About me (Babak Naimi)...

Currently, I am doing my second postdoc at UTH Zurich, and before that I did my first postdoc at both Imperial College London and University of Copenhagen (to work in Miguel Araújo’s lab). My research interests revolve around Remote Sensing of Ecosystem dynamics, Spatio-temporal Statistics, Spatial Modelling, and the interface between Geo-informatics and environmental science. In particular, I am interested in developing new methods for environmental dynamic modelling under climate change and land use change scenarios to improve their ability for understanding of ecological processes associated with the patterns in biodiversity as well as to deal with the challenges in the methods. I have a keen interest to continuing research on understanding and quantifying uncertainties in ensembles of environmental models while focusing on the application of geo-informatics. I am also interested in using temporal remote sensing for exploring ecosystem stability and spatial resilience and model critical transitions in ecosystems in the face of environmental/climate change.

Another area of my interests is scientific software development (either desktop or web-based) specially using open-source technologies. I always do programming joyfully because it allows me to get a maximum level of understanding of problems, enhance my abilities to deal with problems, and furthermore, I can bring something into being that does not exist.  

Full CV:

Personal details:

Date and place of birth: 24th August 1975

Nationaliy:                     Iranian

E-mail:                           babak.naimi@usys.ethz.ch

Address:                        CHN G73.2, ETH Zurich, Universitätstrasse 22

                                      8092 Zurich, Switzerland



Education & Training:

  • PhD (Spatial ecology and Biogeography: Dealing with error and uncertainty) - 2009-2015

                      Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, The Netherlands

  • PhD (Spatial decision support system for land-use planning) - 2005-2011

                     Department of Environment and Energy, IAU, Tehran, Iran

  • M.Sc. (GIS & Remote Sensing) - 1998-2000

                    Department of Geography, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran

  • B.Sc.  (Natural Resources: Rangeland & Watershed  Management) - 1994-1998

                    Gorgan university of agricultural sciences and natural resources, Gorgan, Iran


Research interest:

  • Spatio-temporal Statistics
  • Spatial Modelling
  • Remote Sensing of Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Spatial Resilience, Critical Transitions
  • Spatial ecology and biogeography; species distribution modelling
  • Global Environmental/Climate Change and its consequence on ecological systems
  • Open-source software development
  • Web-GIS

Grants and Awards:

  • ITC research award for the best scientific paper, 2011
  • Best research presentation award - ITC, 2010
  • Travel grant from International Biogeography Society to attend and give a presentation at Conference, 2011
  • Erasmus Mundus PhD scholarship from European Commission to obtain a PhD degree at ITC, The Netherlands 2008-2012
  • Full PhD scholarship from IAU university to obtain a PhD degree at IAU, Iran 2004-2008
  • Full Scholarship from Science and Technology ministery of Iran to study MSc at Tarbiat Modarres University, Iran, 1998-2000
  • Full Scholarship from Science and Technology ministery of Iran to study BSc at Gorgan University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1994-1998

Work experience:

  • Postdoc Researcher, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2017-Present
  • Postdoc Researcher, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015-2017
  • Research Associate, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, 2013-2015
  • Assistant professor, IAU university, Tehran, Iran - 2011-2013
  • Faculty member, IAU university, Tehran, Iran - 2005-2008
  • Project coordinator & Spatial Analyst, SAP consulting engineers Co. Tehran, Iran - 2001-2005
  • Spatial Analyst, Remote Sensing Consulting Engineers Co., Tehran, Iran - 2000-2001


  • GIS & Remote Sensing software:  ArcGIS, GRASS GIS, SAGA GIS, ENVI, Imagine ERDAS, Idrisi, Ilwis
  • Programming language: R, Python, C++/C, Java script, Visual Basic
  • Database Management System: PostgreSQL, PostGIS, MS SQL Server, MS Access, Esri ArcSDE
  • Web GIS: MapServer, OpenLayers, NodeJs, JavaScript, HTML, Geo django


Refereed Journal Publications:

- Alibakhshi, S., Groen, T.A, Rautiainen, M., Naimi, B. (2017) Remotely sensed early warning signals of a critical transition in a wetland ecosystem. Remote Sensing, 9 (4): 352, doi:10.3390/rs9040352
- Hosseinzadeh, M.S., Qomi, M.F., Naimi, B., Rodder, D., Kazemi, S.M. (2017) Habitat suitability and modelling the potential distribution of Ophiomorus nuchalis (Sauria: Scincidae) on the Iranian Plateau. North-Western Journal of Zoology, In Press

 - Taheri, Sh.,Naimi, B., Araujo, M.B. (2016) Did British breeding birds move north in the late 20th Century?. Climate Change Responses. 3 (5), doi: 10.1186/s40665-016-0020-5

- Naimi, B., Araujo, M.B. (2016), sdm: a reproducible and extensible R framework for species distribution modelling. Ecography 39 (4), 368-375 , doi: 10.1111/ecog.01881 (Cover paper)

Mokhtari, S., Hosseini, S.M, Danehkar, A., Azad, M.T., Kadlec, J., Jolma, A. Naimi, B. (2015) Inferring spatial distribution of oil spill risks from proxies: Case study in the north of the Persian Gulf. Ocean & Coastal Management, 116, 504-511.

- Martnez-Lpez, J.,Martnez-Fernndez, J., Naimi, B., Carreo, M.F., & Esteve, M.A. (2014) An open-source spatio-dynamic wetland model of plant community responses to hydrological pressures. Environmental modelling & Software.In press.

- Madad, Naimi, B., Mehdi, S.A. (2015) A Novel Method to Identify the Global Sources and Sinks of Carbon Dioxide Based on Spatial Analysis. Journal of Geographic Information System. 7 (2), 297-310.

- Salati. S., Ruitenbeek, F.V., var der Meer, F.,Naimi, B. (2014) Detection of Alteration Induced by Onshore Gas Seeps from ASTER and WorldView-2 Data. Remote Sensing. 6(4), 3188-3209.

Naimi, B. Hamm, N.A.S., Groen, T.A., Skidmore, A.K., Toxopeus, A. (2014) Where is positional uncertainty important for species distribution modelling? Ecography, 37 (2), DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00205.x

- Gholamalifard, M., Esmaili-Sari, A., Abkar, A., & Naimi, B. (2013). Bathymetric Modeling from Satellite Imagery via Single Band Algorithm (SBA) and Principal Components Analysis (PCA) in Southern Caspian Sea. International Journal of Environmental Research, 7(4), 877-886.

- Gholamalifard, M., Kutser, T., Esmaili-Sari, A., Abkar, A., & Naimi, B. (2013). Remotely Sensed Empirical Modeling of Bathymetry in the Southeastern Caspian Sea. Remote Sensing, 5(6), 2746-2762.

- Gholamalifard, Mehdi, Esmaili-Sari, A., Abkar, A., Naimi, B. and Tiit Kutser (2013). Influence of vertical distribution of phytoplankton on remote sensing signal of Case II waters: southern Caspian Sea case study. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 7(1): 073550-073550.

- Naimi, B. Voinov, A. (2012) StellaR: A software to translate Stella models into R open-source environment. — Environmental modelling & Software. 38: 117-118

- Naimi, B. Skidmore, A.K., Groen, T.A., Hamm, N.A.S. (2011) Spatial Autocorrelation in Predictors Reduces the Impact of Positional Uncertainty in Occurrence Data on Species Distribution Modelling. — Journal of biogeography. 38: 1497-1509

- Abbaspour,M., Mahiny, A.R., Arjmandy, R., Naimi, B. (2011) Integrated approach for land use suitability analysis. — International Agrophysics. 25: 311-318


Conference Publications & Presentations:

Naimi, B. Hamm, N.A.S., Groen, T.A., Skidmore, A.K., Toxopeus, A. (2013) ELISA: an entropy-based local indicators of spatial assciation. In: Spatial statistics 2013 : Revealing intricacies in spatial and spatio-temporal data with statistics, 4-7 June, 2013, Columbus, Ohio, The USA.

- Naimi, B., Skidmore, A.K., Hamm, N.A.S. and Groen, T.A. (2011) Using local spatial autocorrelation to deal with positional uncertainty of occurence data in species distribution modelling : abstract. In: Spatial statistics 2011 : mapping global change, abstracts for the conference, 23-25 March, 2011, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands / editor A. Stein, , E. Pebesma, , G.B.M. Heuvelink. - Enschede : University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation ITC, 2011. 1 p

- Naimi, B., Skidmore, A.K., Groen, T.A. and Hamm, N.A.S. (2011) Spatial autocorrelation in predictors reduces the impact of positional uncertainty in occurrence data on species distribution modelling : abstract. In: Proceedings of the 5th international conference of the International biogeography Society : The advancement of all studies of the geography of nature, 7-11 January, 2011, Irakleion, Crete, Greece. p. 161

- Naimi, B., Skidmore, A.K., Hamm, N.A.S. & Groen, T.A. (2010) Positional error propagation analysis in  habitat distribution modelling. In: Proceedings of Accuracy 2010 : 9th International symposium on spatial accuracy assessment in natural resources and envionrmental sciences, 20-23 July, 2010, Leicester, United Kingdom. / ed. by, N.J.Tate and P.F. Fisher. Leicester; University of Leicester on behalf of the International Spatial Accuracy Research Association (ISARA), 2010. pp. 409-412

- Naimi, B., Alimohammadi, A., Rahimipouri, H. (2006) Design and Implementation of Geographic Information Systems for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in Iran, 7th international symposium of ICOPMAS, Tehran, Iran

Other Publications:

- Goljani, R., Kaboli, M., Karami, M., Naimi, B., Shabani, A.A. (2010) Fall habitat suitability modelling of central Alborz wild ship (Ovis gmelini X O. vignei) in Jajrood protected complex, Iran, Journal of natural environment (Iranian Journal of Natural Resources), 63(2):173-186.

- Davar, L., Daneh Kar, A., Riazi, B., Mahiny, A.S., Naimi, B., (2010) Comparison effectiveness of NOAA and IMO methods for identification of environmentally sensitive coastal areas in Sistan and Balochestan Province, Journal of Environmental Sciences and Technology, 12(1): 113-136

- Mahiny, A.S., Riazi, B., Naimi, B., Kafaki, S.B., Larijani, A.J. (2009) Evaluation of ecotourism potential in Behshahr using a multi-criteria evluation method and GIS, Journal of Environmental Sciences and Technology, 11(1): 187-198

Naimi, B., Alimohammadi, A., (2000) Modelling spatial distribution of floristic biodiversity using landsat TM satellite images (case study: Golestan National Park, Iran), Tarbiat modarres University, Tehran, Iran