‘eighty years of promoting biodiversity conservation through taxonomic research, scientific training and international networks’

Harrison Institute, Centre for Biodiversity Research

Christopher is a Staff Development Fellow at the Copperbelt University, Zambia and recently completed his MSc at the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand.


Christopher is a Staff Development Fellow at the Copperbelt University, Zambia and is currently studying for his MSc at the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand.

Above: Christopher with Dr Nikky Thomas of the Harrison Institute, UK and Ms Uraiporn Pimsai, a fellow MSc student at the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand.

Below: Christopher with student colleagues conducting field work in peninsular Thailand.



Christopher Imakando Imakando

Staff Development Fellow at:

School of Natural Resources, The Copperbelt University, P.O Box 21692, Jambo Drive, Riverside, Kitwe – Zambia.
Tel: +260 – 2 – 220721/228797
Mobile: +260 – 979435563
Email: christopherimakando@yahoo.com ; imakandochristopher@gmail.com


Currently based at:

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai Campus, Songkhla, 90112, Thailand.
Mobile: +66 – 0 – 874782098.


Education:

2011 – 2013: MSc. (Darwin Initiative Student), Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai Campus, Songkhla, 90112, Thailand. Thesis title: The Phylogeography of Murid Rodents from Tarutao National Park, Satun Province, Southern Thailand. Successfully examined on 25th November, 2013.

2006 – 2010: B.Sc.ED (Bachelor of Science with Education), School of Education, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, The University of Zambia, P.O Box 32379, Lusaka -  Zambia. (Subjects studied: major – Biology and minor – Chemistry).


Awards:

  • 2011 Scholarship for International students from Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand.

  • 2011 Scholarship to from Copperbelt University to study MSc. (Ecology, International Program) at Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand.

  • 2011 Harrison Institute Scholarship to Study M.Sc (Ecology, International Programme) at Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand

  • 2010 Bachelor of Science with Education (B.Sc.ED) degree with merit from the University of Zambia – Zambia

  • 2004 Examination Council of Zambia School Certificate from Mumbwa Secondary School – Zambia.


Research Interests:

  • Biodiversity conservation, ecology and taxonomy of small mammals (with particular focus on rodents).

  • Phylogeography of rodents in Southeast Asia and Africa.

  • Conducting field (trapping and identifying) and laboratory (skin and skull preparation) work for small mammals.


Current Research Activities:

2011-2013: The phylogeography of murid rodents from Tarutao National Park, Satun Province, Thailand (MSc research).

Supervisors: Dr. Chutamas Satasook, Dr. Paul Bates and Dr. Sara Bumrungsri.


Papers in preparation:

  • Imakando, C. I., S. Bumrungsri., C. Satasook., P. J. J. Bates. Comparative phylogeography of two murid rodents (Rattus tanezumi and Maxomys surifer) from Tarutao National Park. Journal of Mammalogy (in preparation).

  • Imakando, C. I., C. Satasook., P. J. J. Bates., S. Bumrungsri. The diversity and distribution of murid rodents on five Islands in Tarutao National Park. Tropical Natural History (in preparation).

Workshops and Conferences:

  • 15-18 May 2012: Regional training/workshop – “Rodent Survey: from trapping to pathogen screening”, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.

  •  19–22 January 2013: Introduction to Multivariate Regression workshop by Trevor Caughlin Ph.D. Candidate (Universty of Florida) and Fulbright Scholar, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkhuntien, Thailand.

  • 2– 9 July 2012: Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit workshop. Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand.