Elizabeth kebede westhead profile

Dr Elizabeth Westhead

Senior Lecturer

Department of Bioscience , School of Health Sport and Bioscience

Areas Of Interest

Cross-disciplinary studies in microbial and aquatic ecology with applications in environmental & human health, and sustainable development:

Water quality, toxin-producing cyanobacteria & algae, and implications in biodiversity, public health, and sustainable development.
Biotechnology in waste treatment and nutrient recycling.

Learning and teaching, and developing links in teaching & research in developing countries in the environmental sciences & sustainable development.

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External roles

Link Tutor: Foundation Year - Athens Metropolitan College, Greece (Collaborative Partner with UEL)


Mulbry, W.W., Condrad, S., Pizarro, C. & Kebede-Westhead, E. 2008. Treatment of dairy manure effluent using freshwater algae: algal productivity and recovery of manure nutrients using pilot-scale algal turf scrubbers. Bioresource Technol. 99: 8137-8142.

Kebede-Westhead, E., Pizarro, C. & Mulbry, W.W.
Treatment of swine manure effluent using freshwater algae: production, nutrient recovery, and elemental composition of algal biomass at four effluent loading rates.
J. appl. Phycol. 18: 41-46..
Hill, T.C.J., Kebede-Westhead, E., Ahern, H. & Tilahun, G.
Toxin-producing cyanobacteria in three Ethiopian lakes used for drinking water.
2007-in progress.


Journal Articles

  • Kebede, E. & Willén, E. 1996. Anabaenopsis abijatae, a new cyanophyte from Lake Abijata, an alkaline, saline lake in the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Arch. Hydrobiol./ Suppl. 112, Algolog. Stud. 80: 1-8.  
  • Mulbry, W.W., Kebede-Westhead, E., Pizarro, C. & Sikora, L. 2005. Recycling of manure nutrients: use of algal biomass from dairy manure treatment as a slow release fertilizer. Bioresource Technol. 96: 451-458.
  • Kebede, E. & Ahlgren, G. 1996. Optimum growth conditions and light utilisation efficiency of Spirulina platensis (= Arthrospira fusiformis) (Cyanophyta) from Lake Chitu, Ethiopia. Hydrobiol. 332: 99-109.
  • Kebede, E., Zinabu, G.M. & Ahlgren, I. 1994. The Ethiopian Rift Valley lakes: chemical characteristics of a salinity-alkalinity series. Hydrobiol. 288:1-12.
  • Kebede, E. & Belay, A. 1994. Species composition and phytoplankton biomass in a tropical African lake (Lake Awassa, Ethiopia). Hydrobiol. 288: 13-32.
  • Kebede, E., Getachew, T., Taylor, W.D. & Zinabu, G.M. 1992. Eutrophication of Lake Hayq in the Ethiopian highlands. J. Plankton Res. 14: 1473-1482.
  • Kebede-Westhead, E., Pizarro, C. & Mulbry, W.W. 2004. Treatment of dairy manure effluent using freshwater algae: elemental composition of algal biomass at different manure loading rates. J. Agric. Food Chem. 52: 7293-7296.
  • Kebede-Westhead, E., Pizarro, C., Mulbry, W.W. &. Wilkie, A.C. 2003. Production and nutrient removal by periphyton grown under different loading rates of anaerobically digested flushed dairy manure. J. Phycol. 39: 1275-1282.
  • Kebede, E. 2002. Phytoplankton distribution in lakes of the Ethiopian rift Valley. In: C. Tudorancea & W.D. Taylor (eds.), Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes, pp. 61-93, Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.
  • Pizarro, C., Kebede-Westhead, E. & Mulbry, W.W. 2002.  Nitrogen and phosphorus removal rates using small algal turfs grown with dairy manure. J. appl. Phycol.: 14: 469-473.
  • Taylor, W.D., Kebede, E. & Zinabu, G.M. 2002. Primary and secondary productivity in the pelagic zone of Ethiopian Rift Valley lakes. In: C. Tudorancea & W.D. Taylor (eds.), Ethiopian Rift Valley Lakes, pp. 95–108, Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.
  • Kebede, E. & Willén, E. 1998. Phytoplankton in a salinity-alkalinity series of lakes in the Ethiopian Rift Valley. Arch. Hydrobiol./ Suppl. 124, Algolog. Studies 89: 63-96.



Foundation Year in Biosciences
Foundation Year in Health
Foundation Year in Sport Sciences

Member, Ethiopian Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (EFASA)
Member, Global Knowledge Exchange Network, London (GKEN)
Member, International Society for Limnology (SIL)


Academic & Communication Skills
Skills for Biosciences
Chemistry of Life
Maths and ICT
Undergraduate and MSc Research Project