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Mazin Qumsiyeh

Influential environmental and social activist

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Date of Birth:



Beit Sahour, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Mazin Qumsiyeh is renowned for his significant contributions to environmental and biodiversity research in Palestine, and for his activism in social and environmental causes. His work has had a substantial impact on the understanding and conservation of Palestine's natural world.

Brief bio

Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian scientist, author, and professor known for his extensive work in biodiversity and environmental sustainability. He is the founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University. He has been instrumental in promoting environmental education and conservation in Palestine.

Major Milestones


  • Academic Career in the USA: Served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities.

  • Return to Palestine (2008): Moved back to Palestine and started several institutions, including a clinical genetics laboratory.

  • Establishment of PMNH and PIBS: Founded the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability.

  • Publication of Notable Works: Authored several books, including “Mammals of the Holy Land” and “Popular Resistance in Palestine.”

  • International Lectures: Delivered talks in 45 different countries on a range of topics from biodiversity to human rights.

  • Research in Biodiversity: Published over 130 scientific papers on biodiversity and related topics.

  • Promotion of Environmental Education: His institutions have become centers for environmental education in Palestine.

  • Conservation Efforts: Contributed significantly to the conservation of Palestine's natural environment.

  • Social and Environmental Activism: Active in promoting social and environmental causes, influencing many.

  • Empowering Young People: Focused on empowering young people to work on social and environmental causes.

Date of Last Update: 
January 16, 2024

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