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Specialization: Wildlife Management and Conservation

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PhD. Candidate; Biology of Conservation, University of Nairobi

M.Phil. Wildlife Management, Moi University

BSc. Wildlife Management, Moi University


Research Interest

  • Wildlife Management and Conservation

I have over 10 years’ experience as awildlife Field Researcher working with various institutions like the Colobus Trust-Dian, Earthwatch Institute and Princenton University-African Project.  Currently, I am interested in conservation of large mammal’s populations within the current changing landscape.  My Ph.D thesis focus on understanding the effect of spatial-temporal resource variations on Grevy’s zebra populations in Samburu-Laikipia landscape.  My teaching areas includes Behavioural Ecology, Ornithology, Wildlife nutrition among other fields.

Currently, working on how Landscape resources influences population and distribution of the endangered Grevy’s zebra in Samburu-Laikipia landscape for my PhD thesis.   My interests and research focus is on wildlife populations, behavior and distribution, especially in Samburu –Laikipia landscape.  This will provide functional and mechanistic approaches to understanding factors currently contributing wildlife species declines in the landscape.  By factoring in impacts of human induced land use and climate change, conservation implications will actively being explored in Samburu-Laikipia landscape.

Publications and Reports

  • Kirathe, N.J., Rubenstein, D.I., Oguge, O. N., and Chege, G. 2005. Competitive relationships between Grevy’s and plains zebra.  Field Report for Earthwatch Institute Samburu Conservation Research Initiative.
  • Wahungu, G.M., Muoria, P.K., Moindee, N.N., Oguge, N.O. and Kirathe, N.J. 2005.  Changes in forest fragment sizes and primate population trends along the River Tana floodplain, Kenya.  African Journal of Ecology, 43, 81-90
  • Karere, G.M., Oguge, N.O., Kirathe, J., Muoria, P.K., Moindee, N.N. and Suleman, M.A. 2004: Population sizes and distribution of primates in the lower Tana River Forests, Kenya.  International Journal of Primatology, 25(2):351-365.
  • Kirathe, N. J.& Parry L. 2003.  Kidnap and adoptions:  lessons for the Colobus Trust.  Swara, January –April, 2003
  • Kirathe, N.J. 1999.  Conservation of a rare and unique gallery forest.  East African National History Society Bulletin.  29: 7-9.
  • Kirathe, J.N. & T. Brooks.  1999. Kisere Forest Reserve.  Swara 1: Pp. 22.
  • Fuller, J.L., Kirathe, J.N., Ryan, M. & Butynski, T.  1999.  Impact of wildlife fencing on communities adjacent to the Aberdares Ecosystem, Kenya.  In: T.M. Butynski (Ed.). Aberdare National Park and Aberdares Forest Reserve Fence Placement Study and Recommendations.  Unpublished report for Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Department.  Zoo Atlanta, Nairobi.  453 Pp.
  • Kirathe, N.J. 1998.  Food overlaps between four sympatric primates species in Kakamega Forest, Kenya.  Master of Philosophy Thesis. Moi University, Eldoret-Kenya.
  • Brooks, T. & Kirathe, N.J.  1997.  Some observation of nesting Blue-headed Bee-Eaters Merops mulleri in Kakamega forest, Kenya. Scopus, 1997.

Collaborations and Linkages

University of Pau-France

It was requested that MMU to host one French Master of Tourism student for internship in 2014.The details to be discussed between Dean Tourism MMU and Director Tourism University of Pau France after the conference.

Clemson University - U.S.A.

Exchange research, training and workshop conference Developing a tourism information system for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

University of Bordeaux 3-France

Establishment of a French Language Institute/ centre Maasai Mara University is currently teaching French language to students undertaking tourism, arts and hospitality courses.

Aarhus University- Denmark

Establish and promote joint research, development projects and academic cooperation with focus on the Maasai Mara (ecosystem, living conditions, economic growth and biodiversity)

Regents University-London-U.K

Areas of collaboration: Education cooperation and articulation programmes. Research collaboration Exchange of students, faculty and staff members Joint consultancy activities Knowledge transfer Participation in seminar and academic meetings Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Kenya Industrial Estates

Create incubation centers and incubate student's projects with potential for commercialization. Attachment of MMU staff to enterprise funded through KIE for purposes of gaining experience that would be ploughed back into teaching.

University of Hertfordshire.- London-U.K

To conduct a survey to identify current research, educational, policy and regulatory activities (Governmental, academic, NGO)

University of Munster, Germany

The parties agree to collaborate in the following area of mutual interest: Explore possibilities for joint research programmes, Exchanges for students.

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