John - Habitat

John Lyakurwa


John works within the department of zoology and wildlife conservation at the University of Dar es Salaam, before which he gained a MSc in Life Sciences from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science & Technology. He has taken part in various field based projects studying herpetofauna throughout Tanzania.

John would like to use the Fellowship as an opportunity to gain additional knowledge on dealing with both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. He would also like to be able to incorporate indigenous knowledge into conservation issues, as he understands the key role that indigenous people can play in conserving species.

EDGE Project

John’s project aims to improve the conservation of the Turquoise Dwarf Gecko.

His objectives are to:

• Carry out gecko surveys in known areas of distribution using established methodology. Calculate census of population and compare with 2009 data to understand stability of populations;
• Carry out gecko surveys across targeted habitats in the Uluguru Mountains to establish presence of other populations in this fragmented landscape;
• Improve the current understanding on habitat preferences for the species in its natural habitat. Quantifying the environmental parameters associated with the activity, distribution and abundance of the gecko in natural conditions;
• Assess the current collection status of the species in the wild and raise awareness of both local people and duty staff in the Morogoro region on conservation of this charismatic species.