Senior Lecturer, College Of Natural And Applied Sciences

• 2009-2013: PhD in Forest Environmental Science, Seoul National University, Korea • 2003-2005: M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. • 1999-2002: B.Sc. in Wildlife Management. Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania.


  • Ornithology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Tourism and Recreation Management
  • Biological Impact Assessment
  • Fundamentals of Biodiversity Conservation
  • Biodiversity of Inhabited Areas
  • Wildlife Ecology


  • Ornithology
  • Urban wildlife ecology
  • Pollination ecology
  • Wind farms, power lines and birds
  • Wildlife trade
  • Invasive species


  1. Impact of Exotic Plantations on Pollinators in Southern Highlands, Tanzania. Co-PI. 2022-2023.
  2. Assessment of Plant and Fauna Species Diversity in a Restored Forest Corridor: The Case of Bunduki Corridor, Uluguru Mountains, Tanzania. Co-PI. 2022-2023.
  3. Incorporating community, development and biodiversity with conservation to enhance protected area management: A case of Pugu-Kazimzumbwi Nature Forest Reserve, Tanzania. Co-PI. 2022-2023.
  4. The Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity and Food Security in the Hunter-Gatherer Communities of Northern Tanzania. Co-PI. 2022-2023.
  5. Birds of Western Tanzania (Malagarasi Ramsar Site, Gombe Stream National Park, Mahale Mountain National Park, Saanane Island National Park, Minziro Forest nature reserve) Project. Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, University of Dar es Salaam and National Institute of Biological Resources (Korea). 61,000 USD – 2016-2019.
  6. Biodiversity Monitoring, Environmental Awareness Campaign and Community Empowerment on Income Generating Activities at Malagarasi Wetlands, Tanzania. Small grant (5,000 GBP) from Rufford Foundation, PI. 2014/2015.
  7. Conserving Shoebill Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Funds (8000USD). Support for PhD Research. 2010.



John, J., Kohi, E., Park, J-Y., Nkwabi, A., Choi, C-Y., Werema, C., Hur, W-H., Kim, H. & Lee, J. (2019). Birds of Western Tanzania: Gombe, Mahale, Rubondo, Saanane, Malagarasi, Ntakata and Minziro. National Institute of Biological Resources. Doohyun Publishing Co. Republic of Korea. ISBN 978-89-6811-396-3 96490. 532pp.


Book reviews

  1. John, JRM. (2016). Book Review: Birds of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ostrich; African Journal of Ornithology. 87(1): 99-100
  2. John, JRM. (2015): Book Review: Checklist of Tanzanian Species. African Journal of Ecology 53(4): 616.

Journal papers

  1. John, J.R. & Kagembe, Q. (2022). Avian community changes along an urbanization gradient in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a reversed trend for alien species. Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology 42(1): 1-20.
  2. Mapunda, R & John, J.R. (2021). Effects of wildfire on vegetation and understory avian communities in montane rainforests, north‐eastern Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology 59(2):466–478.
  3. Mgimwa, F.E, John, J.R. & Lugomela, C.V. (2021). The influence of physical–chemical variables on phytoplankton and lesser flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) abundances in Lake Natron, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology 59(3):667-675.
  4. John, J.R & Kiwango, H (2021). Further additions to the avifauna of Isunkaviola Plateau, Ruaha National Park, south-central Tanzania, emphasize its ornithological importance. Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology 41(1): 24-34.
  5. Kimario EP, John J.R & Pratap, HP (2020). Gonadosomatic Index infers the Breeding Season of the House Crow Corvus splendens in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology 40(1): 1-6.
  6. John, JRM & Lee WS. (2019). Kleptoparasitism of Shoebills Balaeniceps rex by African Fish Eagles Haliaeetus vocifer in Western Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Science 45(2): 131-143.
  7. John, JRM. (2019). Plant Diet Selectivity and Some Environmental Parameters at Foraging Sites of Wattled Crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) in Malagarasi Wetlands, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Science 45(1): 32-43.
  8. Ringim, AS, Magige, FJ & John, JRM. (2018). Diversity and Density of Avifauna in Areas with Different Protection Status: A Case Study in Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands, North-eastern Nigeria. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences 44(2): 117-125.
  9. Ringim, AS, Magige, FJ & John, JRM. (2017). A comparative Study of Species Diversity of Migrant Birds between Protected and Unprotected areas of the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands, Nigeria. Tanzania Journal of Sciences, 43(1): 1010-122.
  10. John, JRM & Hagwet BM (2017). Use of Avifauna to Complement Marketing Strategies for Less Visited Protected Areas in Tanzania: A Case of Saadani National Park. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 5(2):73-83.
  11. John, JRM. (2015). Responses of large wetland birds to human disturbances: results from experimental bird approaches in areas with different protection status in western Tanzania. Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Science, 6(1): 467-477.
  12. Mutagwaba, S. & John JRM (2014). Kihansi spray wetlands under mitigation measures and its implication to the biodiversity of the resultant ecosystems. Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Science, 5(4): 204-213
  13. John, J.R.M., Nahonyo, C.L., Lee, W.S., & C.A. Msuya. (2012). Observations on nesting of shoebill Balaeniceps rex and wattled crane Bugeranus carunculatus in Malagarasi wetlands, western Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology 51: 184-187.
  14. John, J.R.M & Woo-Shin Lee (2012). First record of the Association of Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis with Shoebill Balaeniceps rex. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology.  83: 171-173.
  15. John, J.R.M. & J.D.L Kabigumila. (2011).The use of bird species richness and abundance indices to assess the conservation value of exotic Eucalyptus plantations. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology. 82: 27-37.
  16. Borghesio. L., John, J.R.M., Mulungu, E., Mkongewa, V & Cordeiro, N.J. (2008) Observations of threatened birds in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. African Bird Club Bulletin 15 (1): 59-70.
  17. John, J.R.M. & Kabigumila J.D.L. (2007). Impact of Eucalyptus Plantations on the Breeding Bird Community in the East Usambaras, Tanzania. Ostrich, 78 (2): 265-269.