||The Department of Biology is actively engaged with teaching, research, consultancies and outreach. The following is the list of Teaching Staff in the Department of Biology. Further information for each Staff Member can be found by following their links.
| ||Mr. Wisdom Changadeya (Bed., MSc, PhD)|
Senior Lecturer in Freshwater and Fish Biology
Dr. Wisdom Changadeya is an Associate Professor of Biology. He received his PhD in Plant Population Genetics from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Department of Biological Sciences in 2009. He is a natural scientist with research interests in conservation of biological diversity through formulation of conservation management procedures based on, among other data, genetic diversity data. He has a Msc in Fish Population Genetics and a Bed (Science) both from the University of Malawi. He teaches Freshwater and Fish Biology at undergraduate level and Conservation Biology at postgraduate level at Chancellor College. He has published over sixteen journal articles in peer reviewed journals.
| ||Dr. Marlene Chikuni (Bsc (Agric), MSc (Env Scie) PhD (Plant Science))|
Lecturer in Biology
| ||Mr. Placid Mpeketula (MSC)|
Lecturer in Biology
| ||Mrs. Meya Kalindekafe (BSc,MSc Ecology)|
Lecturer in Biology
Born in 1964 and married with four children, Meya Patricia KALINDEKAFE is a senior lecturer in Ecology at the University of Malawi – Chancellor College. Her Motto is “Caring for the Environment is not a Luxury but a Matter for Survival”
In her private time, she manages her businesses, conducts consultancy work in environmental impact assessment (EIA) of projects, participates in community and church work through the Mother’s Union of the Anglican Church and promoting participation of women in science and technology.
Meya has a passion for conserving the environment and promoting women in science and technology at all levels. She is an active member in environmental issues and has contributed greatly to the development of many government programs on the environment including authoring the Guidelines for EIA in Malawi.
As an EIA specialist, and apart from scores of small projects, Meya has been an EIA team leader of the following major public sector projects:
• Environmental Baseline Study of Lake Malawi for Oil Exploration
• EIA of Shire Valley Irrigation Project
• Environmental Review of the Detailed Design of Upgraded Kamuzu Barrage at Liwonde.
• Environmental Screening of the Infrastructure Services Project Electricity Component
• EIA of the Road By-Passes for the Cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe
• MOATIZE Coal Mine Project Mozambique: EIA for the Railway Line from Tete to Maleule – Malawi. Preliminary Baseline Survey. Also prepared the methodology for Social Impact Assessment.
• Technical Review of UNDP support to the Environment and Energy Sector in Malawi.
• EIA of the 5 Star EcoLodge at Kasankha Bay along Lake Malawi.
• EIA of the Small Farms Irrigation Project: Mangochi & Nkhata Bay Districts
• Feasibility study of the Stabilisation of the Course of the Songwe River, Malawi/Tanzania.
• EIA of the Community Based Rural Land Development Project.
• Scoping of issues for the EIA for the Malawi National Water Resources Development Study.
• Shire River Flow Augmentation Project in Malawi.
• EIA for Chileka Airport Re-development
• Environmental Assessment of the Malawi Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program (ROMARP) & Production of Road Sector Specific Guidelines and drafting the institutional structure of the EIA unit of NRA.
As a woman scientist one of her goals is to see women involvement in science and natural resource based businesses. This is evident in application of knowledge she has acquired as a scientist in developing her business called “Mandevu Integrated Farm and Aquaculture Centre”. Her dream is to use this farm as national as well as region centre of excellence where science is used in addressing issues affecting the environment and vulnerable people especially women. The farm was established with an overall goal of contributing towards the developmental efforts of the Government of Malawi and achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by alleviating poverty through improved livelihoods, food security of rural communities including women and those living with HIV/AIDS, job creation, curbing environmental degradation and addressing climate change issues through production of high quality tree seedlings, fish fingerlings, goats, pigs, sheep, poultry, honey, grafted and ungrafted fruits. The farm also aims at being a Regional Centre of Excellency in Integrated Farming and Ecotourism with the development of the recreation centre called “The Village @ Mandevu Farm”.
When she was chairperson of St Mary’s Girls Secondary, she spearheaded a Teacher-Student Incentive Scheme which has resulted in a big improvement in the school’s performance – the girls are amongst recipients of Zodiak Radio/China Scholarships. She also mentors young female sciuentists under the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)- CGIAR Gender and Diversity Program
• Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Women In Science and Technology Network (WISTNET) in Malawi
• Full member of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)
• Chairperson of the Board of St. Luke’s School of Nursing
• AWARD MENTOR of young scientists under the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)- CGIAR Gender and Diversity Program
• FELLOW of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD)
• Task Team Leader - Impact of Air Pollution on Natural Ecosystems in Southern Africa under the Air Pollution In Africa Network (APINA)
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Current: PhD Student - University of Malawi/University of Wales on “Assessment of the Ecological link between Juvenile Chambo Fish and Aquatic Macrophytes of Littoral Areas of Lake Malawi”.
1990: MSc in Ecology - University of Wales, Bangor (UK)
1987: BSc- University of Malawi (1987)
Postgraduate Certificates in: Geographic Information System, International Environmental Management, Watershed & Wetland management, Hazardous Waste Management and Gender Analysis in Natural Resource Management and Ozone Biomonitoring.
Her other main research interests are: Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Environment and Impact of Climate Change on Biological systems, Ecosystems Functioning, Environmental Assessment, Biology and Ecology of Coastal Areas,.
Mrs Kalindekafe has extensive international experience through postgraduate study, short training programs, workshops in countries such as Britain, USA, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, China, India, Japan, Italy, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Swaziland, and Botswana. She therefore has no problems interacting with people from different backgrounds.
| ||Mr. Dylo Pemba (Diploma, BSc, MSc)|
Lecturer in Biology, Entomology
A medical Entomologist Lecturing in Entomology, Parasitology and Invertebrate Zoology. Teaching and researching in arthropod vectors- Malaria, Schistosomiasis and onchocerciasis has been his area of focus. Provides technical support to several National Programs such as The National Malaria Control Program, Zomba District Health Office, and Nkhoma Hospital in malaria Control Program and national onchocerciasis Control program.
Very much interested in Disease and vector monitoring, Prevention and researching on innovative vector control strategies.
| ||Mr. Bosco Rusuwa (B.Ed(Malawi), MSc (Kyoto))|
Lecturer in Biology
| ||Mr. Wilbert Chitaukali (BSc, MSc)|
Lecturer in Biology
| ||Mr. Dickson Mazibuko (BSc (Biology), BSc Hons. (Botany))|
Assistant Lecturer in Botany
Mr. Dickson Mgangathweni Mazibuko is an Assistant Lecturer in the Biology department with Plant Eco-Physiology as his main area of Focus. He studied for his Bachelors degree at University of Malawi, Chancellor College, from where he graduated in 2003 with a BSc. He joined the University as Stuff Associate in Botany in 2005 and was two years later promoted to Assistant Lecturer in 2007. He left for further studies at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) where he first graduated with BSc (Hons) in Botany in 2009. Now he is pursuing his MSc by research at the same University.
His passion has been, and still is, to investigate how plants respond to environmental changes/disturbances at macro-physiological level. This has brought him into contact with Plant Ecologists; and the whole mix makes his area of interest quite relevant in addressing the current environmental problems facing Malawi, using scientific approaches that examine how plants live, function, and processes underlining these.