Welcome Note

The Department of Ecosystems and Conservation provides students with instruction and expertise in a diverse area of ecological and biological sciences. The Department is one of the six departments in the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) located in Morogoro Region, Tanzania.

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What we offer

We offer teaching, research, consultancy and outreach services in the area of  Climate change, Biodiversity,  Integrated ecosystem assessment, Ecological impact assessment and planning, Environmental flows assessments, Integrated, Invasive species biology, Detection and control, Ecology, Restoration and Eco – physiology

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Latest Updates, Announcements, Stories and more

List of forestry graduands for the forthcoming 43rd mid-year graduation to be held on 23rd May, 2024

The following BSc students will be awarded their qualifications on 23rd May 2024 as indicated below
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Job Description for Nursery Supervisor

Friends of Lake Tanganyika – Tanzania Friends of Lake Tanganyika (FOLT) is a non-governmental organization established in 2012 and registered...
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New publication: Modelling and Mapping of Forest Biodiversity Indicators Using Sentinel-2 and PlanetScope Remotely Sensed Data

Abstract Tropical montane forests harbour exceptionally high biodiversity yet face severe threats from human activities. Assessing forest biodiversity over large...
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New publication: Allometric models for liana aboveground biomass in old-growth and secondary tropical forests of Tanzania

A B S T R A C T Lianas are common in tropical forests, where they influence forest dynamics, thus...
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New publication: Cropland can support high bird diversity in heterogeneous rural tropical landscapes

Summary Land-use change for crop production is one of the key drivers of habitat loss and fragmentation and consequently biodiversity...
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Prof. Munishi from DEC joins Global effort to identify and name common Tropical trees across three Continents

An international collaboration of 356 scientists in which Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) is a collaborator has found almost identical...
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German Academic Exchange Service: Bilateral Exchange for Postdoctoral Researchers

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports exchanges of scientists and academics from partner countries for bilateral research projects in...
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Schneider Electric Foundation: Youth Innovation for a Sustainable Future Program

The Schneider Electric Foundation launches the Youth Innovation for a Sustainable Future Program which aspires to select the most impactful...
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Earth Observation: Sustainable Blue Economy

The Earth Observation Sustainable Blue Economy project aims to develop new products, indicators, and tools to support local Blue Economic...
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Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes

M.Sc Forestry is the oldest programme which has been offered since 1974 while the other two programmes (Agroforestry and Ecosystem Science and Management) were recently established (2011). M.Sc programmes are offered for two years, the first year is for course work and the second year is for research and dissertation write-up. Students are also admitted to a 3-year PhD programme by research only or course work and research.

Field practicals in some of these fields are conducted at the College training facilities at Olmotonyi (an 840 ha forest plantation) and Mazumbai forest reserve (320 ha montane forest) and Kitulanghalo (550 ha Miombo woodlands). There is also an Ecosystem and Conservation laboratory at the main campus for student practicals and research as well as staff research. Other laboratory facilities in the University are utilized by staff and students as the need arises.

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Staff Profiles

Academic staffs in the Department of Ecosystems and Conservation give lectures to undergraduates (B.Sc Forestry, B.Sc Wildlife Management, and Bachelor of Tourism Management) and postgraduates (M.Sc Forestry, M.Sc Agroforestry, M.Sc Ecosystem Science and Management, and PhD) in its fields of mandate.

Yonas Hailu Alemu, assistant professor at Haramaya University in Ethiopia, completed his PhD study in 2017 as part of the University of Copenhagen’s Haramaya Camel Dairy Project.


Academic members of staff undertake research in various fields. Many kinds of research have been conducted by staff and students since professional forestry education started in Tanzania in 1973. At present, a total of 12 research projects are in progress. Research projects are local and/or donor-funded

Student spotting Big Momella Lake Wetland ecosystem found at ANAPA. The lake has high concentration of fluoride and supports micro algae


Academic staff are also involved in consultancy either locally or internationally. Consultancy work is coordinated by the College consultancy unit (FOR CONSULT). Consultancies conducted by staff in the Department are as presented in their respective CVs.

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