Misganaw Tamrat Gessese
I am Misganaw Tamrat, from Ethiopia. I joined CEES as a PhD student in January 2016.
I did both my Bachelor and Master studies in Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia). My Bachelor was on Applied Biology and a Master study was on Ecology and Systematic Zoology. Recently, I am working on the Alcelaphus buselaphus (Hartebeest) behavioral ecology and taxonomic relationships among its subspecies on the eastern African.
I'm fascinated by evolutionary development of organisms as well as interactions both within and among species.
My PhD project focuses on the ecology and conservation threats of Alcelaphus buselaphus swaynei; distribution pattern of A. b. swaynei, Alcelaphus buselaphus tora and Alcelaphus buselaphus lelwel, and including with their phylogenetic relationships. Ethiopia harbors the three subspecies which are endangered by the IUCN categorization. Rinderpest transmission and subsequent habitat fragmentation due to intensive human pressures enhance their population size decrement and distribution pattern isolations. Although, the subspecies have morphologically distinctive features, their taxonomy remains unclear and not conclusive yet in the different areas in eastern Africa. Hybridization between the subspecies makes their taxonomy further complicated. Therefore, this project will help to: investigate the distribution patterns of the three subspecies in Ethiopia which is currently unidentified; determine the seasonal habitat use and map of the potential habitat suitability of A.b.swaynei using GIS based habitat suitability model; analyze the phylogenetic relationships using sequenced DNA sources of the hartebeest populations and identify the possible conservation strategies. These will help to take appropriate conservation measures for the long term sustainability of the subspecies and document the current phylogenetic evidences for their taxonomy.