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Senior Lecturer
Block 235/ Office 242
+267 355 2605
Professional Qualifications
  • BSc (University of Botswana)
  • MSc (University of East Anglia, UK)
  • PhD (University of Manitoba, Canada)
Brief Biography

Dr Marks Ditlhogo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, at the University of Botswana. His area of specialization is ecology. He has taught at the University of Botswana for more than 20 years. He was the Head of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2002 – 2008. His research interests are in natural resources (biodiversity) conservation and invasive alien species, more especially on how these impact the livelihoods of communities. He has been involved in the development of the Botswana Indigenous Knowledge Systems Policy as well as the Botswana Apiculture Policy. He is the Chairman of the National Biological Diversity Authority (NBDA) of Botswana, which gives technical advice on the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) in Botswana.

Teaching Areas

Dr Ditlhogo teaches the following courses:

  • Principles of Ecology
  • Dynamics of Savanna Ecosystems
  •  Ecological Impact Assessment
  • Life History Strategies
  • Conservation Biology
  • Plant Ecology
Research Areas
  • Natural Resources (biodiversity) Conservation [e.g. Medicinal Plants of Botswana, Imbrasia belina (Phane)]
  • Alien invasive species and their effect on biodiversity


Postgraduate Supervision Areas
  • Fruit flies of Botswana and their geographical distribution (ongoing)
  • Population dynamics of parasites affecting Imbrasia belina populations in Botswana (potential)
  • Prospects of Phane (Imbrasia belina) Farming in Botswana (potential)
  • Alien Invasive Species (plants) proliferation in Botswana (potential)
Selected Publications

Ditlhogo M.K.M., James R., Laurence B.R. & Sutherland W.J. (1992). The effects of conservation management of reed beds. I. The invertebrates. Journal of Applied Ecology,29: 265-276.

Cowie N.R., Sutherland W.J., Ditlhogo M.K.M. & James R. (1992). The effects of conservation management on reed beds. II. The flora and litter disappearance. Journal of Applied Ecology,29: 277-284.

Ditlhogo M.K. & Setshogo M.P. (2002). A floristic and faunal survey of the Kgale Hills. Botswana Notes & Records, 33:91-100

Hartnett D.C., Ott J.P., Sebes K. & Ditlhogo M. K. (2012). Coping with herbivory at the juvenile stage: responses to defoliation and stem browsing in the African savanna tree Colophospermum mopane. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 28:1–9.

Lori T., Ditlhogo M.K., Setshogo M.P. and Koosaletse-Mswela P. (2019). Classification and description of the vegetation of Khutse Game Reserve, Botswana. Botswana Journal of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. Vol. 13, Special Issue 2:8-23

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