Recent Graduates

MSc in Forest Management and Environment

Name: Kasahun Maru

Research title: Modeling above-ground stem volume and tree biomass for Searsia lancea (L.f.) F.A.Barkley in central bushveld, South Africa

Supervisor (s): Prof Coert Geldenhuys; Prof Paxie W Chirwa

Name: Abera Tegegne

Research title: Vegetative regrowth of Searsia lancea (L.f.) F.A.Barkley in Central Bushveld, North-West Province, South Africa

Supervisor (s): Prof Coert Geldenhuys; Prof Paxie W Chirwa

Name: Mfanzile Dlamini

Research title: An Alternative to Paraquat for the preparation of tracer belts by Forestry companies

Supervisor (s): Prof Charlie Reinhaldt; Prof Paxie W Chirwa

Name: Michael Jabulani Gama

Research tittle: Estimating mineral content of indigenous browse species using laboratory spectroscopy and Sentinel-2 Imagery

Supervisor (s): Prof Moses A Cho, Paxie W Chirwa


Name: Lucky Makhubele 

Research tittle: Investigation of land claimant desirable benefits-sharing mechanisms in forestry-based land restitution project in Livubu and Tzaneen communities in Limpopo Province, South Africa

Supervisor (s): Prof Paxie W Chirwa


Name: Sihle Pokwana

Research tittle:The potential of introducing multi-purpose trees in the rural landscape of KwaZulu-Natal

Supervisor (s): Prof Paxie W Chirwa


Name: Nalukui Matakala

Research title: Characterization of specie's functional traits along a chronosequence in old mining wastelands of the Copperbelt in Zambia

Supervisor (s): Prof Paxie W Chirwa; Prof Stephen Syampungani

    Master of Science Environmental Ecology

Name: Harrington Nyirenda

Research title: Vegetation characterisation, termite diversity and soil condition in miombo woodland and agroecosystems in Salima District, Malawi.

Supervisor (s): Prof PW Chirwa; Dr E Assede, Prof C Geldenhuys, Dr F Nsubuga



MSc in Forest Science


Name: Ndivhuwo Tshaduli

Research title: Regeneration ecology of the bamboo climber Flagellaria guineensis in the Transkei Coastal Forests, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Supervisor (s):  Prof CJ Geldenhuys; Prof Paxie W Chirwa


Name:Mcoseleli Jakavula

Research title: Explaining woodland forest expansion in Amathole Mountain range in Eastern Cape, South Africa

Supervisor (s): Prof Paxie W Chirwa; Prof MA Cho


Name: Kamuhelo Lisao

Research title: Population structures and local uses of Adansonia digitata (baobab) in selected regions of Northern Namibia 

Supervisor (s): Prof C Geldenhuys; Prof Paxie W Chirwa


Name: Madeleen Algera

Research title: Developing a Taper Model for Pinus elliottii x caribaea in South Africa

Supervisor (s): Prof C Kaetsch; Prof Paxie W Chirwa




PhD in Forest Science

Name: Gert van der Berg 

Research title: A comparative study of two Eucalyptus hybrid breeding strategies and the genetic gains of these strategies 

Supervisor (s): Prof Steve varryn; Prof Paxie W Chirwa


Name:Chidebere Ofoegbu

Research title: An assessment of the local sociocultural concept of climate change and its perceived effect on forest-based livelihoods: Case study of rural communities of Vhembe District South Africa

Supervisor (s): Prof Paxie W Chirwa; Prof J Francis; Dr F Babalola

Name: Phillip Tshidzumba

Research title: The development of a method to limit the impact of land restitution on harvesting volumes in the South African commercial plantations.

Supervisor (s): Prof  Paxie W Chirwa; Dr Folaranmi Babalola



Name: Mulugheta Gebreselassie Araia

Research title: Indigenous conservation knowledge and practices in promoting sustainability policy in Africa: the case of Traditional Agroforestry systems in Vhembe District of Limpopo province, South Africa

Supervisor (s): Prof Paxie W Chirwa


Name: Joy Oghenekevwe

Research title: Public Willingness to Participate in Urban Forest Management: A Strategy to Valuing Environmental Services in Benin City, Nigeria

Supervisor (s): Prof Paxie W Chirwa; Dr Fola Babalola


Name: Angella Chichinye

Research title: Managing forest complexity and Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) of the Zambezi teak woodlands based on the knowledge of the ecological and disturbance-recovery processes in North – Western, Zimbabwe

Supervisor (s): Prof CJ Geldenhuys; Prof Paxie W Chirwa


Research title: Influence of Miombo woodlands management, drivers on land use/cover and forest change, woody composition/diversity, population structure in Malawi

Supervisor (s): Prof PW Chirwa, Prof CJ Geldenhuys; Prof MA Cho


Research title: Ecology and dynamics of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) regeneration in Benin, West Africa

Supervisor (s): Prof PW Chirwa, Prof Achille Assogbadjo


Research title:The mangrove forests structural characterization, reproductive phenology and population genetic structure of the species Avicennia marina Vierh (Avicenniaceae) from Mozambique

Supervisor (s): Prof PW Chirwa, Dr Carel J. Oosthuizen


Research title:Assessment of multiple ecosystem services demand and its perceived effect on ecosystem services supply in rural communities of Omo Biosphere Reserve Nigeria

Supervisor (s): Prof PW Chirwa, Prof F Babalola


Research title:Impacts of Spatio - Temporal Variability in Forest Landscape Metrics on Soil Quality, Erosion Severity and Patch Morphology in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia

Supervisor (s): Prof PW Chirwa, Prof A Cho, Prof Olusegun Yerokun




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