Research Consultant & New Board Member
Dr. Crispen Phiri joins the Foundation in Zimbabwe
The Bumi Hills Foundation is thrilled to announce the addition of Research Consultant and New Member of the Board, Dr. Crispen Phiri, who will help us greatly advance wildlife research in the Bumi Hills area.
Dr. Crispen Phiri is a senior lecturer in the School of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation at the Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT). He received his Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Biological Sciences and Master of Science degree in Tropical Resource Ecology from the University of Zimbabwe, and his Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
With Dr. Phiri’s experienced guidance, we plan to begin projects that will bolster wildlife research as well as community education and awareness.
An Elephant ID program will help us more specifically identify resident individuals and family groups, enabling us to track their wellbeing and behaviors.
The monitoring of large mammal species, beginning with Lions through the use of GPS collars, will equip us with the information needed to mitigate human-wildlife conflict that is increasingly putting the safety of both the lions and the communities at risk. A fundraiser to help us purchase these important collars will soon be launched.
Dr. Phiri’s background as a professor, will make possible the placing of local University students with the Foundation to do their internships. A program we’ve long wanted to implement, it will promote local growth and conservation awareness within the community – a necessary component for the long-term and sustainable protection of wildlife and the environment.
Dr. Phiri’s research interests include conservation of biodiversity. Specifically, his focus has largely been on freshwater biodiversity research (invertebrates, fish and vegetation), their ecology and use in monitoring the effects of human activities on freshwater ecosystems. He is keenly interested in fisheries, especially on the effects fish resource exploitation, invasive species, water pollution and global climate change on fish biodiversity and human communities reliant on fisheries.
Dr, Phiri spent 10 years working as a research fellow in Lake Kariba at the University of Zimbabwe Lake Kariba Research Station (UZLKRS). He is therefore fully acquainted with the challenges towards sustainable utilization of natural resources in and around Lake Kariba and the Zambezi River Basin, and so is a valuable addition towards conversation and community development efforts in the Sebungwe region by the Bumi Hills Foundation. Away from the challenges of freshwater biodiversity research and conservation, Dr. Phiri is an avid sports follower, with interests in soccer, cricket, rugby and tennis, as well as an aspiring novelist.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Dr. Phiri on the team and on the Board, who will no doubt advance the Foundation’s mission with his research, University connections, and in-depth local knowledge.