Henry Njovu, Ph.D.


Resident Lecturer: Wildlife Ecology




B.S. Wildlife Management
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania

M.S. Applied Ecology
Hedmark University College, Norway

PhD Macroecology
University of Wuerzburg, Germany


SFS 3720 Wildlife Ecology

SFS 4910 Directed Research

SFS 3500 Summer I: Wildlife Management and Conservation

SFS 3121 Summer II: African Large Carnivores: Ecology and Conservation

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Faculty Profile

Dr. Njovu is a Tanzanian seasoned natural resources management specialist with over 17 years of experience. In these years, Dr. Njovu worked at the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site (Selous Game Reserve), Maswa and Ugalla Game Reserves, College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka (CAWM), Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST) among others.

Dr. Njovu is energetic and an all-rounded professional with practical working experience in wildlife management, community-based conservation, capacity building, socio-economic and ecological assessments, human-wildlife conflicts, protected area- and landscape-based conservation, just to name a few. Besides, he was extensively involved in the development of Selous and Maswa Game Reserves’ GMPs, policies, strategies, regulations, and action plans, designing and directing several successful conservation projects.

Dr. Njovu has already been engaged in providing several consultancy services commissioned by WWF- Tanzania, WWF Mozambique, WWF Germany, RTI International/USAID PROTECT, Friedkin Conservation Fund, CAWM, Mweka, TAWIRI, and several others. These consultancies focused on various aspects of wildlife ecology, conservation and community development including conducting socio-economic and ecological surveys, feasibility study, human-wildlife conflicts, capacity building and curriculum development. On the other hand, Dr. Njovu has designed and directed several donor-funded projects including Bee-Pollinator Monitoring Project funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, USA, Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool and Passive Acoustic Monitoring projects funded by United for Wildlife, UK/Wildlife Conservation Society and Safari Club International Foundation. He is currently part of two multi-million dollar and multi-country projects together with world-renowned scientists from Germany and the Czech Republic.

Academically, Dr. Njovu holds a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wuerzburg Germany, a Master’s degree in Applied Ecology from the Hedmark University College, Norway, and a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from the Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. Dr. Njovu is also a vibrant researcher, He has reviewed (https://publons.com/researcher/3434190/henry-k-njovu|) and published several scientific articles in good to excellent journals, including the Journal of Animal Ecology [Impact Factor (IF) = 5.091], Journal of Applied Ecology, (IF=6.86), Biological Conservation (IF=5.99), Ecology (IF=5.499), Nature Ecology & Evolution (IF=15.46), Trends in Ecology and Evolution (IF=17.712), Biological Conservation (IF=5.99), and Nature (IF=49.962). His Researchgate H index is 7

Academics & Research

Research Interests

Dr. Njovu has high interests in macroecology (altitude and latitude gradients), plant-animal interactions, transboundary conservation, human-wildlife interactions, protected area management, and ecosystem services in particular herbivory and pollination.


Dr. Njovu has received several awards and grants in his career for pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies, conducting research and implementing conservation projects.

  • Safari Club International Foundation (Project Funds)
  • Tanzania Forest Fund (Research Funds)
  • United for Wildlife (Project Funds)
  • Nordnatur (Exchange Programme)
  • Academic Awards [Higher Education Students Loans Board Tanzania- BSc. Studies) Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lanekassen)-Master’s Studies, German Research Foundation (Ph.D.Studies)]
  • German Research Foundation (DFG, Research Funds)
  • Czech Research Foundation (Research Funds)


Julius V. Lasway, Marcell K. Peters, Henry K. Njovu, Connal Eardley, Alain Pauly, and Steffan-Dewenter (2022). Journal of Applied Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14296 [Impact Factor (IF)=6.86]
Julius V. Lasway, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Connal Eardley, Alain Pauly, Henry K. Njovu, and, Marcell K. Peters. (2022). Biological Conservation,267,109490 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109490 (IF=5.99)
Njovu, H. K., I. Steffan-Dewenter, F. Gebert, D. Schellenberger Costa, M. Kleyer, T. Wagner, and M. K. Peters. (2021). Ecology 00(00): e03521. 10.1002/ecy.3521 (IF=5.175)
Julius Lasway, Neema Kinabo…Henry Njovu…and Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter (2021). Published in Biodiversity Data Journal. https://bdj.pensoft.net/article/68190/ (IF=1.225)
Jörg Albrecht, Marcell K. Peters…Henry K. Njovu…(2021) Manuscript #NATECOLEVOL-210212805 Nature Ecology & Evolution, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01550-9 (IF=15.46)
Nicola Tommasi, Paolo Biella, Lorenzo Guzzetti, Julius Vincent Lasway, Henry Njovu, Andrea Tapparo, Giulia Agostinetto, Marcell K. Peters, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter and Massimo Labra (2021). Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment 319, 107560. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2021.107560 (IF = 5.567)
Fabrice Requier, Lionel Garnery, Patrick L. Kohl, Henry K. Njovu, Christian W. W. Pirk, Robin M. Crewe, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter (2019). Trends in Ecology and Evolution. TREE-D-18-00262R1. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.04.008 (IF=17.712)
Pauly A., Lasway J.V., Mijai I., Mshana I. & Njovu H. K., (2019). Belgian Journal of Entomology, 84: 1-18.
Friederike Gebert, Henry K. Njovu, Anna C. Treydte, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Marcell K. Peters (2019). Journal of Animal Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13074 (IF=5.091).
Henry K. Njovu, Marcell K. Peters, David Schellenberger Costa, Roland Brandl, Michael Kleyer, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter (2019). Journal of Animal Ecology,  https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13058 (IF=5.091).
Marcell K. Peters...Henry K. Njovu …Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter (2019). Nature, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1048-z (IF=49.962)
Henry K. Njovu, Alex W. Kisingo, Thomas Hesselberg, and Abraham Eustace (2019). African Journal of Ecology,  https://doi.org/10.1111/aje.12608 (IF=1.426)