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Assistant Lecturer: Forestry and Wildlife Management

Specialization: Parks and Protected area management

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My background is in Conservation biology.  I use the concept of social carrying capacity to address challenges in protected areas. I have done research on large browsing ungulates as well as in conservation planning and in setting up of sustainable tourism programs in the Maasai Mara ecosystem that include wildlife conservancies and responsible nature guiding.

I have 8 years of teaching experience concentration areas being wildlife based tourism and the social aspects of protected area use, conservation and management.

My research interests include community based conservation, modeling visitor use of parks and park , protected areas and local community interactions. 

I am currently working with the local community in Maasai Mara to stabilize the population of cheetahs in the ecosystem on a program called Cheetah For Ever

Am pursuing my PhD in Parks, recreation and tourism management at Clemson University (US). Am investigating social indicator variables that can be used to develop threshold for use in savanna based ecosystems.

Outside academics, I like climbing mountains, the thrill of outdoor camping, an ardent arsenal fun, I love nicely roasted goat ribs and a giant cocacola to go.


  • M. (1997) Bird diversity of Saiwa Swamp National Park during the onset of rains. Unpublished B.Sc thesis, Moi University , Kenya
  • Nabaala, M (2001) Browse Pressure on woody plant resources in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Unpublished Msc Thesis. University of Kent at Canterburry (UK)
  • Nabaala, M and Backman, K (under review) An assessment of Tourism and Local Community interaction in the Amboseli region, Kenya. Journal of Ecotourism.
  • Walpole, MJ, Nabaala, M and Matankory, C (2004). Status of the Mara woodlands in Kenya. African Journal of Ecology 42, 180-188.



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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