Leventis African Biodiversity Fellow 2022

Roseline Mandisodza


I am passionate about wildlife. I have always dreamed of working with wildlife. I am very comfortable with wildlife in the field/wild. I am the voice for wildlife.

Research Interests

My research area of interest is large carnivore management. I am attracted by the large charismatic species, the intra and inter specific competition. I am fascinated by seeing the species thriving in the wild. I am interested in the human intervention aspect in managing the carnivores, maintaining the wildlife habitat, and striking a balance in the protected areas and creating co-existence with local communities.

Current Research

My research involves managing utilization of large carnivores, availing resources for management and wildlife ranching.


  • Timothy Kuiper, Blessing Kavhu, Nobesuthu A. Ngwenya, Roseline Mandisodza-Chikerema, E.J. Milner-Gulland (2020), Rangers and modellers collaborate to build and evaluate spatial models of African elephant poaching. Biological Conservation 243 (2020) 108486
  • A.J. Loveridge, L.L. Sousa, J. Seymour-Smith, J. Hunt, P. Coals, H. O’Donnell, P.A. Lindsey, R. Mandisodza-Chikerema, D.W. Macdonald (2020), Evaluating the spatial intensity and demographic impacts of wire-snare bush-meat poaching on large carnivores. Biological Conservation 244 (2020) 108504
  • Charlotte E. Searle, Dominik T. Bauer, M. Kristina Kesch , Jane E. Hunt , Roseline Mandisodza-Chikerema, Michael V. Flymand, David W. Macdonalda, Amy J. Dickman, Andrew J. Loveridge (2020) Drivers of leopard (Panthera pardus) habitat use and relative abundance in Africa’s largest transfrontier conservation area. Biological Conservation 248 (2020)108649
  • Sarah M. Durant, Rosemary Groom, Bernard Kuloba, Abdoulkarim Samna, Uakendisa Muzuma, Phemelo Gadimang, Rose Mandisodza-Chikerema, Audrey Ipavec, Nicholas Mitchell, Dennis Ikanda and Maurus Msuha (2019) Bridging the divide between scientists and decision-makers: how behavioral ecologists can increase the conservation impact of their research? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 374: 20190011. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2019.0011
  • Ellie E Armstrong Ryan, W Taylor Stefan ProstPeter BlinstonEsther van der Meer, Hillary Madzikanda, Olivia MufuteRoseline Mandisodza-ChikeremaJohn Stuelpnagel,Claudio Sillero-Zubiri (2019) Cost-effective assembly of the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) genome using linked reads Giga Science, Volume 8, Issue 2, February 2019,
  • Esther van der MeerNick LyonThomas MutonhoriRoseline Mandisodza-Chikeremaand Peter Blinston (2019) Dangerous game: preferential predation on baboons by African wild dogs in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Peter A. Lindsey, Jennifer R. B. Miller, Lisanne S. Petracca, Lauren Coad, Amy J. Dickman, Kathleen H. Fitzgerald, Michael V. Flyman, Paul J. Funston, Philipp Henschel, Samuel Kasiki, Kathryn Knights, Andrew J. Loveridge, David W. Macdonald, Roseline L. Mandisodza-Chikerema, Sean Nazerali, Andrew J. Plumptre, Riko Stevens, Hugo W. Van Zyl, and Luke T. B. Hunter (2018) More than $1 billion needed annually to secure Africa’s protected areas with lions, PNAS November 6, 2018 115 (45) E10788-E10796; published ahead of print October 22, 2018
  • Ellie E. Armstrong, Ryan W. Taylor, Stefan Prost, Peter Blinston, Esther van der Meer, Hillary Madzikanda, Olivia Mufute, Roseline Mandisodza, John Stuelpnagel, Claudio Sillero-Zubiri, Dmitri Petrov (2017) Entering the era of conservation genomics: Cost-effective assembly of the African wild dog genome using linked long reads
  • Aging traits and sustainable trophy hunting of African lions Jennifer R. B. Miller, Paul J. Funston, Guy Balme, Peter A. Lindsey, Andrew J. Loveridge, Matthew S. Becker Colleen Begg, Henry Brink, Alayne Cotterill, Stephanie Dolrenry, Jane E. Hunt, Ingela Jansson, David W. MacDonald, Roseline L. Mandisodza-Chikerema, Craig Packer, Daniel Rosengren, Ken Stratford, Martina Trinkel, Paula White, Christiaan Winterbach, Hanlie E. K. Winterbach, Biological Conservation 201 (2016) 160–168
  • Groom, Rosemary; Funston, Paul; Mandisodza Roseline L. (2014) Lion surveys in protected areas in Zimbabwe yield disturbing results: what is driving population collapse? Oryx

About Rose's Fellowship

When I saw the advert for the Leventis African Biodiversity Fellowship, it just summarized what I wanted to do at this point in my career. I am at a curve in my career where I need to define myself as a wildlife practitioner and through this fellowship, I hope to have a firm springboard to move to the next level.

I want to interact established researchers and academia in the field of wildlife management. I want to link local wildlife conservation practices with international standards as we seek to ensure sustainable wildlife development and management.