Overview of completed MSc and PhD projects

An impressive number of MSc and PhD student projects has been carried out and supervised from ITFC since 1988. Many of the graduates have gone on to occupy important positions in conservation and education throughout the country. Find here a chronological overview;  hard copies of (most of) these are available in ITFC's library. We are hoping to make digital copies available on this website in due time. The hyperlinks in green below present summaries of the respective theses. The ones in pink are under preparation and will soon be posted.

Click here to download a list of theses:

  • MSc thesis by Fredrick Ssali (2011): 'The impact of elephants on trees in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, South Western Uganda'
  • MSc thesis by Suzanne Stas (2011): 'Analysing the impacts of bark harvest onOcotea usambarensis in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda'
  • MSc thesis by Geoffrey Malinga (2011): 'Use of Different Altitudinal Zones by Birds (Avifauna) of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda: Implications for their conservation.'
  • MSc thesis by Ronald Twongyirwe (2010): 'Dynamics of forest cover conversion in and around Bwindi Impenetrable forest and impacts on carbon stocks and soil properties'
  • MSc thesis by Else Langbroek (2010): 'Analysing the impacts of bark harvest onRytigynia kigeziensis in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda'
  •  MSc thesis by Jade Jacobsohn (2010): 'Valuing Vegetables: an Assessment of the Development and Conservation Impacts of an Agricultural ICDP on the Edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda'
  • MSc thesis by Melissa Fedrigo (2009): ‘Estimating biomass in the mountain region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, using radar and optical remote sensing'
  • MSc thesis by Ian Lacey (2009): 'A study of land cover change in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP), Uganda using satellite imagery analysis'
  • PhD thesis by Edward Andama (2008): 'Invasive potential of Mauritius thorn (Caesalpinia decapetala) (Roth) Alston and its use to deter crop raiding by wild animals around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda'
  • PhD thesis by Jessica Ganas (2008): ‘Foraging strategies of Mountain Gorillas in BINP, Uganda.’
  • PhD thesis by Robert Kajobe (2008): ‘Foraging behaviour of equatorial afrotropical stingless bees: habitat selection and competition for resources’
  • PhD thesis by Aventino Kasangaki (2007): ‘Effects of anthropogenic disturbance on stream fish assemblages of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park South western Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Chrispine Safari (2007): ‘The impact of Lantana camara L. on the forest structure and composition in Bwindi Impenetrable National park, Uganda’
  • PhD thesis by Dennis Twinomugisha (2007): ‘The conservation status and determinants of the golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti) abundance in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by James Musinguzi (2006-7): ‘Regeneration of burnt areas’
  • PHD thesis by Jessica Rothman (2006): 'The nutritional ecology and parasites of Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda'.
  • MSc thesis by Flavia Natukunda (2006): ‘Feeding ecology and crop-raiding patterns of the red-tailed monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W. Uganda’
  • PhD thesis by Julia Baker (2005): ‘Evaluating Conservation Policy: Integrated Conservation and Development in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda’
  • PhD thesis by Nsubuga Anthony Mutebi (2005): ‘Genetic analysis of the social structure in wild mountain gorillas (Gorilla berengei berengei) of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Jane Yatuha (2005): ‘The breeding ecology of the Stripe-breasted Tit in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south-western Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Bosco J. Agaba (2004): ‘Community resource utilisation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’
  • PhD thesis by Dominic Byarugaba (2004): ‘Utilization, abundance, distribution and domestication of wild yams (Dioscorea sp.) in and around BINP, SW Uganda’
  • PhD thesis by David Livingston Ntabajyana Hafashimana (2004): ‘The diversity of trees and vascular epiphytes in forests of Western Uganda’
  • PhD thesis by J. Bosco Nkurunungi (2003): ‘The availability and distribution of fruit and non-fruit resources in Bwindi; their influence on gorilla habitat use and food choice’.
  • MSc thesis by Richard Lightbrown (2002): ‘Armed conflict and forests: an assessment with particular reference to Impacts of the Rwandan conflict in southern Kigezi region, Uganda, 1990-2000’
  • MSc thesis by Jessica M. Rothman (2002): ‘Plant choice in the construction of night nests by mountain gorillas in the Bwindi impenetrable forest Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by John Bosco Nkurunungi (2001): Intestinal parasites infection of humans and gorillas’
  • MSc thesis by Collins Oloyo (2001): ‘An assessment of granting local people restricted access to use of BINP resources as a means of reducing the level of illegal and unsustainable utilization of the resources’
  • MSc thesis by R.G. Wild (2001): ‘Plants from the park: establishing community harvesting of plants as a conservation tool at Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Edward Andama (2000): ‘The status and distribution of carnivores in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W. Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Anna-Belinda Hegner (2000): ‘The empowerment of women in Kigezi. Changes in gender relationships in rural Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Joel Musasiizi (2000): ‘Bush pig density, distribution and crop raiding trends in the northern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W. Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Mark Ocen (2000): ‘The status and ecology of duikers, Cephalophusspp. at Mgahinga  Gorilla National Park’
  • MSc thesis by Dennis Twinomugisha (2000): ‘The status and ecology of the golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park’
  • MSc thesis by Robert Bitariho (1999): ‘The abundance, distribution and use of montane bamboo in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks S. W. Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Julius Lejju (1999): ‘An assessment of the status of exotic plant species and natural vegetation types of Mgahinga Nationa park, S.W. Uganda’
  • MSC thesis by Medius Koshabire (1998): ‘Medicinal plants and herbalist preferences around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’
  • MSc thesis by Dominic Byarugaba (1998): ‘Stingless bees and Batwa’  
  • MSc thesis by Aventino Kasangaki (1998): ‘Small mammal communities along an elevational gradient in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W. Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Medius Kyoshabire (1998): ‘Medicinal plants and herbalist preferences around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Maud Kamatenesi (1997): ‘Utilization of the medicinal plant 'Nyakibazi' (Rytigynia spp) in the Multiple use zone of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Geoffrey M. Muhanguzi (1997): ‘Farmers' response to cultivation of indigenous forest trees around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’
  • MSc thesis by Onesimus Muhwezi (1997): ‘The biology, use and impact of harvesting of the afromontane liana Loeseneriella apocynoides in and around Bwindi Impenetrable  National Park, Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Vincent M. Mwesigye (1997): ‘Crop raiding by Baboons (Papio anubis) around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Daniel A. Aleper (1995): ‘Population ecology of small mammals of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’
  • MSc thesis by Gerald Eilu (1995)‘The natural regeneration of canopy tree species following human disturbance in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda’
  • PhD thesis by Ursula Karlowski (1995): ‘Sekundäre Sukzession im afromontanen Nebelwald: Dynamik, Mechanismen und Schutz der biodiversität in zwei Habitaten des Berggorillas (Mgahinga Gorilla und Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) und in Echuya Forest, Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Michael George Sikoyo (1995): ‘Economic valuation of the Multiple use of forests: The case of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Dennis Baabasa (1994): ‘Status distribution and feeding ecology elephants in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W. Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Andrea Olivieri (1994): ‘Forest gaps in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’
  • MSc thesis by Nicholas C. Strugnell (1994): ‘A remotely-sensed study of the vegetation and terrain of Bwindi Forest, S.W. Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Ignatius Achoka (1993): ‘Home range, group size and group composition of mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla berengei) in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W. Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Mary Teresa Docherty (1993): ‘Survey of attitudes toward natural resource conservation, development and tourism in South Western Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by James Omoding (1992): ‘Status distribution and ecology of butterflies in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest, S.W. Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by P. J. Scott (1992)‘Fringe benefits: minor forest product collection within buffer zones as a potential tool for conflict resolution in the Impenetrable (Bwindi) National Park, Uganda’
  • MSc thesis by Alex Bataamba Muhwezi (1990): ‘The ecology of raptors in and around the impenetrable forest, S.W. Uganda’
  • BSc thesis by J.Z. Greenfield (1988)‘Behaviour and ecology of four primates in the impenetrable forest, Uganda’

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