Knowledge for a sustainable world

Impacts of climate change on the ecology and pest status of African giant pouched rats in eastern Africa.

Allan is broadly interested in the use of biological markers to understand single and multi-species dynamics.

African giant pouched rats are one of the world’s largest species of rodents and have considerable socio-economic importance as a source of bushmeat, a pest in agriculture, zoonotic disease reservoir and for their use in biosensor programmes to detect landmines and diseases such as tuberculosis.

Among other aims, Allan intends to use field-based and molecular techniques to profile and characterize their ability as biosensors for captive breeding programmes and conservation management.

Primary Supervisor: Steven Belmain
Secondary Supervisor(s): Aditya Parmar, Daniel Bray, Dr. Rodrigo Vega (External)

Allan is a field biologist with a background in wildlife research and conservation, he joined the University of Greenwich December 2020 from the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute.

Allan holds a BSc. in Wildlife Management from the College of African Wildlife Management, Tanzania and an MSc. in Conservation Management of African Ecosystems from the University of Glasgow, UK.

Eventually, Allan hopes to inform conservation management practice through a profound understanding of the complexities within ecological systems.

  • Allan Baino, Grant Hopcraft, Corinne Kendall, Jason Newton, Abdelkader Behdenna, Linus Munishi (2021). We are what we eat, plus some per mill: Using stable isotopes to estimate diet composition in Gyps vultures over space and time. Authorea. (Online) DOI: 10.22541/au.163465514.44443991/v2
  • 2021 ‘Wings-To-Fly’ Award – Raptor Research Foundation, Boise, USA.
  • 2019 Laboratory Support Award – North Carolina Zoo, North Carolina, USA.
  • 2017 Karimjee Jivanjee Conservation Scholarship – Karimjee Jivanjee Foundation, Tanzania.
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