Nisrine Machaka-Houri

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Personal information

University Lecturer, Researcher, Consultant, and Expert

Contact information (private)

Burj Abi Haidar, Jaroudy Street, Arige Bldg.
Postal code: 
2047 2801
Mobile phone: 
961 3 439734
Personal email address:


Doctorate degree, Biodiversity Conservation and Management, 2009-2013, University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Postgraduate diploma, Biodiversity Conservation and Management, 2001-2006, University of London, United Kingdom.
Bachelor's degree (with distinction), Interior Design, 1997-2001, Lebanese American University, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Biodiversity Conservation
Environmental Science

Work history

Instructor, January 2015, Saint Joseph University.

Environmental Consultant, March 2015-June 2015, Earth Link and Advanced Resources Development (ELARD).

Environmental Consultant, 2010-2012, Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut (AUB NCC).

Website Coordinator and Environmental Consultant, January 2003-December 2003, Green Line NGO.

Honorary office and memberships

Member of the Society for Conservation Biology, 2013-present.

Commission Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC), Freshwater Plant Specialist Group, 2013-2016.

Commission Member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC), Medicinal Plant Specialist Group, 2013-2016.


Publications highlights: 
  • Machaka-Houri, N. (2014). Wild flowers of Lebanon with special focus on key biodiversity areas. Beirut: Author.
  • Machaka-Houri, N. (2012). Reproductive success of the rare endemic orchis galilaea (orchidaceae) in Lebanon. Turkish Journal of Botany, 36 (6), 677-682.
  • Machaka-Houri, N. (2012). Impact of global warming on Eastern Mediterranean high altitude plan biodiversity. In R., Efe, M., Ozturk, & S., Ghazanfar (Eds.), Environment and ecology in the Mediterranean region (115-124). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Machaka-Houri, N. (2008). Photographic guide to wild flowers of Lebanon (Vol. 2). Beirut: Author.
  • Machaka-Houri, N. (2001). Photographic guide to wild flowers of Lebanon. Beirut: Author.
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Speaker on "Biodiversity of Lebanon: 16 Years of Exploration and Conservation" at the University and Jepson Herbaria of the University of California, Berkeley, 2013.
  • Speaker on the "Use of GIS for the Protection and Management of Endangered Coastal Plant Species" at the Arab and Mediterranean Regional Conference on Environmental Resources Monitoring and Management, Beirut, Lebanon, 2013.
  • Speaker on "A Preliminary Assessment of the Conservation Status of the Genus Orchis (Orchidaceae) in Lebanon with Emphasis on the Biology of Orchis anatolica, O. galilaea, and O.syriaca at the International Symposium on Biology of Rare and Endemic Plant Species, Fethiye, Turkey, 2010.
  • Speaker on "Biodiversity Conservation in Lebanon: Case study on Orchids" at the First International Seminar of the Network of Botanic Gardens of the Mediterranean and the Middle East: The Andalusi Experience: An Example of Biodiversity Conservation, Granada, Spain, 2009.
  • Speaker on "Biodiversity study presentation as a user-friendly method for the protection of Lebanese environment: The Role of Field Guides", at the 15th Science Meeting: Science in the 21st Century, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2008.

Awards and Distinctions

She was selected honoree of the "Women in Science Hall of Fame" by the U.S. Department of State for her accomplishments and efforts to serve as a role model for women and girls pursuing science education and careers, 2015.

She received the "Women's Innovations in Science and Entrepreneurship (WISE)" Award by the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon for her outstanding performance in science and promising potential, 2015.

She received the Heckard Endowment Fund by The University and Jepson Herbaria of the University of California, Berkeley, for conducting research on the systematics of California's vascular plants, 2014.