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Grace Kagoro

Senior Lecturer
biology
Mbarara University of Science and Technology
Uganda

Biography

BACKGROUND  a)Academic Qualifications 1990-1993:   BSc Botany and Zoology, Makerere University 1998-2000:  MSc. Biology (Natural resource management and conservation) Dissertation tittle: Conflict between Wild- Life and people bordering Lake Mburo National Park, South-western Uganda. 2004-2008:  Doctor of Philosophy at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. PhD thesis tittle: Patterns of frugivory of chimpanzees in Kalinzu forest Reserve, South western Uganda. b)Research scholarships/training August 2011 to February 2012: Phytochemical and Antibacterial contents of Natural plants, Berlin, Germany. December 2007 to June 2011: Climate and environmental change and its influence in lake level dynamics of Lake Victoria Basin funded by the Millennium Science Initiative (Senior researcher) October 2003 to April 2006: Feeding Ecology of chimpanzees and its implications for Ecotourism development in and around Kalinzu forest sponsored by Kyoto Primate Institute and Deutscher Akademischer Austauch Dienst (DAAD), Germany (Ph D Research). February 2002: Group leader, Wechiau Hippo Sanctuary baseline survey in Ghana, sponsored by Earthwatch Fellowship Programme. October 1998 to October 1999: Conflict between wildlife and communities around Lake Mburo National Park, an implication to resettlement of pastoralists around the Park sponsored by German Technical cooperation (GTZ) – Integrated Pastoral Development Project (IPDP) research on integrated pastoral development. c)Graduate Students’ theses supervised MSc. Dissertation: Akwong, B. (2012). Impact of brickmaking on bujaga wetland, Mbarara District MSc. Disertation: Alele, P. (2011). Impact of land use changes on vegetation cover in Ruhiira, Isingiro District. MSc. Thesis: Mwebembezi, W. (2011). Prevalence of Brucellosis in three cattle production system around Lake Mburo National park. MSc. Thesis: Kampaire, J. (2010). Crop raiding in communities bordering Queen Elizabeth National Park: a case study of Muhokya sub-County, Kasese District. MSc. Thesis: Sebuwufu, C. (2008). The ecological status of two dominant pasture species (Bracharia brizantha and Hyperhenia rufa) and its impact on livestock farm output In Mbarara district, south western Uganda; October 2008 MSc. Thesis: Aineomunguzi, A. (2007). The utilization of plant forest resources by local people around Kalinzu forest reserve”. d)Professional activities Head of the Biology Department Member of National Steering Committee for Cultural Values and Conservation Chairman, Indigenous Knowledge centre Coordinator of National Agricultural Research at Mbarara Member, Steering committee, Kalinzu Forest Project 

Research Interest

Biodiversity conservation Natural Resources’ Ecology and management Vertebrate Ecology Climate change Impacts and adaptations

Publications

  • Kagoro-Rugunda, G. and Kayanja, F.I.B., (2011). Ficus sp and Musanga leo-errerae : co-existent keystone fruits for chimpanzees in Kalinzu forest, Uganda. African Journal of Ecology

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