Senior Research Scientist
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Aftab Alam, completed his masters (MSc; MPhil) and PhD in degrees in Zoology, specializing in Aquaculture and Fisheries. Currently he is Vice President-Agriculture R&D at Edenworks Inc. USA, previously he worked as Senior Research Scientist (2013- 2015) in the Center for Desert Agriculture (CDA), Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. Prior to that he was a Scientific Specialist at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) from 1998. Dr. Aftab Alam, designed and helped installation and operation of Integrated Marine Aquaculture System each at the Jeddah Fisheries Research Center of the Ministry of Agriculture of Saudi Arabia and at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dr. Aftab Alam, was investigator for seven KACST funded research projects. He is the co-inventor of four patent-pending technologies in the field and has published more than 25 refereed papers in high impact journals such as J. World Aquaculture Society, Aquacultural Engineering, Journal of Applied Aquaculture and Reviews in Aquaculture during his 22 years of career in research and development and Dr. Aftab Alam, reviewed a research proposal submitted to COST (European Co-operation in the Field of Science and Technology), Switzerland at the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) entitled, “Modelling of nutrient flows in a microbially-characterized splitroot aquaponic system”.
Aquaponics (Integrated Agriculture-Aquaculture) and Recirculating Aquaculture Systems • Integrated Marine Aquaculture of seaweeds with shrimp/fish • Aquaculture nutrition • Mass cultivation of Microalgae • Biosafety assessment of genetically modified crops in animal diets
1. Yousef S. Al-Hafedh, Aftab Alam and Alejandro H. Buschmann 2014. Bioremediation potential, growth and biomass yield of the green seaweed, Ulva lactuca in an integrated marine aquaculture system at the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia at different stocking densities and effluent flow rates. Reviews in Aquaculture. 6: 1-11. doi: 10.1111/raq.12060 2. Yousef S. Al-Hafedh and Aftab Alam 2013. Replacement of fish meal by single cell protein derived from two species of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida utilis), grown over the date (Phoenix dactylifera) industry waste, in the diet of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) fingerlings. J. Appl. Aquaculture. 25: 346-358. 3. Yousef S. Al-Hafedh, Aftab Alam, Alejandro H. Buschmann and Kevin M. Fitzsimmons 2012. Experiments on an integrated aquaculture system (seaweeds and marine fish) at the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia: efficiency comparison of two local seaweed species for nutrient biofiltration and production. Reviews in Aquaculture. 4: 21-31. 4. Yousef S. Al-Hafedh, Aftab Alam and M. S. Beltagi 2008. Food production and water conservation in a recirculating aquaponic system in Saudi Arabia at different ratios of fish feed to plants. J. World Aquaculture Society. 39: 510-520. 5. Yousef S. Al-Hafedh and Aftab Alam 2007. Design and performance of an indigenous water recirculating aquaculture system for intensive production of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus (L.), in Saudi Arabia. International J. Recirculating Aquaculture. 8: 1-19. 6. Aftab Alam and Yousef S. Al-Hafedh 2006. Diurnal dynamics of water quality parameters in an aquaculture system based on recirculating greenwater technology. J. Appl. Sci. Env. Mgt. 10: 19-21. 7. Yousef S. Al-Hafedh and Aftab Alam 2006. Recirculating aquaculture in Saudi Arabia: aquaponics and greenwater. Proc. 6th International Conferences on Recirculating Aquaculture, Roanoke, Virginia, USA. Pp. 440-447. 8. Yousef S. Al-Hafedh and Aftab Alam 2005. Operation of a water recirculating greenwater system for the semi-intensive culture of mixed sex and all male Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). J. Appl. Aquaculture. 17: 47-59. 9. Yousef S. Al-Hafedh, Aftab Alam and M. Afaque Alam 2003. Performance of plastic biofilter materials with different configuration in a water recirculation system for the culture of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Aquacultural Engineering 29: 139-154