Prof. Nizar Abu Jaber
PHONE: +962 6 4294444 Ext. 4313

Educational Background

North Carolina State University: Marine/ Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Geochemistry).
North Carolina State University: Marine/Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Geology).
University of Jordan, Amman: Geology and Mineralogy
Research Interests

My research interests include geochemistry of groundwater in Jordan. I am particularly involved in the use of hydrogeochemistry in the resolution of issues such as water origin, age and movement. I am also interested in the chemical nature and evolution of brines, particularly in the Dead Sea. I also study heritage (both natural and cultural) from a geological perspective. This includes geoarchaeology and Quaternary geology, particularly the use of geological and archaeological data for climate reconstruction in the region. In addition, I am interested in the study of archaeological materials (stone, pottery, mortar and glass) with the intent of determining provenance and production technology of these materials. 

  • Professor, 2008-now, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (previously Water and Environmental Engineering), German Jordanian University. Seconded from Yarmouk University until 2011.
  • Director, 2013-now, Center for the Study of Natural and Cultural Heritage, German Jordanian University. Interim director from 2011-2013. Center won the second place of the 2015 El Hassan Bin Talal Award for Scientific Excellence. It was also recognized at the GJU 5th annual Evening of Excellence Award (2015). Founder.
  • Director, January to October 2015, Consultation and Training Center, German Jordanian University.
  • Part-time lecturer, Yarmouk University, First and second semesters, 2013-2014 academic year.Teaching MSc. courses at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • Dean of Scientific Research, 2009-2012; Dean of Graduate Studies, 2008-2009 and Acting Dean of Scientific Research, 2008-2009, at the German Jordanian University
  • Professor, 2003-2011; Associate professor, 1997-2003; Assistant professor, 1993-1997; Lecturer 1991-1993, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Yarmouk University.

Selected Publications

2023 Alqudah, M., Abu-Jaber, N., Al-Rawabdeh, A., Al-Tamimi, M.,"Paleoenvironmental study of the Late Cretaceous-Eocene Tethyan Sea associated with phosphorite deposits in Jordan",Applied Sciences,13: 1568,2023 [View]
2023 Abu-Jaber, N.,"The hydrochemical implications of the fossilized sandstone aquifer at Wadi Al-Kaniseh, Jordan",Carbonates and Evaporites,38:33,2023 [View]
2023 AlRayyan, K., Hamarneh, C. , and Abu-Jaber, N.,"Fortified in time: An Adaptive reuse of Wadi Rum Fort",Cultural Heritage: at the intersection of the humanities and the sciences (H. Hayajneh, ed.),Chapter 42, p. 621-636, LIT Verlag,2023 [View]
2022 Al Khasawneh, S, Abu-Jaber, N, Hamarneh, C, Murray, A,"Age determination of runoff terrace systems in Petra, Jordan, using rock surface luminescence dating",Archaeol Anthropol Sci 14,48,2022 [View]
2022 Hamarneh, C., Abu-Jaber, N., Joudeh, S., Al Rawabdeh, A., Abdelal, Q., Al Qudah, K,"Nabatean flood control system of Wadi Hremiyyeh, Petra restoring and learning from the past",Near Eastern Archaeology,85 (3): 220-227,2022 [View]
2022 Abu-Jaber, Nizar, Catreena Hamarneh, Mohammad Al Farajat, Abdulla Al-Rawabdeh, Sahar al Khasawneh,"Historic Management of the Dynamic Landscape in the Surroundings of Petra, Jordan",Jordan Journal for Earth and Environmental Sciences,13(4): 232-241,2022 [View]
2021 El-Hasan, T., Harfouche, M., Aldrabee, A., Abdelhadi, N., Abu-Jaber, N., and Aquilanti, G.,"Synchrotron XANES and EXAFS evidences for Cr+6 and V+5 reduction within the oil shale ashes through mixing with natural additives and hydration process",Heliyon,Volume 7, Issue 4, e06769,2021 [View]
2021 Abdelal, Q, Al-Rawabdeh, A, Al Qudah, K., Hamarneh, C, Abu-Jaber, N,"Hydrological assessment and management implications for the ancient Nabataean flood control system in Petra, Jordan", J. Hydrol,601: 126583,2021 [View]
2020 Nizar Abu-Jaber, Sahar Al Khasawneh, Mohammad Alqudah, Catreena Hamarneh, Abdulla Al-Rawabdeh, Andrew Murray,"Lake Elji and a geological perspective on the evolution of Petra, Jordan",Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology ,557 (2020) 109904,2020 [View]
2020 Al-Bashaireh, K, Weber-Karyotakis T.M., Abu-Jaber, N. , Lepaon, T.,"Marble Sculptures from the Great Eastern Baths of Gerasa (Jordan): The Sources of the Marbles",Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research,384: 21-43,2020 [View]
2020 Abu-Jaber, N., Rambeau, C., Hamarneh, C., Lucke, B., Inglis, R., Alqudah, M.,"Development, distribution and palaeoenvironmental significance of terrestrial carbonates in the Petra region, southern Jordan",Quaternary International,545 (C): 3-16,2020 [View]
2019 Jones, M.D., Abu-Jaber, N., AlShdaifat, A., Baird, D., Cook, B.I., Cuthbert, M.O., Dean, J.R., Djamali, M., Eastwood, W., Fleitmann, D., Haywood, A., Kwiecien, O., Larsen, J., Maher, LA., Metcalfe, SE., Parker, A., Petrie, CA., Primmer, N., Richter, T., Roberts, N., Roe, J., Tindall, JC., Unal-Imer, E. and Weeks, L.,"20,000 years of societal vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in southwest Asia",Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water,6(2): e1330 ,2019 [View]
2019 Lucke, B., Roskin, J., Vanselow, K., Bruins, H.J., Abu-Jaber, N., Deckers, K., Lindauer, S., Porat, N., Reimer, P.J., Bäumler, R. , Erickson-Gini, T.,"Character, Rates, and Environmental Significance of Holocene Dust Accumulation in Archaeological Hilltop Ruins in the Southern Levant",Geosciences 9:190,2019 [View]
2019 AlRayyan, K., Hamarneh, C., Sukkar, H., Ghaith, A. , Abu-Jaber, N.,"From abandoned mines to a labyrinth of knowledge: A conceptual design for a geo-heritage park museum in Jordan",Geoheritage 11(2): 257-270,2019 [View]
2019 El-Hasan, T., Abu-Jaber, N., Abdelhadi, N.,"Hazardous toxic element mobility in burned oil shale ash, and attempts to attain short- and long-term solidification",Oil Shale,36(2S): 226-249.,2019 [View]
2019 El-Hasan, T., and Abu-Jaber, N.,"Geochemistry, mineralogy and origin of the shallow water sediments collected along the eastern shore of the northern part of the Dead Sea",Carbonates and Evaporites,34 (3): 975-985 (2019). ,2019 [View]
2019 Awawdeh, M., Jaradat, R., al Qudah, K., Abu-Jaber, N., Awawdeh, M.,"A GIS-based Hydrogeological and Geophysical Study for the Analysis of Potential Water Infiltration in the Upper Yarmouk River Basin, North Jordan",ordan Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences,J 10(3): 136-144,2019 [View]
2019 Lucke, B., Sandler, A., Vanselow, K.A., Bruins, H.J., Abu-Jaber, N., Bäumler, R., Porat, N., Kouki, P.,"Composition of Modern Dust and Holocene Aeolian Sediments in Archaeological Structures of the Southern Levant",Atmosphere 10: 762,2019 [View]
2018 Vogiatzakis, I.N., Terkenli, T.S., Trovato, M.G., Abu-Jaber, N.,"Landscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean between the Future and the Past",Land: 2018, 7(4), 160,2018 [View]
2017 Hamarneh, C., Abu-Jaber, N.,"Mosaic pavement mortar production in Gerasa in the Byzantine period",Archaeological Research in Asia,9:22-33,2017 [View]
2017 Abu-Jaber, N,"Mopping up leaking carbon: A natural analog at Wadi Namaleh, Jordan",Chemie der Erde-Geochemistry,77:267-279,2017 [View]
2017 Odeh, T., Boulad, N., Abed, O., Abu Yahya, A., Khrias, N., Abu-Jaber, N.,"The influence of geology on landscape typology in Jordan: Theoretical understanding and planning implications",Land 6(3): 51,2017 [View]
2016 Abu-Jaber, N., El-Naser, H.,"Geology and hydrochemistry of the deep sandstone aquifers of Jordan",Environmental Earth Sciences,75: 875, 2016,2016 [View]
2016 Khaldoon Al Qudah, Qasem Abdelal, Catreena Hamarneh, Nizar Abu-Jaber,"Taming the torrents: The hydrological impacts of ancient terracing practices in Jordan",Journal of Hydrology,Volume 542, Pages 913–922,2016 [View]
2015 N. Abu Jaber, Y. Abunnasr, A. Abu Yahya, N. Boulad , O. Christou, G. Dimitropoulos, T. Dimopoulos, K. Gkoltsiou, N. Khreis , P. Manolaki, K. Michael, T. Odeh, A. Papatheodoulou, A. Sorotou, S. Sinno, O. Suliman, N. Symons, T. Terkenli, Vassilis Trigkas , M.G. Trovato, M. Victora , M. Zomeni, I. N. Vogiatzakis,"Travelling in the eastern Mediterranean with landscape character assessment",SPIE Proceedings,Proc. SPIE 9535, Third International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2015), 953505 (June 19, 2015); doi:10.1117/12.2192727,2015 [View]
2015 Al Qudah, K., Abu-Jaber, N., Jaradat, R. , Awawdeh, M.,"Artificial rainfall tests, soil moisture profiles and geoelectrical investigations for the estimation of recharge rates in a semi-arid area",(Jordanian Yarmouk River Basin),Environmental Earth Sciences,Sciences 73:6677-6689,2015 [View]
2013 Hamarneh, C. , Abu-Jaber, N.,"Documentation and protection of the quarries of Gerasa",Levant ,45 (1): 57-68,2013 [View]
2012 Abu-Jaber, N.,, al-Saad, Z.,, Shiyyab, A., Degryse, P.,,"Provenance of white marbles from the Nabatean sites of Qasr al Bint and Collonaded Street Baths at Petra, Jordan.",Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry,12 (1): 21-29.,2012 [View]
2011 Abu-Jaber, N.,,"In search of a nuclear waste disposal site.",Jordan Journal of Civil Engineering,5:315-321.,2011 [View]
2010 Abu-Jaber, Nizar.,"Jordan and the environmental challenge (الاردن و التحدي البيئي)",Dar Al Shorouk, Amman, with support from the Ministry of Culture.,216 pp. (in Arabic).,2010
2009 Ershaidat, N.,, Abu-Jaber, N.,, Al-Bataina, B.,, Shobaki, J., Jaradat, A.,,"Relationship between the effective diffusion coefficient of soil radon and groundwater recharge in semi-arid areas. Env.",Earth Science,59: 261-268.,2009 [View]
2009 Abu-Jaber, N.,, Al Saad, Z.,, al Qudah, M.,,"Geomorphological and geological constraints on the development of Early Bronze chert industries at the northern rim of the Al Jafr Basin, Southern Jordan.",Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry,9 (1): 17-27.,2009 [View]
2009 Al Qudah, K., Abu-Jaber, N.,,"A GIS database for sustainable management of shallow water resources in the Tulul al Ashaqif region, NE Jordan.",Water Resources Management,23: 603-615.,2009 [View]
2008 Abu-Jaber, N., Kharabsheh, A.,,"Ground water origin and movement in the upper Yarmouk Basin, Northern Jordan.",Env. Geol.,54: 1355-1365.,2008 [View]
2006 Abu-Jaber, N.,, Mustafa, H., Melhem, D.,,"Geology of the Dhaher (Bargish) cave system, NW Jordan.",Abhath Al Yarmouk, Basic Science and Engineering,Series 15 (2): 351-363.,2006 [View]
2005 Kimberley, M., Abu-Jaber, N.,,"Shallow perched groundwater, a flux of deep CO2, and near-surface water-rock interaction in northeastern Jordan: An example of positive feedback and Darwin’s “Warm Little Pond”.",Precambrian Research,137: 273-280.,2005 [View]
2004 Abu-Jaber, N.,,"Geochemical modeling of the effects of the proposed Red Sea-Dead Sea canal.",Abhath Al Yarmouk, Basic Science and Engineering,Series 13 (2): 269-281.,2004 [View]
2003 Abu-Jaber, N.,, Abu-Orabi, S.,, Gharaibeh, S.,, Malkawi, H.,, Momani, I.,, Qudah, M.,, Yousef, N.,"Suitability of agricultural drainage water of the Safi area for potash production.",Abhath Al Yarmouk, Basic Science and Engineering,Series 12 (2B): 585-602.,2003 [View]
2003 Abu-Jaber , N.,, Abderahman, N.,, Azaizeh, W.,, Omari, H.,, Haddadin , G.,, Al Sokhny, K.,, Hamzeh, M.,, Al Qudah, K.,,"Investigation of shallow ground water in the Tulul al Ashaqif highlands, Jordan.",Abhath Al Yarmouk, Basic Science and Engineering,Series 12 (2A): 381-400.,2003 [View]
2003 Abu-Jaber, N., Ismail, M.,,"Hydrogeochemical modeling of the shallow groundwater in the Northern Jordan Valley.",Env. Geol.,44: 391-399.,2003 [View]
2001 Abu-Jaber, N.,,"Geochemical evolution and recharge of the shallow aquifers at Tulul al Ashaqif, NE Jordan.",Env. Geol.,41: 372-383.,2001 [View]
2001 Abu-Jaber, N.,, al-Saad, Z., Quraan, R.,,"Provenance and technology of the Early Bronze pottery, p. 193-202 in : Zeidan Kafafi (ed.), Jebel Abu Thawwab (Er-Rumman), Central Jordan. The Late Neolithic and Early Bronze I occupations. Bibliotecha Neolithica Asiae meridionalis et occidentalis & Monog",Berlin, Ex Oriente.,2001 [View]
2001 Abu-Jaber, N.,, Hess, J., Howcroft, W.,,"Chemical erosion in the Lilburn cave system, Kings Canyon National Park, California.",Ground Water.,39: 223-229.,2001 [View]
2001 Bajjali, W., Abu-Jaber, N.,,"Climatological signals from paleogroundwater in Jordan.",J. Hydrol.,243: 133-147.,2001 [View]
2000 Abu-Jaber, N., Al Saad, Z.,,"Petrology of Middle Islamic pottery from Khirbat Faris, Jordan.",Levant,32:179-188,2000 [View]
1999 Eraifej, N., Abu-Jaber, N.,,"Geochemistry and pollution of shallow aquifers in the Mafraq area, North Jordan",Env. Geol,37:162-170,1999 [View]
1999 Dottridge, J., Abu-Jaber, N.,,"Groundwater resources and quality in northeastern Jordan: safe yield and sustainability.",Applied Geography,19: 313-323.,1999 [View]
1998 Abu-Jaber, N.,,"A new look at the chemical and hydrological evolution of the Dead Sea.",Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta.,62: 1471-1479.,1998 [View]
1998 Abu-Jaber, N.S.,, Jawad Ali, A., Al Qudah, K.,,"Use of solute and isotopic composition of groundwater to constrain the groundwater flow system of the Azraq area, Jordan.",Ground Water,36: 361-365.,1998 [View]
1997 Abu-Jaber, N.,, Jawad Ali, A.,, Shinaq, R.,"Genesis of the Amman Formation silicified limestone of Jordan.",Africa Geoscience Review,4: 381-393.,1997 [View]
1997 al Saa’d, Z.,, Abu-Jaber, N.,, Bataineh, S.,,"Provenance and technology of Late Neolithic pottery from Wadi Shueib, Jordan. in: Gebel, H.G., Kafafi, Z., and Rolefson, G. (eds.), Prehistory of Jordan II, Perspectives from 1997. Studies in early Near Eastern production, subsistence and environment 4.",Ex oriente, Berlin,1997
1997 Abu-Jaber, N.S.,, Al-Bataina, B.A., Jawad Ali, A.,,"Radiochemistry of sediments from the southern Dead Sea, Jordan.",Env. Geol.,,32:281-284.,1997 [View]
1997 Abu-Jaber, N.S.,, El Aloosy, A.S., Jawad Ali , A.,,"Determination of aquifer susceptibility to pollution using statistical analysis: A case study from Wadi Shueib, Jordan.",Env. Geol.,,31: 94-106.,1997 [View]
1997 Al-Shereideh, S.,, Saqqa, W., Abu-Jaber, N.,,"Petrology, microfacies and geochemistry of phosphate beds in the Upper Cretaceous Amman Formation, SE Irbid.",Africa Geoscience Review,4: 405-415.,1997
1996 Abu-Jaber, N.S., Wafa, N.A.,,"Hydrochemistry of aquifers in the southern Dead Sea area, Jordan.",Environmental Geol.,,28: 213-222.,1996
1993 Abu-Jaber, N.S.,,"Uniformitarian geochemical constraints on the genesis of Jordanian Tethyan phosphorites.",Mu'tah Journal for Research and Studies-Applied and Natural Sciences,Series, 8 (4): 301-322.,1993
1993 Nasir, S.,, Abu-Rukah, Y.,, Sadooni, F.,, Abu-Jaber, N.S., Duwairi, I.,,"Pyrite nodules in Lower Cretaceous sandstone from Wadi Zerqa, North Jordan.",Mu'tah Journal for Research and Studies-Applied and Natural Sciences,Series, 8 (4): 323-339.,1993
1992 Abu-Jaber, N., Kimberley, M.,,"Origin of ultramafic-hosted vein magnesite on Margarita Island, Venezuela.",Mineralium Deposita,,27: 234-241.,1992 [View]
1992 Abu-Jaber, N., Kimberley, M.,,"Origin of ultramafic-hosted vein magnesite deposits",Ore Geology Reviews,,7: 155-191.,1992 [View]
1991 Llano, M.,, Cardenas, J.,, Mayz, L.,, Guevara, P.,, Armas, A.,, Freon, P.,, Kimberley, M., Abu-Jaber, N.,,"Elementos de la fosa de Cariaco y los recursos icticos de nororiente Venezolano.",Memoria Sociedad de Ciences Naturales La Salle,,LI (135-136): 57-71.,1991
1989 Abu-Jaber, N.,, Kimberley, M., Cavaroc, V.,,"Mesozoic-Paleogene basin development within the eastern Mediterranean borderland.",J. Petrol. Geol.,,12: 419-436.,1989 [View]