Dr. Mulugeta Alene Araya

Full name Mulugeta Alene Araya
Education attended
  • PhD in Geology (1999), University of Turin/University of Genoa, Italy
  • M. Phil. in Geology (1991), University of Southampton, U.K.
  • B.Sc. in Geology (1984), Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia
Academic rank Associate Professor (2006)
service at AAU since
Working for AAU since 1991
Administrative positions held Present: Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Earth Sciences, AAU

Past: Associate Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, AAU

Awards/recognitions/memberships of international bodies/journals- editorial roles/initiatives etc Awards/Fellowships:

National Science Foundation grant award (Grant number RES50-6518) for a research on the Geology and Tectonics of Woranso-Mille area, Afar, Ethiopia, 2011-2014.

Research Grant Awards from Addis Ababa University for several research projects

Fulbright Senior Research Scholars grant (2011) of the Department of State, USA, for a study at the Department of Geological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

The Royal Society DWSV (Developing World Study Visit) grant for a research study at the University of Leicester, U.K., 2003-04

Italian Government Scholarship for PhD study at the University of Turin/Genoa, 1996-99

Ethiopian Science and Technology Commission research grant, 1994-95

United   Nations Development Program fund for graduate study at University of Southampton, U.K., 1989-91


Executive council member ofEthiopian Geosciences and Mineral Engineering Association, 2008-2012.

Member of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf), since 2009.

Associate Member of the Geographic Information Systems Society of Ethiopia (GISSE), since 2009

Founding Member of the Ethiopian Geosciences and Mineral Engineering Association (EGMEA), since 1991

Organizing committee member of the 24th Colloquium of African Geology (CAG24), Jan2013, Addis Ababa.

Organizing committee member of the 7th Ethiopian Geoscience and Mineral Engineering Association (EGMEA) congress, Aug 2010, Addis Ababa.

Organizing committee member of an International Conference on ‘Community Based Eco-tourism Development’ (Feb 2007 Adwa, Ethiopia).

Chairman of the National Task Force for Geology Undergraduate Curriculum Development and Harmonization in Ethiopia (2009).

Address Campus: Arat Kilo campus (Science campus)

Building name: Yohannes (Geology Old Building)

Floor number: First Floor

Office room no: 206

Office tel.: 0111220377


University email ID: Mulugeta.alene@aau.edu.et

Alternative email ID: Mulugeta_alene@yahoo.com

Research interests Geology, tectonics and paleontology of the hominid-bearing Pliocene localities in Woranso-Mille area, Afar, Ethiopia- in collaboration with the Dept of Physical Anthropology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, USA, & the Dept of Geol Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA [since 2007].

Isotope geochemistry of Neoproterozoic carbonates of northern Ethiopia – in collaboration with the Department of Geology, University of Leicester, U.K. [since 2003] & Princeton University, USA [since 2010].

Paleomagnetic studies on Paleozoic and Neoproterozoic sediments of northern Ethiopia [since 2010].

Publications in reputable journals Peer Reviewed Articles

Kidane, T., Bachtadse, V., Alene, M and Kirscher, U. (2013) Palaeomagnetism of Palaeozoic glacial sediments of Northern Ethiopia: a contribution towards African Permian palaeogeography. Geophysical Journal International, doi:10.1093/gji/ggt336.

Haile-Selassie, Y., Saylor, B.Z., Deino, A., Levin, N.E., Alene, M. and Latimer, B.M. (2012) Partial hominin foot from Ethiopia shows multiple Pliocene bipedal adaptations. Nature, 483, No.7391, 565-569.

Negash, A.,Brown, F.H., Alene, M. and Nash, B. (2010) Provenance of Middle Stone Age (MSA) artefacts from the central sector of the Main Ethiopian Rift valley. SINET: Ethiopian Journal of Science, 33(1), 21-30.

Haile-Selassie, Y., Latimer, B.M., Alene, M., Deino, A.L., Gilbert, L., Melillo, S.M., Saylor, B.Z., Scott, G.R. and Lovejoy, C.O. (2010) An early Australopithecus afarensis postcranium from Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, 107 (26), 12121-12126.

Haile-Selassie, Y., Saylor, B.Z., Deino, A., Alene, M., and Latimer, B.M. (2010) New Hominid Fossils from Woranso-Mille (Central Afar, Ethiopia) and Taxonomy of Early Australopithecus. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 141, 406-417.

Deino, A.L., Scott, G.R.,Saylor, B., Alene, M. and Haile-Selassie, Y. (2010) 40Ar/39Ar Dating, paleomagnetism, and tephrochemistry of Pliocene strata of the hominid-bearing Woranso-Mille area, west-central Afar Rift, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution, 58, 111-126.

Sacchi, R., Alene, M., Barbieri, M. and Conti A. (2007) On the Palaeozoic Tillite of the Adigrat Group (Tigrai, Ethiopia). Periodico di Mineralogia, 76, 2-3, 241-251.

Negash, A., Alene, M., Brown, F.H., Nash, B.P. and Shackley, M.S. (2007) Geochemical sources for the terminal Pleistocene/ early Holocene obsidian artefacts of the site of Beseka, central Ethiopia. J Archaeological Science, 34, 1205-1210.

Alene, M., Jenkin, G.R.T., Leng, M.J and Darbyshire, F.D.P. (2006) The Tambien Group, Ethiopia: An Early Cryogenian (Ca. 800-735 Ma) Neoproterozoic sequence in the Arabian-Nubian Shield. Precambrian Research, 147, 79-99.

Negash, A., Shackly, M.S. and Alene, M. (2006) Source provenance of obsidian artefacts from the Early Stone Age (ESA) site of Melka Konture, Ethiopia. J Archaeological Science,33, 1647-1650.

Miller, N.R., Alene, M., Sacchi, R., Stern, R.J., Conti, A., Kröner, A. and Zuppi, G. (2003) Significance of the Tembien Group (Tigrai, N. Ethiopia) for Snowball Earth Events in the Arabain-Nubian Shield. Precambrian Research, 121, 263-283.

Alene, M., Secco, L., Dal Negro, A. and Sacchi, R. (2000) Crystal chemistry of clinopyroxene in Neoproterozoic metavolcanic rocks of Tigrai, northern Ethiopia. Bollettino della Societa Geologica Italiana, 119, 581-586.

Alene, M., Ruffini, R. and Sacchi, R. (2000) Geochemistry and geotectonic setting of Neoproterozoic rocks from northern Ethiopia (Arabian-Nubian Shield). Gondwana Research, 3, 333-347.

Alene, M., Conti, A., Sacchi, R. and Zuppi, G. (1999) Stable isotope composition (13C and 18O) of Neoproterozoic limestones and dolomites from Tigrai, northern Ethiopia. Bollettino della Societa Geologica Italiana, 118, 611-615.

Alene, M. and Barker, A.J. (1997) Geochemistry of meta-igneous rocks from southern Ethiopia: a new insight into Neoproterozoic tectonics of northeast Africa. J African Earth Sciences, 24, 351-370.

Alene, M. and Barker, A.J. (1993) Tectonometamorphic evolution of the Moyale region, southern Ethiopia. Precambrian Research, 62, 271-283.