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Area of interest; Freshwater fish, Ecology, Conservation biology, Molecular ecology and Taxonomy.

YearPositionInstitution Name
2010Fisheries OfficerRungwe District Council

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2018AWARDRoyal Society Leverhulme Africa Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018
2014AWARDScholarship for studying Ph.D provided by Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Africa Award
2012AWARDScholarship for studying Masters by Research (MRes) provided by Royal Society Leverhulme Africa Award
2019Aquatic SciencesUniversity of Dar es salaamTanzaniaPhD
2013Ecology of cichlids fishBangor UniversityUnited KingdomMasters Degree
2009Fisheries and Aquatic SciencesUniversity of Dar es salaamTanzaniaBachelor Degree

Shechonge, A., Ngatunga, B.P., Bradbeer, S.J., Ford, A.G.P., Smith, A.M., Tamatamah, R., Sweke, E.A., Turner, G.F. & Genner, M.J. (2019) Population genetic evidence for a unique resource of Nile tilapia in Lake Tanganyika, East Africa. Environmental Biology of Fishes DOI: 10.1007/s10641-019-00895-2
Antonia G.P.Ford., Thomas R.Bullen ., LongsonPang ., Martin J.Genner.,RogerBills.,TomášFlouri.,Benjamin P.Ngatunga., LukasRüber., Ulrich K.Schliewen., OleSeehausen., AsilatuShechonge., Melanie L.J.Stiassny., George F.Turner & Julia J.Day (2019) Molecular phylogeny of Oreochromis (Cichlidae: Oreochromini) reveals mito-nuclear discordance and multiple colonisation of adverse aquatic environments.Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2019.04.008a
Shechonge, A., Ngatunga, B.P., Bradbeer, S.J.,Ford, A.G.P., Smith, A.M., Tamatamah, R.,Harrington, J., Turner, G.F. & Genner, M.J. (2018) Losing cichlid fish biodiversity: genetic and morphological homogenization of tilapia following colonization by introduced species. Conservation Genetics (https://doi.org10.1007/s10592-018-1088-1
Alzaylaee, H., Collins, R.A., Shechonge, A. et al. Environmental DNA-based xenomonitoring for determining Schistosoma presence in tropical freshwaters. Parasites Vectors 13, 63 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-020-3941-6
Turner, G., Shechonge, A. & Tweddle, D. 2018. Oreochromis chungruruensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T60626A47204093. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T60626A47204093.en
Alzaylaee H, Collins RA, Rinaldi G, Shechonge A, Ngatunga B, Morgan ER, et al. (2020) Schistosoma species detection by environmental DNA assays in African freshwaters. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 14(3): e0008129. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0008129
Shechonge, A., Ngatunga, B.P., Bradbeer, S.J., Day, J.J., Freer, J.J., Ford, A.G.P., Kihedu, J., Richmond, T., Mzighani, S., Smith, A.M., Sweke, E.A., Tamatamah, R., Tyers, A., Turner, G.F. & Genner, M.J. (2019) Widespread colonization of Tanzanian catchments by introduced Oreochromis tilapia fishes: the legacy from decades of deliberate introduction. Hydrobiologia. (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-018-3597-9).
Bradbeer, S.J., Harrington, J., Watson, H., Warraich, A., Shechonge, A., Smith, A., Tamatamah, R., Ngatunga, B.P., Turner, G.F. & Genner, M.J. (2018) Limited hybridization between introduced and critically endangered indigenous tilapia fishes in northern Tanzania. Hydrobiologia (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-018-3572-5).
Genner, M.J., Connell, E., Shechonge, A., Smith, A., Swanstrom, J., Mzighani, S., Mwijage, A., Ngatunga, B.P. and Turner, G.F. (2013) Nile tilapia invades the Lake Malawi catchment. African Journal of Aquatic Sciences. 38, supp. 1, 85-90.
Kanyerere, Z, Phiri, B & Shechonge, A. 2018. Oreochromis karongae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018
Book Chapters
Kanyerere, G.Z., Phiri, T.B., Sayer, C.A., Shechonge, A.4, Snoeks, J. and Tweddle, D.(2019). The status and distribution of freshwater fishes in the Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa Catchment. in : Sayer, C.A., Palmer-Newton, A.F. and Darwall, W.R.T. (Eds). Conservation priorities for freshwater biodiversity in the Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa Catchment. Cambridge, UK and Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. xii +214pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.CH.2019.RA.1.en.

Position:Research Assistant
Email: asilatushechonge@tafiri.go.tz
Address:P.O. Box 9750, Dar es Salaam