Wakene is a soil scientist with over 20 years of research experience in temperate and tropical soils. His research focuses on anthropological activities' short-term and long-term impacts on upland and wetland biogeochemistry and the spatial and temporal variability of soil chemical and biochemical properties. Wakene's research aims to improve soil health that contributes to food security, adapt and mitigate climate change, and protect freshwater ecosystems. His current research interest is understanding soil carbon sequestration mechanisms and the transformation and dynamics of essential elements and pollutants in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.