Dr. Percy Jinga

Dr Percy JingaDepartmental Chairperson

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (2017)
  • MSc. Conservation Biology, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe (2009)
  • BSc. Biological Sciences, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe (2005)
  • Diploma in Education, University of Zimbabwe (2000)

Contact Details

Department of Biological Sciences
FSE Complex, Office B32
Private Bag 1020
Bindura, Zimbabwe
Phone: +263 71 707 9300
Email: pjinga@buse.ac.zw, percyjinga@yahoo.com

Current Research

I am studying the genetic diversity of African tree species, particularly those in the south of the Sahara, using genetic markers and sequencing technologies. I am interested in how genetic diversity information helps in the conservation of African tree species. I am also doing research on the impacts of climate change on the distribution of tree species. I am using ecological niche modelling techniques to predict the distribution of tree species under different climate change scenarios.


  • Jinga, P. (2021). The increasing importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in combating climate change. In: Tiefenbacher, J. P. (ed.) Environmental Management. ISBN 978-1-83962-547-3. IntechOpen. https://www.intechopen.com/online-first/77199
  • Jinga, P., Liao, Z. and Nobis, M. (2021). Species distribution modeling that overlooks intraspecific variation is inadequate for proper conservation of marula (Sclerocarya birrea, Anacardiaceae). Global Ecology and Conservation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01908
  • Jinga, P., Palagi, J., Chong, J. P. and Bobo, E. D. (2020). Climate change reduces the natural range of African wild loquat (Uapaca kirkiana Müll. Arg., Phyllanthaceae) in south-central Africa. Regional Environmental Change, 20, 108. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-020-01700-y
  • Jinga, P. and Palagi, J. (2020) Dry and wet miombo woodlands of south-central Africa respond differently to climate change. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 192, 372. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-020-08342-x
  • Jinga, P. and Ashley, V. M. (2019). Climate change threatens some miombo tree species of sub-Saharan Africa. Flora, 257, 151421. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.flora.2019.151421
  • Bobo E. D., Munosiyei, P., Zingoni, E. and Jinga, P. (2019). Functional characterisation of a Calmodulin-Binding Receptor-Like Cytoplasmic Kinase (GmCBRLCK1) in Glycine max (L.) Merr. using bioinformatic tools. Annals of International Science, 7, 38–47. https://doi.org/10.21467/ias.7.1.38-47
  • Jinga, P. and Ashley, V. M. (2018). A mountain range is a strong genetic barrier between populations of Afzelia quanzensis (Pod mahogany) with low genetic diversity. Tree Genetics and Genomes, 14, 4. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11295-017-1217-x
  • Jinga, P., Palagi, J. and Ashley, V. M. (2016). Development of microsatellite loci of pod mahogany (Afzelia quanzensis, Fabaceae) by Illumina shotgun sequencing, and cross-amplification in Afzelia africana. Applications in Plant Sciences, 4. http://dx.doi.org/10.3732/apps.1600010
  • Jinga, P., Munosiyei, P., Bobo, E. D. and Tambura, L. (2012). Seasonality of parasitism in free range chickens from a selected ward of a rural district in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 7 (25), 3626–3631.

Appointments and Experience

  • Lecturer (2018 – Present)
    Bindura University of Science Education
    Biological Sciences Department
  • Teaching Assistant (2015-2017)
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Biological Sciences Department
  • Lecturer (2010-2012)
    Bindura University of Science Education
    Biological Sciences Department
  • Teaching Assistant (2007-2009)
    Bindura University of Science Education
    Biological Sciences Department
  • High School Biology Teacher (2006)
    Mutare Girls’ High School