Dr. Christopher Sabuni

Dr. Christopher Sabuni

Head of Laboratory and Research Facilities 
Sokoine University of Agriculture – Pest Management Center

Address

Sokoine University of Agriculture 
Pest Management Center 
P.O. Box 3110 
Morogoro, Tanzania. 

Contact Information

Phone: +255 764 876 530 
Email: sabunic03@gmail.com | csabuni@suanet.ac.tz 

Christopher Sabuni is an ecologist of small mammals and Chief Technologist at Pest Management Center, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). He received an HND in Applied Biology from the Nescot College, UK in 1999 and the BSc (2004) and MSc (2008) all in Wildlife Management and PhD (2016) in the Ecology of Small mammals in Coastal forest at SUA.

His main reseach interests have been on the ecology of small mammals in the coastal forests particularly elephant shrew Rhynchocyon petersi and the lesser pouched mouse Beamys hindei. He has been further engaged in surveying of small mammals (Rodents, Macroselidae (elephant shrew or sengis) and Bats) in different biotopes in Tanzania to ascertain their status in terms of diversity, taxonomic and their biogeography in general.

Dr. Sabuni has also been involved in research on rodent borne zoonotic diseases inluding plague and tick borne relapsing fever. For the past 10 years from 2006, Dr Sabuni has been leading in preparation and conducting of Tropical Field School for BSc. in Wildlife Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture and Biology Student from University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Students from other African countries.

He is a consultant of small mammals (fying and non flying) and a conservationist. Currently, he is the Secretary for Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST), Morogoro, Tanzania.

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Projects

No listed projects.

Christopher Sabuni is employed at Sokoine University of Agriculture under Pest Management Centre as Research Chief Technologist. He is in the final stage of completing his PhD on the Ecology of Small mammals in Coastal forest. His main interest of reseach have been to sudy the ecology of small mammals in the coastal forests especially elephant shrew Rhynchocyon petersi and the lessser pouched mouse Beamys hindei. Further, he has been engaged in surveying of non and flying small mammals (Rodents, Macroselidae (elephant shrew or sengis) and Bats) in different biotopes in Tanzania to ascertain their status in terms of diversity,taxonomic and their biogeography in general. Sabuni has been also involved on the research on rodent born diseases such as Plaque, lassa related virus and tickborne relapsing fever.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2016

  • Ond_Rej Mikula, Radim _Sumbera, Tatiana Aghov_A, Judith S. Mbau, Abdul S. Katakweba, Christopher A. Sabuni, Josef Bryja (2016). Evolutionary history and species diversity of African pouched mice (Rodentia: Nesomyidae: Saccostomus). —Zoologica Scripta doi:10.1111/zsc.12179.

2015

  • Christopher A Sabuni., Vincent Sluydts., Loth S Mulungu., Samwel S Maganga, Rhodes H Makundi, Herwig Leirs (2015). Distribution and ecology of lesser pouched rat, Beamys hindei, in Tanzanian Coastal forests. Integrative Zoology. 10: 531-542.
  • Christopher A. Sabuni., Natalie Van Houtte., Samwel L. S. Maganga., Rhodes H.Makundi., Herwig Leirs.. Joe¨lle Gou¨y de Bellocq (2015). Development of eight polymorphic microsatellite markers in the Black and Rufous sengi, Rhynchocyon petersi.Conservation Genetic Resource 7: 193-195.

2014

  • Borremans B., Hughes N K., Reijniers J. Sluydts V., Katakweba A A S., Mulungu L S.,Sabuni C A., Makundi R H., Leirs H (2014). Happily together forever: temporal variation in spatial patterns and complete lack of territoriality in a promiscuous rodent. Population Ecol. 56: 109-118.

2011

  • Christopher A. Sabuni., Anka Beddetti., Herwig Leirs (2011) Can giant sengis (genus Rhynchocyon) be captured with baited traps? Afrotheria Conservation 8: 7-9.

2008 - 2010

  • Stephan Günther, Guy Hoofd., Remi Charrel., Christina Röser., Beate Becker-Ziaja.,Graham Lloyd., Christopher Sabuni., Ron Verhagen., Guido Van der Groen., Jan Kennis., Abdul Katakweba., Robert Machang’u., Rhodes Makundi., Herwig Leirs (2009). Mopeia virus-related arena virus in natal multimammate mice, Morogoro,Tanzania. Emerg Infect Dis 15(12): 2008-2010.

2005

  • Kisingo, W.A., Sabuni, C. A., Lisette. C., Becca, H. & Britt, L. (2005). Effect of habitat fragmentation on diversity of small mammals in Lulanda Forest in Mufindi, Tanzania.
  • Kilonzo, B.S., Mhina, J., Sabuni,C.A and Mgode,G (2005). The role of rodents and small carnivores in plague endemicity in Tanzania. Belg.J.Zoology 135: 119-125

2000

  • Kilonzo, B.S., Ngomuo, A.J., Kassuku, A.A., Mosha, R.D., Kisoza, L.J., Mtuya, A.; Sabuni, C.A. and Mgode, G.F. (2000). Potential effects of neem against fleas and tsetse flies of Veterinary importance in Morogoro, Tanzania.

1997

  • Kilonzo, B.S., Ngomuo, A.J., Sabuni, C.A and Mgode, G.F. (1997). Potential effects of Azadirachta indica (Neem) against livestock fleas in Morogoro District, Tanzania.
  • Herwig, L., Verhagen,R., Sabuni,C.A., Mwanjabe, P and Verheyen, W.N (1997) Spatial dynamics of Mastomys natalensis in a field-fallow mosaic in Tanzania. Belgium Journal of Zoology 127: 29-38

1996

  • Makundi, R.H., Kilonzo, B.S. and Sabuni, C.A. (1996). Laboratory evaluation of the efficacy of permethrin impregnated overalls for protection against Xenopsylla cheopis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae). International Pest Control. Vol 38 (2): 56 – 57.
  • Kilonzo, B.S., Sabuni, C.A., Lukiko, K.N., Msacky, A.L. and Mkude, R.P. (1996). Species and population densities of domestic fleas in the Lushoto plague focus, Tanzania: Need for IPM approach for their control. Proceedings of the Second Annual Scientific Conference of the Tanzania Entomological Association. Arusha, Tanzania September 1996, 30 – 34.
  • Makundi, R.H., Kilonzo, B.S. and Sabuni, C.A. (1996). Laboratory evaluation of the efficacy of permethrin impregnated overalls for protection against Xenopsylla cheopis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae). International Pest Control. Vol 38 (2): 56 – 57.

1993

  • Kilonzo, B.S., Gisakanyi, N.D. and Sabuni, C.A. (1993): Involvement of Dogs in PlagueEpidemiology in Tanzania: Serological Observations in Domestic Animals in LushotoDistrict, Scand. J. Inf. Dis 25: 503 – 506.

1992

  • Kilonzo, B.S. and Sabuni, C.A. (1992): The Public Health Importance of Rodents in Tanzania. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Economic Importance and Control of Rodents in Tanzania. Morogoro, July 1992, 47 – 67.

Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students

  • Okode, L. Juma (2015). Rodents Diversity and Abundance in Relation to Altitudinal Variations on Uluguru Mountain Ranges (BSc. Wildlife Management, Special project).
  • Leticia, J. Musese (2015). Assessment of the Effect of Altitude on Infestation Rate of Ectoparasites on Rodents at Uluguru Mountain (BSc.Wildlife Management, Special project).
  • Massay, A. Anatoli (2016). Assesment of Species Composition and Diversity of Non-Flying Small Mammals in Mkomazi National Park (BSc. Wildlife Management, Special project).