Dr. Deo D Shirima

I work as lecturer at the Department of Ecosystems and Conservation since 2008 and as Senior Information Safeguard officer at the National Carbon Monitoring Centre from 2017 to date.My roles as lecturer are to teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students, and conduction research and consultancies. Some of selected research and projects:-

  1. Team member in Valuing the Arc project in 2007-2010- The project aim was to quantify and map different forest ecosystem services - carbon being one of the major ecosystem services quantified.

  2. Team member in WWF-Tanzania project 2010-2013- Carbon measurement, monitoring and verification in Tanzania.

  3. Team member in Climate Change Impact Adaptation and Mitigation (CCIAM) in 2011-14 -Tanzania project on quantification and Mapping of Carbon Stocks and Plant Diversity in Different Land Cover Types in Tanzania

  4. Assistant Ecologist in the Strategic Environmental and Social Assessment (SESA) for the National Irrigation Sector, Tanzania. Client: Ministry of Water and Irrigation; Year: 2010-2011; Country: Tanzania.

  5. Team Member: Establishment of Permanent Carbon and Vegetation Monitoring Sample Plots using TEAM methodology in Udzungwa Block Eastern Arc Mountains 2007-2009.

  6. Team Member: Consultancy work on Ecological Survey in the GRL Kilombero Forest Project at UchindileKilombero District Tanzania. To assess the biodiversity and biodiversity categories and their values, community types, keystone species/rare/endemic species, wildlife resources and types/rare or endangered species and wildlife habitats. – Green Resource Ltd Mafinga, Iringa 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.




Institution name


SeniorInformation safeguard system officer

National Carbon Monitoring Centre

20013 - date


Sokoine University of Agriculture

2009– 20012

Assistant Lecturer

Sokoine University of Agriculture


Tutorial Assistant

Sokoine University of Agriculture



Institution name



2011 - 2015

Norwegian University of Life Sciences


PhD in Ecology

2008 - 2009

Sokoine University of Agriculture


Masters of Science in Forestry

2003- 2006

Sokoine University of Agriculture


Bachelor of Science in Forestry

Research Interest:

Ecology, Plant and animal interactions, Forestry, Biodiversity, ecological impact and risk assessment, forest carbon measurements and monitoring, Climate Change, people and biodiversity safeguards.



Most 12popular citation


Pfeifer, M., A. Gonsamo, Woodgate, W., Cayuela,L.; Marshall,AR., Alicia Ledo, Paine,T.C. E., Marchant,R., Burt,A., Calders,K., Courtney-Mustaphi, C., Cuni-Sanchez,A., Deere,N.J., Denu,D., Tanago, J.G., Hayward,R., Lau,A., Macía,M.J., Olivier,P.I,Pellikka,P., Seki, H., Shirima,D.D. Rebecca Trevithick,R., Wedeux,B., Wheeler,C., Munishi,P.K.T, Martin,T.(2018). "Tropical forest canopies and their relationships with climate and disturbance: results from a global dataset of consistent field-based measurements." Forest Ecosystems 5(1): 7.


Munishi, P. K., D. D. Shirima, et al. (2016). "Carbon Stocks and Plant Diversity in Different Land Cover Types of Tanzania." Lessons and Implications for REDD: 125.


Shirima DD, Pfeifer M, Platts PJ, Totland Ø, Moe SR (2016) Interactions between Canopy Structure and Herbaceous Biomass along Environmental Gradients in Moist Forest and Dry Miombo Woodland of Tanzania. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0142784. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142784.


Shirima, D. D., ØrjanTotland, Pantaleo K. T. Munishi and Stein R. Moe (2015). Does the abundance of dominant trees affect diversity of a widespread tropical woodland ecosystem in Tanzania? Journal of Tropical Ecology. (2015) 31:345–359


Shirima, D. D., ØrjanTotland, Pantaleo K.T. Munishi, Stein R. Moe (2015). Relationships between tree species richness, evenness and aboveground carbon storage in montane forests and miombo woodlands of Tanzania. Basic and Applied Ecology 16 (2015) 239–249


Munishi P, Kilungu H, Jackson H, Shirima D.D; Bulenga G, Seki H (2014) Wetland related livelihoods, institutions and incentives for conservation in the Great Ruaha River Wetland System. Tanzania Journal of Forestry and Nature Conservation 81 (2):34-44


Swai G, Ndangalasi HJ, Munishi PK, Shirima DD (2014) Carbon stocks of Hanang forest, Tanzania: An implication for climate mitigation. Journal of Ecology and The Natural Environment 6 (3):90-98.


Burgess ND, Mwakalila S, Munishi P, Pfeifer M, Willcock S, Shirima D, Hamidu S, Bulenga GB, Rubens J, Machano H, Marchant R (2013). REDD herrings or REDD menace: response to Beymer-Farris and Bassett. Global Environmental Change 23, 1349-1354.


Marshall, A. R., Willcock, S., Platts, P. J., Lovett, J. C., Balmford, A., Burgess, N. D., Latham, J. E., Munishi, P. K. T., Salter, R., Shirima, D. D., et al. (2012). Measuring and modeling above-ground carbon and tree allometry along a tropical elevation gradient. Biological Conservation, 154 (0): 20-33.


Shirima, D. D.,Munishi, P. K.T., Lewis, S. L., Burgess, N D, Marshall, A.R., Balmford, A., Swetnam, R., Zahabu, E. (2011). Carbon storage, structure and composition of Miombo woodlands in Tanzania’s Eastern Arc Mountains, Afr. J. Ecol., 49, 332–342.


Burgess, ND.; Bahane, B; Clairs, T.; Danielsen, F.; Dalsgaard S.; Funder, M; Hagelberg, N.; Harrison, P.; Haule, C; Kabalimu, K.; Kilahama, F;, Kilawe,E; Lewis, S.L; Lovett, J.C.; Lyatuu, G.; Marshall, A.R; Meshack, C.; Miles, L.; Milledge, S.A.H; Munishi, P.K.T; Nashanda,E.; Shirima, D,D., Swetnam,R.D; Willcock, S.; Williams, A., Zahabu, E. (2010). Getting ready for REDD+ in Tanzania: a case study of progress and challenge Oryx, Vol. 44, No. 03. pp. 339-351.


P. K. T. Munishi, S. Mringi, D. D. Shirima and S. K. Linda (2010).The role of the Miombo Woodlands of the Southern Highlands of Tanzania as carbon sinks. Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment Vol. 2(12), pp. 261-269.

I do teach the following course:-

FBL 104: Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (Undergraduate)

FBL 102: Climatology (Undergraduate)

FBL 207: Ecological Impact Assessment and Environmental planning (Undergraduate)

FBE 608: Biological Diversity - Assessment and Monitoring (Postgraduate)

FBE 609: Ecological Risk and Impact Assessment (Postgraduate)

Capacity Building to Smallholder Tree Growers on Potential of Forest Certification to Enhance Sustainable Forest Management in Mufindi District, Iringa Region. Donor: GoT- TaFF, (TZS 17,000,000/=), 2017-2018 and Enhancing Forest Biodiversity Monitoring through Research and Training on the application of Remote Sensing Technologies in East Usambara Mountain Forests Donor: Eastern Arc Endowment Fund- EMACEF, (TZS 28,000,000/=), 2017-2018

I am currently supervising 2 Masters Students and co-supervising 2 PhD students and 3 Bachelors students.

ProfessionalBodies Membership:

Member, Ecological Society of Eastern Africa (ESEA)

Member, Tanzania Association of Foresters (TAF)

Board/Committee Membership:



Board Name



Postgraduate committee, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism- SUA

Offices Held:


Office Name



Head of Unit

System information safeguard unit, National Carbon Monitoring Centre- Tanzania

Position: Senior System Information Safeguard Officer, and Lecturer in Ecology

E-address: dshirima@suanet.ac.tz

Campus: Main Campus

Building: National Carbon Monitoring Centre

Room Number: 34-2

Other websites: www.sua.ac.tz

Org Unit: College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism