Dr J. Muvengwi

Dr J Muvengwi

Senior Lecturer: Wildlife Ecology

E-Mail: jmuvengwi@buse.ac.zw

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD:  Savanna ecology (Wits)
  • MSc: Tropical Resource Ecology (UZ)
  • BSc: Wildlife and Rangeland Management (BUSE)

Areas of interest:

  • Interested in plant community ecology of savannas and the factors that shape biodiversity patterns across different spatial scales. 
  • spatial analysis
  • urban ecology


  1. Ndagurwa, H. G. T., Maponga, T. S., Dube, B., Nzuma, T. M., &Muvengwi, J. 2018. Termitaria vs. mistletoe : Effects on soil properties and plant structure in a semi-arid savanna. ActaOecologica, 91, 35–42. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2018.06.002
  2. Chikorowondo, G., Muvengwi, J., Mbiba, M., & Gandiwa, E. 2018. Functional diversity of macroinvertebrates on abandoned cattle enclosures in a semi-arid African savannah. African Journal of Ecology. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11284-017-1522-8
  3. Muvengwi, J., Davies, A. B., Parrini, F., &Witkowski, E. T. F. 2018. Contrasting termite diversity and assemblages on granitic and basaltic African savanna landscapes. InsectesSociaux, 65, 25–35. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00040-017-0582-7
  4. Muvengwi, J., Davies, A. B., Parrini, F., &Witkowski, E. T. F. 2018. Geology drives the spatial patterning and structure of termite mounds in an African savanna. Ecosphere, 9, e02148. 10.1002/ecs2.2148. http://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2148
  5. Muvengwi, J.,Mbiba, M., Jimu, L., Mureva, A., &Dodzo, B. 2018. An assessment of the effectiveness of cut and ring barking as a method for control of invasive Acacia mearnsii in Nyanga National Park , Zimbabwe. Forest Ecology and Management, 427(May), 1–6. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.05.034
  6. Muvengwi, J.,Parrini, F., Witkowski, E. T. F., & Davies, A. B. 2018. Are Termite Mounds Always Grazing Hotspots ? Grazing Variability with Mound Size , Season and Geology in an African Savanna. Ecosystems. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-018-0257-x
  7. Muvengwi, J., Mbiba, M., Ndagurwa, H.G.T. & Kabvuratsiye, N. (2016) Pulsing hydrology and topography determine the structure and spatial distribution of Cubitermes mounds in a savanna ecosystem. Catena, 145, 99–106.
  8. Muvengwi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyenda, T. & Mbiba, M. (2016) Nutrient dynamics and plant assemblages of Macrotermes falciger mounds in a savanna ecosystem. Acta Oecologica, 76, 13–21.
  9. Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Ndarevani, P., Muvengwi, J. & Maponga, T.S. (2016a) Mistletoes via input of nutrient-rich litter increases nutrient supply and enhance plant species composition and growth in a semi-arid savanna, southwest Zimbabwe. Plant Ecology, 217, 1095–1104.
  10. Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyawo, E. & Muvengwi, J. (2016b) Use of mistletoes by the Grey Go-away-bird ( Corythaixoides concolor , Musophagidae ) in a semi-arid savannah. African Journal of Ecology, 54, 336–341
  11. Muvengwi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., 2015. Soil seed bank dynamics and fertility on a seasonal wetland invaded by Lantana camara in a savanna ecosystem. South African Journal of Botany. 100, 190–194. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2015.06.007
  12. Muvengwi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyenda, T., 2015. Enhanced soil nutrient concentrations beneath-canopy of savanna trees infected by mistletoes in a southern African savanna. Journal of Arid Environ. 116, 25–28. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.01.017
  13. Muvengwi, J. 2014.  Factors influencing hunting success of carnivores, factors influencing vigilance of their prey: are we just changing paper titles? Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. 10 (4): 595–596.
  14. Muvengwi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyenda, T., Mlambo, I., 2014. Termitaria as preferred browsing patches for black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) in Chipinge Safari Area, Zimbabwe. Journal of Tropical Ecology 30, 591–598. doi:10.1017/S0266467414000480
  15. Muvengwi J., Mbiba, M and Nyenda, T. 2014. Using branch diameter to estimate fresh biomass removal by elephants: comparison of linear and quadratic models.  African Journal Ecology.  53, 126-129
  16. Mashapa, C., Nyabawa, P., Zisadza-, P., Muvengwi, J., Kativu, S., Gandiwa, E., 2014. Status of African baobab ( Adansonia digitata ) across Gonarezhou National Park , Zimbabwe. doi:10.4314/jasem.v18i1.18
  17. Muposhi, V.K., Chanyandura, A., Gandiwa, Muvengwi, J., E., Muboko, N., Taru, P., Kupika, O.L., 2014. Post-release monitoring of diet profile and diet quality of reintroduced African buffalo ( Syncerus caffer ) in Umfurudzi Park , Zimbabwe Tropical Conservation Science. 7, 440–456.
  18. Muvengwi, J., Mbiba, M. and Nyenda T. 2013. Termite mounds may not be foraging hotspots for mega-herbivores in a nutrient-rich matrix. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 29, 551–558.
  19. Zisadza-Gandiwa, P., Mango, L., Gandiwa, E., Goza, D., Parakasingwa, C., Chinoitezvi, E., Shimbani1, J. and Muvengwi, J. 2013. Variation in woody vegetation structure and composition in a semi-arid savanna of Southern Zimbabwe.  International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. 5(2), 71-77.
  20. Zisadza-Gandiwa, P., Gandiwa, E., Jakarasi, J., Westhuizen, H.  and Muvengwi, J. 2013. Abundance, distribution and population trends of Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Water South Africa. 39(1), 165-169.
  21. Muposhi, V. K., Muvengwi, J., Utete, B., Kupika, O., Chiutsi, S. and Tarakini, T. 2013. Activity Budgets of Impala (Aepyceros melampus) in Closed Environments: The Mukuvisi Woodland Experience, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Biodiversity. 1-8
  22. Van der Meer, E., Rasmussen, G.S.A., Muvengwi, J. and Fritz, H. 2013. Foraging costs, hunting success and its implications for African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) conservation inside and outside a protected area. African Journal of Ecology. 52, 69–76.
  23. Nyamadzawo, G., Gotosa J., Muvengwi, J.,  Wuta, M., Nyamangara, J., Nyamugafata, P. and Smith J.L. 2012.  The effect of catena position on greenhouse gas emissions from dambo located termite (Odontotermes transvaalensis) mounds from central Zimbabwe. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences. 2, 502-509.
  24. Muvengwi, J., Muposhi V., Veremu, K., Mbiba M. and Nyenda, T.  2012. The diet of Limnothrissa miodon and zooplankton densities in Sanyati Basin, Lake Kariba. Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering. 4B: 480-490
  25. Gandiwa, E., Tupulu N., Zisadza-Gandiwa., P and Muvengwi, J. 2012. Structure and composition of woody vegetation around permanent-artificial and ephemeral-natural water points in northern Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Journal of Tropical Ecology  53(2): 169-175.
  26. Gandiwa, E., Chikorowondo, G., Zisadza-Gandiwa, P., and Muvengwi, J. 2011. Structure and composition of Androstachys johnsonii woodland across various strata in Gonarezhou National Park, southeast Zimbabwe. Tropical Conservation Science Vol.4 (2):218-229.
  27. Muposhi, V. K., Muvengwi, J.,  Mubvuma, F. 2011. Population status and distribution of roan (Hippotragus equinus), sable (Hippotraagus niger) and nyala (Tragelaphus angassii) antelopes in the Zambezi heartland. Zimbabwe Journal of Technological Sciences, 2: 6-22.
  28. Lindsey, P., Romanach, S., Tambling, C., Chartier, K., Matema, S., Mupamhadzi, I., Matema, C., and Muvengwi, J. 2011. Dynamics and underlying causes of illegal bushmeat trade in Zimbabwe. Oryx, 45(1): 84–95
  29. Muposhi V. K., Muvengwi, J., Ndambakuwa, H. D., Mwera, P., and Chikwanha, S. M. (2008). The impact of stocking density on the production of Oreochromis niloticus fry in hapas. Southern African Journal of Education, Science and Technology. 3: 44-51
  30. Mupamhadzi, I., Matema, C and Muvengwi, J. (2009) Observations and Informal Findings on Wild Meat Trade: Socio-economic Research with Local Communities in and around the Save Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe. PARSEL Project 25pp.  
  31. Lindsey, P., Romanach, S., Tambling, C., Chartier, K., Matema, S., Mupamhadzi, I., Matema, C., and Muvengwi, J. (2009). The Illegal Wild Meat Trade Affecting Wildlife Based Land Use in the South East Lowveld of Zimbabwe: Drivers, impacts and potential solutions. PARSEL Project Thematic Bulletin Series, Harare, Zimbabwe.