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Dr. Reginald T. Guuroh - Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Reginald T. Guuroh
Photo: Dr. Reginald T. Guuroh


Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Forestry Research Institute of Ghana
P. O. Box UP 63 KNUST
Kumasi, Ghana
Tel: 00233-(0)3220-60123 or -60373





2nd Affiliation

University of Potsdam

Biodiversity Research / Systematic Botany Group

Maulbeerallee 1

14469 Potsdam, Germany




3rd Affiliation
Botanical Institute, Workgroup Linstädter
University of Cologne
Zülpicher Straße 47b
D-50674 Cologne, Germany


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Dr. Reginald T. Guuroh
Photo: Dr. Reginald T. Guuroh

Research Interests

Current Project

I am currently a  Research Scientist at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research), specifically in the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana. At the same time, I remain affiliated to the Range Ecology and Range Management Group.


Research Interests
I am a plant scientist with background training in silviculture and forest management. Over the years, and with the experiences gained from my PhD studies, I have extended my research interests to a better understanding of how multiple environmental factors (especially climate, soil and land use) act together or individually to affect dryland ecosystems. In this regard, I believe that natural science research should almost always be complemented by social science in order to better appreciate perceptions of people who are users of the natural resources that natural scientist manage. Consequently, I also have interest in the application of social science research approaches for better understanding the management of natural resources. I am particularly interested in research that bridge knowledge gaps in the areas of biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, ecosystem service provision, sustainable land management and climate change adaptation/ mitigation. With the emergence of climate change, a new dimension of complexity has been introduced and the challenge of finding better land management strategies is a key goal for all stakeholders.


Fields of Competence

  • Forests and livelihoods
  • Agroforestry in the tropics
  • Climate change effects on ecosystem functions and services
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Food security and rural development


Regional Research Foci and Fieldwork Experience

  • Savannas and Tropical Forests in West Africa (Ghana, Burkina Faso)
  • Forest management and resources assessment in East Africa (Uganda)
  • Agroforestry for income generation in Africa (Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Ghana)






Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education and Positions

Since 01/2017Research Scientist at the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana


Research Associate (PostDoc) in WASCAL (West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use), Work Package 2.2 “Grazing Land Management”
04/2012 - 07/2016

PhD student in Rangeland Ecology and Monitoring in WASCAL, Work Package 2.2 “Grazing Land Management”


UNU PhD Block Course “From Vulnerability to Resilience in Disaster Risk Management”

10/2011 - 04/2012

Research Assistant at the United Nations University, Bonn working on the WASCAL project

09/2010 - 09/2011

MSc Tropical Forestry and Management at TU Dresden, Germany funded by Erasmus Mundus

09/2009 - 08/2010MSc Environmental Forestry at Bangor University, U.K. funded by Erasmus Mundus
03/2009Diploma in Human Resource Management at Institute of Commercial Management, UK
08/2008Diploma in Strategic Management at Institute of Commercial Management, UK
08/2003 - 05/2007BSc Natural Resources Management (Silviculture and Forest Management) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana


Grants and Awards

03/2015 – 08/2016

Scholarship from West African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adapted Land use (WASCAL)

2015 International Association of Vegetation Science Travel Award
03/2012 - 02/2015Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst Scholarship Award
06/2012Hans J. Ruthenberg Award for Young Scientist in Food Security Research
08/2009 - 09/2011EU-Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Award



(Peer Reviewed)


Guuroh, R., Ruppert, J.C., Ferner, J., Čanak, K., Schmidtlein, S., Linstädter, A., 2018. Drivers of forage provision and erosion control in West African savannas – A macroecological perspective. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 251, 257-267. [DOI] [Download Paper]

Naah, J.-B.S.N., Guuroh, R.T., Linstädter, A., 2017. Factors influencing local ecological knowledge of forage resources: Ethnobotanical evidence from West Africa's savannas. Journal of Environmental Management 188, 297-307. [DOI] [Download Corrigendum]

Ochoa-Hueso, R., Maestre, F.T., Elridge, D.J., Delgado-Baquerizo, M., Soliveres, S., Bowker, M.A., Gross, N., Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Y. Quero, J.L., García-Gómez, M., Valencia, E., Arredondo, T., Beinticinco, L., Bran, D., Cea, A., Coaguila, D., Dougill, A.J. Espinosa, C.I., Gaitán, J., Guuroh, R.T., Gusman, E. Gutiérrez, J.R., Hernández, R.M., Huber-Sannwald, E., Jeffries, T., Linstädter, A., Mau, R.L., Monerris, J., Prina, A., Pucheta, E., Stavi, I., Thomas, A.D., Zaady, E., Singh, B.K., in press. Soil fungal abundance and plant functional traits drive fertile island formation in global drylands. Journal of Ecology, in press (accepted Sept 17). [DOI]  [Download Paper]

Kalanzi, F., Nansereko, S., Okullo, P., Gwali, S., Kiyingi, I., Guuroh, R.T. 2014. Growth performance of 5-year old Pinus caribaea var. hondurensis (Barr. and Golf.) in selected districts of Uganda. Uganda Journal of Agricultural Sciences 15 (2): 127-135. [Download Paper]

Kazungu, M. and Guuroh, R.T. 2014. Assessing the potential of non-farm and off-farm enterprises in spurring rural development in Uganda. International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research 2(5): 198-202. [Download Paper]

Guuroh, R.T., Ubrig, H. and Acheampong,  E. 2014. How does homegarden size affect input and output per unit area? – A case study of the Bieha District, Southern Burkina Faso. International Journal of AgriScience 4(3): 196-208.[Download Paper]

Guuroh, R.T., Ubrig, H. and Acheampong,  E. 2012. Homegardens as a source of income for rural households - a case study of Bieha District, southern Burkina Faso. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology B: 798 - 813. [Abstract]

Guuroh, R.T. 2012. Why our cities need trees. The Ghana Engineer 7(2): 8-9.



Conference Contributions


Guuroh, R.T. 2012. Contribution of Homegardens to Household Income Generation in Burkina Faso (Case Study of Bieha District). Tropentag, Sept 19th-21th 2012, Göttingen - Kassel/Witzenhausen, Germany.

Guuroh, R.T. 2010. Deforestation as a Contributor to Global Climate Change (the case of Africa). Meeting of SUTROFOR Scholars, School of the Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University, UK.

Kazungu, M. Guuroh, R.T., Bukari, K. and Ataa-Asantewaa, M. 2013. Assessing the Potential of non-Farm/off-Farm Enterprises in Spurring Rural Development in Uganda. Tropentag, Sept. 17th - 19th 2013, Stuttgart, Germany. [Download Poster]

Guuroh, R.T., Ubrig, H. and Acheampong E. 2013. Effects of Homegarden Size on Inputs and Outputs per Unit Area. Tropentag, Sept. 17th - 19th 2013, Stuttgart, Germany. [Download Poster]

Guuroh, R.T., Schmidtlein, S., and Linstädter, A. 2013. Ecological Characterization of Grazing Lands from Vegetation Science Perspective. 7th Annual Meeting of the Specialist Group on Macroecology, Mar. 13th - 15th 2013, Göttingen. [Download Poster]

Guuroh, R.T., Ubrig, H. and Acheampong E. 2012. Community Adaptation Strategies for Increasing Resilience of Homegardens – Case Study from Southern Burkina Faso. Tropentag, Sept 19th - 21th 2012, Göttingen - Kassel/Witzenhausen, Germany. [Download Poster]

Guuroh, R.T., Ubrig, H. and Acheampong E. 2011. Improving Benefits from Marginal Lands: Contribution of Homegardens to Household Income Generation in the Bieha District of Southern Burkina Faso. Tropentag, Oct 5th - 7th 2011, Bonn, Germany. [Download Poster]



PhD Thesis


07/2016, University of Bonn – Department of Geography
Global change effects on ecosystem species composition, functions and services of West Africa’s Sudanian savannas [Download Thesis]