Bahru Zinaye Asegahegn

Bahru Zinaye Asegahegn
in Z3, A3

University of Cologne
Graduate School of Geosciences

    Bernhard-Feilchenfeld-Str. 11
50969 Cologne
    Phone:   +49 (0)221-470-6524

CRC 806 - Project Affiliation:

Project A3
Ethiopian lakes – Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in the source region of modern man

Project Z3
Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG)

Scientific Interests:

  • Geochemistry
  • Paleoenvironment
  • Quaternary science
  • Petrology
  • Geoarchaeology

Ph.D. Research Topic:

Working Title: Late Quaternary environmental change on the Southeastern Ethiopian Highlands.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Frank Schäbitz


Since 2019: Ph.D. student at Graduate School of Geosciences, University of Cologne.

2014: M.Sc. in Earth Sciences (Petrology), Addis Ababa University

M.Sc. thesis:

Geological and geomorphological characterization of the Dendi caldera, West-central Ethiopia: implications for paleoenvironmental reconstruction using lake sediment cores.

Field Work / Research Assignments:

  • Lake Haramaya drilling - CRC 806 project - (Feb. 2017)
  • Lake Chew Bahir drilling - HSPDP - ICDP (Nov - Dec 2014)
  • Geoarchaeological and plaeoenvironmental field excursion in and around Mochena Borago rock shelter, Sodicho rock shelter and Dendi Caldera. CRC 806 project (Feb 2014, Feb 2015)
  • Rescue archeology in Dendi Caldera - Geological survey and paleomagnetic data collection (Oct. 2012)
  • conducted, organized &/or coordinated several Geo-field campaigns to undergraduate students of Addis Ababa University in Volcanic (Cenozoic), Sedimentary (Mesozoic), and Metamorphic (Neoproterozoic) terrain.


Sept 2015 to Sept 2019: Lecturer, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

July 2014 to Spet 2015: Lecturer, Madawalabu University, Ethiopia.

Sept 2010 to June 2014: Graduate assistant, Madawalabu University, Ethiopia.


Vogelsang, R., Bubenzer, O., Kehl, M., Meyer, S., Richter, J. and Zinaye, B., 2018. When Hominins Conquered Highlands—an Acheulean Site at 3000 m asl on Mount Dendi/Ethiopia. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology, pp.1-12.

Cohen, A., Campisano, C., ... Zinaye, B., et. al., 2016. The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: inferring the environmental context of human evolution from eastern African rift lake deposits. Scientific Drilling, 21, 1-16.


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