Grassy mountain side

Elihuruma Wilson

Research Q & A

What’s your hometown?

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

What are you currently working on?

My research focuses on the long-term forest changes in human-modified tropical landscapes and their influence on forest vertebrates, particularly primate species. I use both remote sensing and ground-truthing ecological information to understand the forces that control species occurrence, distribution, abundance, and richness in these landscapes. The Bell Museum has supported my work to better collect information about tree species composition and their traits. 

Where are you working on research/fieldwork?

My fieldwork is in the Greater Gombe Ecosystem, Kigoma, Tanzania. This ecosystem covers about 600 square kilometers of Gombe National Park, approximately 26 village land forest reserves, and village land. Primate species including chimpanzees reside both in the park and in some of the forest reserves.

What will your next steps/research be?

Starting this spring, I will begin a one-year project in which I’ll be collecting tree species information (i.e., composition, richness, and selected traits) and mapping long-term land cover changes in the study area. Using remote sensing information and vegetation plot survey I’ll be able to assess the performance of village land forest reserves that were recently established i.e., 2005. Also, in these reserves, I will be able to assess the feeding habitat quality for primate species. In the end, I’ll be able to determine the conservation value of these reserves. 

What would be the five-song soundtrack to your research work/What five songs do you listen to most while you work?

  • “Kama Sio Wewe” by Gudluck Gozbert
  • “Rafiki Mwema” by Chandelier de Gloire
  • “Pokea Sifa” by Chandelier de Gloire
  • “More than gold” by Judith Kanayo
  • “All that Matters” by GUC


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