Thursday, September 15, 2011

ORI Research Scholar Dr. Demel Teketay Fanta receives historic promotion.

Dr. Demel Teketay Fanta, a Research Scholar at ORI, has recently been double-promoted to Associate Professor rank. Prof. Fanta who received his PhD from the Faculty of Forestry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has previously worked at various capacities in different institutions prior to joining the institute as a Plant Ecologist in July 2009, i.e. the first African Regional Director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – African Regional Office; Director General of and Director of Forestry Research in the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization; Graduate Assistant – Assistant Lecturer - Lecturer and Assistant Professor of Forest Vegetation Ecology at both Alemaya University and Wondo Genet College of Forestry. He has taught several courses and supervised/co-supervised 13 (3 currently) PhD and 18 Mphil/MSc students (1 currently). He has served as examiner/pre-reviewer of 12 PhD (Ethiopia, Finland, Netherlands, South Africa and Sweden) and 4 MSc (Ethiopia and South Africa) theses. He has published 153 scientific articles: 96 in peer-reviewed national and international journals, 11 book chapters, 19 in proceedings, 12 published articles,15 in quasi-scientific journals and different bulletins. He has also published 2 books and edited 2 books 1 special issue of a journal as well as a national report. His research and publications focus on the flora of Ethiopia; forests and livelihoods; responsible/sustainable forest management; diversity, structure, dynamics and conservation of forest resources; regeneration ecology; flowering and fruiting phenology; forest fire and its impact on forest species; restoration of degraded (forest) land; impact of plantations on indigenous woody species regeneration; medicinal and edible wild plants; and Ethno-botany and ecology. He is a member of several professional associations and serves/served as a member of the Governing Council and Executive Committee of the African Forest Forum (since 2007), Executive Committee of the International Association of Tropical Ecology (since 2005), Associate Editor of five national and international scientific journals: Ethiopian Journal of Natural Resources, Ethiopian Journal of Biological Sciences, Environmental Management, New Forests and Tropical Ecology, and Editorial Board of two international journals: FLORA and Journal of Science and Development. He has also been the recipient of seven national and international awards. The double promotion he got is the first in the history of University of Botswana. Congratulations Prof on this historic achievement!

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