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Eric Shiningayamwe

Eric Shiningayamwe

Having recently attended the Summer Dryland Programme 20 (2016/2017), with the theme “Impacts of artificial water points for wildlife conservation in the Namib Desert” in the Namib-Naukluft Park, it was clear to me that plants as primary producers are the foundation of the desert ecosystem. These resources need to be managed or the entire ecological pyramid will collapse. Much more work should be done regarding the conservation of rangelands in Namibia. This has motivated me to enroll for MSc studies in Rangeland resource & Management at the University of Namibia.

The topic for my MSc research must still be defined, but it will contribute to a bigger programme that focuses on “Evaluation of livestock and rangeland resilience to climate variability.” Under this research capacity-building initiative, behavioural responses of different livestock species and breeds on Namibian rangelands will be investigated, using the strong climatic gradients across the country as a natural laboratory. A transdisciplinary approach will combine cutting-edge geospatial technologies with biodiversity assessments and local agricultural knowledge to evaluate and model potential effects of climate change on arid-land livestock management. The innovative tools developed will have broader application in other arid-zone livestock production systems. The study is sponsored by the National Commission on Research Science and Technology and Gobabeb Research and Training Centre.



Greg Golando

Research Assistant

Greg Golando is a naturalist scientist and recent Graduate student, having achieved a Bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, New York, U.S.A. He is currently engaged in an unpaid research internship at Gobabeb and intends to begin a Master’s study on an ecological relationship in the Namib from a biochemical perspective while he is here. Greg’s strongest background wells are in entomology, mycology, and chemistry but he also enjoys learning about botany, geology, anthropology/archaeology, meteorology, and particle/wave physics. He claims that he is almost as happy in the lab as he is in the field. 

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Research Assistant

Petrus was born and grown up in Okalongo constituency, Omusati region in Namibia. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Natural Resources Management, at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). He did a research project at Cape Cross, under the Ministry of Environment & Tourism “Investigation into likely causes of mortality of Cape Fur Seal pups (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus)”. Petrus concerned about sustainable use of our natural resources and tries his best to save water, conserve energy and to re-use and re-cycle waste. As a keen conservationist, he enjoys the opportunity of working with wildlife. Currently, he is an intern student at Gobabeb, whereby he is focusing on power and water auditing, and involving in different ongoing researches. He is also adapting a manual system for wildlife monitoring in Namib Desert, in related to regional climate patterns and it might turned into his honors project. 

Gustav KrugGustav

Research Assistant

Gustav Krug is a pre-student in environmental engineering from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany. He is currently engaged in an internship at Gobabeb, assisting in different research and training programs like weather- and pitfall monitoring. Gustav is looking forward to gain experience in research to be prepared for his future study. He is fascinated by the local flora and fauna, especially by reptiles and !nara.


Gobabeb Training & Research Internship Programme Participants


Halleluya Natanael Shaanika

As a young boy fascinated by science, Halleluya (SDP20 Participant) is a student from the University of Namibia, where he completed his B.Sc. Hons. Degree in Environmental Biology (major) and Geology (minor). He is interested in geology and terrestrial ecology. He believes that damage to the environment must be prevented and activities which cause such damage must be controlled and reduced. As GTRIP 2018 participant (Gobabeb Training and Research Internship Programme) during his time at Gobabeb he will develop and carry out a project entitled: “Investigate the impact of tailings dam failure on vegetation growth at Langer Heinrich Uranium mine in Central Namib Desert”.


Jonas Lipopila

Born and raised in Eunda-Uukolonkadhi in Omusati Region, Jonas recently completed his BSc. in Environmental Biology (Honours) from the University of Namibia. As a young emerging scientist, he advocates for sustainable utilization of Natural resources, protection of Namibia`s fragile ecosystems as well as management of biodiversity. Jonas has keen interest in working as a Conservation Biologist and contribute positively to our knowledge of biodiversity through raising awareness on Namibia`s diverse flora and fauna as well as doing more research on the impacts of humans on arid environments such the Namib Desert.


Esther Nambahu

Esther will be completing her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management at Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) this year. During her years of study, Esther has come to value the importance of conservation, the need to protect our natural resources and environment from degrading; and to educate people about it. She has a keen interest in aquatics, ecology and scientific research which is important to conservation management. During Gobabeb Training and Research Internship Programme (GTRIP), she looks forward to learning more about the arid ecology of the Namib Desert, which is one of the environments she finds fascinating due to the way organisms survive in the harsh arid conditions; and she also looks forward to gain research skills and experience that will well prepare her for future research projects.


Dortea Hamukoto

Dortea is a graduate from the University of Namibia where she obtained her Honours degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. She is fascinated by nature and driven by the aspiration of understanding how humans’ intervention in the ecosystems influence the wellbeing of the flora and fauna and love advocating for minimizing human impacts on ecosystems. She would like to pursue her Masters in Biodiversity Conservation and Management. Currently she is doing a research internship at the Centre. At the end of the internship she hopes to have more knowledge on biodiversity and experience in planning and implementing a research, as research is an important cornerstone to management. Her project will be looking at the pod production of Acacia erioloba.




Zazapamue Hange

Hange is a 25 years old Botswana-born Namibian. He has been at the University of Namibia from, 2014 to 2017, where he completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology (major) and Geology (minor). In his final year at the University of Namibia, Hange has conducted a study on Stipagrostis uniplumis (a perennial grass species). He has interest In Terrestrial Ecology, Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology. He is currently a GTRIP intern at Gobabeb Research & Training Centre. At Gobabeb Hange is committed to doing a research on the use of predawn stem water potential to detect plant available moisture in the lower Kuiseb River.


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