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Marie-Claire Dusabe

Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics
Justus Liebig University
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 IFZ
D-35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99-35726
Fax: +49 (0) 641 99-35709


Fields of interest/focus of work

  • Developing a morphology-based family-level Lake Biotic Index (LBI) for Albertine Rift valley lakes
  • Developing a phylogenetic-diversity lake index (PDLI) using selected macroinvertebrate taxa
  • Relationship between macroinvertebrates (Chironomidae and Mollusca) and ecological drivers
  • Integrative biotic assessment system (IBAS)


Scientific career/academic background

  • 2010-2013: Studies "Wildlife and Aquatic Resources management" at  University of Rwanda
  • 2014-2016: Research assistant at University of Rwanda, project: “In praise of pastoralism”
  • 2015-2017: Lab and field technician “Environmental flow requirements of two dammed tropical rivers of the Congo Basin Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo)” Institute Superieur Pedagogic de Bukavu (ISP Bukavu).
  • 2015-2017: Master in Natural Resources Ecology Management and Conservation at Mbarara University of Sciences and Technology (MUST) in Uganda.
  • 2017: Master thesis "Use of macro-invertebrates’ diversity for the assessment of water quality and development of new family scores in Mutara Rangelands" at MUST, Uganda
  • 2018-2021: Bat Project Coordinator in Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association
  • 2019: Working as a consultant at Symbion Power Lake Kivu Ltd: Investigating the community structure of macroinvertebrates and macrophytes within the littoral zone of Iruru Peninsula (Lake Kivu)
  • Since 2021: Ph.D. student at the Department of Animal Ecology and Systematics, Justus Liebig University, Giessen


Awards & scholarships

  • 2022: African Women in Science (AWIS) award with the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE), USA and Canada
  • 2022: Travel Award for NEWF - Nature Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers, South Africa
  • 2019: National Geographic small grant: Investigating the population ecology and movement patterns of Straw-colored fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) in Rwanda
  • 2019: Selected as a Conservation Wildlife Warrior at Houston Zoo, USA
  • 2019: Named as a Disney Conservation Hero by Disney Conservation Fund, USA
  • 2016: Congo basin grant program: Use of macroinvertebrates diversity to assess water quality of Rusizi river tributaries (Rwandan side)



  • Tumwebaze, I., Clewing, C., Dusabe, M.C., Tumusiime, J. Kagoro Rugunda, G., Hammoud, C.& Albrecht, C. (2019) Molecular identification of Bulinus intermediate hosts snails of Schistosoma spp. in crater lakes of western Uganda with implications for transmission of Schistosoma haematobium group parasites. Parasites & Vectors
  • Tumusiime, J., Tolo, C.U., Dusabe, M.C., & Albrecht, C. (2019). Reliability of the Tanzania river scoring system (TARISS) macroinvertebrate index of water quality: a case study of the river Mpanga system, Uganda. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 34(1), 541-557.
  • Dusabe, M.C., Albrecht, C., Wronski, T. & Apio, A. (2019) Biological water quality assessment in the degraded Mutara rangelands, northeastern of Rwanda. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 191(3): 139.
  • Wembo, O. N., Dusabe, M.C. & Albrecht, C. (2017) Freshwater mollusks conservation research in Congo Basin. Tentacle 25: 7-8.
  • Wronski, T., Dusabe, M.C., Apio, A., Hausdorf, B. & Albrecht, C. (2015) Biological water quality and biodiversity of Rwandan rivers draining into Lake Kivu. Aquatic Ecology, 49(3), 309-320.
  • Cyubahiro, E., Dusabe, M.C., Niyoyita, P., Kabega, A.J. & Apio, A. (2015) Update on buffalo in the Volcanoes NP, Rwanda. Gnusletter Special Issue 1 2015: 24-26.