Institution: Nelson Mandela University (NMU)
Unit & Faculty: Sustainability Research Unit, School of Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science
Research field: Decision science and natural resource management
Supervisors: Prof Christo Fabricius, Sustainability Research Unit, NMU (main supervisor); Dr Tineke Kraaij, School of Natural Resource Management, NMU (co-supervisor)
Current Masunungure comes from the rugged and scenic Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. He completed his undergraduate honours degree with a distinction in Forest Resources and Wildlife Management at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe in 2012. He was then awarded the prestigious Beit Trust Scholarship to pursue his MSc in Environmental Science at Rhodes University, South Africa, completing the degree in 2016. Current holds numerous other qualifications, including a certificate from the South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) in Invasive Species Training in Identification and Legislation. For his PhD at NMU, his studies will focus on the management of invasive alien plant species. Invasive Alien Plants (IAPs) are a critical issue in South Africa, given the huge fiscal burden associated with them; their threat to biodiversity, water scarcity, fire risks; the negative impacts of climate change; as well as the loss of agricultural productivity and tourism opportunities. Current enjoys watching soccer, traveling and networking.