Birhanu Iticha Ayanssa

Birhanu Iticha Ayanssa

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


My research interests include soil acidity, the development of methods to estimate the acid-neutralising value of soil amendments, carbon sequestration, and drought stress management. I also worked on digital soil mapping and the development of digital soil information for site-specific management of soils.

Currently, I am investigating the influence of soil amendments on pH and nutrient availability in acidic soils.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - 2015 Climate Change Technical Specialist United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ethiopia branch
    2008 - 2022 Academic Wollega University
    2007 - 2008 Researcher Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2023 Award National Soil Judging Competition - 2023 Soil Science Australia (SSA) Australia -
    2022 Scholarship University of Adelaide Research Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia -
    2020 Recognition Outstanding Researcher Award Wollega University Ethiopia -
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2022 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2013 - 2015 Haramaya University Ethiopia MSc in Soil Science
    2002 - 2006 Mekelle University Ethiopia BSc in Soil and Water Conservation
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    Higher Diploma Programme Wollega University Ethiopia
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Iticha, B., Mosley, L. M., & Marschner, P. (2024). Combining lime and organic amendments based on titratable alkalinity for efficient amelioration of acidic soils. SOIL, 10(1), 33-47.
    DOI
    2022 Iticha, B., Kamran, M., Yan, R., Siuta, D., Al-Hashimi, A., Takele, C., . . . Elshikh, M. S. (2022). The Role of Digital Soil Information in Assisting Precision Soil Management. Sustainability (Switzerland), 14(18), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2022 Niguse, G., Iticha, B., Kebede, G., & Chimdi, A. (2022). Contribution of coffee plants to carbon sequestration in agroforestry systems of Southwestern Ethiopia. Journal of Agricultural Science, 160(6), 440-447.
    DOI Scopus4
    2021 Sori, G., Iticha, B., & Takele, C. (2021). Spatial prediction of soil acidity and nutrients for site-specific soil management in Bedele district, Southwestern Ethiopia. Agriculture and Food Security, 10(1).
    DOI Scopus4
    2020 Takele, C., & Iticha, B. (2020). Use of infrared spectroscopy and geospatial techniques for measurement and spatial prediction of soil properties. Heliyon, 6(10), 12 pages.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2019 Iticha, B., & Takele, C. (2019). Digital soil mapping for site-specific management of soils. Geoderma, 351, 85-91.
    DOI Scopus49 WoS31
    2019 Iticha, B., & Husen, A. (2019). Adaptation to climate change using indigenous weather forecasting systems in Borana pastoralists of southern Ethiopia. Climate and Development, 11(7), 564-573.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS20
    2018 Iticha, B., & Takele, C. (2018). Soil–landscape variability: mapping and building detail information for soil management. Soil Use and Management, 34(1), 111-123.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS9
    2017 Iticha, B. (2017). Ecosystem Carbon Storage and Partitioning in Chato Afromontane Forest: Its Climate Change Mitigation and Economic Potential. International Journal of Environment, Agriculture and Biotechnology, 2(4), 1785-1794.
    DOI
    2016 Iticha, B., Mohammed, M., & Kibret, K. (2016). Impact of deforestation and subsequent cultivation on soil fertility in Komto, Western Ethiopia. Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management, 7(12), 212-221.
    DOI
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2022 - ongoing Member Soil Science Australia Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2019 - 2021 Director for Research and Innovation, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Wollega University Ethiopia
    2016 - 2018 Head, Department of Soil Resources and Watershed Management Wollega University Ethiopia
    2007 - 2008 Head, Soil and Water Research Division Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research Ethiopia

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