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Michel Bariche

Department of Biology

Michel Bariche

Primary Office
Office Biology Bldg 105
Extension: 3900

Short Bio

I am a marine biologist, investigating biological invasions occurring in the Mediterranean Sea. I have a broad range of interests and expertise in marine biology, ecology, taxonomy, and conservation. My professional experience includes scientific research, tertiary-level teaching, scientific collections, project management, scientific consultations, and awareness raising activities. I regularly serve as a regional expert for international organizations.
I have completed both my undergraduate and graduate studies in marine sciences in France and earned my MSc from the French National Museum of Natural History and my doctorate from the University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II. I have been affiliated to AUB since 2003.

Research Interests

The opening of the Suez Canal permitted the dramatic invasion of the Mediterranean by marine organisms coming from the Red Sea. These organisms threaten native biodiversity, degrade habitats, affect tourism and damage fisheries. The consequences of this invasion, termed Lessepsian migration, are of primary importance to the entire Mediterranean Sea and may be considered a significant component of global environmental change. In my lab, we study the Lessepsian migration of fish species from different perspectives and using multidisciplinary approaches. More specifically, we investigate the initial introduction, establishment of self-reproducing populations, and spreading of these fishes in the Mediterranean Sea.

Teaching Interests

I have offered several courses related to my field of interest and the needs of the Biology Department. I regularly teach Biol 246 (Marine Biology), Biol 255 (Marine Ecology), Biol 281 (Ichthyology), and Biol 293 (Seminar). I have taught Biol 390S (Environmental Degradation in Marine Ecosystems), Biol 200/290EE (Diversity of Life), and contributed to Biol 315 (Research Techniques) and Biol 256 (Conservation Biology). I have also introduced dozens of undergraduate tutorial projects and supervised and/or guided numerous graduate students in different fields of aquatic sciences and ichthyology.


1998 - 2002 University of the Mediterranean PhD
1997 - 1998 National Museum of Natural History DEA
1995 - 1997 University of Montpellier II Maîtrise

Work Experience

Sep 2017 - Present Professor American University of Beirut
Sep 2008 - Sep 2017 Associate Professor American University of Beirut
Sep 2003 - Sep 2008 Assistant Professor American University of Beirut
Feb 2003 - Jun 2003 lecturer American University of Beirut


French Native or Bilingual
English Professional Working
Arabic Native or Bilingual

Post Graduate Education

2014 - 2015 McGill University Training
2007 IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature Training
2006 Natural History Museum Senckenberg Training
2006 NATO Advanced Study Institute Training
2006 Natural History Museum, London Training