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Garabet Kazanjian
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Assistant Professor at AUA, Aquatic Ecology Researcher at the Acopian Center for the Environment. PhD in Limnology [Humboldt University of Berlin]. MSc in Marine Ecology [AUB]
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Assistant Professor
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
060 61 2691
307W PAB

ENV 101 - Introduction to Environmental Sciences
ENV 203 - Environmental Monitoring
ENV 230 - Water

Freshwater ecology (water quality, primary production, nutrient and carbon balances)
Climate change impacts and adaptation plans
Remote sensing
Environmental Policy

My view: (Please briefly describe your view on the three concepts below)

“Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.” G.K. [not me!] Chesterton
A previous supervisor of mine used to say "If we knew what we are doing, it wouldn't be called research". I suppose a researcher could be seen as a Faustian figure trapped in a Sisyphean act.
Reach out!

Short Bio:

Garabet Kazanjian is an Assistant Professor at the American University of Armenia. He joined the university in 2020 and in 2022 he received the AUA Faculty Research Initiation Award.
Previously, Dr. Kazanjian has worked as a researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin, Germany, as a guest researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), and as an Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace.
Dr Kazanjian received his PhD in Limnology from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and his MSc in Marine Ecology from the American University of Beirut. He is interested in all things water, biodiversity and environmental sustainability.


Kazanjian G., S. Brothers, J. Köhler, & S. Hilt (2021) Incomplete recovery of a shallow lake from a natural browning event. Freshwater Biology 66(6). doi: 10.1111/fwb.13701
Frenken T., Brussaard C.P.D., Velthuis M., Aben R., Kazanjian G., et al. (2020) Warming advances virus population dynamics in a temperate freshwater plankton community. L&O Letters doi: 10.1002/lol2.10160.
Kazanjian G. (2019) Primary production in shallow aquatic ecosystems amid a rapidly changing world. Doctoral dissertation. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Biology.
Kazanjian G., Velthuis M., Aben R., Stephan S., Frenken T., Peeters E., Touwen J., Kosten S., Van de Waal D.B., Van Donk E. & Hilt S. (2018) Impacts of warming on top-down and bottom-up controls of periphyton production. Scientific Reports, 8:9901. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-26348-x
Kazanjian G., Flury S., Attermeyer K., Kalettka T., Kleeberg A., Premke K., Köhler J. & Hilt S. (2018) Primary production in nutrient-rich kettle holes with differing plant communities and consequences for nutrient and carbon cycling. Hydrobiologia. 806, 77–93 (2018). doi:10.1007/s10750-017-3337-6
Aben R., Barros N., van Donk E., Frenken T., Hilt S., Kazanjian G., Lamers L., Peeters E., Roelofs J., de Senerpont Domis L.N., Stephan S., Velthuis M., van de Waal D.B. & Kosten S. (2017) Cross continental increase in methane ebullition under climate change. Nature Communications.
Brothers S., Kazanjian G., Köhler J., Scharfenberger U. & Hilt S. (2017). Convective mixing and high littoral production established systematic errors in the diel oxygen curves of a shallow, eutrophic lake. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods.
Velthuis, M., de Senerpont Domis, L. N., Frenken, T., Stephan, S., Kazanjian, G., Aben, R., ... Van de Waal, D. B. (2017). Warming advances top-down control and reduces producer biomass in a freshwater plankton community. Ecosphere, 8(1), e01651.
Velthuis, M., Kosten S., Aben R., Kazanjian G., Hilt S., Peeters E. T. H. M., van Donk E., & Bakker, E. S. (2018). Warming enhances sedimentation and decomposition of organic carbon in shallow macrophyte-dominated systems with zero net effect on carbon burial. Global Change Biology 1–12,
Arab A., Kazanjian G. & Bariche M. (2015). Biological traits suggest a niche overlap between two grapsid crabs sharing the rocky intertidal of the eastern Mediterranean. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 95(8), 1685-1692
Bariche M., Kazanjian G. & Azzurro E. (2013). A lag of 25 years: Evidence from an old capture of Fistularia commersonii Rüppell, 1838 from Lebanon (Mediterranean Sea). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 30, 535-536.
Kazanjian G. (2012) Juvenile pelagic fish assemblages in the coastal waters of Lebanon: diversity, biological characteristics, and landings. Masters of Science Dissertation. American University of Beirut. Department of Biology. American University of Beirut Press.

Kazanjian, G. (2017) High Primary Production In Shallow Waters. Science Trends.
Bariche M., Kazanjian G. (2010). Marine Reserve Network for the Lebanese Waters. Technical Report. Greenpeace Mediterranean, Beirut, Lebanon