Insect Communities

Mercy Murkwe, Ph.D. student

Born 16th November 1990 in Ngaoundere, Cameroon


2013: B.Sc. in Zoology, University of Buea, Cameroon
2015: M.Sc. in Zoology, University of Buea, Cameroon
since 2015: Ph.D. studies in Zoology, University of Buea, Cameroon
Thesis: Environmental drivers of biodiversity of fruit-feeding butterfly communities in Mount Cameroon
2017: Ph.D. exchange student, Charles university in Prague, Czech republic

Research and study experience

since 2014: Mt. Cameroon – research on biodiversity changes of Afromontane moths along an altitudinal gradient (3 expeditions, 6 months together)
since 2014: Participation on field research of various groups of organisms (butterflies and moths, plants, amphibians, birds, mammals)
2015: Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABAlliance): International undergraduate students’ course


2012-2015: Presidential Excellence Grant
2015: Changes in the population structure of fruit feeding butterflies along an altitudinal gradient of Mount Cameroon. Conservation action research network, Congo Basin grant program, principal investigator.


Maicher V. , Sáfián Sz., Ishmeal K.N., Murkwe M., Kimbeng T.J., Janeček Š., Tropek R. (2016) Two genera and nineteen species of fruit-feeding erebid moths (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) recorded in Cameroon for the first time. Entomological News 126: 64-70.