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Geofrey Soka, PhD

Background

  • Dr. Geofrey 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. His most recent research, on the response of AMF to grazing intensity and rainfall gradient in the Serengeti was funded by the USA NSF, 2010-14. His main research interests lie in the area of conservation biology and related socio-economic aspects, particularly the mainstreaming of conservation into development agendas as well as understanding interactions between biological systems and their benefits to local communities. 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.

  • Education

    • PhD (Ecology) - Syracuse University, USA (December 2014)

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

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

    Career

    • July 2011 to date: Lecturer in Wildlife Management, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania.

      September 2008 to June 2011: Assistant Lecturer in Wildlife Management, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania.

      September 2005 - August 2008: Associate Expert, (Diversity for Livelihoods Programme), Bioversity International, Rome, Italy.

      September 2002 - November 2003. Research Assistant: Mobilizing local initiatives in the restoration of degraded biological resources in the Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania.

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    Membership to professional associations

    Member, Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST)

    Member, Society for Conservation Biology

    Member, East Africa Charter of the Society for Conservation Biology

    Member, Tropical Biology Association

    Member, Tropical Biology Association African Alumni Group

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