Visiting Scholar

Nisrine Machaka-Houri is an environmentalist who has specialized in Biodiversity Conservation and Management. Her love for nature transformed a hobby into a profession. She got her Post Graduate Diploma in Biodiversity Conservation and Management from the University of London in 2006. She recently completed her PhD from the University of Reading on the Population Ecology and Distribution of Orchis galilaea, an orchid native to the Mediterranean climate of Lebanon.  She has an experience of 14 years in the field of botany and plant identification and published two field guides to the wild flowers of Lebanon. She has attended several trainings in plant identification, photography, IUCN red list assessment, grant writing and other environmental workshops. She has served as a consultant and a team member on projects of biodiversity assessment, environmental impact assessment according to BREEAM standards and Important Plant Areas in Lebanon with IUCN.

Nisrine joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow and will be working with Gracie Benson-Martin on developing a population level approach for understanding evolution and biogeography in Calochortus sp. in California, contributing her knowledge on population ecology and distribution dynamics and developing skills in population genetics and molecular adaptation studies.



Machaka-Houri, N.; Al-Zein, M.S.; Westbury, D. B.; Talhouk, S.N. (2012) Reproductive success of  the rare endemic Orchis galilaea (Orchidaceae) in Lebanon. Turkish Journal of Botany 36 (6): 677 – 682.

Machaka-Houri, N. & Houri, A. (2012) Impact of Global Warming on Eastern Mediterranean High altitude Plant Biodiversity. Environment and Ecology in the Mediterranean Region. Recep Efe, Munir Ozturk and Shahina Ghazanfar, Editors. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp115-124.

Yazbek M., Machaka-Houri N., Al-Zein M.S., Sinno N. and Talhouk S. (2010) Important Plant Areas in Lebanon. IBSAR(AUB)/IUCN.

Houri, A. & Machaka-Houri, N. (2008) Volume 2 of Photographic guide to wild flowers of Lebanon. Beirut, Lebanon.

 Houri, A. & Machaka-Houri, N. (2001) Photographic guide to wild flowers of Lebanon. Beirut, Lebanon.