Francesco Rovero, Prof.

University of Florence
BII expert in: Large carnivores, large herbivores, insectivores, primates, rodents and small carnivores

I have been working in Tanzania since 2002 with the main focus on the biodiversity-rich forests of the Udzungwa Mountains where I helped establish the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre in 2006 ( My research mainly focuses on understanding drivers of status and vulnerability of populations and communities, with most of my experience on mammals as the subject and camera trapping as the detection method.

One example is how increased deforestation induced by farming and livestock keeping in the valley adjacent to the forests impacted the connectivity of large mammals (elephants especially) but in turn carries the potential for increasing human-wildlife conflicts and loss of forest-based products to the people themselves.