Assoc. Prof. Aventino Kasangaki

Associate Professor

Aventino Kasangaki is a Ugandan ecologist, conservation biologist, consultant and academic. His ecology and conservation work focuses on the integrity of freshwater ecosystems especially on how humans’ impact aquatic ecosystems and development of monitoring tools for assessing these impacts. He is passionate about ecosystem goods and services communities derive from nature and how they sustain human wellbeing. Over the years Aventino has worked as a wildlife researcher, consultant and lecturer in various fields of ecology and conservation of freshwater ecosystems in Uganda and neighboring countries.  He has authored several publications in peer reviewed journals and written several technical reports for various projects. Born and raised in rural western Uganda, he continues to champion biodiversity research and conservation through community outreach, teaching and development of biodiversity indicators aimed at assessing attainment of sustainable development goals.

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PhD in Freshwater Ecology- Mbarara University of Science and Technology – 2008

Master of Science (Zoology) in Vertebrate Ecology and Wildlife Management- Makerere University-1999

Postgraduate Diploma in Education- Biology and Physical Education-Makerere University 1996

Bachelor of Science (Botany and Zoology) Specializing in Ecology and Wildlife Management; Hydrobiology and Fisheries Management

Research Interests

My research interests vary from the use of biological organisms to assess ecosystem health (biomonitoring), biodiversity conservation, aquatic invasive species ecology and freshwater health indicators, and of recent I am  passionate about the link between ecosystems and human wellbeing through investigating the benefits derived from nature (ecosystem services and goods).


Maasri, A., Jähnig, S.C., Adamescu, M.C., Adrian, R., Baigun, C., Baird, D.J., et al . (2021) . A global agenda for advancing freshwater biodiversity research . Ecology Letters(December 2021), pp. 1-9
W. Mukisa, J. Yatuha, M. Andama, A. Kasangaki . (2020) . Heavy metal pollution in the main rivers of Rwenzori region, Kasese District South-western Uganda. . Octa Journal of Environmental Research , 8(3), pp. 78-90
P. Failler, R. Kasisi, C. Akachuku, A. Assogbadjo, E. Boyd, E. Effiom, P. Elias, M. W. A. Halmy, K. Heubach, A. Mohamed, C. Ntshane, G. Rajoelison, , C. Lambini, A. Kasangaki, A. Mahamane . (2018) . Nature’s contributions to people and quality of life . In: E. Archer ,L. Dziba, , K. J. Mulongoy, M. A Maoela, . M. Walters, , The IPBES regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa.. Paris: IPBES, pp. 7–130.
V. Fugère , A. Kasangaki, L. J. Chapman . (2016) . Land use changes in an afrotropical biodiversity hotspot affect stream alpha and beta diversity . Ecosphere, 7(6)
K. Karume, M. Bagalwa, M. Yalire, K. Kazi, E. Mukengere Bagula, R Bitariho, D. Nahayo, A. Kasangaki, J. Byamukama . (2016) . Hydrological Systems in the Greater Virunga Landscape: Water Quality around Mikeno Sector . Journal of Water Resource and Protection, 8, pp. 382-396
W F Laurance, D. Carolina Useche, …F Zamzani . (2012) . Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas . Nature, 489, pp. 290–294
A Kasangaki, R Bitariho, P Shaw, M M Robbins, A McNeilage . (2011) . Long-term ecological and socio-economic changes in and around bwindi impenetrable national park, South-Western Uganda . In: A J Plumptre, Long-term changes in Africa's western rift valley, pp. 117-139
A. Kasangaki, L. J. Chapman, J. S. Balirwa . (2008) . Land use and the ecology of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages of high altitude rainforest streams in Uganda . Freshwater Biology, 53(4). London: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, pp. 681-697
M VAN HEIST, D SHEIL, R BITARIHO, A KASANGAKI . (2008) . Financing forest conservation in Uganda . ETFRN News, pp. 114-120
Ar McNeilage, M M Robbins, M Gray, W Olupot, D Babaasa, R Bitariho, A Kasangaki, H Rainer, S Asuma, G Mugiri, J Baker . (2007) . Census of the mountain gorilla Gorilla beringei beringei population in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda . Oryx, 40(4), pp. 419 - 427
A Kasangaki, Ds Babaasa, J Efitre, A McNeilage, R Bitariho . (2006) . Links between anthropogenic perturbations and benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages in Afromontane forest streams in Uganda . Hydrobiologia, 563, pp. 231-245
D Babaasa, G Eilu, A Kasangaki, Rt Bitariho, A McNeilage . (2004) . Gap characteristics and regeneration in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda . African Journal of Ecology, 42(3), pp. 217-224
A Kasangaki, R Kityo, J Kerbis . (2003) . Diversity of rodents and shrews along an elevational gradient in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south-western Uganda . African Journal of Ecology, 41(2), pp. 115-123


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Kasangaki A,  Resh H V, Gandhi W P, Muhabwe R, Otike P (2022) Assessing the Potential of Rangers to Monitor Stream Health in Uganda’s Protected Areas. World Biodiversity Forum 2022, Davos Switzerland.

Kasangaki A and Gandhi W (2020) The link between human activities, water quality and benthic macroinvertebrates in the headwaters of Lake Edward Basin, Uganda: Management lessons. GEO BON Open Science Conference (virtual) July 2020,Germany.

Kasangaki A (2018) Impact of hydropower dams on stream fishes of Rwenzori Mts, Abstract. PAFFA 6, Malawi.

Kasangaki, A., Chapman L, Chapman, C., Omeja P & Twinomugisha, D. (2009) Land use effects on stream water quality in and around Kibale National Park, Uganda. In Proceedings of Diversitas Open Science Conference 2: Biodiversity and Society, understanding connections, adapting to change. 13-16 October 2009, Cape Town   South Africa.

Hitt, Nathaniel, et al (2007). “New International Efforts for Freshwater Research, Education, and Conservation: A report from the Society for Conservation Biology’s Freshwater Working Group”. In Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation, edited by C. Leroy Irwin, Debra Nelson, and K.P. McDermott. Raleigh, NC: Center for Transportation and the Environment, North Carolina State University, 2007. pp. 604.

Kasangaki, A., Resh V., Chapman L., Gandhi W., Otika P., & Muhabwe R (2007) Use of benthic macroinvertebrates to assess the conservation status of streams and rivers in the Albertine Rift region of Uganda. Proceedings of the Society for Conservation Biology 21st Annual Meeting, 1st-5th July 2007, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Babaasa, D., Eilu, G., Kasangaki, A. and Bitariho, R. (2001). Canopy gap characteristics in a logged Albertine Rift Afromontane forest island. In Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversity and Human Welfare. Proceedings of the International Conference on Tropical Ecosystems. Ganeshaiah, K.N., Uma Shaanker, R. and Bawa, K.S., (eds.)-Oxford-IBH, New Delhi. Pp. 282-285.

Kasangaki, A., L. J. Chapman & J. B. Balirwa (2004). Fish fauna of an Afromontane forest and implications for conservation (Abstract). Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology, Columbia, New York, USA.

Kasangaki A, Effitre J, Babaasa D, McNeilage A, and Bitariho R. 2002. Benthic macro invertebrates in biomonitoring in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. (Abstract). Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology. Canterbury, Kent, UK.

Bitariho R, McNeilage A, Babaasa D, and Kasangaki A. 2002. The impact of harvesting wild plants in the multiple-use zones of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. (Abstract). Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology. Canterbury, Kent, UK

Babaasa D, Bitariho R, Gray M, McNeilage A, Malenky R and Kasangaki A. 2000. Adaptive ecological monitoring in two Albertine Rift Afromontane island forests. (Abstract). Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology. Missoula, Montana, USA

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