Felly Mugizi Tusiime


Before joining Vital Signs, Felly worked as a part-time lecturer of plant taxonomy and plant physiology at Makerere, Kyambogo and Gulu Universities. She has collected over 100 species of bryophytes from Bwindi Impenetrable forest Uganda, and was involved in setting up the cryptogamic section at Makerere University Herbarium with funding from the MacArthur foundation. She has done research in the polluted pyrite trail of Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) with support from NORAD and the International Foundation for Science (IFS). In 2008 she won the young scientists’ award from the Ecological Society of East Africa. Felly holds a Master of Science (plant taxonomy) degree from Makerere University and was trained in identification and processing of plants at the NHM London (bryophytes); Royal Botanical Gardens Kew (tropical plants identification); and NHM University of Oslo Norway (DNA extraction and Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism, AFLP analyses). She is currently in the final stages of her PhD, between Makerere University Uganda and University of Oslo Norway. Her PhD was sponsored by NUFU through the AFFROALP-II project ‘Afro-alpine ‘sky’ islands: genetics versus taxonomic biodiversity, climate change and conservation’. As part of AFROALP II she was involved in collecting over 9.000 herbarium specimens and about 50,000 DNA samples from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia.