Breccia

University of Malawi – Staff

Prof Maurice Monjerezi, Chancellor College, Department of Chemistry, Associate Professor

Maurice’s current research activities are in chemical interactions between soil, soil-water, and surface water. He uses a combination of field- and laboratory studies, chemical analysis and statistics as well as mathematical models to study these processes to provide an understanding of how changes in climate, hydro-biogeochemical and anthropogenic pressures influence ground- and surface water resources. He is involved in Water Research Fund of Southern Africa (WARFSA/Department of Science and Technology (DST) funded: “Assessment of hydroclimatological trends and forcing processes in the Lake Chilwa Basin, Malawi”.

 

Frank Musa, Research Assistant

Frank Musa is a Research Assistant – Environmental Anthropology for the BRECcIA project at the University of Malawi. His main interest is in environmental management and climate change. Most recently he worked for the Malawi Government as a research fellow under Ministry of Finance Economic Planning and Development, responsible for climate change related research. Previously he also worked as a lead data officer for the ResilientAfrica Network project (RAN) that was implemented in Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The project focused on collecting and analysing qualitative data to understand the resilience dimension of households vulnerable to the impacts of floods and prolonged dry spells. He is conversant with mixed methods in social research as well as qualitative and quantitative data analysis. 

 

Ellasy Chimimba, Research Assistant

Ellasy Chimimba is a research assistant in Earth Observation with BRECcIA and also a PhD student with University of Malawi. With engineering background, her interests are to look at engineering solutions for climate change adaptation/resilience. She was part of the research team that did an assessment to find out if climate smart agricultural practices were having an impact on improving maize production, in central Malawi. She also worked in a mine as a geologist in mineral resource and geology modelling, and was involved in carrying out some research, more of finding quick solutions to specific mine problems. Also a lecturer in Earth Sciences at Ndata School of Climate and Earth Sciences at Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST). 

 

Henry Hunga, Research Assistant 

Henry Hunga is a Research Assistant/Ph.D. Student (Early Career Researcher) with BRECcIA at University of Malawi, Chancellor College. He has implemented a number of projects for the past 12 years from on-farm/station research to outreach and capacity building of extension staff in aquaculture and agriculture (Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique). Of late he has developed interest on how research may inform policy formulation and implementation and help build resilience of agricultural production systems in developing countries that have been compounded by climate variability. He has done some analysis on development policies and how they influence national food and nutrition security in Malawi. His current work is looking at how national seed policies help build resilience among crop and livestock farmers in drylands of Malawi and Kenya; and the extent by which climate information services are mainstreamed into national plans and policies as part of an early warning system and a decision support tool for various sectors, agriculture in particular for Malawi, Kenya and Ghana.  

 

Oscar Kambombe, Research Assistant

Oscar Kambombe is the BRECcIA Research Assistant in Hydrology at the University of Malawi. His interest is in hydrological modelling for decision support in the area of water resources and environmental management. Oscar also has a vast practical experience in land and water management, having worked as a government officer in the Department of Land Resources Conservation of Malawi for almost 10 years. He is currently studying for a PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Malawi. His most recent research work is on the evaluation of socio-economic drivers of land use or land cover (LULC) change and their associated hydrological implications in the Lake Chilwa Basin, Malawi.