Associate Professor and Head of the department, College Of Natural And Applied Sciences

PhD (Wildlife Ecology), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, from 2004-2008


Prof. Magige has been teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

  1. ZL 215  -  Biology of Mammals
  2. BL 314  -  Biostatistics II
  3. BC 608  -  Vertebrate Diversity and Conservation
  4. BC 610  -  Biodiversity Research Methods and Monitoring


Research interests:  Human wildlife interaction and wildlife ecology


  • ASARECA (Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa) – ‘Integrating agro-diversity with conservation to Improve livelihoods in savannah ecosystems’ – (2008-2010)
  • ACSC (Advancing Conservation in a Social Context) – ‘Ecological factors influencing trade-offs between conservation and development in Tanzania’-(2008-2010)
  • PITRO - ‘Biodiversity and humans in a fragmented world: towards a sound conservation program for the Pare Mountains’ – (2010-2012).
  • IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) – Capacity building in conducting environmental impact assessment along the proposed road in Northern Serengeti (2011-2014).
  • AfricanBioservices - Linking biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services in the Great Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem (GSME) - drivers of change, causalities and sustainable management strategies (2014-2019)


  1. Magige, F.J and Senzota, R.B.M. (2006) Abundance and diversity of rodents at the human-wildlife interface in Western Serengeti, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology 44 (3): 371-378.
  2. Magige, F.J., Moe, B., Røskaft, E. (2008) The white colour of the ostrich (Struthio camelus) egg is a trade-off between predation and overheating. Journal of Ornithology doi: 10.1007/s10336-088-0273-
  3. Magige, F.J., Holmern, T., Stokke, S., Mlingwa, C. and Røskaft, E. (2009) Does illegal hunting affect density and behaviour of African grassland birds? A case study on ostrich (struthio camelus). Biodiversity and Conservation 18:1361-1373 doi: 10.1007/s10531-008-9481-6.
  4. Magige, F.J., Stokke, B.G., Sortland, R. Røskaft, E. (2009) Breeding biology of ostriches (Struthio camelus) in the Serengeti ecosystem. African Journal of Ecology 47: 400 – 408 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2008.01002.x
  5. Magige, F.J., Stokke, B.G., and Røskaft, E. (2010). Do ostriches (Struthio camelus) reject parasitic eggs by making use of colour as a cue? Ostrich - Journal of African ornithology 81(3): 247-250, doi: 10.2989/00306522010.519864.
  6. Magige, F.J. (2012) Human-wildlife interaction in Serengeti and Ngorongoro districts of Tanzania: A case study on small mammals. Tanzania Journal of Science 38:95-103,
  7. Magige, F.J (2012) Spatial-temporal variation in sex ratio and group size of ostriches (Struthio camelus) in the Serengeti National Park and environs in Northern Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Science 38:15-23.
  8. Magige, F. J. (2013) Rodent species diversity in relation to altitudinal gradient in Northern Serengeti, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology. doi: 10.1111/aje.12075
  9. Fyumagwa R.,Gereta E.,Hassan S., Kideghesho J. R., Kohi E. M.,Keyyu J.,Magige F., Mfunda I. M., Mwakatobe A.,Ntalwila J.,Nyahongo J. W.,Runyoro V. and E. Røskaft (2013). Roads as a threat to the Serengeti Ecosystem. Conservation Biology 00(0):1-4.DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12116
  10. Sinclair A.R.E., Nkwabi A., Mduma S.A.R., Magige F. (2014). Responses of the Serengeti avifauna to long-term change in the environment. Ostrich, 85(1): 1–11
  11. Mahulu A, Senzota R, Magige F (2015) Diversity of large mammals along the proposed road across Northern Serengeti, Tanzania. Journal of Zoological and Bioscience Research 2 (3):18-24.
  12. Magige F. (2015) Traditional medicinal uses of small mammal products: A case study of the African savannah hares, crested porcupines and rock hyraxes in Serengeti District, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Science, 41(1): 64-71.
  13. Magige, F. (2016) Variation of small mammal populations across different habitat types in the Serengeti ecosystem. Tanzania Journal of Science, 42(1): 15-23
  14. Magige F. J. (2017) Group-size effect on scanning behaviour of Maasai Ostrich Struthio camelus massaicus. Scopus37(2): 38–41
  15. Magige F.J. and Røskaft E. (2017) Medicinal and commercial uses of ostrich products in Tanzania Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 13:48, doi 10.1186/s13002-017-0176-5
  16. Ringim A.S., Magige F.J. and John J.R.M, (2017). A comparative study of species diversity of migrant birds between protected and unprotected areas of the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands, Nigeria. Tanzania Journal of Science 43(1): 100-122
  17. Ringim A.S., Magige F.J. and John J.R.M, (2018). Diversity and Density of Avifauna in Areas with different Protection stratus: A case study in Hadejia-Nguru wetlands, North-eastern Nigeria. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences 44(2): 117-125.
  18. Lema R. and Magige F. J. (2018). The influence of agricultural activities on the diversity of rodents in Kindoroko forest reserve and surrounding areas, North Pare Mountains, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Science 44(1): 97-106.
  19. Bukombe J., Kittle, A., Senzota R.B., Kija, H., Mduma, S., Fryxell, J.M, Magige, F., Mligo, C., and Sinclair A.R.E. (2019). The influence of food availability, quality and body size on patch selection of coexisting grazer ungulates in western Serengeti National Park. Wildlife Research. DOI:10.1071/WR18072.
  20. Nkwabi A.K., Metzger K, Beyers R, Magige F, Mduma S.R., Hopcraft G.C., and Sinclair ARE. (2019). Bird community responses to changes in vegetation caused by increasing large mammal populations in the Serengeti woodlands. Wildlife Research 46:256–264
  21. Sangiwa M and Magige F. J. (2019). Effects of roads on small mammal diversity and abundance in the northern Serengeti, Tanzania African Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/aje.12637
  22. Wilfred P.,  Kayeye H, Magige, F.J. , Kisingo A, Nahonyo C.L. (2019) Challenges facing the Introduction of SMART patrols in a game reserve, Western Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/aje.12634.
  23. Nassoro Mohamed, N. M. and Magige, F.J. (2020) Survivorship of the reintroduced Kihansi Spray Toads Nectophrynoides asperginis in a soft release experimentat the Kihansi Gorge, Tanzania. Journal of Education, Humanities and Sciences 9(1): 111–122.
  24. Mwampeta, S.B., Magige, F. J and Belant, J.L.  (2020). Spatial and temporal overlap of caracal and serval in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology 00:1–10. DOI: 10.1111/aje.12764
  25. Shilereyo, M.,  Magige, F. J., Ogutu, J.O and Røskaft, E. Small mammal community demography and reproductive seasonality under protection, pastoralism and agriculture in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. 12 (4): 253-269
  26. Magige, F.J. (2010), Importance of Birds in Conservation of African National Parks. In:  Conservation of Natural Resources: Africa & Asia Examples (Eds: Emmanuel J. Gereta and Eivin Røskaft). Tapir Academic Press, Trondheim, Norway, pp. 357-371.
  27. Magige, F.J. (2010), The Ecology and Behaviour of the Masai Ostrich in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania, In: Conservation of Natural Resources: Africa & Asia Examples (Eds: Emmanuel J. Gereta and Eivin Røskaft), Tapir Academic Press, Trondheim, Norway, pp. 372-385.
  28. Jackson C.R, Fossøy F, Kohi E, Lunde E.T., Magige F.J., Masenga E.M., Mtui E.K., Mwakalebe G., Roskaft E, Swenson J E. 2017. Effects of Roads and Traffic on Animal Behaviour and Stress levels, In: Nothern Serengeti Road Ecology (Eds. Robert D. Fyumagwa, Iddi M. Mfunda, Janemary Ntalwila and  Eivin Røskaft ) Fagbokforlaget, Norway pp. 328-349.
  29. Magige F.J., Fossøy F., Jackson C.R, Kohi E, Lyamuya R. D., Masenga E.M., Mwakalebe G., Mwampeta S., Nkwabi A., Roskaft E, Swenson J E. 2017. Diversity and Abundance, In: Nothern Serengeti Road Ecology (Eds. Robert D. Fyumagwa, Iddi M. Mfunda, Janemary Ntalwila and Eivin Røskaft ). Fagbokforlaget, Norway pp.