AAU Department of Plant Biology and Biodiveristy Management
AAU Department of Plant Biology and Biodiveristy – Check Below:
The Department of Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management (DPBBM) evolved from the phased-out Department of Biology (which launched its MSc Programme in 1978/79) in the former Faculty of Science, Addis Ababa University. The “Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management Programme Unit” (as a Department after May 2012) designed a new modular curriculum (replacing the former Biology (Botanical Stream) MSc programme) in May 2010 and implemented it up to the end of 2012/13 academic year under a block teaching modality. The modular curriculum revolves around three specialization areas, namely Plant Biodiversity Management, Plant Physiology/Eco-physiology and Plant Ecology. The rally around these three “pillar” disciplines was meant to reflect the main areas of Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management. It also reflects the existing staff, laboratory and field facilities, and other resources in these areas. But still to fill up gaps in some disciplines the department needs academic staff in few specialization areas. At present, the Department runs MSc and PhD Programmes. The current Programme review also concerns both the MSc and PhD Programmes in Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management. While the MSc Programme in the review of curricula deals with the modularized curriculum, the PhD Programme presents a newly designed modular curriculum.
A Master’s Graduate in Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management can:
- Teach botany at higher education institutions;
- Identify problems and seek solutions to scientific and developmental problems in his/her field of specialization;
- Design and implement research projects in his/her field of specialization;
- Provide advice and consultation to government, non-government and the private sector; and
- Serve as an agent of change in matters related to botanical sciences and influence people to build a more scientific society.
A PhD Graduate in Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management can:
Teach specific specialization areas in higher learning institutions;
- Advise MSc students;
- Synthesis knowledge on issues pertaining to Plant Biodiversity and Biodiversity Management;
- Design and undertake high standard national and multi-national research projects to be considered for funding;
- Play a role in activities related to the conservation and management of biodiversity;
- Add knowledge in science through his/her research findings; and
- Publish research results in national and international scientific journals.
The mission of the Department of Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management is to contribute to the Ethiopian society through pursuit of education, learning, and research in plant biology and biodiversity management at the highest international level of excellence.
The Department aspires to be eminent plant biology and biodiversity management and a centre of excellence in botanical research and documentation.
The general objective of the PhD Programme of the Department is to produce highly skilled graduates with international standard scientific competencies and established scientific knowledge to work on and provide leadership in Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management.
We strive to become center for biodiversity education and research in the horn of Africa
- Research Methods & Biological Data Analyses (PBBM 600)
- Pedagogy (CTPD 601)
- Plant Evolution (PBBM 601)
- Plant Physiology (PBBM 602)
- Plant Systematics (PBBM 603)
- Ethnobotany (PBBM 604)
- Survey of Plant Families (PBBM 605)
- Plant Biodiversity Management (PBBM 606)
- Environmental Impact Assessment (ENSC 605)
- Vegetation Ecology (PBBM 607)
- Soils Fertility and Plant Nutrition (PBBM 608)
- Restoration Ecology (PBBM 610)
- Plant Stress Physiology (PBBM 612)
- MSc Thesis (PBBM 700)
- Pollination and Dispersal in Seed Plants (PBBM 800)
- Biogeography (PBBM 801)
- Phylogeny of Angiosperm Families (PBBM 802)
- Numerical Methods in Plant Ecology (PBBM 803)
- Propagation Biology and Restoration Mechanisms of Native Trees (PBBM 804)
- Plant Population Ecology (PBBM 807)
- Independent Study (PBBM 808)
- Plants of Cultural and Economic Importance (PBBM 809)
- Plant – Herbivores Relationships (PBBM 810)
- Biodiversity and Climate Change (PBBM 811)
- Field Course in Biodiversity and Ecology (PBBM 812)
- Field Methods and Instrumentation in Ecophysiology (PBBM 813 )
- Methods in Molecular Plant Systematics (PBBM 814)
- Soil Chemistry (PBBM 815)
- Book Reading (PBBM 816)
- Ecophysiological Processes (PBBM 817)
- Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (PBBM818)
- Ecological Modeling (PBBM819)
- Design and Management of Conservation Areas (PBBM820)
- PhD Thesis (PBBM 899)
The Department receives applicants who hold BSc degree in biology, plant sciences, forestry, natural resources management and other biology or plant biology related fields. All applicants must have (a) a cumulative GPA of 2.50, or (b) a CGPA of at least 2.00 with a major GPA of at least 2.50 during his/her graduation at undergraduate. Furthermore, all applicants should fulfill MSc admission requirements of Addis Ababa University.
The Department of Biology and Biodiversity Management admits applicants who hold M.Sc. degree in Biology, Plant Sciences, Forestry, Natural Resources Management and other biology or plant biology related fields. All applicants must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or equivalent at MSc graduation. Furthermore, all applicants should fulfill PhD admission requirements of Addis Ababa University. The Department requires that a PhD applicant must fulfill the age requirements of AAU at admission, but subject to scrutiny by the DGC or AC.
No. of Programs (undergraduate, Graduate and PhD
- MSc in Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management
- PhD in Plant Biology and Biodiversity Management
Current No. of Students (undergraduate, Graduate and PhD)
- MSc – 5
- PhD – 74
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