Wassie Anteneh Melkamu

1. Name and Address


Name:                    Wassie Anteneh Melkamu

Title (rank): Assistant Professor (PhD)

Date of Birth:                       02/09/1974

Place of Birth:                      Merawi, Gojjam, Ethiopia

Nationality:                          Ethiopian

Marital Status:                     Married

Number of children:            2

Current Address:  Wassie Anteneh

                                                Research Directorator

Bahir Dar University,

P O Box: 79, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

Office address: Wisdom Tower, Second Floor (202)

Phone (cell):  (+251) 0918760855

                                E-mail: wassie74@gmail.com, wassiea@bdu.edu.et

2. International Trainings:

1.             Fishbase, Taxonomy and Multivariate data analysis - March 2009 to June 2009, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium.

2.             Molecular phylogenetic analysis – February 2012 – June 2012, South   African Institute for aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), Grahamstown, South Africa.

3.             Doctoral study visit, October, 2012 – December, 212, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium.

4.             Training of Trainers on Toolbox for Operationalizing Green Economy Transition in Africa, July 27 – August 1, 2015.

5.            Water hyacinth control mechanisms, Uganda (Lake Victoria), June 1 – 10, 2015. 

5.             Management of Aquatic Weed – Water hyacinth, Aug 25 – 27, 2015, Mansoura University, Egypt

3. Work Experiences and Office Assignments

1 April 2014 – now: Research Director of Bahir Dar University and Assistant Professor in                 Aquatic Ecology

2  October 2009 – June 2013: PhD student at Addis Ababa University

3. November 2013 – April 2014 Quality Assurance and Enhancement Coordinator of Science        College.

4.  September 2006 – October 2008: Lecturer & Head Department of Biology, Bahir Dar                 University, Ethiopia

5.  September 2000 - September 2003:  Assistant Lecturer, Department of Biology, Bahir Dar         University, Ethiopia

4. Theses:

  PhD Dissertation title:

              Ecological Study of Spawning Migration and Juvenile Habitat Use By     Labeobarbus  Spp. (Cyprinidae, Teleostei) of Lake Tana, Ethiopia.

MSc Thesis title:

           spawning migration and reproductive biology of labeobarbus (cyprinidae: teleostei) of lake tana to dirma and megech rivers, ethiopia.



5. Research Interest: Aquatic Ecology, Climate change and wetland management, Aquaculture, Fisheries, Natural Resource Assessment, Green Economy Transformation and Environmental issues, Water Pollution.


6. Publications:

 Dagnew Mequanent, Minwyelet Mingist, Abebe Getahun and Wassie Anteneh                  Spawning migration of Labeobarbus species in Gilgel Abay River and its tributaries, Blue Nile Basin.African Journal of Fisheries Science, 2 (9): 176 – 186.   

Shewit G/medhin, Abebe Getahun, Minwyelet Mengist and Wassie Anteneh (2014). Some biological aspects of Labeobarbus spp. Arno Garno River, Lake Tana Sub Basin, Ethiopia. Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, 9 (2): 46 – 62.        

Wassie Anteneh, Abebe Getahun and Eshete Dejen (2013). Spawning migration of Lake Tana’s Labeobarbus spp.  (Teleostei: Cyprinidae) up the Ribb River, Ethiopia. African Journal of Aquatic Science, 38 (2): 1 - 8

Shewit Gebremedhin, Minwyeley Mengist, Abebe Getahun, and Wassie Anteneh  (2012).  Spawning migration of Labeobarbus spp. (Pisces: Cyprinidae) of Lake Tana to Arno-Garno River, Lake Tana sub-basin, Ethiopia. SINET: Ethiopian Journal of Science 35 (2): 95 – 106.

Wassie Anteneh, Abebe Getahun, Eshete Dejen, Sibbing FA, Nagelkerke LAJ, De Graaf M, Wudneh T, Vijverberg J, Palstra AP. (2012). Spawning migrations of the endemic Labeobarbus (Cyprinidae, Teleostei) species of Lake Tana, Ethiopia: status and threats. Journal of Fish Biology 81: 750 – 765.

Wassie Anteneh, Abebe Getahun, Eshete Dejen (2012). Shesher and Welala floodplain wetlands (Lake Tana, Ethiopia): are they important breeding habitats for Clarias gariepinus and the migratory Labeobarbus fish species? The Scientific World Journal, DOI:10.1100/2012/298742.

Berhan Mohammed, de Graaf, M., Nagelkerke, L. A. J., Minuyelet Mingist and Wassie Anteneh (2012). Lake Tana’s (Ethiopia) endemic Labeobarbus species flock; an uncertain future threatened by exploitation, land use and water resource developments. Proceedings of the Ethiopian Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Association (EFASA) 4: University of Haramaya, Harar, Ethiopia, 4-6 February 2011.

Wassie Anteneh, Abebe Getahun and Eshete Dejen (2010). Assessment of downstream dispersal of juveniles of the migratory riverine spawning Labeobarbus species of Lake Tana (Ethiopia). Proceeding of the second National Conference of the Ethiopian Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Association (EFASA) 3: 172-180.

Wassie Anteneh, Abebe Getahun and Eshete Dejen. (2008). The lacustrine species of Labeobarbus of Lake Tana (Ethiopia) spawning at Megech and Dirma Tributary Rivers. SINET: Ethiopian Journal of Science 31: 21- 28.

Wassie Anteneh, Abebe Getahun and Eshete Dejen (2007). The reproductive biology of Labeobarbus intermedius in Dirma and Megech tributary Rivers of Lake Tana (Ethiopia). Ethiopian Journal of Science and Technology. 4: 13 – 16.

Wassie Anteneh, Dereje Tewabe, Addisalem Assefa, Abebaw Zeleke, Befta Tenaw and Yitayew Wassie (2015). Water hyacinth coverage survey report on Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve, Technical Report Series 2.

Wassie Anteneh, Minwuyelet Mengist, Ayalew Wondie, Dereje Tewabe, Woldegebrael W/Kidan, Addisalem Assefa and Wondie Engida (2014). Water hyacinth coverage survey report on Lake Tana, Technical Report Series 1.

** PhD students under my supervision:

  1. Mr Ayenew Gezie (PhD Student), Jimma University, Ethiopia
  2. Mr Shewit Gebremedhin (PhD Student), Addis Ababa University and Ghent University.
  3. Mr. Degsera (PhD student) in BDU (College of Agriculture).

** MSc Students supervised: 21 (16 graduated and 5 doing their thesis).      



7. Research Grants

  1. Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (large grant) (GEM #65707; 2014)
  2. International Foundation for Science (Grt - A/4922-1) (2010) and (Grt – A4922-2, renewed).
  3. Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia) – Cornell University (USA) Partnership
  4. Graduate Studies Grant, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  5. Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) (2005)




8. Oral presentations:

  1. Wassie Anteneh (April 22, 2016), Green Economy Transformation in Ethiopia. Geneme-Bahir Dar, World Earth day, organized by Full Bright Sponsored Scholars in Ethiopia. 
  2. Wassie Anteneh (2015). Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) in Lake Tana: Status, Challenges and Future Focuses (solutions). High level meeting organized           by FAO and Ministry of Agriculture, Ethiopia. Intercontinental Hotel, Addis Ababa, July 7, 2015.
  3. Wassie Anteneh (2015). The status of Water Hyacinth in Lake Tana, Ethiopia. MansoUra University, Egypt.
  4.  Wassie Anteneh (2015). Water hyacinth status and challenges on Lake Tana. Amhara Universities Forum, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. March 10, 2015.
  5. Wassie Anteneh, Abebe Getahun, Eshete Dejen, Emmanuel Vreven (2013). Downstream migration patterns of juvenile Labeobarbus spp. in Gumara River, Lake Tana watershed, Bujumbura, Burundi.  

     6.    Wassie Anteneh (2004).  “Eutrophication in the East African Lakes” presented       at Addis Ababa University, Department of Biology.

    7.     Wassie Anteneh, Abebe Getahun and Eshete Dejen (2006). “The evolution of         lacustrine spawning of Labeobarbus fish species in Lake Tana, Ethiopia”,    Presented in the XVIth Annual Conference and Workshop of the Biological Society of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    8.    Wassie Anteneh (2007). “The fate of Lake Tana and its wetlands,” presented           in the   25th Annual Educational Seminar of Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.

   9.     Wassie Anteneh, Abebe Getahun and Eshete Dejen (2008). “The Spawning                         Migration of Labeobarbus Species of Lake Tana (Ethiopia) To Ribb River”.         Presented in the IVth Pan African Fish and Fisheries International Conference,    22- 26 September 2008, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

10.     Wassie Anteneh (2009). Biotelemetry and Its Applications in Fisheries Science,        presented at Addis Ababa University, Department of Biology.

11.       Wassie Anteneh (2009). Degradation of Freshwater Fish Nursery Habitats and Drifting of Early Life-Stages, presented at Addis Ababa University, Department of Biology.