Rhodes Makundi

Rhodes Makundi

Retired Professor in Pest Biology and Ecological Studies
SUA Pest Management Centre
Summary information

In the last 20 years, Professor Makundi has conducted intensive research on rodents focusing on their zoo-geographical distribution, ecology, disease transmission, and ecologically-based rodent pest management. He has published more than 130 articles being papers in international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.


Professor Rhodes H. Makundi was born on 24th October 1954 in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. He had his undergraduate studies at the University of Dar es Salaam where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Botany, and Education in 1979. He joined the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) in 1981 and graduated with a Masters degree in Applied Entomology in 1983.

In 1992 he joined the University of Newcastle (UK) for a Ph.D. graduating in 1996. He worked for the Ministry of Agriculture (Tanzania) as a Research Officer from 1980 to 1987. He has been employed by Sokoine University of Agriculture since 1987, with the current position of Research Professor. His main research interests are pest ecology and pest management technologies.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)      (1976 – 79)    B.Sc. (Zoology, Botany and Education)
  • Newcastle upon Type (UK)     (1981 – 83)    M.Sc. (Applied Entomology)
  • Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)     (1992 – 96)    PhD   (Applied Entomology)


Research Interest
  • Small mammal ecology.
  • Ecology of zoophilic diseases.
  • Pest management technologies.
  • Insects pest ecology and management.


Contact information

Pest Management Center
​​​​​​​Sokoine University of Agriculture
P.O. Box 3110
Morogoro, Tanzania.
Email: rmakundi@sua.ac.tz

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