Dawit Yemane Ghebrehiwet

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa

Dawit Yemane Ghebrehiwet was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia in 1977. He received a B.S. degree in marine biology and fisheries from the University of Asmara, Asmara, Eritrea, in 2001. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa in 2007. Since 2008 till present, he is working at the Fisheries Branch of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in Cape Town South Africa. His main interest is understanding the dynamics of various components of marine ecosystems using/developing novel statistical and modelling techniques. Currently, he is involved in projects that encompass taxa including sponges (marine benthos), seals, various demersal fish and cephalopod, and small pelagic fish. With the main emphasis of involvement in the above project being applying various statistical/modelling tools to fit to observational data to enable to understand factors/process driving observed trend and distribution of the different taxonomic groups and various attributes of ecosystems. The other current research that he is involved in is evaluation of the benefit of marine protected areas (MPAs) for mobile marine fish species using an individual based model. He is also working on assessing the response (either in distribution changes or abundance) of fish populations to future climate change.

Biography Updated on 21 March 2011

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