Announcement 1

2 May 2021 News

BIRDWATCHING ACTIVITY AT THE CITY CENTER, DAR ES SALAAM

Date: 08/05/2021

Time: 06:30-10:00 am

Meeting Place: WCST Office, Garden Avenue, Opposite Mozambican Embassy

With effective from May 2021 WCST will conduct Birdwatching activities in Dar Es Salaam every first Saturday of the Month. However, the first Saturday in May is a Public Holiday (Workers’ Day). Therefore, the Birdwatching activity will be conducted on the Second Saturday of May (i.e. 8th of May 2021). There will be some seasoned ornithologists, bird identification experts, and ecologists who will assist you in identifying and describing birds’ behaviors and natural history. This activity is free of charge to members and non-

Njovu (0782 130 257) and/ or Mr. Kyonjola Nsajigwa (0654 884 700) who organize the activity.

Announcement 2

2 May 2021 News

UPDATES: A SECURED RESEARCH GRANT FROM THE GERMAN RESEARCH FOUNDATION

The Universities of Wuerzburg and Hohenheim (Germany) in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania (Tanzania), International Center of Insect Ecology and Physiology (ICIPE, Kenya), and Makerere University (Uganda) have secured a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) to carry out a three-year project. The project, funded with about 500,000 Euros, 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 in Tanzania, facilitate the process of recruiting Tanzanian 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. Besides, Master students connected to WCST will be involved in the study and will receive training in the state-of-the-art molecular methods in Wuerzburg and Hohenheim, Germany. WCST will further profit from equipment for the studies. The results of this project will help to better understand the importance of local honey bee diversity. For more information about the project please visit www.wcst.or.tz.

Announcement 3

2 May 2021 News

A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GRANT FROM THE CZECH SCIENCE FOUNDATION

The Charles University, Czech Republic, Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, and several other academic and research institutes have been awarded a research grant by the Czech Science Foundation to perform an international, five-year research project. 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 latitudinal changes in pollination interactions, the project will establish a cross-continental latitudinal transect with study plots in Norway, Czech Republic, Greece, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. In Tanzania, the study plots will be established in the 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.

ANNOUNCEMENT

16 Jan 2021 News

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY OF TANZANIA

ANNOUNCEMENT

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.

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