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.