Sileshi Nemomissa

Professor Sileshi Nemomissa

Full Name Sileshi Nemomissa Duguma
Academic Rank/Status Professor
Working for AAU since December 1994
Administrative positions held if any/ past and present ·         Co-ordinator of Continuing Education, Faculty of Science

·         Associate Dean, Faculty of Science

Education attended University Vienna, Austria
Awards & recognitions ·         1989-1994: Scholarships (Austrian Government); Fellowships (1996: Earthwatch International

·         1998: Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens, England

·         1999-2000: University of Neuchatel, Switzerland).

Memberships of International bodies ·         Biological Society of Ethiopia

·         Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society

·         Society of Australian Systematic Biologists

·         Society of Wetland Scientists

·         DELTA – DEscription Language for TAxonomy (Digital Taxonomy) – mailing list

·         Founding Member of Ethiopian Academy of Sciences

Publicity: Journals, editorial roles, initiatives etc. ·         Conservation Biology

·         Biological Conservation

·         Novon

·         Botanical J Linnean Society

Research interest/ not more than hundred words Phylogenetic Systematics, Biodiversity and climate change, Ecosystem services, Biodiversity Conservation
Publications on reputable journals



1.      Puff, C. and Nemomissa, S. 2005. The Plants of Simen, 258 p., National Botanic Garden, Meise, Belgium.

2.      Nemomissa, S. 2002. Gentianaceae. In H. Beentje (ed.), Flora of Tropical East Africa, 68 p. A.A. Balkema, The Netherlands.

3.      Nemomissa, S., Wondafrash M., Dilmann, K. and Cooper, E. (2014). Guide to the biodiversity of the Borana Rangeland. United Printers, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Selected peer-reviewed scientific publications only

1.      Johansson, M.U., Frisk, C.A., Nemomissa, S. Hylander, K. (2018). Disturbance from traditional fire management in subalpine heathlands increases Afro‐alpine plant resilience to climate change. Global Change Biology 24: 2952-2964

2.      Hylander, K., Nemomissa, S. (2017). Waiving the extinction debt: Can shade from coffee prevent extinctions of epiphytic plants from isolated trees? Diversity and Distribution 23: 888-897.

3.      Jara, T., Hylander, K., Nemomissa, S. (2017). Tree diversity across different tropical agricultural land use types. Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment 240: 92-100.

4.      Hylander, K., Nemomissa, S., Hedenäs, L. (2017). Mosses of southwest Ethiopian montane forests – notes on their occurrence pattern and many new country records. J Bryology DOI: 10.1080/03736687.2017.1329793

5.      Tusiime, F.M., Gizaw, A.,Wondimu, T.,  Masao, C.A., Abdi, A.A., Muwanika, V., Trávníček, P., Nemomissa, S., Popp, M., Eilu, G., Brochmann, B., Pimentel, M.,  (2017). Sweet vernal grasses (Anthoxanthum) colonized African mountains along two fronts in the Late Pliocene, followed by secondary contact, polyploidization and local extinction in the Pleistocene. Molecular Ecology 26: 3513-3532

6.      Wondimu T, Gizaw A, Tusiime FM, Masao CA, Abdi AA, Hou Y, Nemomissa, S., Brochmann, C. (2017). Genetic structuring, dispersal and taxonomy of the high- alpine populations of the Geranium arabicum/ kilimandscharicum complex in tropical eastern Africa. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0178208. 10.1371/journal.pone.0178208

7.      Kumsa, L., Hylander, K., Gurmessa, D., Nemomissa, S. (2016). Patch area and current coffee management determine woody plant diversity in patches of semi-forest coffee embedded in an agricultural matrix. Global Ecology and Conservation 8: 230-240

8.      Samnegard, U., Hamback, P.A., Lemessa, D., Nemomissa, S., Hylander, K.1 (2016). A heterogeneous landscape does not guarantee high crop pollination. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283, 20161472

9.      Gizaw, A., Brochmann, B., Nemomissa, S., Wondimu, T., Catherine Aloyce, Masao, C.A. , Tusiime, F.M., Abdi, A.A., Oxelman, B., Popp, M., Dimitrov, D. (2016). Colonization and diversification in the African ‘sky islands’: insights from fossil-calibrated molecular dating of Lychnis(Caryophyllaceae). New Phytologist 211: 719–734

10.  Gizaw, A., Wondimu, T., Mugizi, F.T., Masao, C.A., Abdi, A.A., Popp, M., Ehrich, D., Nemomissa, S., Brochmann, C. (2016). Vicariance, dispersal, and hybridization in a naturally fragmented system: the afro-alpine endemics Carex monostachya and C. runssoroensis (Cyperaceae). Alpine Botany 126: 59-71

11.  Gebremedhin, B., Flagstad, O., Bekele, A., Chala, D., Bakkestuen, V., Boessenkool1,S, Popp, M., Gussarova, G., Schrøder-Nielsen, A., Nemomissa, S., Brochmann, C., Stenseth, N.C., S. Epp, L.S., (2016). DNA Metabarcoding Reveals Diet Overlap between the Endangered Walia Ibex and Domestic Goats – Implications for Conservation. Plos One 11: 11, e0159133

12.  Samnegard, U., Hamback, P.A., Nemomissa, S., and Hylander, K. (2014). Local and Regional Variation in Local Frequency of Multiple Coffee Pests across a Mosaic Landscape in Coffea arabica’s Native Range. Biotropica DOI: 10.1111/btp.12106

13.  Hylander, K., Nemomissa, S., Enkossa, W. (2013). Edge effects on understory epiphytic ferns and epiphyllous bryophytes in moist afromontane forests of Ethiopia. Polish J Botany 58(2): 555–563.

14.  K. Hylander, S. Nemomissa, J. Delrue, W. Enkossa (2013).  Effect of coffee management on deforestation rate and forest integrity. Conservation Biology; DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12079, 10 pp.

15.  Gove, A., K. Hylander, Nemomissa, S., A. Shimelis, W. Enkossa (2013).  Structurally complex farms support high avian functional diversity in tropical montane Ethiopia. J Tropical Ecology 29: 87-97.

16.  Wondimu T., Gizaw A., Tusiime, F.M., Masao, C.A., Abdi, A.A., Gussarova, G., Nemomissa, S., Brochmann, C. (2013). Crossing barriers in an extremely fragmented system: two case studies in the afro-alpine skyisland flora. Pl. Syst. Evol. 1610-6115 (online).

17.  Gizaw, A., Kebde, M., Nemomissa, S., Ehrich, D., Bekele, B., Mirre, V., Popp, M., Brochmann, C. (2013). Phylogeography of Heathers Erica arborea and Erica trimera in the afro-alpine sky ‘islands’ inferred from AFLPs and plastid DNA sequences. Flora (online)

18.  Boessenkool, S., McGlynn, G., Epp, L., Taylor, D., Pimentel, M., Gizaw, A., Nemomissa, S., Brochmann, C. and Popp, M. (2013). Ancient sedimentary DNA from a biodiversity hotspot in the humid tropics introduces a novel tool in conserving high altitude tropical biodiversity. Conservation Biology (online)

19.  Muleta, D., Assefa, A., Nemomissa, S. and Ulf Granhall, U. 2012. Socioeconomic benefits of shade trees in coffee production systems in Bonga and Yayu hurumu Districts, southwest Ethiopia: Farmers perceptions. Ethiopian J. Educ. & Sci.  7: 39 – 55.

20.  Hylander, K., Pocs, T., Nemomissa, S. 2010. Liverworts of southwest Ethiopian montane forests: ecological and biogeographical notes. Tropical Bryology 32: 92- 100.

21.  Didita, M., Nemomissa, S. and Gole, T.W. 2010. Floristic and structural analysis of the woodland vegetation around Dello Menna, southeast Ethiopia. J. Forestry Research 21: 395 – 408.

22.  Hylander, K. and Nemomissa, S. 2009. Complementary roles of home gardens and exotic tree plantations as alternative habitats for plants of the Ethiopian montane rainforest. Conservation Biology 23: 400 – 409.

23.  Gove, A., Hylander, K., Nemomissa, S., Shimelis, A. 2008. Ethiopian coffee cultivation – implications for bird conservation and environmental certification. Conservation letters doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2008.00033.x

24.  Hylander, K., Nemomissa, S. (2008). Home garden coffee as a repository of epiphyte biodiversity in Ethiopia. Frontiers of Ecology and the Environment 6(10): 524 – 528.

25.  Hylander, K. and Nemomissa, S. (in press). Complementary roles of home gardens and exotic tree plantations as alternative habitats for plants of the Ethiopian montane rainforest. Conservation Biology  DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.01097.x

26.  Enke, N., Kilian, N., Nemomissa, S. and Gemeinholzer, B. 2008. Afro-alpine Dianthoseris actually a congener of Crepis s.str. (Compositae, Cichorieae, Crepidinae). Bot. Jahrb.Syst. 127: 389-405.

27.  Popp, M., Gizaw, A., Nemomissa, S., Jan Suda, and Christian Brochmann 2008. Colonization and diversification in the afro-alpine “sky islands” by Eurasian Lychnis L. (Caryophyllaceae). J. Biogeography

28.  Assefa, A., Ehrich, D., Taberlet, P., Nemomissa, S. and Christian Brochmann 2007. Pleistocene colonization of afro-alpine ‘sky islands’ by the arctic-alpine Arabis alpina. Heredity 99: 133 – 142.

29.  Kebede, M.,  Ehrich, D., Taberlet, P.,  Nemomissa, S. and Brochmann, C. 2007. Phylogeography and conservation genetics of a giant lobelia (Lobelia giberroa) in Ethiopian and Tropical East African mountains. Molecular Ecology 16: 1233-1243.

30.  Ehrich, D., Gaudeul, M., Assefa, A., Koch, M.A., Mummenhoff, K., Nemomissa, S., Introbiodiv Consortium, Brochmann, C. 2007. Genetic consequences of Pleistocene range shifts: contrast between the Arctic, the Alps and the East African mountains. Molecular Ecology 16: 2542 – 2559.

31.  Muleta, D., Assefa, F., Nemomissa, S., Granhall, U. 2007. Composition of coffee shade tree species and density of indigenous arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) spores in Bonga natural coffee forest, southwestern Ethiopia. Forest Ecology and Management 241: 145-154.

32.  Nemomissa, S. 2006. Adaptation to climate change and the multi-environmental agreements in drylands of Ethiopia. Proc. Regional workshop on challenges and opportunities for sustainable natural resources management, Arusha Tanzania.

33.  Nemomissa, S. 2006. Gentianaceae. In: Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards,S., Demissew, S. and Persson, E. (eds.), Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea, Vol. 5, pp: 1-17.

34.  Nemomissa, S. 2006. Adaptation to climate change and multi-environmental agreements in the Dry lands of Ethiopia. Drylands Ecosystems: challenges and opportunities for sustainable natural resources management (Nikundiwe, A.M., Kablgumlla, eds.), pp. 9-14.

35.  Mulugeta, K., Assefa, A., Brochmann, C., Nemomissa, S. 2005. AFROALP – Phylogeography, glacial refugia, and conservation of the unique afroalpine ecosystem: a new project. XVII International Botanical Congress, Vienna, Austria. – Poster

36.  Popp, M., Gizaw, A., Nemomissa, S., Brochmann, C. 2005. Biogeography of the afroalpine genus Uebelinia Hochst. (Caryophyllaceae) inferred from chloroplast and lowcopy nuclear DNA sequences. XVII International Botanical Congress, Vienna, Austria. – Poster

37.  Hailu Shiferaw, Demel Teketay, Nemomissa, S., Fasil Assefa 2004. Some biological characteristics that foster the invasion of Prposopis juliflora (Sw) DC at middle Awash Rift Valley area, northeastern Ethiopia. J. Arid Environments 58: 135-154.

38.  Girma G/Mariam, Nemomissa, S., Abebe Demissie, Hanson, J. 2003. Viability and germination of pollen grains of Sesbania sesban (L.) Merr. Ethiopian J. Biol. Sci. 2: 1-13.

39.  Girma G/Mariam, Nemomissa, S., Abebe Demissie, Hanson, J. 2002. The mating system of Sesbania sesban (L.) Merr. (Leguminosae). Sinet: Ethiopian J. Sci. 25: 177-190.

40.  Nemomissa, S. 2002. Major Ecosystems and Biodiversity of Ethiopia, including information on National Parks and Conservation areas. In: Puff, C. (ed.), A report on May 2001 Botanical excursion to Simen Mountains.

41.  Puff, C. and Nemomissa, S. 2001. The Simen Mountains (Ethiopia): comments on plant biodiversity, endemism, phytogeographical affinities and historical aspects. Syst. Pl. Geogr. 71: 975-991.

42.  Nemomissa, S. and Puff, C. 2001. Flora and vegetation of Simen Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. Biol. Skr. 54: 335 – 348

43.  Chassot, P., Nemomissa, S., Yuan, Y.-M., Kuepfer, P. 2001. High paraphyly of Swertia L. (Gentianaceae) in the Gentianella-lineage as revealed by nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequence variation. Pl. Syst. Evol. 229: 1-21.

44.  Nemomissa, S. 2000. Two new species of Sebaea (Gentianceae) and one new combination. Kew Bull. 55: 213-218.

45.  Uncovsky, S., Nemomissa, S. 1999. Hagenia abyssinica (Bruce) JF Gmel. Enzyk. Holzg. 18: 1-3.

46.  Nemomissa, S., Endashaw Bekele, Kifle Dagne 1999. Self-incompatibility system in the Ethiopian populations of Guizotia abyssinica (L.f.) Cass. Sinet: Ethiopian J. Sci. 22: 67-88.

47.  Zerihun Woldu and Nemomissa, S. 1998. Vegetation change in the central Borana plateau region of southern Ethiopia. Coenoses 13: 137-148.

48.  Nemomissa, S., Bekele, E. and Dagne, K.  1998. On some novel genotypes of the Ethiopia populations of Guizotia abyssinica (noug). Sinet: Ethiopian J. Sci. 21: 297-303.

49.  Nemomissa, S. 1998. A synopsis of East and Northeast tropical African Swertia species (Gentianaceae). Kew Bull. 53: 419-436.

50.  Nemomissa, S. 1997. Floral morphology of Swertia (Gentianaceae) in the northeast and tropical East Africa. Nordic J. Bot. 17: 145-156.

51.  Nemomissa, S. 1997. A new species of Swertia (Gentianaceae) from tropical East Africa – Tanzania. Kew Bull. 52: 487-490.

52.  Nemomissa, S. 1997. Phenetics and systematic position of the African Swertia (Genetianaceae). Sinet: Ethiopian J. Sci. 20: 189-202.

53.  Nemomissa, S. 1996. Pollen morphology of Swertia (Genetianceae) in northeast and tropical East Africa. Sinet: Ethiopian J. Sci. 19: 157-175.

54.  Ryding, O. and Nemomissa, S. 1991. Floristic survey of three areas along the escarpment road from Asmera to Mitsiwa.  Ethiop. J. Sci. 14 (1): 41–54.

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