(Online & In-person Lecture) “Geology and Fossils from Jordan” by Abdalla Abu Hamad and Ikhlas Alhejoj—8 May 2023

Lecture announcement: Geology and Fossils from Jordan, by Abdallah Abu Hamad and Ikhlas Alhejoj, Monday, May 8, 2023, 6 p.m. at ACOR in Amman, Jordan, and on Zoom

Monday, May 8, 2023
Location: ACOR (Amman, Jordan; GMT + 3) and Zoom
6:00 p.m. (Amman)

This lecture will shed light on Jordan’s geology, including the different lithofacies (observable components) of exposed rock sequences and the ages of these rocks. Moreover, it will look at some economically important deposits. Theories of the Jordan rift formation will be explained, and the structural position of Jordan as part of the Arabian plate will be demonstrated. Seismological data related to later earthquakes in the region will be discussed. 

Some interesting vertebrate fossils from Jordan will be shown, focusing on footprints of Upper Cretaceous dinosaurs. The lecture will also feature invertebrates and other fossils, notably of Permian plants in the Umm Irna Formation. 

The lecturers will be pleased to answer questions after the presentation.

English/Arabic translation will be available for both in-person and remote attendees.

The lecture may be attended in person or via Zoom.

Please click the link below at the time of the lecture to join us remotely:

Passcode: 741413

About the speakers:

Abdalla Abu Hamad is a professor in the Department of Geology of the University of Jordan. He earned his PhD in paleontology/geology in 2004 from Hamburg University and the University of Muenster in Germany. His research interests focus on Permian paleobotany and paleo-wildfires to understand the impact of fire on Late Paleozoic paleoenvironments. He has published several papers, books, and a book chapter, and he organized the 14th International Permo-Triassic Workshop, held in Jordan in March 2017.

Ikhlas Alhejoj is an associate professor at the Department of Geology of the University of Jordan. She gained her PhD in Paleontology/Geology in 2013 from the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Karlsruhe University of Technology (KIT), Germany. Her research interests focus on Quaternary paleo lake deposits as applied to to paleoclimate and paleo environment studies and also on deformation meso-structures and their formation mechanisms. She is further interested in the use of floral and faunal species as bio indicators of environmental conditions. She has published several papers, books, and book chapters and has presented research papers at international and national conferences. She is a member of the European Society for Deformation Mechanisms, Rheology, and Tectonics, the Jordanian Geologists Association, the Scientific and Technical Research Association, and the Association of Jordanian Women Academics.

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