Personal Information


Dr. Dativa Joseph Shilla



Contact Address:

P. O. Box 2329
Dar es Salaam
Email: sopdatty@duce.ac.tz or sopdatty@yahoo.com
Mobile:+255 787 409 846/ +255 735 409 846


University of the Ryukyus, Japan, (From 2009 to 2012)
Ph.D. (Environmental Chemistry)
Auckland University, New Zealand, (From 2003 to 2005)
M.Sc. In Environmental Science
University of Dar Es Salaam, (From 1997 to 2001).
B.Sc. In Chemistry, Biology and Education

Research Interests Areas

Environmental pollution and contaminants,cycling of nutrients and organic matter in aquatic ecosystems in Tanzania.

Teaching Areas

  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental/Analytical Chemistry
  • Industrial Chemistry


  1. Shilla, D.J. 2019. Status Updates on Plastics Pollution in Aquatic Environment of Tanzania: Data Availability, Current Challenges and Future Research Needs. Tanzania Journal of Science 45(1): 113-100.

  2. Vearey, Jo.,Luginaah, I.,  Magitta, N. F., Shilla, D.J., Oni, T. 2019. Urban health in Africa: a critical global public health priority. BMC Public Health, 19:340, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6674-8

  3. Shilla, D.J., Pajala, G., Routh, J., Dario, M., Kristoffersson, P. 2019. Trophodynamics and biomagnification of trace metals in aquatic food webs:The case of Rufiji estuary in Tanzania. Applied Geochemistry 100, 160–168, doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeochem.2018.11.016

  4. Shilla, D.J., and Routh, J. 2018. Distribution, Behavior, and Sources of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon in the Water column, Sediments and Biota of the Rufiji Estuary, Tanzania. Frontiers in Earth Science, section Bio-geoscience,  https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2018.00070

  5. Susan, P.M., Shilla, D.J, Chua, C., Raphael, C., Middlehurst-Schwartz, M., O’Rourke, N. 2018. Unravelling the gender bind, uncovering the heterogeneity of domination. Comparative Education,doi.org/10.1080/03050068.2018.1543378

  6. Shilla, D.J., and Routh, J. 2017. Using biochemical and isotopic tracers to characterize organic matter sources and their incorporation into estuarine food webs (Rufiji delta, Tanzania). Chemistry and Ecology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02757540.2017.1391796.

  7. Shilla, D.J. 2016. Distribution and Behavior of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) In Sub-tropical River-Estuary, Okinawa Japan. Chemistry and Ecology, 32:5, 472-49.