Assistant Professor of Biodiversity conservation
Haramaya University
2017 - 2021

PhD in Range Ecology and Biodiversity

Addis Ababa University
2005 - 2006

MSc in Dryland Biodiversity conservation and management

Addis Ababa University

1999 – 2003

BSc in Biology from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Haramaya University, Assistant Professor
2014 – ---

Haramaya University, Lecturer
2009 - 2014
Addis Ababa University, Research assistant

Haramaya Preparatory School, Teacher


Chelenko High School, Teacher and Principal


Biodiversity professional, SPSS, GIS, and R software
Microsoft Office skills
Teamwork and collaboration
Problem Solving
Time management

Research Interest

I have research interest on expedition and exploration of the vegetation biodiversity and new plant species, economic botany to maximize the utility of plant species and plant products with special interest and knowledge on the genus Aloe, ethno-botanical and ethno-medicinal plant species, ecosystem services and climate change resilient strategies through enhanced agro-biodiversity practices.

Research projects (HU and external) and their status

  • Ethno-medicinal, pharmacological and phytochemical Studies of Potential Anti-diabetic Traditional Medicinal Plants in Eastern Ethiopia (2.9 Million Birr) (HUGG_2021_06_02_24) (New 2021- 2025) (Co-PI)
  •  Towards the Commercialization of Prioritized Aloe Species from Eastern and South-eastern Ethiopia (352,100 Birr). HUKT_2021_06_01_56 (New project 2021-2023) (PI)
  • A Comprehensive Evaluation and Validation of Traditional Medicinal Plants and Associated Indigenous Knowledge in Hararghe, Eastern Ethiopia. (380,500 Birr) HUSS_2018_06_01_26 (Completed) (Co-PI)
  • Bioactive phytochemicals, antioxidant properties, and nutritional composition of exudates/gel from endemic/indigenous Aloes of Eastern Ethiopia. (132,000). (HURG-2016-06-01-04) (Completed 2017-2019) (PI)
  • Baseline Survey of Pilot Woreda in Oromia Regional State for the Implementation of operationalizing Green Economy Transition Project in Ethiopia, Funded by German International Cooperation (GIZ), 2016. (242,900.00) Completed (PI)
  • Operetionalizing green economy transition at Pilot Wereda level in Ethiopia, Funded by UNEP, 2016-2017 (12,000 USD) Completed, (PI)
  • Comprehensive Ethnobotanical study on wild edible plants in Hararge lowlands: Step towards domestication for climate change mitigation and livelihood improvement. (100,000 Birr) (SIDA/SAREC grant 2012-2014) (Completed) (PI)
  • Agrobiodiversity and productivity enhancement through soil fertility and coffee disease management: the case of coffee based gardens in Hararge, Eastern Ethiopia. (120,000 Birr) (SIDA/SAREC grant 2013-2014) (Completed) (Co-PI)


1. Anteneh Belayneh, Negussie F. Bussa, Sebsebe Demissew, Daniel Bisrat. 2020. Acute oral toxicity test from leaf exudates of 17 Aloe species from East and South of the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia. Advances in Traditional Medicine 20(3): 1-12.

2. Anteneh Belayneh, Sebsebe Demissew, Negussie F. Bussa, Daniel Bisrat. 2020. Ethno-medicinal and bio-cultural importance of aloes from south and east of the Great Rift Valley floristic regions of Ethiopia. Heliyon 6: e04344.

3. Mohammed Seid, Anteneh Belayneh Desta and Tessema Zewdu. 2020. Effect of range land vegetation degradation on livestock and socio-economic status of the pastoralists, Afar regional state, Northern Ethiopia. Vol. 6(3), pp. 17-27, DOI: 10.5897/JODA2019.0035.

4. Dejene W. Sintayehu, Anteneh Belayneh, Nigussie Dechassa. 2020. Aboveground carbon stock is related to land cover and woody species diversity in tropical ecosystems of Eastern Ethiopia. Ecological Processes, 9:37.

5. Anteneh Belayneh Desta. 2017. Neglected and Underutilized Plant Species (NUS): Promising for Livelihood Option in the Dry Lands of Africa. Asian J Life Sci, AJLS-103. DOI: 10.29011/AJLS-103.000003.

6. Tesfay Atsbha, Anteneh Belayneh Desta, Tessema Zewdu. 2019. Carbon sequestration potential of natural vegetation under grazing influence in Southern Tigray, Ethiopia: implication for climate change mitigation. Heliyon 5 (2019) e02329.

7. Tesfay Atsbha, Anteneh Belayneh Desta, Tessema Zewdu (2019). Woody species diversity, population structure, and regeneration status in the Gra-Kahsu natural vegetation, southern Tigray of Ethiopia. Heliyon 5: e01120. doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2019. e01120

8. Tesfay Atsbha, Anteneh Belayneh Desta. 2019. Ecological assessment of plant diversity and associated edaphic and topographic variables in the Gra-Kahsu forests of Ethiopia. Journal of Horticulture and Forestry, Vol. 11(1), pp. 8-18, DOI: 10.5897/JHF2018.0567.

9. Negussie F Bussa, Anteneh Belayneh. 2020. Long-Standing Herbal Medicinal Traditions from the Prehistoric Harar Town and the Surroundings, Eastern Ethiopia. J. Ayu. Herb. Med. DOI: 10.31254/jahm.2020.6311

10. Bussa N.F., Anteneh Belayneh. 2019. Traditional medicinal plants used to treat cancer, tumors and inflammatory ailments in Harari Region, Eastern Ethiopia. South African Journal of Botany, 122 (2019) 360–368.

11. Wycliffe Tumwesigye, Abebe Aschalew, Wambi Wilber, Anteneh Desta. 2019. Impact of Climate Change on Food Systems: A Narrative Review. Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science, 8(4): 50-55. doi: 10.11648/j.wros.20190804.12.

12. Anteneh BELAYNEH and Zewdu K TESSEMA. 2017. Mechanisms of bush encroachment and its inter-connection with rangeland degradation in semi-arid African ecosystems: a review. J Arid Land, 9(2): 299–312.

13. Anteneh Belayneh and Negussie F. Bussa, 2014. Ethnomedicinal plants used to treat human ailments in the prehistoric place of Harla and Dengego valleys, eastern Ethiopia. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 10:18 doi:10.1186/1746-4269-10-18.

14. Anteneh Belayneh, Sintayehu Workeneh, and Yirmed Demeke. 2015. Biodiversity Potential, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Drylands of Eastern Ethiopia: The Case of Babile Elephant Sanctuary. Proceedings: International conference on Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services for Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development, UNDP and Haramaya University, Ethiopia. Pp 56-67.

15. Negussie Bussa, Anteneh Belayneh, and Merga Deressa. 2017. The Potential of Camel Milk and Extracts of Major Plants Browsed by the Animal for Diabetes Treatment. East African Journal of Sciences, 11 (2) 129-138.

16. Anteneh Belayneh, Temesgen Yohannes and Adefires Worku. 2013. Recurrent and extensive forest fire incidence in the Bale Mountains National Park (BMNP), Ethiopia: Extent, Cause and Consequences. International Journal of Environmental Sciences Vol. 2 No. 1. Pp. 29-39.

17. Anteneh Belayneh, Zemede Asfaw, Sebsebe Demissew, Negussie F. Bussa. 2012. Potential and use of medicinal plants by pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in Erer Valley of Babile Wereda, Eastern Ethiopia. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 8: 42.

18. Anteneh Belayneh and Sebsibe Demissew. 2011. Diversity and Population Structure of Woody Species Browsed by Elephants in Babile Elephant Sanctuary, eastern Ethiopia: an implication for Conservation. Ee-JRIF Vol 3, No 1 2011 – Agriculture and Forestry issue: pp (20-32).

19. Anteneh Belayneh, Tamrat Bekele and Sebsebe Demissew. 2011. Floristic analysis of the natural vegetation of babile Elephant sanctuary, Eastern Ethiopia: Implication for biodiversity conservation. Eth J Biol Sc, Vol 10(2): 137-152.

20. Anteneh Belayneh and Sebsebe Demissew. 2011. Ethnobotanical study of edible wild and multipurpose plants used by the local communities in Babile Elephant Sanctuary, eastern Ethiopian. Proceedings of international conference on ECOCASD, AMBO UNIVERSITY.

21. Preetha VV, Belayneh A, Palavesam A, Immanuel G, Tadesse Z. (2012). Effect of Dietary Nutrient Sources on Nitrogen and Phosphorus Loading from Culture of Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon). J. Aquacult Res. Dev. 3:141 doi:10.4172/2155-9546.1000141.



Department of Botany and Biodiversity

Addis Ababa University

P.O. Box 3434

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Food Science

Haramaya University

P.O. Box 138

Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Tel: +251-910-27-55-26 (Cell)


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Anteneh Belayneh (PhD)

Assistant Professor of Biodiversity Conservation

School of Biological Science and Biotechnology

College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Haramaya University, Ethiopia