Graduate Students

Yelebe Amere

Yelebe Amere

Office: CHCB 320

Personal Summary

I am originally from Ethiopia, loacted at the Eastern (Horn) part of Africa. It lies between latitudes 3o and 15oN, and longitudes 33o and 48oE and its topography varies from one of the lowest places on Earth the Danakil depression ~ -125m below sea level to one of the highest mountain in Africa, Ras Dashen (Semen Mountain) ~ 4533m above sea level. The country is the source of Blue Nile and the Birthplace of Coffee and Lucy (the first human hominid found in the Danakil depression) estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago.

Currently I am a second year Ph.D. student at the University of Montana working with Dr. Rebecca Bendick. My main interest is Tectonics of the East African Rift System and other similar geological and tectonic settings. I am trying to understand crustal deformations of the Earth and other geological and tectonic processes using various geophysical methods, mainly GPS and InSAR.


2010 - Present: PhD student in Geophysics at the University of Montana; Advisor: Rebecca Bendick.

2009: Postgraduate Diploma in Earth System Physics, the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy.

2008: M.Sc in Exploration and Solid Earth Geophysics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.

2004: B.Ed in Physics, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.

Field of Study

Geodesy, Geophysics

Teaching Experience

Ge0 102 : Introduction to Geology Lab. at the University of Montana.

Teaching Physics for Pre-College Students in Ethiopia.


American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Society of Exploration Geophysicist (SEG)