Samuel Mugisha , BSc., MSc., PhD (Mak) Senior Lecturer
Contact: Makerere University
Department of Zoology
P.o.Box 7062 Kampala
Tel: +256 414 531902
Areas of Specialization Ecological Geographer, Remote Sensing and GIS, Project Planning and Management
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES/NETWORKS:
·East African Land Use/Cover
Impacts and Dynamics (LUCID) Research Network
·African Chapter of the
International Association for Landscape Ecology (Founding Member)
·Uganda Geological Society
Samuel Mugisha is a senior lecturer and specialist
in the application of remote sensing (RS) and GIS technologies for land
use-planning, environmental analysis and natural resources management. Over the
last 15 years, Dr. Mugisha has acquired key skills required for sustainable use
of land resources including computerized mapping (RS/GIS) and the use of Global
Position Systems. Besides uninterrupted experience of more than 13 years of
teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Makerere University
Institute of Environment and Natural Resources and the Departments of
Zoology/Botany, Dr. Mugisha is heavily involved in research and in the
provision of advisory services to local, national and international clientele.
Mugisha’s research interests include the impacts of land use changes on natural
and human systems. It is in light of this that Dr. is a member of the East
Africa-LUCID which is a network of scientists from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and
USA. The mission of LUCID is to understand root causes of land use changes and
their linkages to land degradation, human/animal diseases, biodiversity loss,
climate change, societal conflicts and mass poverty. Dr. Mugisha’s extra
research interests include developing of alternative land use types to improve
the livelihoods of African rural population.
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY, KAMPALA
(Environmental Sciences). Thesis Title:“Remotely sensed data:
potential for mapping
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY, KAMPALA
MSc. (Environmental Sciences) Thesis Title: “Creation and Application of a Digital Land Resource Database for
Rational Land Use Planning for Rural Areas of Uganda”: a case study of areas
adjacent to Kibale National Park.
March, 2007- date
UGANDA MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
Registered Masters student(Management Studies) Subjects:Research Utilization, Communicating Research Findings, Project Monitoring
1985 - 1988
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY, KAMPALA. Bachelor of Science (Forestry) Subjects
Uganda Management Institute (UMI). Postgraduate Diploma
in Project Planning and Management
Institution and training
Outcome Mapping and Ecohealth
Approach, IDRC-Nairobi, Kenya
The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, UK
Use of SYMOLAC (System for Monitoring Land
University of Florida, USA
Remote Sensing for Environmental Analysis and Land Use Planning.
Impact Assessment for Development Projects in Uganda (training workshop)
Geography Department, Kings College London, UK.
Remote Sensing techniques for environmental monitoring and modeling
Makerere University, Institute of Computer Science
Institute of Terrestrial
Ecology, Monks Wood, UK.
GIS and Remote Sensing techniques for Environmental Analysis and
EXPERIENCE AND ADVISORY SERVICES RENDERED TO LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL
preparation of a chapter on the linkages of
land cover/use/vegetation to water
resources for a technical assessment report for the Directorate of Water
Resources Management (DWRM).
Research Coordinator (Uganda Chapter):Addressing the Impact of Climate Change on Agricultural Systems in
East Africa:Application of the
CLIP Coupled Climate-Crop Modeling System in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Rockefeller Foundation funded project to Michigan State University (USA),
ILRI, Dar University and Makerere University
Trainer, Gulu University, Uganda: Habitat mapping and modeling to
Gulu University Staff for WCS/USAID WILD North Project.
Project team leader, Uganda: Baseline study for USAID
Project on Livelihood Enterprises for Agricultural Development (LEAD) in
GIS specialist, Uganda: development of a GIS/MIS for
the Geological Department, Government of Uganda/World Bank.
Project team leader,
customizing GIS/MIS for USAID/Uganda Mission.
Technical Advisor, Nepal: Mapping of Micro Financial Institutions across Nepal.
translation for Bushenyi District Communities
2004 - 2007
interaction between land and climatic parameters in East Africa for National
Science Foundation/Michigan State University (USA).
Project team leader,
Uganda:Mapping the extent of farmed
ecosystems in West Nile region using
satellite data for Prime
Minister’s Office/Italian Regional Technical Cooperation Unit.
Project Component Leader, East African Community: “Preparation of the land
use/management component for
Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Phase Il” for World Bank and the East African
Community. The project was approved for funding by the World Bank in
Project Leader, Uganda: “Ecosystem approach to human
health as a tool for understanding the
impacts of malaria on the
socio-economic status of rural communities in Uganda: The case of changing
farming systems in Western Uganda” for
International Development Research Centre - Makerere University.
2004 - 2006
Team leader, Uganda.: Establishment of a GIS database and
field surveys for the Productive
Resource Investments for the
Management of the Environment in South Western Uganda (PRIME-West) for
Team leader, Uganda. Mapping the extent of farmed ecosystems in Karamoja
satellite data for the Karamoja
Data Centre/Italian Regional Technical Cooperation Unit.
Project leader, Uganda. “The impact of tobacco growing on woody biomass
distribution in Arua
District, north western Uganda”
for the British-American Tobacco Company.
Mapping specialist, Uganda:A methodological development for land use change monitoring
(using IKONOS data and GPS) for FITCA/ILRI, Tororo District, Uganda.
Project coordinator, Uganda: “The environmental impacts of
increased cattle populations
through controlling East Cost
Fever” in Uganda for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI),
Project coordinator, Uganda: “Land Use
Change Analysis as a Tool for Analyzing Root Causes
of Biodiversity Loss and Land
Degradation in East Africa – Uganda Chapter” for ILRI/GEF/UNEP.
Project design team member, Uganda:Improving
rural employment and incomes of
southwestern Uganda using a
landscape approach for Alternatives Incorporated (DAI)/ USAID.
Project design team member, Uganda: Linkages between natural resource
and poverty in Uganda for the International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Project coordinator, Uganda. Environmental stress and its linkages to societal
Chapter) for EU/Patternship for
African Environmental Sustainability.
Visiting Researcher, Macaulay Land Use Research
Evaluation of a System for Monitoring Land Cover (SYMOLAC)
as a tool for monitoring biophysical-socio-economic parameters in East
Africa” for the ScottishGovernment
Mapping specialist, Lake
Victoria Environmental Management Programme (LVEMP), Uganda.
Conducted inventorying and
mapping of land use/vegetation types of Nakivubo Swamp using Aerial Digital
RESEARCH GRANTS RECEIVED THROUGH COMPETITIVE PROPOSAL WRITING
1.USD 265,000 for an ecosystem
approach human health: the case of malaria incidences and agricultural
practices in Uganda. Funding provided by IDRC-Canada from 2004 to 2006.
2.USD 18,000 for translating
malaria knowledge to rural communities of the Bushenyi District. Funding
provided by IDRC-Canada from March to June 2007.
3.USD 90,000 for using land use
changes as a tool to understanding biodiversity loss and land degradation.
Funding provided by GEF/UNEP from 2000 to 2004.
1. Mugisha, S. and Huising, J. 2002.
Optimal Resolution for Large-Scale Vegetation Mapping
Air-Borne Multispectral Data. International Archives ofthe Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information
Sciences, Vol. XXXIV, Part6/W6, pp. 155-161.
2. Mugisha, S. and Huising, J. 2002. Spectra of Mixed pixels: Do they Represent
Land Cover on the Ground? A Case Study for
a Wet Savanna Ecosystem in Uganda International Archives ofthe Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and
Spatial Information Sciences, Vol. XXXIV, Part6/W6, pp. 162-169.
Fuller, R.M, Groom, G.B., Mugisha, S.,
Ipulet, P., Pomeroy, D., and Ogutu-Ohwayo,
Integration of Remote Sensing, GIS and Field surveys for biodiversity
Assessment: a case study in the tropical forests and wetlands of Sango Bay,
Uganda. Biological Conservation 86, 379-391.
Research Working Papers:
1)Mugisha, S., 2003. Root Causes
of Land Use Changes in Uganda: An Account of the past 100 years (1900 – 2000).
2)Pomeroy, D, Mugisha,
S., Tukahirwa, J.M., and Namaganda, M., 2003. Linkages between Land Use
Change, Biodiversity Loss and Land Degradation. UNEP/ILRI/MUIENR.