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Dr. Henry Ndaimani


DPhil (Sc) in Spatial Ecology from the University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Academic Appointments:


Research Interests:

Geospatial analysis
Remote sensing
Wildlife ecology

Faculty: Science
Department: Geography and Environmental Science
Research Category: Geography and Environmental Science

Henry Ndaimani was born in Zaka, Zimbabwe, in 1979. He is a holder of the BSc (Hons) degree in Geography, MPhil (Sc) in Spatial Ecology and the DPhil (Sc) degree in Spatial Ecology from the University of Zimbabwe.
He has extensive experience in terrestrial ecology gained when he worked as an ecologist for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (2004-2014)
From 2014 to date, he has served the University of Zimbabwe, Department of Geography and Environmental Science (DGES) as a Staff Development Fellow and Senior Lecturer.
He is the author of 22 scientific articles. His research interests include, GIS, Earth observation and remote sensing applications to wildlife ecology.

Phone: +263 773 473 538

1. Hardlife, M., Henry, N., Paradzayi, T., Mpakairi, K. S. & Eliah, G. 2019. Predicting the invasion of a southern African savannah by the black wattle (Acacia mearnsii). Journal of Forestry Research, 1-9.

2. Chikuruwo, C., Masocha, M., Murwira, A. & Ndaimani, H. 2017. Predicting the suitable habitat of the invasive Xanthium strumarium in southeastern Zimbabwe. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 15, 17-32.
3. Crosmary, W. G., Loveridge, A. J., Ndaimani, H., Lebel, S., Booth, V., Côté, S. & Fritz, H. 2013. Trophy hunting in Africa: long?term trends in antelope horn size. Animal Conservation, 16, 648-660.
4. Dube, T., Gara, T. W., Mutanga, O., Sibanda, M., Shoko, C., Murwira, A., Masocha, M., Ndaimani, H. & Hatendi, C. M. 2018. Estimating forest standing biomass in savanna woodlands as an indicator of forest productivity using the new generation WorldView-2 sensor. Geocarto International, 33, 178-188.
5. Dunham, K., Van Der Westhuizen, E., Van Der Westhuizen, H. & Ndaimani, H. 2013. Aerial survey of elephants and other large herbivores in Gonarezhou National Park (Zimbabwe), and surrounding areas: 2013. Zimbabwe Parks and wildlife Management Authority.
6. Gara, T. W., Murwira, A., Dube, T., Sibanda, M., Rwasoka, D. T., Ndaimani, H., Chivhenge, E. & Hatendi, C. M. 2017a. Estimating forest carbon stocks in tropical dry forests of Zimbabwe: exploring the performance of high and medium spatial-resolution multispectral sensors. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science, 79, 31-40.
7. Gara, T. W., Murwira, A. & Ndaimani, H. 2016. Predicting forest carbon stocks from high resolution satellite data in dry forests of Zimbabwe: exploring the effect of the red-edge band in forest carbon stocks estimation. Geocarto International, 31, 176-192.
8. Gara, T. W., Murwira, A., Ndaimani, H., Chivhenge, E. & Hatendi, C. M. 2015. Indigenous forest wood volume estimation in a dry savanna, Zimbabwe: exploring the performance of high-and-medium spatial resolution multispectral sensors. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 70, 285-293.
9. Gara, T. W., Wang, T., Skidmore, A. K., Zengeya, F. M., Ngene, S. M., Murwira, A. & Ndaimani, H. 2017. Understanding the effect of landscape fragmentation and vegetation productivity on elephant habitat utilization in Amboseli ecosystem, Kenya. African Journal of Ecology, 55, 259-269.
10. Mareya, H. T., Tagwireyi, P., Ndaimani, H., Gara, T. W. & Gwenzi, D. 2018. Estimating Tree Crown Area and Aboveground Biomass in Miombo Woodlands From High-Resolution RGB-Only Imagery. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 11, 868-875.
11. Mbiba, M., Muvengwi, J. & Ndaimani, H. 2018. Environmental correlates of livestock depredation by spotted hyaenas and livestock herding practices in a semi?arid communal landscape. African Journal of Ecology, 56, 984-992.
12. Mhlanga, I., Ndaimani, H., Mpakairi, K. & Mujere, N. 2018. Climate change: An uncertain future for dairy farming in Zimbabwe. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa, 73, 237-242.
13. Mpakairi, K., Ndaimani, H., Vingi, K., Madiri, T. H. & Nekatambe, T. 2018. Ensemble modelling predicts Human Carnivore Conflict for a community adjacent to a protected area in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Ecology, 56, 957-963.
14. Mpakairi, K. S., Ndaimani, H., Kuvawoga, P. T. & Madiri, H. T. 2019a. Human settlement drives African elephant (Loxodonta africana) movement in the Sebungwe Region, Zimbabwe. African Journal of Ecology.
15. Mpakairi, K. S., Ndaimani, H., Tagwireyi, P., Gara, T. W., Zvidzai, M. & Madhlamoto, D. 2017. Missing in action: Species competition is a neglected predictor variable in species distribution modelling. PloS one, 12, e0181088.
16. Mpakairi, K. S., Tagwireyi, P., Ndaimani, H. & Madiri, H. T. 2019. Distribution of wildland fires and possible hotspots for the Zimbabwean component of Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area. South African Geographical Journal, 101, 110-120.
17. Ndaimani, H., Murwira, A. & Kativu, S. 2013. Comparing terrain and vegetation-based visibility for explaining sable flight behaviour in a Southern African savanna. Geocarto International, 28, 130-143.
18. Ndaimani, H., Murwira, A. & Kativu, S. 2014. Predicting the spatial distribution of hunted and non-hunted Sable antelope (Hippotragus niger niger) using remotely sensed woody cover in a Southern African savanna. Geocarto International, 29, 198-210.
19. Ndaimani, H., Murwira, A. & Masocha, M. 2018. A new method for correcting locational error from aerial surveys improves habitat model performance. African Journal of Ecology, 56, 928-937.
20. Ndaimani, H., Murwira, A., Masocha, M., Gara, T. W. & Zengeya, F. M. 2017. Evaluating performance of aerial survey data in elephant habitat modelling. African Journal of Ecology, 55, 270-281.
21. Ndaimani, H., Murwira, A., Masocha, M. & Zengeya, F. M. 2017. Elephant (Loxodonta africana) GPS collar data show multiple peaks of occurrence farther from water sources. Cogent Environmental Science, 3, 1420364.
22. Ndaimani, H., Tagwireyi, P., Sebele, L. & Madzikanda, H. 2016. An ecological paradox: the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is not attracted to water points when water is scarce in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. PloS one, 11, e0146263.

Patented Work:

Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):

1. Zimbabwe National Geospatial Space Agency (ZINGSA) ‘Geospatial Capability for Wildlife Conservation in Zimbabwe’s National Parks’ ($378 491.89)
2. University of Zimbabwe Research Board Grant #91048 ($5000)

Awards & Achievements:

Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):

1. Mbire Rural District Council Land Use Plan (2019-2028), Team member, and expert for GIS and Remote Sensing, African Wildlife Foundation
2. GIS and Remote Sensing Analysis For A Project To Reduce Deforestation in the Buffer Area of Hurungwe, Ward 8, Zimbabwe Team leader, and expert for participatory GIS, African Wildlife Foundation
3. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification 7th Reporting for Zimbabwe (2018). Team member and expert for Mobile Data Collection, UNDP/EMA
4. GIS Analyst/ Mapping Specialist and Team Member. Agro-Ecological Assessment of Dam Catchment Area Protection Using Improved Grass Species (2018)-CAFOD
5. The baseline for 6 Projects Funded under Nyanga Landscape and Coordinated by Chitsanza Development Association (CHIDA) (2017), Team member, UNDP/GEF OP6
6. GIS Analyst and Research Assistant: Landscape Selection And Baseline Surveys For The UNDP/GEFSGP: Operational Phase 6
7. Rapid assessment of major threats to the integrity of water resources of

Supervision information (MPhil, DPhil, etc.):

Professional membership, Committees, Boards:

Faculty Advisor - UZ Youth Mappers (OpenStreetMap)

External Profile Links (Google Scholar, ResearchGate, LinkedIn, other social media links):

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