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My main research as part of my PhD is on conservation oriented ecological genetic studies of mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni), endangered antelope endemic to Ethiopia. My ecological study aims to address questions related to spatiotemporal distribution pattern, population estimates and identifying localities to be prioritized for conservation by developing GIS based habitat suitability model for the species. A study on habitat preference and behavioural ecology of the species is also under progress, based on continuous focal watch of 19 collared mountain nyala (9 with GPS and 10 with VHF collars). Genetic population differentiation of the species across the fragmented landscape of Ethiopian highlands is studied from microsatellite data, using pellets as DNA source. The information provided by this first ever detailed study of the species will provide important input for the long-term conservation management plan of the species. In addition, I am involved in the behavioural ecology studies of endemic primates of Ethiopia particularly on the bale monkey (Chlorocebus djamdjamensis), blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis boutourlinii) and the gelada baboon of Arussi highlands (Theropithecus gelada ?).

Tags: Ecology, Global South, Conservation


  • Gutema, Tariku Mekonnen; Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Alemu, Diress Tsegaye; Bekele, Afework; Sillero-Zubiri, Claudio; Marino, Jorgelina; Kasso, Mohammed; Venkataraman, Vivek V.; Fashing, Peter & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2019). Foraging ecology of African wolves (Canis lupaster) and its implications for the conservation of Ethiopian wolves (Canis simensis). Royal Society Open Science.  ISSN 2054-5703.  6(9), s 1- 9 . doi: 10.1098/rsos.190772 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Gebremichael, Gelaye; Alemu, Diress Tsegaye; Bunnefeld, Nils; Zinner, Dietmar & Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha (2019). Fluctuating asymmetry and feather growth bars as biomarkers to assess the habitat quality of shade coffee farming for avian diversity conservation. Royal Society Open Science.  ISSN 2054-5703.  6(8), s 1- 12 . doi: 10.1098/rsos.190013 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Zinner, Dietmar; Delkaso, Dereje Tesfaye; Stenseth, Nils Christian; Bekele, Afework; Mekonnen, Aemro; Doeschner, Steve; Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha & Roos, Christian (2019). Is Colobus guereza gallarum a valid endemic Ethiopian taxon?. Primate Biology (PB).  ISSN 2363-4707.  6(1), s 7- 16 . doi: 10.5194/pb-6-7-2019 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Gutema, Tariku Mekonnen; Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Lemma, Alemayehu; Bekele, Afework; Sillero-Zubiri, Claudio; Zinner, Dietmar; Farstad, Wenche Kristin; Arnemo, Jon Martin & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2018). Capture and immobilization of African wolves (Canis lupaster) in the Ethiopian Highlands. Journal of Wildlife Diseases.  ISSN 0090-3558.  54(1), s 175- 179 . doi: 10.7589/2017-03-063
  • Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Stenseth, Nils Christian; Drouilly, Marine; Bock, Steffen; Roos, Christian & Zinner, Dietmar (2018). Deep divergence among mitochondrial lineages in African jackals. Zoologica Scripta.  ISSN 0300-3256.  47(1), s 1- 8 . doi: 10.1111/zsc.12257
  • Gutema, Tariku Mekonnen; Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Bekele, Afework; Sillero-Zubiri, Claudio; Kasso, Mohammed; Alemu, Diress Tsegaye; Venkataraman, Vivek V.; Fashing, Peter; Zinner, Dietmar & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2018). Competition between sympatric wolf taxa: an example involving African and Ethiopian wolves. Royal Society Open Science.  ISSN 2054-5703.  5(5), s 1- 9 . doi: 10.1098/rsos.172207 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Zinner, Dietmar; Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Beehner, Jacinta C.; Bekele, Afework; Bergman, Thore J.; Burke, Ryan; Dolotovskaya, Sofya; Fashing, Peter; Gippoliti, Spartaco; Knauf, Sascha; Knauf, Yvonne; Mekonnen, Addisu; Moges, Amera; Nguyen, Nga; Stenseth, Nils Christian & Roos, Christian (2018). Phylogeography, mitochondrial DNA diversity, and demographic history of geladas (Theropithecus gelada). PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  13:e0202303(8), s 1- 18 . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0202303 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Simeneh, Getachew; Bekele, Afework; Gutema, Tariku Mekonnen; Sillero-Zubiri, Claudio; Hill, Russell A & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2017). African wolf diet, predation on livestock and conflict in the Guassa mountains of Ethiopia. African Journal of Ecology.  ISSN 0141-6707.  55(4), s 632- 639 . doi: 10.1111/aje.12399
  • Viranta, Suvi; Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Werdelin, Lars & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2017). Rediscovering a forgotten canid species. BMC Zoology.  ISSN 2056-3132.  2(6), s 1- 9 . doi: 10.1186/s40850-017-0015-0
  • Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Cooper, David; Kock, Richard; Rueness, Eli Knispel; Fisher, Martha; Bekele, Afework; Loe, Leif Egil & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2016). Immobilization of Mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni) in the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Gnusletter (online).  ISSN 2304-0718.  33(2), s 6- 9
  • Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Rueness, Eli Knispel; Loe, Leif Egil & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2016). Biological Conservation Founded on Landscape Genetics: The Case of the Endangered Mountain Nyala in the Southern Highlands of Ethiopia, In Jakob Bro-Jørgensen & David P Mallon (ed.),  Antelope Conservation: From Diagnosis to Action.  Wiley-Blackwell.  ISBN 978-1-118-40964-0.  Chapter 10.  s 172 - 189
  • Buechley, Evan R.; Sekercioglu, Cagan H.; Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Gebremichael, Gelaye; Ndungu, James Kuria; Mahamued, Bruktawit Abdu; Beyene, Tifases; Gutema, Tariku Mekonnen & Lens, Luc (2015). Importance of Ethiopian shade coffee farms for forest bird conservation. Biological Conservation.  ISSN 0006-3207.  188, s 50- 60 . doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.01.011
  • Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem & Loe, Leif Egil (2014). Livestock-wildlife conflicts in the Ethiopian highlands: assessing the dietary and spatial overlap between mountain nyala and cattle. African Journal of Ecology.  ISSN 0141-6707.  52(3), s 343- 351 . doi: 10.1111/aje.12126
  • Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem; Loe, Leif Egil & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2014). Individual heterogeneity in use of human shields by mountain nyala. Ethology.  ISSN 0179-1613.  120(7), s 715- 725 . doi: 10.1111/eth.12242
  • Bunnefeld, Nils; Edwards, Charles T.T.; Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem; Hailu, Fetene & Milner-Gulland, EJ (2013). Incentivizing Monitoring and Compliance in Trophy Hunting. Conservation Biology.  ISSN 0888-8892.  27(6), s 1344- 1354 . doi: 10.1111/cobi.12120
  • Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem; Rueness, Eli Knispel; Loe, Leif Egil; Serbezov, Dimitar; Bekele, Afework & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2013). Population genetic structure and connectivity in the endangered Ethiopian mountain Nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni): recommending dispersal corridors for future conservation. Conservation Genetics.  ISSN 1566-0621.  14(2), s 427- 438 . doi: 10.1007/s10592-013-0450-6
  • Tesfaye, Dereje; Fashing, Peter J.; Bekele, Afework; Kassie, Addisu Mekonnen & Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem (2013). Ecological Flexibility in Boutourlini's Blue Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis boutourlinii) in Jibat Forest, Ethiopia: A Comparison of Habitat Use, Ranging Behavior, and Diet in Intact and Fragmented Forest. International journal of primatology.  ISSN 0164-0291.  34(3), s 615- 640 . doi: 10.1007/s10764-013-9684-x
  • Mekonnen, Addisu; Bekele, Afework; Fashing, Peter J.; Lernould, Jean-Marc; Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2012). Newly Discovered Bale Monkey Populations in Forest Fragments in Southern Ethiopia: Evidence of Crop Raiding, Hybridization With Grivets, and Other Conservation Threats. American Journal of Primatology.  ISSN 0275-2565.  74(5), s 423- 432 . doi: 10.1002/ajp.21999
  • Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Loe, Leif Egil; Langangen, Øystein; Rueness, Eli Knispel; Bekele, A. & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2011). Estimating population size and habitat suitability for mountain nyala in areas with different protection status. Animal Conservation.  ISSN 1367-9430.  14, s 409- 418 . doi: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2011.00437.x
  • Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem; Loe, Leif Egil; Langangen, Øystein Ole; Rueness, Eli Knispel; Bekele, Afework & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2011). Estimating population size and habitat suitability for mountain nyala in areas with different protection status. Animal Conservation.  ISSN 1367-9430.  14(4), s 409- 418 . doi: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2011.00437.x
  • Rueness, Eli Knispel; Asmyhr, Maria Gulbrandsen; Sillero-Zubiri, Claudio; Macdonald, David W.; Bekele, Afework; Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2011). The Cryptic African Wolf: Canis aureus lupaster Is Not a Golden Jackal and Is Not Endemic to Egypt. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  6(1) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016385
  • Mekonnen, A.; Bekele, A.; Hemson, Graham; Teshome, E & Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem (2010). Population size and habitat preference of the Vulnerable Bale monkey Chlorocebus djamdjamensis in Odobullu Forest and its distribution across the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Oryx.  ISSN 0030-6053.  44(4), s 558- 563 . doi: 10.1017/S0030605310000748
  • Mekonnen, A.; Bekele, Afework; Fashing, Peter J.; Hemson, Graham & Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem (2010). Diet, Activity Patterns, and Ranging Ecology of the Bale Monkey (Chlorocebus djamdjamensis) in Odobullu Forest, Ethiopia. International journal of primatology.  ISSN 0164-0291.  31(3), s 339- 362 . doi: 10.1007/s10764-010-9389-3
  • Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem; Williams, S.D.; Bekele, A. & Thirgood, S. (2010). Livestock predation in the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. African Journal of Ecology.  ISSN 0141-6707.  48(4), s 1076- 1082 . doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2010.01214.x Show summary
  • Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem; Bekele, A. & Williams, S.D. (2009). Competition between domestic dogs and Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis) in the Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia. African Journal of Ecology.  ISSN 0141-6707.  48(2), s 401- 407 . doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2009.01126.x

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  • Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Stenseth, Nils Christian; Fashing, Peter; Nguyen, Nga; Chapman, Colin A.; Bekele, Afework; Mekonnen, Addisu; Omeja, Patrick A. & Kalbitzer, Urs (2019). Build science in Africa. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  570, s 297- 300 . doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-01885-1
  • Rueness, Eli Knispel; Trosvik, Pål; Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha; Sillero-Zubiri, Claudio & Trucchi, Emiliano (2015). The African wolf is a missing link in the wolf-like canid phylogeny. biorxiv. . doi: /10.1101/017996
  • Beyene, Cherie Enawgaw & Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha (2014). Migration pattern and dispersal corridors of the white eared kob and conservation conflicts in the Ethiopia-South Sudan landscape.
  • Gutema, Tariku Mekonnen & Atickem, Anagaw Meshesha (2014). The behavioural Ecology of the African wolf (Canis lupus lupaster) in the Ethiopian highlands.
  • Meshesha, Anagaw Atickem (2013). Chlorocebus djamdjamensis, In Jonathan Kingdon (ed.),  Mammals of Africa. Volume II.  Bloomsbury Academic.  ISBN 9781408122570.  Primates.  s 287 - 290

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