Zerihun Woldu

Professor Zerihun Woldu

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Full Name Zerihun Woldu Tesema
Academic Rank/Status Professor
Working for AAU since 1976
Administrative positions held if any/ past and present Director of Research
Education attended B.Sc – AAU (1976), M.Sc.- AAU (1980), PhD – Institute of Ecological Botany, Uppsala University (1985
Awards & recognitions
Memberships of International bodies International Landscape Association,

Biological Society of Ethiopia

Soil Science society of Ethiopia

Publicity: Journals, editorial roles, initiatives etc. Editor of the Journal of Biological Society of Ethiopia
Research interest/ not more than hundred words

1.       Vegetation and Landscape Ecology

2.       Conservation of Natural Resources

3.       Plant Biodiversity

4.       Application Remote Sensing and GIS in Vegetation Ecology and Rehabilitation

5.       Biosafety

Publications on reputable journals
  1. Zerihun Woldu, 1986. Grassland Communities on the Central Plateau of Ethiopia, Vegetatio 67: 3‑16.
  2.  E. Feoli, P. Ganis and Zerihun Woldu, 1988. Community niche, an effective concept to measure diversity of gradients and hyperspaces, Coenoses 3(2): 79‑82.
  3.  Zerihun Woldu, 1988. Birds and bird-strike at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Proceedings of the Pan-African Ornithological Congress, Nairobi, Kenya, 28 August-5 September, pp 311-315.
  4. Zerihun Woldu, E. Feoli, and Lisanework Nigatu, 1989. Partitioning an elevation gradient of vegetation from southwestern by probabilistic methods, Vegetatio 81: 189-198.
  5. Zerihun Woldu and Mesfin Tadesse, 1990. The Status of the Vegetation in the Lake regions of the Rift Valley of Ethiopia and the Possibilities of its Recovery. Sinet, Ethiop. J. Sci., 13(2):97-120.
  6. Zerihun Woldu and Ingvar Backéus, 1991. The shrubland vegetation in Western Shewa, Ethiopia and the possibilities of its Recovery. Journal of Vegetation Science, 2: 197-180.
  7. Zerihun Woldu, 1991. Implications of photosynthetic pathways of some grass species in Ethiopia to land use. Coenoses 6(3): 127-130
  8. Ensermu Kelbessa, Sebsebe Demissew, Zerihun Woldu & Sue Edwards, 1992. Some threatened endemic plants of Ethiopia, Botany 2000. NAPRECA Monograph 2:35-55.
  9.  Feoli, E., Fernetii, M., and Zerihun Woldu, 1995. Vegetation of heavily anthropoginized areas in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, Rivista di agricoltura Subtropicale e Tropical 89 (2), 223-241.
  10.  Fernetti,M., E. Feoli and Zerihun Woldu, 1996. Vegetation Map of Degraded Areas in Adwa, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia Using Remote Sensing and GIS. In Rehabilitation of Degraded and Degrading Areas of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, Final Report, Commission of the European Community (CEC) STD3 Project-Contract No.TS3*-CT92-0049.
  11. E. Feoli, Tewolde Berhan G.Egziabher, Zerihun Woldu, M.Fernetti, D.De Paoli, L.Gallizia Vuerich, and G.Oriolo, 1996.Vegetation of Adwa, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, Final Report, Commission of the European Community (CEC) STD3 Project-Contract No.TS3*-CT92-0049.
  12. Zemede Asfaw and Zerihun Woldu, 1997. Crop associations of Home-gardens in Welayta and Grurage in southern Ethiopia, Sinet, Ethiop. J.Sci., 20(1):73-90.
  13. Mwendera, E.J., M.A. Mohamed Salim & Zerihun Woldu, 1997. Vegetation response to cattle grazing in Ethiopian highlands. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 64, 43-51.
  14. Kebrom Tekle, I. Backeus, J. Skoglund and Zerihun Woldu, 1997. Vegetation on hill slopes in southern Wello, Ethiopia: Degradation and Regeneration, Nord. J.Bot. 17(5).
  15. Asferachew Abate, Masresha Fetene and Zerihun Woldu, 1998. Investigations on canopy features of three indigenous woodland tree species of Ethiopia, Sinet, Ethiop J. Sci, 21(1): 113-132.
  16. T.B. Egziabher, E. Feoli, M. Fernetti, G. Oriolo and Zerihun Woldu, 1998. Vegetation mapping by integration of florisitic analysis, GIS and Remote Sensing: An example from Tigray, Ethiopia, Plant Biosystems 132(1), 39-51.
  17.  H.P.A. Eveg, R.Van Lammeren, H.Duerloo and Z. Woldu (1998).  Analysis of Rehabilitation for sustainable land management in the highlands of Ethiopia, Land Degrad. Develop. 9, 529-542.
  18. Zerihun Woldu and Sileshi Nemomissa (1998). Changes in the vegetation of the Central Borena Plateau, southern Ethiopia, Coenoses 13(3), 137-148
  19. Zerihun Woldu, Masresha Fetene & Asferachew Abate, 1999. Vegetation under different tree species in Acacia woodland in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia, Sinet, Ethiop. J.Sci. 22 (2), 237-254.
  20. Zerihun Woldu and M.A. Mohammed Saleem, 2000. Grazing induced biodiversity in the highland ecozone of East Africa – Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 79, 43-52.
  21. Enrico Feoli and Zerihun Woldu, 2000. Fuzzy set analysis of the Ethiopian Rift Valley vegetation, Plant Ecology, 147, 219-22.
  22. Elizabeth Yohannes, Afework Bekele and Zerihun Woldu (2000). Bird strike incidence at Addis Ababa International Airport, Sinet, Ethiop. J.Sci. 23(2), 215-229.
  23. Altobelli, A., Feoli, E. Gallizia-Vuerich, L. and Zerihun Woldu, 2000. Scenario simulation in the drylands of Tigray, (Ethiopia) using GRASS GIS Software, pp. 403 – 410, In sustainable Development of Drylands of East Africa, Proceedings of the International workshop, Addis Ababa, Nov. 9th – 12th, 1998.
  24. Zerihun Woldu and Enrico Feoli, 2001. The shrubland vegetation of Adwa, northern Ethiopia. In Biodiversity research in the horn of Africa, proceedings of the Third international symposium of the flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea at the Carlsberg Academy pp 319-333, Copenhagen, August 25-27, 1999.
  25. Enrico Feoli, Laura Galzia Veurich and Woldu Zerihun, 2002. Evaluation of Environmental degradation in northern Ethiopia using GIS to integrate vegetation, geomorphology, erosion and socio-economic factors. Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment, 1815, 1-13
  26. Enrico Feoli, Laura Galzia Veurich and Woldu Zerihun, 2002. Processes of environmental degradation and opportunities for rehabilitation in Adwa, northern Ethiopia, Landscape Ecology 17(4), 315-325.
  27. Mohamed Saleem and Zerihun Woldu, 2002. Land use and Biodivrsity in the Upland Pastures of Ethiopia. In Mountain Biodiversity – A Global Assessment, Christian Körner and Eva Spehn (Eds.). The Parthenon Publishing Group, London.
  28. Menassie Gashaw, Michelsen, A., Jensen, M., Sebesebe Demissew & Zerihun Woldu, 2002. Post-fire regeneration strategies and tree bark resistance to heating in frequently burning tropical savanna woodlands and grasslands in Ethiopia, Nordic Journal of Botany, 22 (1): 19-33.
  29. Mirutse Giday, Zemede Asfaw, Thjomas Elmqvist & Zerihun Woldu, 2003. An Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants used by the Zay people in Ethiopia, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 85 (1): 43-52.
  30. Enrico Feoli, Paula Ganis, Irene Ortolan, Daniel Sitoni & Zerihun Woldu, 2003. Measuring the effects of human impact by integrating phytososiology and remote sensing in a fuzzy set approach, a case study from Tanzania, Journal of Vegetation Science, 14:751-760.
  31. Massimo Dragan, Enrico Feoli, Michele Fernetti and Zerihun Woldu, 2003. Application of a spatial decision support system (SDSS) to reduce soil erosion in northern Ethiopia, Environmental modeling and software, 18 (10), 861-868.
  32. Zerihun Woldu and Kumlachew Yeshitla, 2003. Wetlands in Ethiopia with examples from Illubabor, south-western Ethiopia, Yilma D. Abebe and Kim Geheb (eds), Wetlands of Ethiopia – Proceedings of a seminar on the resources and status of Ethiopia’s wetlands, IUCN Wetlands and Water Resources Program, Blue Series.
  33. Desallegn Wana and Zerihun Woldu, 2005. Vegetation of Chencha Highlands in southern Ethiopia, Sinet, Sinet, Ethiop. J.Sci. 28 (2), 109-118.
  34. Mirutse Gidey, Zemede Asfaw and Zerihun Woldu, 2005. The role of herbaria and flora in preserving local plant-use information: The case of the Ethiopian National Herbarium and Flora, Journal of East African Natural History, 94(2),187-301.
  35. Masresha Fetene, Yoseph Assefa, Menassie Gashaw, Zerihun Woldu and Ervin Beck, 2006. Diversity of Afroalpine Vegetation and Ecology of the treeline Species in Bale Mountains, Ethiopia and the Influence of Fire, In Land Use Change and Mountain Biodiversity, Eva M. Spehn, Maximo Liberman and Christian Körner (Eds.). Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton.
  36. Shibru. S and Zerihun Woldu, 2006: Comparative floristic study on Mt. Alutu and Mt. Chubbi along an altitudinal gradient. Journal of the Drylands 1(1): 8-14.
  37. Helmut Kloos and Zerihun Woldu, 2006. The Physical and Biotic Environment: Its Features and Implications.  Yemane Berhe, Damen Hailemariam and Helmut Kloos (eds). Epidemiology and Ecology of Health and Disease in Ethiopia, Sharma Books, Addis Ababa.
  38. Perfect J., Zerihun Woldu, Zemede Asfaw, Luogo, E, Nduwamungo, J. (2007). Conservation status of Brachylaena huillensis O. Hoffm (Astraceae) in Dindili Forest Reserve, Morogoro, Tanzania. Discov. Innov. Vol. 19 (RPSUD special Edition No.1), 76-86.
  39. Wagnew Ayalneh, Zerihun Woldu, Berhanu gebremedhin, Girma Tadesse, and don Peden, 2007. The benefits and environmental effect of community based small scale development in the Awash Basin, Ethiopia: a case study of four community based irrigation schemes, Sinet, Ethiop. J.Sci. 30 (2), 135-142.
  40.  Lusweti Agnes, Zerihun Woldu and Alexander Njue, 2007. Ecology, floristic Diversity and effects of disturbance on the vegetation of meru National park, Kenya, Dicov. Innov, 2007, Vol. 19 (RPSUD Special Edition No.2.), 192-200.
  41. E. Feoli, L. G. Vuerich P. Ganis and Zerihun Woldu (2009) A classificatory approach integrating fuzzy set theory and permutation techniques for land cover analysis: a case study on a degrading area of the Rift Valley (Ethiopia), Community Ecology 10 (1), 53-64.
  42. Mirutse Gidey, Zemede Asfaw, Zerihun Woldu and Tilahun Teklehaymanot (2009). Medicinal Plant Knowledge of the Bench ethnic group of Ethiopia: An Ethnobotanical Investigation, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 5:34
  43. Mirutse Gidey, Zemede Asfaw, Zerihun Woldu (2009). Medicinal Plant Knowledge of the Meinit ethnic group of Ethiopia: An Ethnobotanical Study, Journal of Ethnopharmacology 124:3, 513-521.
  44. Addis, G.; Baskaran, R.; Raju, M; Ushadevy, A.; Asfaw, Z. and Woldu, Z. (2009). Effect of Blanching and drying process on carotenoid composition of underutilized Ethiopian (Coccinia grandis L. Voigt) and Indian (Trigonella foenum-graecum) green leafy vegetables. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation 33: 744-762. DOI: 10.1111/j. 1745-4549.2008. 00308.x
  45. Hasan Yusuf, Anna C. Treydte, Sebsebe Demissew and Zerihun Woldu (2011). Assessment of woody species encroachment in the grasslands of Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia, African Journal of Ecology, OI: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2011. 01280.x
  46. Getachew Addis, Zemede Asfaw, Singh, V, Zerihun Woldu, Baidu-Forson, JJ and S., Bhattacharya (2013). Dietary values of wild and semi-wild edible plants in southern Ethiopia, AJFAND: African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development 13 (2):7485-7503.
  47. Abreham Assefa, Sebsebe Demissew and Zerihun Woldu, 2013. Floristic composition, structure and regeneration status of Masha forest, south-west Ethiopia, African Journal of Ecology, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  48. Getachew Addis, Zemede Asfaw and Zerihun Woldu (2013), Ethnobotany of Wild and Semi-Wild Edible Plants of Konso Ethnic Community, South Ethiopia, Ethnobotany Research & Applications, 11:121-141.
  49. Hussien Adal, Zemede Asfaw, Zerihun Woldu, Sebsebe Demissew and Patrick van Damme, 2015, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 11:65 DOI 10.1186/s13002-015-0051-1
  50. Habtamu Wodaj, Ensermu Kelbessa and Zerihun Woldu, 2016, Floristic Composition and Herbaceous Aboveground Dry Weight Biomass of Afroalpine Vegetation in Guassa Community Conservation Area, North Shewa, Ethiopia, Int. Res. J. Biological Sci. Vol. 5(1), 26-36.
  51.  Genet Atsbeha,Sebsebe Demissew, Zerihun Woldu and  Sue Edwards, 2015.  Floristic composition of herbaceous flowering plant species in Lalay and Tahtay Michew Districts, Central Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia, African Journal of Ecology and Ecosystems, vol. 2(6), 159-169
  52. Abiyot Berhanu, Sebsebe Demissew, Zerihun Woldu & Motuma Didita; 2016. Woody species composition and structure of Kuandisha afromontane forest fragment in northwestern Ethiopia, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-018-0623-8.
  53. Siraj, M., Zhang, K Sebsebe, D. and Zerihun. W. 2016. Florisitc Composition and community types in Maze National Park, Southwestern Ethiopia, Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 15(1): 245-262.
  54. Abiyot Berhanu, Sebsebe Demissew, Zerihun Woldu & Motuma Didita, 2016.  Elevation patterns of woody taxa richness in the evergreen Afromontane vegetation of Ethiopia, J. For. Res. DOI 10.1007/s11676-016-0350-y.
  55. Mulugeta Alemu, Zemede Asfaw, Zerihun Woldu, Berhanu Amsalu Fenta and Beth
  56. Medvecky, 2016.   Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) (Fabaceae) landrace diversity in Northern Ethiopia, Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv. Vol. 8(11), pp. 297-309.
  57. Zerihun Woldu, 2017. Comprehensive Analysis of Vegetation and Ecological Data- Basics, Concepts and Methods.  Addis Ababa University Press, Addis Ababa.
  58. Talemos Seta Sebsebe Demissew Zerihun Woldu, 2018. Floristic diversity and composition of the Biteyu forest in the Gurage mountain chain (Ethiopia): implications for forest conservation, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-018-0623-8
  59. Kflay Gebrehiwot, Temesgen Desalegn, Zerihun Woldu, Sebsebe Demissew and Ermias Teferi, 2018.  Soil organic carbon stock in Abune Yosef afroalpine and sub-afroalpine vegetation northern Ethiopia, Ecological Processes, DOI 10.1186/s13717-018-0117-9
  60. Tura Bareke, Zemede Asfaw, Zerihun Woldu, Beth Medvecky, Birhanu Amssalu (2018), Diversity of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L., Fabaceae) landraces in parts of southern and eastern Ethiopia, Adv Plants Agric Res. 2018;8(6):449‒457.
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