Dr Justice Muvengwi

Muvengwi, Justice

Dr Justice Muvengwi

PhD:  Savanna ecology (Wits)

MSc: Tropical Resource Ecology (UZ)

BSc: Wildlife and Rangeland Management (BUSE)


My publications

Chikorowondo, G., Muvengwi, J., Mbiba, M., Gandiwa, E., 2017. Influence of abandoned cattle enclosures on plant assemblages and herbivory in a semi-arid savanna. Ecol. Res. 1–11. doi:10.1007/s11284-017-1522-8

Muvengwi, J., Davies, A.B., Parrini, F., Witkowski, E.T.F., 2017a. Contrasting termite diversity and assemblages on granitic and basaltic African savanna landscapes. Insectes Soc. doi:10.1007/s00040-017-0582-7

Muvengwi, J., Mbiba, M., Chikumbindi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Mureva, A., 2018. Population structure and spatial point-pattern analysis of a mono stand of Acacia polyacantha along a catena in a savanna ecosystem. For. Ecol. Manage. 409, 499–508. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.11.056

Muvengwi, J., Mbiba, M., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyamadzawo, G., Nhokovedzo, P., 2017. Termite diversity along a land use intensification gradient in a semi-arid savanna. J. Insect Conserv. 1–12. doi:10.1007/s10841-017-0019-7

Muvengwi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyenda, T., Mwembe, R., Mbiba, M., 2017. Spatial pattern analysis of encroaching tree species (Vachellia karroo and Vachellia nilotica) after fire suppression in a semi-arid savanna. J. Trop. Ecol. 33, 411–414. doi:10.1017/S0266467417000384

Muvengwi, J., Witkowski, E.T.F., Parrini, F., Davies, A.B., 2017. Termite mounds vary in their importance as sources of vegetation heterogeneity across savanna landscapes. J. Veg. Sci. 28, 1008–1017.

Muvengwi, J., Mbiba, M., Ndagurwa, H.G.T. & Kabvuratsiye, N. (2016) Pulsing hydrology and topography determine the structure and spatial distribution of Cubitermes mounds in a savanna ecosystem. Catena, 145, 99–106.

Muvengwi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyenda, T. & Mbiba, M. (2016) Nutrient dynamics and plant assemblages of Macrotermes falciger mounds in a savanna ecosystem. Acta Oecologica, 76, 13–21.

Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Ndarevani, P., Muvengwi, J. & Maponga, T.S. (2016a) Mistletoes via input of nutrient-rich litter increases nutrient supply and enhance plant species composition and growth in a semi-arid savanna, southwest Zimbabwe. Plant Ecology, 217, 1095–1104.

Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyawo, E. & Muvengwi, J. (2016b) Use of mistletoes by the Grey Go-away-bird ( Corythaixoides concolor , Musophagidae ) in a semi-arid savannah. African Journal of Ecology, 54, 336–341

Muvengwi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., 2015. Soil seed bank dynamics and fertility on a seasonal wetland invaded by Lantana camara in a savanna ecosystem. South African Journal of Botany. 100, 190–194. doi:10.1016/j.sajb.2015.06.007

Muvengwi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyenda, T., 2015. Enhanced soil nutrient concentrations beneath-canopy of savanna trees infected by mistletoes in a southern African savanna. Journal of Arid Environ. 116, 25–28. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.01.017

Muvengwi, J. 2014.  Factors influencing hunting success of carnivores, factors influencing vigilance of their prey: are we just changing paper titles? Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. 10 (4): 595–596.

Muvengwi, J., Ndagurwa, H.G.T., Nyenda, T., Mlambo, I., 2014. Termitaria as preferred browsing patches for black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) in Chipinge Safari Area, Zimbabwe. Journal of Tropical Ecology 30, 591–598. doi:10.1017/S0266467414000480

Muvengwi J., Mbiba, M and Nyenda, T. 2014. Using branch diameter to estimate fresh biomass removal by elephants: comparison of linear and quadratic models.  African Journal Ecology.  53, 126-129

Mashapa, C., Nyabawa, P., Zisadza-, P., Muvengwi, J., Kativu, S., Gandiwa, E., 2014. Status of African baobab ( Adansonia digitata ) across Gonarezhou National Park , Zimbabwe. doi:10.4314/jasem.v18i1.18

Muposhi, V.K., Chanyandura, A., Gandiwa, Muvengwi, J., E., Muboko, N., Taru, P., Kupika, O.L., 2014. Post-release monitoring of diet profile and diet quality of reintroduced African buffalo ( Syncerus caffer ) in Umfurudzi Park , Zimbabwe Tropical Conservation Science. 7, 440–456.

Muvengwi, J., Mbiba, M. and Nyenda T. 2013. Termite mounds may not be foraging hotspots for mega-herbivores in a nutrient-rich matrix. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 29, 551–558.

Zisadza-Gandiwa, P., Mango, L., Gandiwa, E., Goza, D., Parakasingwa, C., Chinoitezvi, E., Shimbani1, J. and Muvengwi, J. 2013. Variation in woody vegetation structure and composition in a semi-arid savanna of Southern Zimbabwe.  International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. 5(2), 71-77.

Zisadza-Gandiwa, P., Gandiwa, E., Jakarasi, J., Westhuizen, H.  and Muvengwi, J. 2013. Abundance, distribution and population trends of Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) in Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Water South Africa. 39(1), 165-169.

Muposhi, V. K., Muvengwi, J., Utete, B., Kupika, O., Chiutsi, S. and Tarakini, T. 2013. Activity Budgets of Impala (Aepyceros melampus) in Closed Environments: The Mukuvisi Woodland Experience, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Biodiversity. 1-8

Van der Meer, E., Rasmussen, G.S.A., Muvengwi, J. and Fritz, H. 2013. Foraging costs, hunting success and its implications for African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) conservation inside and outside a protected area. African Journal of Ecology. 52, 69–76.

Nyamadzawo, G., Gotosa J., Muvengwi, J.,  Wuta, M., Nyamangara, J., Nyamugafata, P. and Smith J.L. 2012.  The effect of catena position on greenhouse gas emissions from dambo located termite (Odontotermes transvaalensis) mounds from central Zimbabwe. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences. 2, 502-509.

Muvengwi, J., Muposhi V., Veremu, K., Mbiba M. and Nyenda, T.  2012. The diet of Limnothrissa miodon and zooplankton densities in Sanyati Basin, Lake Kariba. Journal of Environmental Science and Engineering. 4B: 480-490

Gandiwa, E., Tupulu N., Zisadza-Gandiwa., P and Muvengwi, J. 2012. Structure and composition of woody vegetation around permanent-artificial and ephemeral-natural water points in northern Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe. Journal of Tropical Ecology  53(2): 169-175.

Gandiwa, E., Chikorowondo, G., Zisadza-Gandiwa, P., and Muvengwi, J. 2011. Structure and composition of Androstachys johnsonii woodland across various strata in Gonarezhou National Park, southeast Zimbabwe. Tropical Conservation Science Vol.4 (2):218-229.

Muposhi, V. K., Muvengwi, J.,  Mubvuma, F. 2011. Population status and distribution of roan (Hippotragus equinus), sable (Hippotraagus niger) and nyala (Tragelaphus angassii) antelopes in the Zambezi heartland. Zimbabwe Journal of Technological Sciences, 2: 6-22.

Lindsey, P., Romanach, S., Tambling, C., Chartier, K., Matema, S., Mupamhadzi, I., Matema, C., and Muvengwi, J. 2011. Dynamics and underlying causes of illegal bushmeat trade in Zimbabwe. Oryx, 45(1): 84–95

Muposhi V. K., Muvengwi, J., Ndambakuwa, H. D., Mwera, P., and Chikwanha, S. M. (2008). The impact of stocking density on the production of Oreochromis niloticus fry in hapas. Southern African Journal of Education, Science and Technology. 3: 44-51

Mupamhadzi, I., Matema, C and Muvengwi, J. (2009) Observations and Informal Findings on Wild Meat Trade: Socio-economic Research with Local Communities in and around the Save Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe. PARSEL Project 25pp. 

Lindsey, P., Romanach, S., Tambling, C., Chartier, K., Matema, S., Mupamhadzi, I., Matema, C., and Muvengwi, J. (2009). The Illegal Wild Meat Trade Affecting Wildlife Based Land Use in the South East Lowveld of Zimbabwe: Drivers, impacts and potential solutions. PARSEL Project Thematic Bulletin Series, Harare, Zimbabwe.


My research

I am interested in plant community ecology of savannas and the factors that shape biodiversity patterns across different spatial scales. 

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