School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Prof Tesfaye Kidane Birke

Professor & Academic Leader

Tesfaye Kidane is currently a full professor and academic leader, geological sciences, school of AEES. He holds B.Sc., M.Sc. in Geology and Structural geology, and PhD in tectonics, paleomagnetism and geochronology.

His research focusses on the kinematic and dynamic evolution of the Afar depression and East African Rift systemPaleomagnetism studies on rocks of broad age ranges and tectonic environments. He is a fellow of Alexander von Humboldt, Fulbright, and Japan Society for the promotions of Sciences. He is an associate editor of Tectonics and member of American Geophysical Unions honors and recognition committee. 

Research interests

Tesfaye Kidane’s research engagement revolves around the applications of paleomagnetism to regional tectonics, paleogeography, geochronology, and paleoenvironment reconstructions. It is both field and laboratory based. He uses paleomagnetism, rock-magnetism to explore rock records and make regional geological synthesis. He is studying the tectonic evolution of the Afar Depression and East African rift. His research area also include the paleomagnetism of the Karoo Large Igneous Province, Permian Paleogeographic reconstructions of Gondwana and Pangea and studying the paleomagnetic records of the oldest cratonic nuclei and terranes in South Africa.  

Research profiles