Shimelis Setegn

Assistant Professor

Sea Level Solutions Center

Office: AHC5 348

Phone: 305-348-2327


Dr. Shimelis Setegn is the Program Executive Officer of Global Water Sustainability at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work.

His main research interest includes understanding seasonal and inter-annual fluxes of fresh water, sediments, nutrients and chemicals as a function of climate and catchment characteristics. Dr. Setegn has an interdisciplinary background and experience in environmental, hydrological and hydrodynamic modeling; ecohydrology, predicting the impact of climate and land-use changes on water resources, agriculture and public health; water, sanitation and hygiene and integrated water resources management. Dr. Setegn has more than 19 years of teaching, research and development experience in Africa, the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Central and South America. He has published peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters.

Research Areas

  • Associations between water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and waterborne diseases
  • GIS and environmental modeling applications in the environment, water resources and public health
  • Global health issues of water quality and quantity
  • Impact of global climate change on water, agriculture and health
  • Human health risk assessment for chemical and biological water contaminants