Applied Sciences Research Groups

    Rangeland Ecology and Management

    Members

    Dr. A. Sebata (PI), Prof P Mundy.

     

    About us
    The research aims to inform academics, ecosystem managers and policy makers of science-based information and promote sustainable rangeland use and management. The research group is deeply rooted in ecology providing understanding of ecological restoration, the effects of soil, animal grazing/browsing, fire and climate change on plants.

     

    Research focus

    • Improve knowledge on plant-herbivore interactions.
    • Holistic grazing and habitat restoration.
    • Herbivore population dynamics and their regulating mechanisms in small game ranches.


    Current activities

    • Plant response to herbivores – focusing on both domestic and wild herbivores
    • The use of holistic grazing in the restoration of overgrazed communities
    • Investigating potential drivers regulating key medium-size herbivore populations in a game ranch.

     

    Collaborators
    Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife, CIRAD, CNRS, DR & SS, ICRISAT,

     

    Recent Publications

    • Sebata A & Ndlovu L.R. 2015. Within-plant variation in defences in response to simulated herbivory in a semi-arid southern African savannah. African Journal of Ecology.
    • Choeni H & Sebata A. 2014. Interspecific variation in the resprouting responses of Acacia species following simulated herbivory in a semi-arid southern African savannah. African Journal of Ecology.
    • Chinho T, Zisadza-Gandiwa P, Sebata A, Mashapa C, Gandiwa E. 2015. Habitat suitability assessment for the common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) along major perennial rivers in northern Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Conference paper.

     

     

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