Nizar Ibrahim

Nizar Ibrahim

Visiting Scholar

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Contact Info:
Campus: Other Campus/Location
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Areas of expertise:
Vertebrate paleontology, morphology and evolution
Comparative anatomy
Mesozoic chronostratigraphy


  • Postdoctoral experience in anatomy and bioinformatics, University of Chicago
  • Ph.D. in Paleontology, University College Dublin
  • Joint B.Sc. Degree in Geology and Biology, University of Bristol


Ibrahim on Sahara fossil-hunting expedition with Detroit Mercy students
Ibrahim, second from left, on Sahara fossil-hunting expedition with Detroit Mercy students in 2019 (see links below for background).

Ibrahim is a vertebrate paleontologist and comparative anatomist, with a background in the bio- and geosciences, a Ph.D. in vertebrate paleontology from Ireland's leading medical school, and extensive research and teaching experience. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Biology and teaches courses in anatomy and evolution. Ibrahim is also a research associate with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and a visiting researcher with the University of Portsmouth (UK). His current research interests include vertebrate morphology and evolution, Mesozoic chronostratigraphy, and bioinformatics.

Over the last decade, Ibrahim has led several paleontological expeditions to Africa's Sahara desert, in search of some of the most enigmatic fossil assemblages. This work has been featured in major publications including Science, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, and many others.

Ibrahim is passionate about the public understanding of science. Over the last decade, he has reached millions of people around the globe, using a multitude of formats, including high-profile speaking tours, exhibits, educational videos, and books. He is also a speaker with the renowned National Geographic speakers bureau, reaching large audiences across North America.

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