Bahir Dar Fisheries and Other Aquatic Life Research Center
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
I am Director of the Bahir Dar Fisheries and Other Aquatic Life Research Center that is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Tana in north central Ethiopia. I have conducted research at the Center for the past 14 years. The primary mission of the Center is to manage the important fish populations of Lake Tana. For my master’s thesis I conducted research on the modern fish faunas and biodiversity of the trunk tributaries of the Blue Nile River and, in particular, the Shinfa River that flows through the area of the Middle Stone Age archaeological sites. I have worked with the Project since 2010 and have directed the study of the modern fish and production of a comparative skeletal collection to aid our efforts in identifying the fish fossil remains that are so abundant in the archaeological excavations.
For this Project I am interested in working with students who want to study modern fish biodiversity and fish skeletal anatomy in order to use this information to understand how MSA people caught and processed fish.