Summary of Profile: PhD holder in Range Management from University of Wyoming, USA (1990); Master of Science (Range Management), Texas A&M University (1982); and Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), University of Nairobi. Conscientious and self-motivated individual with great enthusiasm and determination to excel. Hard working, reliable and resourceful person with excellent organizational and management skills, combined with ability to prioritize tasks.
Teaching Areas: Over 30 years teaching experience in a large university at undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters & Doctoral) level; designed and taught courses in research methods and communication; proposal-writing dry land resource management, livestock production, natural resource management; integrated dry land production systems (PhD) and ecology.
Research interest: mainly integrated agricultural and/or natural resource production/management systems, climate change and agricultural adaptation in dry lands. Principal, co-principal or investigator in many donor-funded research projects such as Making the Best of Climate: Adapting Agriculture to Climate Variability funded by Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA); Creating Wealth For Smallholder Farmers in Arid Areas of Kenya: The Case of Mukau (Melia Volkensii) funded by Government of Kenya/European Union through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity Programme of Kenya; Foe or friend: Management and Utilization of Prosopis juliflora in Kenya, funded by Government of Kenya and European Union through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity Programme of Kenya.
Postgraduate Supervision: Has supervised over 30 Masters and PhD students
Selected Publications: over 40 papers in internationally refereed journals, plus a book chapter in Rangeland Resources in Eastern Africa: Their Ecology and Development. Dennis Herlocker (Editor), Published by GTZ, German Technical Cooperationbook chapter Nairobi 1999.
Collaboration/Linkages: has initiated and implemented over 15 collaborative partnerships and projects between the university and local, regional and international organizations. Currently forging one with the University of Cape Town, South Africa involving a regional research project titled: “Harnessing the benefits of agro-biodiversity for sustained food security in the context of climate variability and change” under the auspices of the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN).