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Gorongosa Research / Reports

The geology and climatic conditions in Gorongosa National Park (GNP) lead to an incredible diversity of landscapes and plant communities. The Park is also very biodiverse; nonetheless, other than the megafauna and a landscape-ecological study at the end of the 1960’s, the Park’s biodiversity was little studied prior to the implementation of the restoration project in 2005.  The Gorongosa Project (GP) now enables a growing number of researchers to work in the park. 


The Research Teams within the Science Department at Gorongosa work in the following areas, among others.

– Issuing Research Permits
– Constructing, staffing, managing and maintaining the scientific research center to ensure the health of the park’s ecosystems and provide scientific data to improve management within GNP and to regional conservation bodies.
– Capacity building of Mozambican researchers, managers, and technicians in ecological research and monitoring

Browse the scientific reports below that have come from work done in Gorongosa National Park.

Gorongosa Aerial Wildlife Count, 2022

Dr Marc Stalmans, Dr Mike Peel & Dominique Gonçalves

Trait-based sensitivity of large mammals to a catastrophic tropical cyclone

Reena H. Walker, Matthew C. Hutchinson, Justine A. Becker, Joshua H. Daskin, Kaitlyn M. Gaynor, Meredith S. Palmer, Dominique D. Gonçalves, Marc E. Stalmans, Jason Denlinger, Paola Bouley, Mercia Angela, Antonio Paulo, Arjun B. Potter, Nikhail Arumoogum, Francesca Parrini, Jason P. Marshal, Robert M. Pringle & Ryan A. Long

The first Miocene fossils from coastal woodlands in the southern East African RiftWaterbird colony count at Lake Urema, Gorongosa National Park, March 2021

René Bobe, Vera Aldeias, Zeresenay Alemseged, Robert L. Anemone, Will Archer, Georges Aumaître, Marion K. Bamford, Dora Biro, Didier L. Bourlès, Melissa Doyle Boyd, David R. Braun, Cristian Capelli, Joaō d’Oliveira Coelho, Jörg M. Habermann, Jason J. Head, Karim Keddadouche, Kornelius Kupczik, Anne-Elisabeth Lebatard, Tina Lüdecke, Amélia Macôa, Felipe I. Martínez, Jacinto Mathe, Clara Mendes, Luis Meira Paulo, Maria Pinto, Darya Presnyakova, Thomas A. Püschel, Frederico Tátá Regala, Mark Sier, Maria Joana Ferreira da Silva,
Marc Stalmans, and Susana Carvalho.

Ecological and behavioral mechanisms of density-dependent habitat expansion in a recovering African ungulate population

Justine A. Becker, Matthew C. Hutchinson, Arjun B. Potter, Shinkyu Park, Jennifer A. Guyton, Kyler Abernathy, Victor F. Americo, Anagledis Da Conceicao,  Tyler R. Kartzinel, Luca Kuziel, Naomi E. Leonard, Eli Lorenzi, Nuno C. Martins, Johan Pansu,  William L. Scott, Maria K. Stahl, Kai R. Torrens, Marc E. Stalmans, Ryan A. Long, and Robert M. Pringle.

Primate adaptations and evolution in the Southern African Rift Valley.

Bobe R., Martínez F.I. & Carvalho S. 2020.  Evolutionary Antropology. 1–8. DOI: 10.1002/evan.21826

A Healthy Park Needs Healthy Vegetation: The Story of Gorongosa National Park in the 21st Century

Hannah Herrero, Peter Waylen, Jane Southworth, Reza Khatami, Di Yang, Brian Child

Trophic rewilding revives biotic resistance to shrub invasion

Jennifer A. Guyton, Johan Pansu, Matthew C. Hutchinson, Tyler R. Kartzinel, Arjun B. Potter, Tyler C. Coverdale, Joshua H. Daskin, Ana Gledis da Conceição, Mike J. S. Peel, Marc E. Stalmans & Robert M. Pringle

Waterbird colony count at Lake Urema, March and April 2019

Jason Denlinger, Dr. Marc Stalmans, Dr. Tara Massad.

Determinants of elephant foraging behaviour in a coupled human-natural system: Is brown the new green?

Paola S. Branco, Jerod A. Merkle, Robert M. Pringle, Johan Pansu, Arjun B. Potter, Alana Reynolds, Marc Stalmans, Ryan A. Long.

Cascading impacts of large-carnivore extirpation in an African ecosystem.

Atkins J.L., Long R.A., Pansu J., Daskin J.H., Potter A.B., Stalmans M.E., Tarnita C.E. & Pringle R.M. 2019.

Gorongosa by the sea – First Miocene fossil sites from the Urema Rift, central Mozambique, and their coastal paleoenvironmental and paleoecological contexts 

Jörg M. Habermann, Matthias Alberti, Vera Aldeias, Zeresenay Alemseged, Will Archer, Marion Bamford, Dora Biro, David R. Braun, Cristian Capelli, Eugénia Cunha, Maria Ferreira da Silva, Tina Lüdecke, Hilário Madiquida, Felipe I. Martinez, Jacinto Mathe, Enquye Negash, Luis M.Paulo, Maria Pinto, Marc Stalmans, Frederico Tátá Regala, Jonathan G. Wynn, René Bobe & Susana Carvalho.

An experimental test of community-based strategies for mitigating human–wildlife conflict around protected areas

Paola S. Branco, Jerod A. Merkle, Robert M. Pringle, Lucy King, Tosca Tindall, Marc Stalmans, Ryan A. Long.

A missing piece of the Papio puzzle: Gorongosa baboon phenostructure and intrageneric relationships

Felipe I. Martinez, Cristian Capelli, Maria J. Ferreira da Silva,Vera Aldeias,
Zeresenay Alemseged, William Archer, Marion Bamford, Dora Biro, Rene Bobe, David R. Braun, Jorg M. Habermann, Tina Lüdecke, Hilario Madiquida, Jacinto Mathe, Enquye Negash, Luis M. Paulo, Maria Pinto, Marc Stalmans, Frederico Tata, Susana Carvalho.

Trophic ecology of large herbivores in a reassembling African ecosystem

Johan Pansu. Jennifer A. Guyton, Arjun B. Potter, Justine L. Atkins, Joshua H. Daskin, Bart Wursten, Tyler R. Kartzinel, Robert M. Pringle


Gorongosa Aerial Wildlife Count 2018

Dr Marc Stalmans , Dr Mike Peel & Dominique Gonçalves

Post-war recovery of the African lion in response to large-scale ecosystem restoration

Paola Bouley, Michael Poulos, Rui Branco, Neil H. Carter



Integrative taxonomy resolves three new cryptic species of small southern African horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus)

Peter J Taylor, Angus Macdonald, Steven M Goodman, Teresa Kearney Fenton, P D Cotterill, Sam Stoffberg, Ara Monadjem, M Corrie Schoeman, Jennifer Guyton, Piotr Naskreck,i Leigh R Richards.


Multilayer networks reveal the spatial structure of seed-dispersal interactions across the Great Rift landscapes.

Timóteo S., Correia M., Rodríguez-Echeverría S., Freitas H. &  Heleno R. 2018.



New insights from Gorongosa National Park and Niassa National Reserve of Mozambique increasing the genetic diversity of Trypanosoma vivax and Trypanosoma vivax-like in tsetse flies, wild ungulates and livestock from East Africa.

Carla MF Rodrigues, Herakles A Garcia, Adriana C Rodrigues, André G Costa-Martins, Carlos L Pereira, Dagmar L Pereira, Zakaria Bengaly, Luis Neves, Erney P Camargo, Patrick B Hamilton and Marta MG Teixeira. 2017


Description of a new flat gecko

William R. Branch, Jennifer A. Guyton, Andreas Schmitz, Michael F. Bare, Piotr Naskrecki, Harith Farooq, Luke Verburg t& Mark Oliver Rodel


Using repeat photography to observe vegetation change over time in Gorongosa National Park

Hannah V Herrero, Jane Southworth, Erin Bunting, Brian Child

 Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi communities from tropical Africa reveal strong ecological structure. New Phytologist

Rodríguez-Echeverría Susana, Teixeira Helena, Correia Marta, Timóteo Sérgio, Ruben Heleno, Maarja Öpik and Moora Mari. 2016.



African Bats: Conservation in the time of Ebola.

Guyton, J.A. and C.E. Brook. 2015.

A major waterbird breeding colony at Lake Urema, Gorongosa Nacional Park, Moçambique.

Stalmans M., Davies G.B.P., Trollip J. & Poole G. 2015.