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Dr. Tawanda Winmore Gara


PhD. GIS and Earth Observation (UT-ITC, Netherlands); MSc. (Cum Laude) GIS and Earth Observation (UT-ITC,), MPhil (UZ, Zimbabwe), B.A Hons. Geography (UZ);

Academic Appointments:


Research Interests:

Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS), Biodiversity Conservation, Vegetation spectroscopy, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Species Distribution Modelling, Environmental Modelling, Forest carbon modeling, Environmental Impact Assessment

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

A dynamic innovative and energetic individual with strong inter-personal and organization skills. I am very enthusiastic and willing to explore new
prospects and committed to the highest levels of professionalism and personal excellence

Phone: +263242303211

Gara, T.W, Darvishzadeh, R., Skidmore, A., & Wang, T. and Heurich Marco (2019) Evaluating the performance of PROSPECT in the retrieval of leaf traits across canopy throughout the growing season International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation 83: 101919,
2. Gara, T.W, Darvishzadeh, R., Skidmore, A., & Wang, T. and Heurich Marco (2019) Accurate modelling of canopy traits from seasonal Sentinel-2 imagery based on the vertical distribution of leaf traits ISPRS: Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 157:108-123,
3. Gara, T. W., Skidmore, A. K., Darvishzadeh, R., & Wang, T. (2019). Leaf to canopy upscaling approach affects the estimation of canopy traits GIScience & Remote Sensing, 56(4), 554-575. doi:10.1080/15481603.2018.1540170
4. Gara, T.W, Darvishzadeh, R., Skidmore, A., & Wang, T. (2018). Impact of Vertical Canopy Position on Leaf Spectral Properties and Traits across Multiple Species. Remote Sensing, 10(2), 346
5. Gara, T. W., Murwira, A., Dube, T., Sibanda, M., Rwasoka, D. T., Ndaimani, H., Hatendi, C. M. (2017). 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(1), 31-40. doi:10.2989/20702620.2016.1233751
6. Gara, T. W., Wang, T., Skidmore, A. K., Ngene, S. M., Dube, T., & Sibanda, M. (2017). Elephants move faster in small fragments of low productivity in Amboseli ecosystems: Kenya. Geocarto International, 32(11), 1243-1253. doi:10.1080/10106049.2016.1206625
7. 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(3), 259-269. doi:10.1111/aje.12346
8. 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(2), 176-192. doi:10.1080/10106049.2015.1041563
9. 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(3), 285-293. doi:10.1080/0035919x.2015.1057269
10. Gara, T. W., Murwira, A., Chivhenge, E., Dube, T., & Bangira, T. (2014). Estimating wood volume from canopy area in deciduous woodlands of Zimbabwe. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science, 76(4), 237-244. doi:10.2989/20702620.2014.965981

Patented Work:

Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):

Awards & Achievements:

AiO Fellowship (for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, (ITC) (PhD) University of Twente, Netherlands (Feb 2015-Feb 2019)
NFP Fellowship (NFP-MA 12/9084) for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Natural Resources Management, (ITC) (MSc) University of Twente, Netherlands (Sept 2012-March 2014)
DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) In-Country Scholarship (A/10/02922) (Jan 2010-July 2012)
Research Platform “Production and Conservation in Partnership” (RP-PCP grant/Project ECO#5) (Jan 2011-July 2012)

Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):

Supervision information (MPhil, DPhil, etc.):

Professional membership, Committees, Boards:

Reviewer for ISI Peer-reviewed journals (MDPI Remote Sensing, African Journal of Ecology, GeoCarto International, International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation)

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