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Geology Professor Appointed Associate Editor of Tectonics Journal

2017/07/27 07:52:56 PM

Professor Tesfaye Kidane Birke of (SAEES) Discipline of Geology has been appointed Associate Editor of the Tectonics journal by the American Geophysical Union.

Professor Tesfaye Kidane Birke 

Professor Tesfaye Kidane Birke of the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences’ (SAEES) Discipline of Geology has been appointed Associate Editor of the Tectonics journal by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

The appointment, which runs through until December 2020, will involve contributing to the maintenance and enhancement of the quality of AGU journals as well as facilitating timely review processes. Editors are also encouraged to solicit important and thought-provoking articles.

As an Associate Editor he joins a global team of renowned senior professors working in geoscientific fields. ‘I am delighted to be appointed as the editorial board member of this highly respected journal, and honoured by the international recognition of my expertise.’

Kidane joined UKZN in June 2017 from the School of Earth Sciences at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia where he had worked since 1989 in between doctoral studies, a post-doctoral fellowship, and visiting professorships.

Drawn to UKZN by the ‘fascinating geology of South Africa’, his appointment enables him to study ancient, unique rocks, some of which are about 3.6 billion years old.

He has extensive international experience having previously worked at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University of Munich as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow; a Research Associate Professor at the University of Utah; a visiting professor at Kyoto and Kobe Universities in Japan, and a guest investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London, a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and a Fellow of the American Fulbright Scholarship programme.

Kidane completed his BSc and his Master’s degrees in Geology at Addis Ababa University where he assisted with lecturing. He received his PhD from the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris in 1999, and was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Hawai‘iat Manoa for a time in the early 2000s.

Kidane’s expertise lies in the fields of geological mapping, paleomagnetism, structural geology and tectonics. His research at UKZN will involve studying and contributing towards constraining the paleogeographic positions of the terranes and mobile belts that make up the South African Craton region in deep geological time. 

Christine Cuénod


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