Mathew is working on the impacts of climate change on benefits and flows of ecosystem services along an altitudinal gradient on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. His research focuses on (1) local people's perception of how climate change is impacting livelihoods, (2) soil characteristics along the altitudinal gradient, and (3) on-farm woody biomass, its availability and use.
Previously, Mathew worked to understand impact of forestland tenure changes on forest cover and stocking in part of Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania. During his undergraduate studies at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Mathew investiagted household woodfuel consumption in Ilala district, Dar es Salaam, linking urban energy supply and consumption with degradation and deforestation of the adjacent coastal forests.
|2012-Present||PhD Student||University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|2009-Present||Scientist||World Agroforestry Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|2007-2009||MSc||Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania|
|2005-2009||Forest Officer||Amani Nature Reserve, Tanga, Tanzania|
|2001-2004||BSc||Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania|
PhD title: Impact of climate change on Ecosystem Services benefits and flows along an altitudinal gradient on Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Supervisors: Prof. Amos Majule, Dr. Robert Marchant and Dr. Fergus Sinclair
Funding: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (CHIESA Project)
The objective of the PhD study is to determine how ecosystem service flows (soil and above ground tree resources) vary across the agricultural landscape of the southern slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and how these are impacted by environmental change at local and regional scales. Specifically, the PhD aims to:
Socio-economic information is collected using household questionnaire surveys, focused group discussions and discussion with key informants. Additional data are collected through transect walks across the villages in the study site. Tree information (species, stature, diameter at breast height) is being recorded in vegetation plots.