Dr Zivanai Tsvuura

 Zivanai Tsvuura

Dr Z. Tsvuura is a plant ecologist. He holds an MSc in Tropical Resource Ecology and a PhD in Ecological Sciences. He teaches courses in biostatistics, ecology, and grassland science. Dr Tsvuura’s research focuses on dynamics and functioning of forest and savanna ecosystems. Recent work focused on (a) the roles of understorey vegetation in influencing tree establishment in coastal forests; (b) soil mycorrhizal dynamics in nutrient-enriched grasslands; and (c) local adaptation in Vachelia karroo (formerly Acacia karroo) populations in Zululand. Dr Tsvuura’s teaching career began at the University of Zimbabwe. He has also taught at Midlands State University (Zimbabwe) and at the University of Namibia. 

Position:   Senior Lecturer



BSc Hons


Discipline:   Biological Sciences
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 5805
 Email:   Tsvuuraz@ukzn.ac.za
 Research Areas:  

Plant ecology; forest regeneration; savanna and grassland ecology 

 Recent Publications:  

Tsvuura Z & Lawes MJ (2016) Light availability drives functional traits of tree seedlings in a subtropical coastal dune forest in South Africa. South African Journal of Botany 104: 91–97.

Tsvuura Z & Kirkman KP (2013) Yield and species composition of a mesic grassland savannah in South Africa are influenced by long-term nutrient addition. Austral Ecology 38:959-970.

Tsvuura Z, Griffiths ME & Lawes MJ (2012) Density effects of a dominant understorey herb Isoglossa woodii (Acanthaceae) on tree seedlings in a subtropical dune forest in South Africa. Biotropica 44: 163-170

Postgraduate Candidates:     PG Candidates

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