Lecturer, College Of Natural And Applied Sciences

PhD in Forest Environmental Science, Seoul National University, Korea


Dr. Jasson has been teaching the following courses:

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


Research Interest:

  • Ornithology
  • Urban wildlife ecology
  • Pollination ecology
  • Wind farm and birds
  • Wildlife trade
  • Invasive species


  1. 2018/2019: Assessment of BirdLife for Lake Tanganyika Basin (DR Congo, Tanzania, Burundi and Zambia) for SESIA – LTTP for COWI Tanzania Ltd.
  2. 2018:Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Proposed Wind Farm in Dodoma Region, Tanzania. Consultancy Report Submitted to COWI Tanzania Ltd.
  3. 2016-2018: 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.
  4. 2015-2017: Enhancing the Long-term Conservation of Bird Species in the Amani Nature Reserve and Adjacent Forests. Partnership with Dr. William Newmark, Utah Museum of Natural History. Funded by Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF). Awarded 15,000,000 Tshs.
  5. 2014/2015 Biodiversity Monitoring, Environmental Awareness Campaign and Community Empowerment on Income Generating Activities at Malagarasi Wetlands, Tanzania. Small grant (5,000 GBP) from Rufford Foundation
  6. 2013- 2015: Conservation of Shoebills and Wattled Crane in Western Tanzania. Small grants (5000USD/year) from Tampa’s Lowry park Zoo. Support for PhD Research.
  7. 2010. Conserving Shoebill Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Funds (8000USD). Support for PhD Research.


Book authorship

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. Mapunda, R &John, J.R. (in press). Effects of wildfire on vegetation and understory avian communities in montane rainforests, north John, J.R& Kiwango, H (in press). Further additions to the avifauna of Isunkaviola Plateau, Ruaha National Park, south-central Tanzania, emphasize its ornithological importance. Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology.
  2. ‐eastern Tanzania. Afr. J. Ecol. 2020; 00:1–13.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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 Ecology51: 184-187.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 Bulletin15 (1): 59-70.
  15. 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.

Conferences Proceedings

  1. John, JRM, Mappi, T (2017). Interactions between Maasai Cultures and Wildlife: The Killing of Birds during “Sipoliyokishu”, a Pre-Moran Stage. 11th Scientific Conference, AICC, Arusha, Dec 2017
  2. Tuyishime J., John, J.R.M. (2015). Avian Flight Heights across Powerline in Dar es Salaam. Proceedings of the 10th TAWIRI Scientific Conference, 2nd – 4th December 2015. Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania. Pp. 28-37. ISBN: 978-9987-9567-4-6. Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute
  3. John, J. (2015) Common and Rare Birds of Southern Part of Saadani National Park. Proceedings of the 10th TAWIRI Scientific Conference, 2nd – 4th December 2015. Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania. Pp. 38-51. ISBN: 978-9987-9567-4-6. Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute.
  4. John, J.R.M., Nahonyo, C.L., C.A. Msuya and W.S. Lee. (2013). Shoebill population estimates in Tanzania from 2,500 in 1990 to <200 birds in 2011: what went wrong? Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Scientific Conference Proceedings. December 2011, Arusha, Tanzania. Pp.77-90. ISBN: 978-9987-9567-2-2.
  5. John, JRM, Teplyakov, VK. &. Hagwet, MB (2010). Nature Based Tourism: A Growing Sector in Tanzania. University of Dar es Salaam. Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Developing Countries. Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort, Dar es Salaam. Pp 168-179.
  6. Hagwet M &John JRM (2009) Socio-economic impact of an invasive plant species, Acacia mearnsii at Mbulu Highlands: A paper presented at TAWIRI Conference in Arusha, December 2009.
  7. John, J.R.M.& Masuka S.C. (2007). Five years of bird monitoring on the Dar es Salaam Coast. Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, Proceedings of the 6th ScientificConference, AICC Arusha, Tanzania.