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Name: Jestina Venance Katandukila
College/School/Division: College Of Natural And Applied Sciences
Role: Lecturer
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Dr. Jestina V. Katandukila is a lecturer at the Department of Zoology and Wildlife Conservation within the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Dar Es Salaam (UDSM). She has been employed at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania as tutorial assistant from 2007 to early 2009, she was an assistant lecturer from 2009 to Mid-2014 and from Mid-2014 to date is a Lecturer. She teaches Zoology and Wildlife Courses since year 2007 to date.

Jestina obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Wildlife Sciences in 2005 and a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology in 2009, both degrees were obtained from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.  Jestina has awarded number of certificates of excellence by the University of Dar es Salaam that are certificate of being a best student amongst students majoring Zoology subjects (academic year 2003 and 2004), best student in Wildlife field courses (academic year 2003 and 2004) and a best overall third year student in Zoology and marine biology (academic year 2004 and 2005). Following her master’s degree, she enrolled for a PhD in Zoology in 2010 at the University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa.  After successful completion of her PhD in year 2014, she was awarded a Postdoctoral position at the University of Pretoria from 2015 to 2017.

Jestina has acquired diverse skills and knowledge through her academic path including epidemiology, reproductive physiology, morphometrics, captive ecology, population genetics and behavioural ecology. She is also an expert in population analyses with more experience in wild mammals. She extensively worked on subterranean rodents from Tanzania and managed to publish number of articles in highly accredited Journals. Jestina is also an expert in transboundary conservation aspects such as community-based conservation and human-wildlife conflicts.

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