preliminary Damage Assessment of algal Mats Sites Located in the Western Gulf Following the 1991 Oil spill.” Journal of. Marine  Pollution Bulletin. Vol. 22 (1993)., pp. 229-38.


Fayad, N. M., S. Illias and Al-Thukair, A. A., Spectrophotometric determination of total phenolic compounds in some species of Arabian Gulf fish.  In Marine Environmental Pollution. Eds. Halwagy, R., Clayton, D., and Bahbehani, M, U.K., Alden Press Ltd. 127-133. 1986.



Computer skills


Excellent knowledge of standard PC programs such as world, excell, office and other  statistical programs including sigma plot, sigma scan. Also good knowledge in other sophisticated statistical analysis and 3D models package programs.     











2002                                        UNESCO Fellowship Bank Program

2000                                        Nominated for the Carlos J. Finly Prize for Microbiology, UNESCO.

1997                                        UNESCO MIRCEN fellowship award in Biotechnology.

1995                                                                                Fulbright Research Award.

1992                                        Regional Organization of Protection of Marine Environment     Scientific Award 1992.

1988                                        Sigma Xi Society research grant.

1986-1991                               Graduate Scholarship, Boston University, Boston, U.S.A.

1983-1991                               Full Scholarship, University of Petroleum and Minerals for

                                                Ph.D degree.





Member of the following scientific associations:


  1. American Association For the Advancement of Science (Member since 1995)
  2. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (Member since 1985)
  3. American Society of Civil Engineers, Saudi Arabia (Member since 1996)
  4. Phycological Society of America (Member since 1988)
  5. International Society for Mangrove Ecosystem ((Member since 1992)
  6. Sigma Xi Society (Member since 1985)

7.      Saudi Arabian Biological Society (Member since 1980)

  1. Air and Waste Management Association, Saudi Arabia Section (Member since 1994)
  2. Saudi Arabia Chemical Society (Member since 1991)