WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY OF TANZANIA
PROJECT 1: A SECURED RESEARCH GRANT FROM THE CZECH SCIENCE FOUNDATION
The Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre – Czech Academy of Sciences, Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, and several other academic and research institutes have secured a grant to implement a multi-country, five-year (2021-2025) research project from the Czech Science Foundation. The project is titled Latitudinal Patterns in Specialization of Interspecific Interactions: Cross-Continental Geographical Patterns in Plant-Pollinator Networks and will be led by Dr. Robert Tropek. To assess the impact of latitude, the project will install a cross-continental latitudinal transect with study plots established in Norway, Czech Republic, Greece, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. In Tanzania, study plots will be established in Nyerere National Park (part of the former Selous Game Reserve). Conducting this project in Tanzania through the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (WCST) presents several opportunities for our members. Besides, the project will help to strengthen local capacity in conducting cutting-edge and large-scale research projects. WCST will facilitate the acquisition of all the necessary research permits from all the relevant authorities in Tanzania and managing Tanzania’s research station, equipment, and study sites. For more information about the project please visit https://gacr.cz/en/czech-science-foundation-to-fund-nearly-50-expro-and-junior-star-projects/
PROJECT 2: A SECURED RESEARCH GRANT FROM THE GERMAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION (DFG)
The University of Wuerzburg and Hohenheim in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, International Center of Insect Ecology and Physiology (ICIPE, Kenya), and Makerere University have secured a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to carry out a five-year (2021-2025) project. The project seeks to determine molecular mechanisms underlying local adaptation to high elevation habitats of honey bees and is led by Prof. Dr. Ricarda Scheiner (University of Wuerzburg) and Prof. Dr. Martin Hasselmann (University of Hohenheim). The project will be carried out on three high-mountains of East Africa including Mt. Meru. WCST will mobilize beekeepers, coordinate field logistics, facilitate the process of recruiting graduate researchers to conduct the study, and pursue some programs in Germany. Some WCST members will also benefit from the project by taking part in the experiments on the translocation of honeybee colonies between different elevations.