I am an Associate Professor in Aquatic Biology and currently the Chairman of the Department of Zoological Sciences. My specialization and research interest is in the diversity, conservation and utilization of freshwater fishes. For the last 20 years we (together with my graduate students) have conducted research on Ethiopian freshwater fish, especially on the conservation of the unique migratory Labeobarbus spp. of Lake Tana. We have also done some work on the fish of Alatish National Park where the diversity is considerably high and where there is some use of piscicides (natural poisons) by the local people.
I am interested in supervising students in the study of the effects of poisons on fish and the possibility that their use by MSA peoples might be detectable in fossil fish and mollusks. I am also interested in supervising students who are interested in the taxonomy and abundance of modern and fossil fish, with this work being carried out both in the field and in the National Museum in Addis Ababa.