Dr. Samson TesfayeSamson Tesfaye, Ph.D.
Professor of Research
Cooperative Research
Lincoln University
114 Foster Hall
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: (573) 681-5586
Email: TesfayeS@LincolnU.edu


  • Ph.D., Geology, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
  • M.Sc., Remote Sensing/Geology, University of Dundee, Scotland
  • Dip. Sc., Digital Mapping and Remote Sensing, University of Dundee, Scotland
  • B.Sc., Geology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Research Focus

  • Applications of Geospatial Information Science in environmental studies
  • Extensional tectonics of the Afar rift, East African Rift System


   ENV 312 Environmental Geology
   GIS  208 Introduction to Geospatial Information Science
   GIS  301 Introduction to Global Positioning System
   GIS  420 Research in Geospatial Information Science


  • Tesfaye, S., Ghebreab, W., 2013. Simple shear detachment fault system and marginal grabens in the southernmost Red Sea rift, (Tectonophysics, DOI 10.1016/j.tecto.2013.06.014)
  • Wenz, J.Z., Appold, M.S., Shelton, K.L., Tesfaye, S., 2012. Geochemistry of Mississippi Valley-Type Mineralizing Fluids of the Ozark Plateau: A Regional Synthesis, American Journal of Science , 312, 22-80, DOI 10.2475/01.2012.02).
  • Tesfaye, S., Rowan, M.G., Mueller, K., Trudgill, B.D., Harding, D., 2008. Relay and accommodation zones in Dobe and Hanle grabens, central Afar, Ethiopia and Djibouti (Journal of the Geological Society, London, 165, 535-547).
  • Tesfaye, S., 2005. Fault population investigation in the Dobe and Guma grabens, Central Afar, Ethiopia, (Journal of African Earth Sciences, 41, 437-444).
  • Tesfaye, S., Harding, D.J., Kusky, T., 2003. Early Continental Breakup Boundary and Migration of the Afar Triple Junction, Ethiopia (Geological Society of America Bulletin, 115, 1053-106) 
  • Ebinger, C.J., Yemane, T., Harding, D.J., Tesfaye, S., Kelley, S., Rex, D.C., 2000. Rift deflection, migration and propagation: Linkage of the Ethiopian and Eastern Rifts, Africa (Geological Society of America Bulletin, 112, 163-176).