Dr Ibrahim Ali is a Director of Research Department of Somali Natural Recourses Research Center (SONRREC). He has done his first degree in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Gedarif University, Sudan. He has then pursued his post-graduate studies in Khartoum, where he earned a master’s degree in 2012.Ibrahim then studied in the Division of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham, completing a PhD in soil sciences (2015-2020).Ibrahim has been a passionate researcher in environmental soil chemistry for more than 10 years. He is also an experienced Lecturer at different Universities in Mogadishu such as the Somali National University and Benadir University. Ibrahim has supervised more than 10 thesis topics conducted by Agricultural and environmental young scientists.
Ibrahim has expertise in the field of geochemistry of stable and radioactive isotope tracers (e.g., 77Se and 129I) to help understand selenium and iodine movement into soil and water systems. His research focuses on investigating the mechanics that control trace nutrients (e.g., selenium and iodine) in soil-plant-human systems. His research explores, for the first time, selenium and iodine status in Somali Agricultural soils, crops, irrigation water and drinking water. Selenium and iodine deficiencies are global public health problems, with the greatest burden occurring in low and middle-income countries. Ibrahim’s research has direct relevance to Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Another aspect of his research is to establish the importance of calcareous and calcium sulphate phases in controlling selenium availability to crops in high pH soils.
Ibrahim has received numerous honors and awards such as the IDB M.Sc. scholarship [reference number: SO/2010/004] and the IDB and University of Nottingham PhD Research Fellowship . Ibrahim is an active member of numerous scientific committees and societies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), Royal Society of Statistics (RSS), British Soil Sciences Society (BSSS) and Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH) early career researchers (ECRs). Currently, Ibrahim is working with a multi-organizations project to investigate the potential of bio fortification to reduce zinc and iron deficiencies in Pakistan (Funded Value: £1,676,210; Funded Period:Apr 19 – Mar 22; Funder:BBSRC).