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Lulseged Tamene Desta

Role in Dryland Systems: 

Center Coordinator, CIAT and Action Site Coordinator, Chinyanja Triangle (Changara-Ntcheu/Dedza) Transect

Home organization: 

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Position in home organization: 

Soil Scientist, Tropical Soil Biolog Fertility


Lulseged Tamene Desta is a scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He has Bachelor Degree in Geography and Spatial Analysis (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia), Masters Degree in Applied Remote Sensing and GIS (Silsoe College, Cranfield University, the UK) and PhD Degree in Landscape Ecology and Resources Management from Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany.

Dr. Lulseged has started his career as an Assistant Lecturer at Mekelle University, Tigray, Ethiopia in 1994. After completing his Masters Degree, he served as lecturer at the same University until 2001. He taught various courses mainly Geography, Applied Climatology, Land Use Planning, GIS, and Remote Sensing. Between 2005-2006, Dr. Lulseged has worked as Postdoctoral scientist at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn. He was mainly involving in understanding the impacts of land use/cover change impacts on hydrological processes. Dr. Lulseged joined the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in August 2009. His main task was to coordinate and implement the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) project in Southern Africa stationed in Lilongwe, Malawi. While in ZEF and now with CIAT, Lulseged has contributed to various issues including modelling soil erosion and reservoir siltation, mapping land degradation hotspots and designing landscape planning and management tools. Currently, Lulseged is involved in various research activities in SSA and serves as CRP1.1 Focal Point for CIAT. 

Dr. Lulseged is interested in the areas of landscape restoration and ecological intensification as well as understanding spatial processes, their dynamics, interactions and feedbacks.