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Shimane Makhabu


Shimane Makhabu

Associate Professor

Faculty of Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences (BS)

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  • PhD in Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  Area of Specialization: Ecology
  • Master of Science in Land and Water Management (Range Management option), Silsoe College, Cranfield University, UK. Area of Specialization: Range Management
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Botswana.  Combined Major: Biology and Environmental Science


  • PhD thesis topic: Interactions between woody plants, elephants and other browsers in the Chobe Riverfront, Botswana. PhD Thesis, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
  • MSc thesis topic: Assessment of elephant impact upon the mopane woodland of Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Botswana. MSc Thesis, Silsoe College, Cranfield University, Bedford, UK.


Professional Societies

  • Member of Kalahari Conservation Society.


  • Biodiversity (Evolution, taxonomy, animal diversity and ecology components)
  • Cell biology (Cell structure and functions components)
  • Biological Systematics
  • Economic Botany


  • Mapping of vegetation of Kgatleng, Kweneng and Central Districts
  • Use and conservation of medicinal and food indigenous plants
  • Use of goats to control bush encroachment
  • Effect of Makgadikgadi vegetation on beef cattle production
  • Interaction of elephants and other herbivores on vegetation of Chobe Riverfront
  • Determination of home ranges of wildebeest in Central Kalagadi Game Reserve and surrounding Wildlife management areas, by the use of conventional and satellite collars
  • Effect of use of artificial watering points by wild animals on vegetation in Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Consultancy Engagement

  • 2017 to 2018: Involved as an Ecologist in a consultancy titled “Rangeland and livestock vulnerability assessment to climate change in Botswana”. This was a consultancy for Department of Meteorological Services and it was funded by UNDP. This was part of Botswana’s Third communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). I did it being part of KOBMA HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD
  • March 2019 to date: Involved as Conservation Ecologist in a consultancy for the development of management plans for Kasane and Chobe Forest Reserves. Consultancy done for Forest Conservation Botswana.


  • To date: “Identification and trials of suitable grass species for restoration of overgrazed Western Sandveld Ranches in Central District, Botswana”. Funded by Forest Conservation Botswana(FCB)