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Dr. Tawanda Winmore Gara

Qualifications:

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:

Lecturer

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
Biography:

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


Email: tw4gara@gmail.com
Phone: +263242303211
Publications:

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, doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2019.101919
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, doi.org/10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2019.09.005
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 doi.org/10.3390/rs10020346
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)

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

http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8134-4849
https://publons.com/researcher/1216608/tawanda-winmore-gara/




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