Department of Range and Watershed Management

The aim of the bachelor’s program for the Range and Watershed Management, established in 2005, is to train experts capable of managing range and watershed areas in Iran and overseas. This is due to the country’s increasing need for protein resources. Moreover, since the economic conditions of villagers and nomads are in direct relation to rangelands, we need experts who will be able to use local experiences as well as scientific findings and modern technologies to manage the country’s rangelands. They should also be able to take the principles of sustainable development into consideration, to protect major soil and water resources, and to manage the improvement of forage production and multiple uses of rangelands. Furthermore, events such as destructive floods and sever soil erosion which are the results of misuse of resources require systematic and comprehensive management of available local resources.

The close interaction of students with natural environments is one of the outstanding characteristics and attractions of this field. During their studies, students will visit mountains, deserts and semi-desert areas in and out of the Khorasan Province. Students of Rangeland and Watershed Management receive necessary education in relation to the principles of soil and water protection. After graduation they will be able to do managerial and executive projects in watershed areas, prevention of floods and soil erosion. Local offices of natural resources, forestry and rangeland organizations, research institutions, universities and consulting engineering companies are among those institutions which can recruit and benefit from the graduates of Range and Watershed Management program. More

Head of the Department of Range and Watershed Management
Abolfazl Mosaedi
Department of Range and Watershed Management

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Range and Watershed Management
Areas Bachelor's Master's Ph.D
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Academic staff

Mahmood Azari
Assistant Professor
Mohammad Taghi Dastorani
Mohammad Farzam
Ali Golkarian
Assistant Professor
Mahdi Kolahi
Assistant Professor
Kamal Naseri
Associate Professor


Recent journal articles

Sharif Joorabian Shooshtari, Kamran Shayesteh, Mehdi Gholamalifard, Azari, M., & J.i.lopez-moreno (2018). Land cover change modelling in Hyrcanian forests, northern Iran: a landscape pattern and transformation analysis perspective. Cuadernos de Investigacion Geografica, 44 (2), 743-761.
Mohammad Ghabaei Sough, Hamid Zare Abyaneh, & Mosaedi, A. (2018). Assessing a Multivariate Approach Based on Scalogram Analysis for Agricultural Drought Monitoring. Water Resources Management, 32 (10), 3423-3440.
M. Eshghizadeh, A. Talebi, & Dastorani, M. (2018). A Modified LAPSUS Model to Enhance the Effective Rainfall Estimation by SCS-CN Method. Water Resources Management, 32 (10), 1-17.
Heiari, A., Kolahi, M., Behravesh, N., Ghorbaniyoun, M., Ehsanmanesh, F., Hashemalhosaini, N., & Zanganeh Ghasem Abade, F. (2018). Youth and sustainable waste management: a SEM approach and extended theory of planned behavior. Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management, 20 (4), 2041-2053.
M. Eshghizadeh, A. Talebi, & Dastorani, M. (2018). Thresholds of land cover to control runoff and soil loss. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 63 (9), 1424-1434.
Mousazadeh, H., Mahmudy Gharaie, M., Mosaedi, A., & Moussavi Harami, S. (2018). Hydrochemical assessment of surface and ground waters used for drinking and irrigation in Kardeh Dam Basin (NE Iran). Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 0 (0), 0-0.
Dastorani, M., J. Mahjoobi, A. Talebi, & F. Fakhar (2018). Application of Machine Learning Approaches in Rainfall-Runoff Modeling (Case Study: Zayandeh_Rood Basin in Iran). Civil Engineering Infrastructures Journal, 51 (2), 293-310.
Samari, E., Farzam, M., & Abrishamchi, P. (2018). Responses of Two Rangeland Noxious Plants Species to a Seasonal Drought. Ecopersia, 6 (4), 215-223.
Golkarian, A., Seyed Amir Naghibi, Bahareh Kalantar, & Biswajeet Pradhan (2018). Groundwater potential mapping using C5.0, random forest, and multivariate adaptive regression spline models in GIS. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 190 (149), 1-16.
Golkarian, A., & Omid Rahmati (2018). Use of a maximum entropy model to identify the key factors that influence groundwater availability on the Gonabad Plain, Iran. Environmental Earth Sciences, 77 (369), 1-20.
Reyhane Azimi, Farzam, M., Mohammad Pessaraklic, & Mohammad Kia Kianiand (2018). Mycorrhiza inoculation effects on seedling establishment, survival and morphological properties of Ziziphora clinopodioides Lam.. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 41 (20), 2692-2704.
Boskabadi, Z., Naseri, K., & Mansour Mesdaghi (2018). Effects of Time and Frequency of Clipping on Production and Regrowth of Agropyron trichophorum -Link- Richt in Emam Gholi Summer Rangelands, Ghochan, Iran. Journal of Rangeland Science, 8 (4), 394-402.

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Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Range and Watershed Management

Phone: +985138804774-5464