Dr. Lizzie Mujuru

Dr Lizzie Mujuru


  • PhD Earth System Science Climate Change, Wageningen, Netherlands (2014)
  • MSc. TREP, UZ (2003)
  • BSc. Forestry, Sokoine University, Tanzania (1996)

E-Mail: lmujuru@buse.ac.zw or lzzmjr2009@gmail.com


National/International Awards 

  • 1993: DANIDA BSc. Forestry Scholarship for studying at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
  • 2007: NUFFIC fellowship for participating in the Leadership and Adaptive Management course, Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands.
  • 2008 : Watson International Scholars of the Environment fellowship for course on Land use Science, Brown University, USA.
  • 2009: NUFFIC fellowship for participating in short course on International Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Wageningen, Netherlands and Kumasi, Ghana.
  • 2010:  NUFFIC PhD Scholarship for studying at Wageningen University, Netherlands.
  • 2012: European COST scholarship for attending course on REDD+SCIENCE+GOVERNANCE: Opportunities and  Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • 2015: African forest Forum training on Forestry related international agreements and Developing contextualised training materials on rapid forest carbon stock appraisal and basic science of climate change

Research Interests and Expertise

  • Research interests include forest and environmental sustainability. She has experience in forest inventory and soil carbon sequestration/climate change mitigation. In forestry, her research interests are in forest ecology, Non timber forest products and sustainable forest management.
  • Climate change mitigation
  • biodiversity conservation
  • soil ecology

Current Research

Potential of climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration

In this study we intend to estimate the potential of soil organic carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change in forests and agro ecosystems. Soil organic carbon is the greatest pool of carbon storing twice as much C as in biomass. The study is based on estimating carbon stocks in soil and biomass. Carbon dioxide is one of the major greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. The stock of C in soil (or vegetation) is the quantity present at a given time. If a land management practice causes the SOC stock to increase over time, it can be described as a C sink because C is moving into it. On the other hand, if it is declining it is a C source because C is moving from SOC to the atmosphere. Carbon sequestration is important for soil improvement/ food security and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Several publications have been produced and presented at regional and international conferences.

Forestry research

Includes research on NTFP, forest diseases, social forestry, forest pests, fire and silviculture

Completed Projects and Major Findings

The main project was project the PhD completed in May 2014. The PhD estimated carbon stocks in Plantation forests, natural forests, conservation agriculture systems and for fertility treatments. The research culminated in modelling of soil carbon stocks over a 50 year period. Modelling of soil carbon stocks showed that forest ecosystems had potential to store more carbon in the short and long term.

Selected Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

  1. Jimu, L. & Mujuru, L. 2018. Pathogens and Pests Threatening Plantation Forestry in Zimbabwe. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal. 1-10. DOI:10.1080/00128325.2018.1460786
  2. Mujuru L. and Hoosbeek M. R. (2016). Modelling Soil Carbon from Agriculture and Forest Areas of Zimbabwe. International Journal of Agriculture and Forestry. 6(2): 59-68 DOI: 10.5923/j.ijaf.20160602.01
  3. Mujuru, L. Jimu, L. Gotosa and Nyamadzawo G. (2015). Patterns of forest complexity and carbon storage in natural forests and woodlands of Zimbabwe. Available at http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/programme/technical-papers-and-posters/en/
  4. Mabhare V, Mujuru L and Gombe J. (2015). The socio-economic contributions of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in Muzarabani district, Zimbabwe. Presented at the World Forestry Congress 4-11 September 2015. Available at http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/world-forestry-congress/programme/technical-papers-and-posters/en/
  5. Mujuru, L. Rusinamhodzi, J. Nyamangara and M. R. Hoosbeek (2015). Effects of nitrogen fertilizer and manure application on storage of carbon and nitrogen under continuous maize cropping in Arenosols and Luvisols of Zimbabwe. Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge University Press. 1 – 16. doi:10.1017/S0021859615000520.
  6. Mujuru, T. Gotora, E.J. Velthorst, J. Nyamangara and M.R. Hoosbeek (2014). Soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration over an age sequence of Pinus patula plantations in Zimbabwean Eastern Highlands. Forest Ecology and Management 313  254–265.
  7. Mujuru L. and Chidumayo E. (2014). African woodlands and savannahs: opportunities from and potential of REDD+. African Forest Forum, Working Paper Series, Vol. 2(15), 56 pp.
  8. Mujuru , Mureva A, Velthorst E and Hoosbeek M.R. (2013) Land use and tillage effects on soil organic matter fractions in sandy and clayey soils of Bindura and Shamva districts in Zimbabwe. Geoderma 209–210 262–272.
  9. Chikuse J.L, Katsvanga C.A.T., Jimu L and Mujuru L. (2012). Impacts of outsourcing forestry operations in the hyperinflationary economic environment of Zimbabwe. African journal of agricultural research 7 (1) 107-114.
  10. Jimu L., Ngoroyemoto N. and Mujuru L. (2012) Structural diversity of Prunus africana in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Ecology. 51, 102–110.
  11. Chimvuramabwe J. Musara J.P, Mujuru L. Gadzirai C.T, Nyakudya I.W., Jimu L., Katsvanga C.A.T., Mupangwa J.F and Chvheya R. (2011). Effect of feeding graded levels of Adansonia digitata (baobab) seed cake on performance of broilers. Journal of animal and plant sciences 11 (3) 1442 -1449.
  12. Nyamadzawo, G., Wuta M., Chirinda N., Mujuru L., Smith J.L. (2013). Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Intermittently Flooded (Dambo) Rice under Different Tillage Practices in Chiota Smallholder Farming Area of Zimbabwe. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, 3. 13-20.
  13. Gadzirayi C. T., Kubiku F. N. M., Mupangwa, J. F. Mujuru L., Chikuvire T. J. (2013). The Effect of Plant Spacing and Cutting Interval on Growth of Moringa Oleifera. Journal of Agricultural Science and Applications 2, (2) 131-136.
  14. Chatanga P., Kamanda M.T. Kudhlande A, Imbayarwo-Chikosi V. E., Mujawo T. Magadza C. H. D., and Mujuru L. (2008). Effects of Lantana Camara (L) invasion on the native vegetation of Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Southern African Journal of Educ. Sci. and Technology 3 (1& 2) 32-43.
  15. Mujuru L. and Kundhlande A. (2007). Small Scale vegetation structure and composition of Chirinda moist forest south east Zimbabwe. African Journal of Ecology 45 (4), 624–632, Blackwell publishers.

 Selected Conference papers

  1. Mabhare V, Mujuru L and Gombe J. 2015. The socio-economic contributions of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in Muzarabani district, Zimbabwe. Presented at the pre-World Forestry Congress 4-11 September 2015.
  2. Mujuru L and Mutumwa L. 2015. Forest products use and livelihood strategies for households around a once traditionally preserved miombo woodland in Zimbabwe. Presented at the Pre congress, World Forestry Congress 4-11 September 2015.
  3. Mujuru L, Mureva A, Velthorst E. J., Hoosbeek M. R. 2015. Potential of tillage systems to mitigate climate change through soil organic carbon sequestration. 1st international conference on innovation for sustainability under climate change and green growth 26-28 May 2015. Johannesburg, South Africa.
  4. Mujuru L, Mureva A., Velthorst E. J., Hoosbeek M. R. 2015. Mitigating climate change through soil organic carbon sequestration in small holder farming systems of Zimbabwe. Presented at the 3rd Global Science Conference on Climate Smart Agriculture. Montpellier, France.16-18 March 2015.
  5. Mujuru L. Potential of soil carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change in forests and agroecosystems of Zimbabwe. Presented at Climate Food and Farming network kick off workshop. 14-15 March 2015. Montpellier, France.
  6. Mujuru, T. Gotora, E.J. Velthorst, J. Nyamangara and M.R. Hoosbeek. 2014. Soil carbon sequestration over an age sequence of Pinus patula plantations of Zimbabwean Eastern Highlands. Paper presented at the IUFRO conference 5-11 October 2014. Salt lake city, USA.
  7. Mujuru, L. Jimu, T Nyamugure, A. Kundhlande, D. Gwenzi and C.A.T Katsvanga. 2007. The Role of certification in Biodiversity conservation in commercial forest estates of Zimbabwe: A case study of Chimanimani Estates. Paper presented at the international conference on biodiversity and sustainable management of natural resources. 23-25 July 2007. Kigali. Rwanda.
  8. Mujuru, Mureva A. Hoosbeek M.R. 2012. Effects of tillage on soil organic carbon and nitrogen storage. Research and Intellectual expo, 6 September 2012, Harare, Zimbabwe.
  9. Mujuru. Carbon and nitrogen storage in agro-ecosystems. Climate food and farming network (CLIFF), 23-27 February 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark.