Geofrey Soka

  Geofrey Soka (Lecturer)

  Department: Wildlife Management

  P.O. Box: 3073

  Phone: +255 782975720

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Biography:

Dr. Soka has been involved in conservation and ecological research throughout his academic and working career and joined Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI - Italy) as an associate expert. He is currently a Lecturer in Wildlife Management and Conservation at the Department of Wildlife Management in the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation, Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania. Dr. Soka has a research track record and expertise in a wide range of topic central to the ecology and management of the Serengeti grasslands, in particular their microbial soil communities and has expertise in GIS and remote sensing techniques. He has past experience in the ecological monitoring and research of a variety of terrestrial taxa, as well as the supervision and logistics of such work. He has published eighteen scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and proceedings and other three papers are under preparation


  Geofrey Soka (Lecturer)

  Department: Wildlife Management

  P.O. Box: 3073

  Phone: +255 782975720

  Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  Research Area: The research area is presented in this place

 

 


Biography:

Dr. Soka has been involved in conservation and ecological research throughout his academic and working career and joined Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI - Italy) as an associate expert. He is currently a Lecturer in Wildlife Management and Conservation at the Department of Wildlife Management in the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation, Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania. Dr. Soka has a research track record and expertise in a wide range of topic central to the ecology and management of the Serengeti grasslands, in particular their microbial soil communities and has expertise in GIS and remote sensing techniques. He has past experience in the ecological monitoring and research of a variety of terrestrial taxa, as well as the supervision and logistics of such work. He has published eighteen scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and proceedings and other three papers are under preparation


Academic profile

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS:

Primary Education: Kombo Primary School, Kilimanjaro (1991)

Ordinary level secondary education: Mlama Secondary School, Kilimanjaro (1995)

Advanced level secondary education: Mkwawa High school, Iringa (1998)

BSc. (Hons) (Wildlife Management): Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania (2002)

MSc. (Conservation Biology): University of Cape Town, South Africa (2005)

PhD (Biology), Syracuse University, USA (December 2014)

Publications

PUBLICATIONS:

 Soka, G.E. and Ritchie, M.E. 2016. Land-Cover Legacy Effects on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Abundance in Human and Wildlife Dominated Systems in Tropical Savanna. Advances in Ecology 2016 (ID 1260702), 1-10.

Soka, G.E., Ritchie, M.E. and Mayemba, E.P. 2015. Influence of current land use and edaphic factors on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal (AM) hyphal abundance and soil organic matter in and near Serengeti National Park. Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment, 7 (5): 158-169.

Soka, G.E. and Ritchie, M.E. 2015. Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis, ecosystem processes and environmental changes in tropical soils: A review. Applied Ecology & Environmental Research, 13(1): 229-245.

Soka, G.E., Rija, A.A. and Owino, A. 2014. Modeling Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Population Performance in East Africa: The Case of Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. Biodiversity & Endangered Species, 2(3):1-6.

Soka, G.E. and Nzunda, N. 2014.  Application of remote sensing and developed allometric models for estimating wood carbon stocks in a North-Western Miombo woodland landscape of Tanzania. Journal of Ecosystems, ID 714734, 1-8.

Soka, G.E. and Ritchie, M.E. 2014. Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis and ecosystem processes: Prospects for future research in tropical soils. Open Journal of Ecology, 4(1):11-22.

Soka, G.E. 2013. Effects of grazing on insect pollinator diversity and abundance in the Succulent Karoo biome. LAMBERT Academic Publishing. 82pp. ISBN: 978-3-659-48450-6.

Nzunda, N.G., Munishi, P.K.T., Soka, G.E. and Monjare, J.F. 2013. Influence of socio-economic factors on land use and vegetation cover changes in and around Kagoma Forest Reserve in Tanzania. Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management, 6(5):480-488.

Soka, G.E., Munishi, P.K.T. and Mgina, T.B. 2013. Species diversity and abundance of Avifauna in and around Hombolo Wetland in Central Tanzania. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, 5(11):782-790.

Nzunda, N.G., Munishi, P.K.T., Kashaigili, J.J., Soka, G.E. and Monjare, J.F. 2013. Land use and vegetation cover dynamics in and around Kagoma Forest Reserve in Tanzania. Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment, 5(8):206-216.

Munishi, P.K.T., Kilungu, H.H., Jackson, H. and Soka, G.E. 2012.  Gender relations in utilization and conservation of the Kilombero flood plains Ramsar site wetlands, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Forestry and Nature Conservation, 81(2):55-63.

Mamboleo, A.A., Kilungu, H.H., Moe, S.R. Soka, G.E. and Munishi, P.K.T. 2012. Influence of hydrological fluctuations on vegetation and Avifauna species composition, abundance and diversity in the Bahi Swamp wetlands Central Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Forestry and Nature Conservation, 81(2):64-86.

Munishi, P.K.T., Temu, R.P.C. and Soka, G.E. 2011. Plant communities
and tree species associations in a Miombo ecosystem in the Lake Rukwa
basin, Southern Tanzania: Implications for conservation. Journal of
Ecology and the Natural Environment, 3(2): 63 - 71.

Munishi, P.K.T., Ngaga, Y.M. and Soka, G.E. 2008. Socio-economic, cultural and livelihood factors influencing local people participation in water resource management in the Uluguru Mountains Eastern Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Forestry and Nature Conservation, 78: 43 - 53.

Nantale, G., Soka, G.E., Kakudidi, E., Karamura, D. and Karamura, E. 2008. Scientific basis for Musa spp proportions on-farm in East Africa. African Crop Science Journal, 16(1): 41- 49.

Blomme G., Swennen R., Soka G.E, Frank, T. and Tenkouano A. 2008. Relationship between root and shoot growth traits during the plant crop and first ratoon in Musa spp. and its implications for perennial cultivation on degraded Ultisols in south-eastern Nigeria. Journal of Applied Biosciences, 8(2): 309 - 322.

Blomme, G., Frank, T., Soka, G.E, and Swennen. R. 2008. Changes in leaf lamina shape and size during banana (Musa spp) shoot development. Journal of Applied Biosciences, 8(1): 280-287.
Munishi, P.K.T. Soka, G.E, Kingazi, S.P. and Mbije, N.E. 2007. Attitudes of local communities toward biodiversity conservation in the Uluguru rain forests of the eastern arc mountains of Tanzania. Journal of the Tanzania Association of Foresters, 11: 1-10.
Mayer, C., Soka, G.E. and Picker, M. 2006. The importance of monkey beetle (Scarabaeidae: Hopliini) pollination for Aizoaceae and Asteraceae in grazed and ungrazed areas at Paulshoek, Succulent Karoo, South Africa. Journal of insect conservation, 10(4): 323 - 333.

Blomme, G., Frank, T., Soka, G.E. and Swennen. R. 2008. Changes in leaf lamina shape and size during Musa spp shoot development. Poster No. IeCAB08-132, International conference on Agricultural Biosciences, 2008.

Blomme, G., Soka, G.E., Swennen R., Tenkouano A., Frank, T. and Ortiz R. 2008. Comparative study of shoot and root development in micro-propagated and sucker-derived Musa spp. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Agricultural BioSciences, 1: 20 -21.

Blomme G., Swennen R., Soka G.E., Frank, T. and Tenkouano A. 2008. Relationship between root and shoot growth traits during the plant crop and first ratoon in Musa spp. and its implications for perennial cultivation on degraded Ultisols in Nigeria. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Agricultural BioSciences, 1: 9 -11.

The importance of monkey beetle (Scarabaeidae: Hopliini) pollination for Aizoaceae and Asteraceae in grazed and ungrazed areas at Paulshoek, Succulent Karoo, South Africa (University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2005).

Land use and land cover legacy effects on the mycorrhizosphere and productivity in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem (Syracuse University, New York, USA, 2014).

Soka, G.E. and Ritchie, M.E. (In press) Contributions of AM fungi and soil organic matter to plant productivity in tropical savanna soils under different land uses. Rhizosphere.

Soka, G.E. and Ritchie, M.E. (Accepted) Arbuscular mycorrhizal spore composition and diversity associated with different land uses in a tropical savanna landscape. Pedobiologia.

Msalilwa, U., Laswai, F., Balama, C., Nuru, F., Mbwambo, L. and Soka, G.E. The role of on-farm tree resources as an adaptation strategy to climate change effects to communities around Mkingu Nature Reserve in the Eastern Arc Mountains. Submitted to International journal of Forestry Research.

Soka, G.E. (in preparation). Testing the effects of Arbuscular Mycorrhizae and soil organic matter on Panicum maximum biomass production.

Owino, A. and Soka, G.E. 2004. Population viability analysis of Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis michaelis) at Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya. African Conservation: Discussion paper series No. 192.

Soka, G.E., Julius, A. and Suzan, I.M. 2002. Assessment of dispersal and predation of Strychnos decussata fruits and seeds by frugivorous tree visitors in Kirindy forest reserve, Madagascar. Tropical Biology Association Report. 22pp.

 



Research Projects in Progress:
Nitrogen Fixation and carbon storage by herbivore-grass mutualist interaction webs in Rungwa and Kiziba Game Reserves and MBOMIPA WMA.

Research and Learning for Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Livestock Value Chains in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Influence of edaphic factors and land use on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal abundance and organic matter in tropical savanna soils.

Investigation of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungal abundance and root colonization in response to land use history in tropical savanna soils.

Students Supervision

STUDENTS SUPERVISION:

 

Research & Consultancy

CONSULTANCY:

  • Munishi, P.K.T., Soka, G.E. and Sayuni, M. 2015. Rehabilitation Success Assessment in the Anglo-Gold Ashanti Mines, Geita.
  • Karamura, E., Blomme, G. and Soka, G. 2007. Monitoring and Evaluation of Banana Bacterial Wilt (BXW) projects in Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. Carried out in collaboration with ASARECA.
  • Karamura, D., Blomme, G. and Soka, G.E. 2006. Characterization of Musa diversity in Western Uganda and Rwanda. Work done in collaboration with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (2006).
  • Temu, R.P.C., Munishi, P.K.T. and Soka, G.E. 2002. Biodiversity assessment of the Miombo Woodlands in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Done for CIC/Rome Rukwa Basin Project.