I graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) in 2012 with a BSC in Wildlife Science and Conservation. My thesis examined the biodiversity of poorly studied Tanzania and Zanzibar coastal forests.
After graduation, I joined the Tanzania Community Forest Conservation Network (2012) providing forest management training to village leaders. Since 2013, I have been working with the Ruaha Carnivore Project researching large carnivore behavioural ecology and human-carnivore conflict, while in 2016 I learned techniques of recording behavioural ecology of chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys and yellow baboons at Ugalla Primate Project.
During the diploma, I will look at the levels and causes of mortality among large carnivores in the Ruaha landscape and on how lion prides utilize habitat resources within human landscapes. This course will strengthen my foundations on applied conservation skills like GIS, statistics, report writing, habitat assessment and conflict.
Update September 2019
Michael is currently completing an MSc in Ecology and Evolution, with specialization in Ecology and Conservation, at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.