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Professor Ayana Angassa Abdeta


Professor Ayana Angassa Abdeta


Faculty of Natural Resources
Department of Range and Forest Resources (RFR)

Private Bag 0027 Gaborone
+267 365 0201

Professor A. A. Abdeta holds a Ph.D. in Range Ecology and Management from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 2007,

MSc in Animal Production and Range Ecology from the Alemaya University of Agriculture in 1999,

BSc in Animal Sciences from the same University in 1990, Ethiopia.

He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Cologne (2011 - 2013), Fellow of the Food Security Center of the University of Hohenheim (January - May 2010), and Assistant Scientist at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, University of Oslo (Nov 2007 - February 2008).

He is a Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. Professor A. A. Abdeta has published over 58 peer-reviewed journal articles, two book chapters, and many conference proceedings.

He has: (i) Google Scholar citation of 2228, h-index of 25; (ii) Scopus citation of 1150, h-index of 19 and (iii) ResearchGate Score (RGS) of 26.94, citations of 1,609, h-index of 22, and 28,107 reads of his publications; it is also stated that Professor A. A. Abdeta’s RGS is higher than 85% of all scores of ResearchGate members (accessed on 12/07/2022).

He has supervised and co-supervised more than 29 MSc and Ph.D. students and many undergraduate students.

He is also a recipient of the 2019 Dean’s Award of FNR in BUAN for his outstanding achievement in delivering the mandates of RFR and FNR in teaching, publications, and University services.

Range Ecology (undergraduate)

Range Plant Ecophysiology (undergraduate)

Range Grasses, Forbs and Woody Plants (undergraduate)

Range Resource Management (undergraduate)

Rangeland Management (undergraduate)

Camel Production (undergraduate)

Feeds and Feeding (undergraduate)

Forage and Pasture Crops Production and Management (undergraduate)

Pastoral and Socio-economic Transformation (graduate)

Climate Change and Pastoral Systems (graduate)

Range and Pasture Management (graduate)

Rangeland Management and fire Ecology (graduate)

Dryland Resource Management (graduate)

Livestock and Pastoral Development (graduate), and Integration of Indigenous Knowledge Systems

  1. Leader and principal investigator in the ILRI/ICARDA funded Project, Nairobi on “Impacts of rangeland management practices and land-use dynamics on carbon sequestration potentials in East African rangelands” Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia. Total grant USD 20,000.00.
  2. Leader and principal investigator in the IFS-funded project on the History of land use, impacts of long-term grazing, climate change on the pastoral ecosystem, and conservation of biodiversity (2010-2013). Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia. Total grant US$ 12,000.00.
  3. Co-leader and principal investigator from Hawassa University side in the BMZ funded ILRI Project, Nairobi on “Livelihood diversifying potential of livestock based carbon sequestration options in pastoral and agro-pastoral systems in Africa” Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia. Total grant Euro.1, 200,000.00.
  4. Initiator and principal investigator in a project entitled “Bush encroachment as a process of landscape change: Ecological and management assessment in southern Ethiopia funded by the Norwegian Government for my Ph.D. thesis.
  5. Initiator and team leader of Seed regeneration of invasive species: germination ecophysiology and woody vegetation encroachment processes in Borana, Southern Ethiopia (Jan 2015-July 2016).


Co-leader and principal investigator Livelihood diversifying potential of camel-based food security and climate-smart sustainable development in Botswana-Project Code: Camel Project (RPC 49). Funds Acquired from BUAN.