Professor Molla Demlie Bekele



Associate Professor




B.Sc., M.Sc., PHD, Pr.Sci.Nat.


Office Block:


Office Nr 125

Block H1

Westville Campus






+27 31 260 7380

+27 31 260 2280


Biographical sketch

B.Sc. Geology (Addis Ababa University, 1992)
M.Sc. Hydrogeology (Addis Ababa University, 2000)
PHD in Hydrogeology (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Germany, 2007)

Academic Profile

More than 17 years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience Supervised more than 60 Honours, 10 M.Sc. and 2 PHD students Published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific papers and conference proceedings

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer various national and international Scientific journals
  • External Moderator (UFH and Wits University)
  • M.Sc. and PHD examiner (UFH, UP, UJ, Northwest University, University of Free State, Wits University
  • Reviewer for WRC and NRF research project proposals
  • Community Activities
  • Steering committee member for various WRC research projects
  • Work with DWS and other government institutions on groundwater issues

Current Teaching/Courses

  • Environmental Geology (Geol 313)
  • Hydrogeology (Geol 321)
  • Pollution Studies (Geol 712)
  • Mines Field Class (Geol 706)

Research Interests /Areas of Specialty

  • Hydrogeological system analysis and aquifer characterization
  • Hydrochemistry and isotope hydrology
  • Surface water – groundwater interactions
  • Conceptual hydrogeological modeling
  • Numerical Groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling
  • Hydrogeological Aspects of EIA
  • Urban hydrogeology

Research Projects

  • Hydrogeology of the Maputaland Coastal Plain
  • Origin, recharge altitude and hydrogeochemical characterization of thermal springs across KZN
  • Regional hydrogeology of Eastern South Africa
  • Urban hydrogeology of the Greater Durban area
  • Hydrology of Ethiopian Highland Lakes and Urban hydrogeology of Addis Ababa
  • Hydrogeochemistry of the northern KZN Coal mining districts

Academic Service

  • Teaching at the undergraduate and post graduate level
  • Supervision of Honours, M.Sc. and PHD research projects
  • Undertaking research on in the broad areas of hydrogeology
  • Research paper presentation at national and international scientific conferences


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