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/DR NEIL MANDINYENYA ZHOU
DR NEIL MANDINYENYA ZHOU
DR NEIL MANDINYENYA ZHOU

Position: Lecturer

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Soils and soil survey;
  • Ecology and resources management;
  • Vegetation – environmental relations, Land drainage and land reclamation, Wetland development and participatory rural appraisal (PRA);
  • Climate change and land use feasibility;
  • Environmental impact assessment;
  • Agricultural policy and planning;
  • Land reform and agrarian change;
  • Land and skills audits for agricultural turn around.

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS IN REFERRED JOURNALS 

  • ZHOU, N.M. 2004. Vegetation – soil relationships as a land quality indicator in semi-arid areas. Proceedings of the 7th Science and Technology Symposium, 1 – 3 September 2004, Harare, Zimbabwe. Volume VII, 2004 ISSN 1818-3794. 
  • ZHOU N. M. and J. NYAMANGARA 2007. Correlations between plant species abundance and soil characteristics in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe. Midlands State University Journal of Science, Agriculture and Technology. Accepted for Volume1 (2), 2007 ISSN1992-0903. 
  • MUNODAWAFA A AND ZHOU, N.M. 2007. Improving water utilization in maize production through conservation tillage systems in semi-arid Zimbabwe. JPCE,  
  • ZHOU N. M. 2008. Ecosystem quality and management in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe. African Journal of Ecology.  

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS IN NON REFERRED JOURNALS

  • ZHOU, N. K. M. 1994. A brief overview of land use planning and the role played by extension workers in communal area planning. Interesting Information (B/333/2), Department of AGRITEX. 
  • GUZHA, A., MUTIKANI, V. AND ZHOU, N.K.M. 2003. Survey of land reform and agricultural Development in the Midlands (Unpublished) UNDP, Harare, Zimbabwe.

RESEARCH PAPERS PRESENTED AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • ZHOU N. M. 2004. Vegetation – soil relationships as a land quality indicator in semi-arid areas, Proceedings of the 7th Science and Technology Symposium, Harare, Zimbabwe. 1st-3rd September 2004. 
  • ZHOU N. M. 2006: Land system based land degradation monitoring for environmental planning and management in Zimbabwe. Proceedings of the Geographical Society of Zimbabwe Annual Conference, University of Zimbabwe. August 2006. 
  • MUNODAWAFA, A and ZHOU, N. M., 2006. The impact of soil erosion on soil productivity. Research Council of Zimbabwe Symposium. Harare, Zimbabwe. 
  • ZHOU N. M. 2006. Linking vegetation patterns along granite catenae with ecosystem quality and management in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe. Proceedings of the International conference on ecosystem changes and implications on livelihoods of rural communities in Africa, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. November 2006. 
  • ZHOU N. M., and A. MUNODAWAFA, 2006. Land systems survey in Mundi Mataga dam catchment: A simple and yet practical method of identifying potential for land and water resources management in dry areas. WARFSA Symposium, Lilongwe, Malawi. 
  • ZHOU N. M. 2007. Floristic patterns along catenae gradients: a comparison of forty-one sites in semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe. Proceedings of the 8th Science and Technology Symposium Research Council, Harare Zimbabwe. February 2007. • ZHOU N. M.2007: The importance of woody vegetation as an indicator of range land type and potential for sustainable environmental management in semi-arid areas on granitic soils in Zimbabwe. Proceedings of the International SADC conference, Gaborone, Botswana. March 2007. 
  • ZHOU N. M.. 2007. Developing a simple and yet practical framework for environmental management and protection in Zimbabwe. Proceedings of the Geographical Society of Zimbabwe, Annual Conference, Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe. August 2007. 
  • MUNODAWAFA A AND ZHOU, N.M. 2007. Improving water utilization in maize production through conservation tillage systems in semi-arid Zimbabwe. JPCE,  
  • ZHOU N. M. and A. MUNODAWAFA 2008. Promotion of environmental legislation and sustainable environmental management by tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe. Proceedings of ANAFE Symposium, Capital Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi. July/Aug 2008. 
  •  ZHOU N. M. 2008. Vegetation physiognomy and species composition as tools for land use planning and sustainable land management in semi-arid areas. Proceedings of ANAFE Symposium, Capital Hotel, Lilongwe, Malawi. July/Aug 2008.
Membership in Management Boards  

University service and community  engagement activities:

Board Chairman, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe,  Mnene Farm Management Board;

Board Chairman, Environment and Agriculture Development Trust (EADT), Zimbabwe;

  1. Member of Higher Degrees committee, Faculty of Natural resources and Agriculture, of the Midlands State University
  2. Facilitator in  a Community swamp / wetland development programme and land reclamation programme at Rushinge School, Nyadzira and DDF Wetland, Mazibofa Communal Land , Mberengwa District;
  3. Facilitator and resource person in a programme for Enhancing resource potential through tree planting, land reclamation and resource conservation in rural schools and communities in areas of Mberengwa and Gweru districts.

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