For former 2013 Borlaug LEAP Fellow, Taye Alemayehu Hulluka, a visit to an UNESCO Heritage Site, where he noticed an alarming change in water flow, had a profound impact and influenced him to pursue hydrologic research. Alemayehu enrolled as PhD student at the Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources, Addis Ababa University in 2011. His PhD research addressed one of Ethiopia’s top challenges in dealing with food security and water resource development. Specifically, his study aimed to unravel the impacts of land use change and climate variability on hydro-geologic and hydrologic systems of the Baro Arkobo basin in Ethiopia.
Mr. Alemayehu used his Borlaug LEAP Fellowship to get hands-on training in geophysical, hydrological and geo-statistical methods. He spent five months working with Dr. Lanbo Liu, a Civil and Envirnmental Engineering professor at the University of Connecticut. Through his mentor, Alemayehu also had access to US Geological Survey (USGS) facilities.
In Ethiopia, Mr. Alemayehu worked with Dr. Alemseged Tamiru Haile at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Dr. Haile is a researcher with a specialty in spatial hydrology and geo-information science. He provided guidance on hydrological modeling, impact assessment of climate change on water resources systems and potential applications of satellite remote sensing.
Mr. Alemayehu feels leadership starts at home, with being a good husband and father. He thinks leaders should lead by example and aspire to be role models not only on a personal level, but on a professional level as well. After earning his PhD, which he plans to complete in 2015, he hopes to pursue a career as a professor. He feels that researchers, academics, and developers don't often work together and he wants to create links between those two groups in order to foster better communication.