My previous training was in agricultural science, specializing in animal production. After I finished my master’s degree, I worked for two years in poultry production, and then I moved to the Ministry of Agriculture in Lebanon, where I spent three years in the forestry department, and eight years in the animal resources department, working as an animal nutrition consultant. During all these years, I developed expertise and passion in livestock production, and a special interest in goats for both milk and meat production. I also had an increasing passion for wildlife, and issues related to biodiversity and sustainability. After coming to Australia in 2008, I worked for some time in RSPCA Australia, managing their Approved Farming Scheme, where my acquired awareness of animal welfare issues added to my previous interests. All this lead me to doing a degree in forestry, after which I started my PhD, which is a combination of my original knowledge in livestock production, notably in goats, and my interest in agroforestry, particularly the different positive effects of trees on livestock productivity and welfare, and on sustainability of animal farming.
- Graduate Certificate in Forestry, 2010. Australian National University, Fenner school of Environment and Society.
- M.Sc. in Animal Science, 1995. American University of Beirut, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.
- B.Sc. in Agriculture and Diploma of Agricultural Engineer, 1994. American University of Beirut, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
- Australian Postgraduate Award for PhD studies 2011
- Meat & Livestock Australia Postgraduate Scholarship 2011
- Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology
- The Australian Rangeland Society
- El Hassan M., 2010. The importance and benefits of shelterbelts for grazing livestock: a review. Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Independent Research Project Paper (Unpublished).
- El Hassan M., 2010. Goat meat production: an alternative industry in the Australian rangelands - Characteristics, prospects and challenges. Australian National University, Fenner School of Environment and Society, Special Topic Paper (Unpublished).
- El Hassan M., 1995. Nutritive quality and availability of Lebanese rangelands for grazing sheep and goats. American University of Beirut, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. M.Sc. thesis (Unpublished).
ENVS3004: Land and Catchment Management (tutor/demonstrator)(2012-2017)
ENVS1006: The Blue Planet (demonstrator)(2017)
ENVS4001: Honours Thesis (reviewer)(2017)
ENVS1003: Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (demonstrator)(2014)