Tsegaye Nega, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, is a conservation biologist interested in exploring the relationship between roads, urban development, and biodiversity conservation. He has previously led a Carleton conservation and development program to Tanzania and has worked as a plant breeder and agronomist in various parts of Ethiopia.
Tanzania and Ethiopia are excellent places to study the conflict between conservation and development. Tanzania has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in the world while the majority of the population lives in poverty. Similarly, Ethiopia is one of the twelve centers of crop genetic diversity in the world and is considered the water tower of East Africa, yet, no other country in Africa has suffered from recurrent hunger more than Ethiopia. This program will travel throughout the northern part of Tanzania, the highlands of Ethiopia, as well as to the birth place of coffee in Ethiopia. Students will stay and work out of rustic places. The academic program will largely be centered on directed learning modules and independent fieldwork; teamwork will be emphasized. Visits to cultural sites and interactions with Tanzanian and Ethiopian scientists will be important aspects of the program.