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SFS Appoints New Director in Tanzania

The School for Field Studies Appoints Dr. Vedasto G. Ndibalema as Director of The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies’ Moyo Hill Camp in Tanzania, East Africa

Salem, MA, USA – January 10, 2012 – The School for Field Studies (SFS) announced today the appointment of Dr. Vedasto Ndibalema as director at The School for Field Studies Center for Wildlife Management Studies’ Moyo Hill Camp in Tanzania. Dr. Ndibalema was appointed late last year as SFS completed its 2011 fall semester programs in East Africa.

SFS is non-profit study abroad organization with programs operating in six countries including Australia, Costa Rica, Bhutan, Tanzania, Kenya, Turks & Caicos Islands (British West Indies), and now in the Panamanian islands. The Center for Wildlife Management Studies has field stations in Kenya and Tanzania. Dr. Ndibalema is director of the Center’s Moyo Hill Camp in Tanzania. Dr. Moses Okello, formerly the center director in both Kenya and Tanzania, is now the senior director of The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies in East Africa and director of the Center’s Kilimanjaro Bush Camp in Kenya.

Before this appointment, Dr. Ndibalema was a senior lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in the Faculty of Forestry and Nature Conservation in Tanzania, which he joined in 2000. Prior to that, he worked with the College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM) - Mweka as an instructor and Nyegezi Fisheries Training Institute, Mwanza, as a tutor and head of the Aquatic Science Department.

Dr. Ndibalema holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Conservation Biology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. He also holds a MSc. Degree in Wildlife Management & Control from Reading (U.K.), BSc. Zoology & Wildlife Ecology (University of Dar Es Salaam), a Diploma and Certificate in Fisheries Management from Fisheries Management Training Institutes, Nyegezi and Kunduchi, in Mwanza and Dar Es Salaam respectively.

Dr. Ndibalema has served as acting head of the Wildlife Management department at SUA and has coordinated a tourism management degree program and visiting student groups from Belgium, Japan and USA on a regular basis at SUA and Mweka. He also served as Secretary, Tender Board Committee, Member to the Workers Council and RAAWU’s Chairperson of the CAWM-Mweka. He has most recently conducted field research in Saadani, Ruaha River Basin and Serengeti ecosystem.

Dr. Ndibalema is also very active in a variety of conservation organizations including the Ecological Society for Eastern Africa, the Tanzania Association of Foresters, Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, Society for Conservation Biology and Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA). He also serves as reviewer for a number of conservation resource journals.


About The School for Field Studies: ( For more than 30 years, The School for Field Studies (SFS), one of the nation's oldest and largest environmental study abroad program for college undergraduates, has combined hands-on, multi-disciplinary environmental studies with scientific research to propose sustainable solutions to critical environmental problems. SFS students work with local communities to discover practical ways to manage their natural resources, and in the process undergo a transformational experience that helps them to advance their careers as skilled professionals and to become globally aware citizens.



Leslie Granese