Ms. Jedidah Nankaya

Specialization: Conservation Biologist

Mobile Number: +254 727667207, E-Mail Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ph.D. Candidate; Biology of Conservation, University of Nairobi (2017-2020)

M.Sc. Plant & Environmental Science, Clemson University, USA (2012-2014)

B.Ed Science (Biology & Chemistry), University of Nairobi (2006-2010)

Research Interest

  • Conservation biology
  • Plant- human interaction

My research interest is in ethnobiology where I study plant- human interactions in a changing world and how this informs conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources. I use ethnoecological approach to investigate how local people use their ecological knowledge to understand their environment.


Jedidah S. Nankaya, Patricia A. Layton, Karen C. Hall, Elizabeth D. Baldwin (2014).The Salient Traditional Medicinal Plants and Conservation Strategies of the Loita Maasai of Kenya. Pro-Quest. Published.

Donald L. Hagan, Elena A. Mikhailova, Timothy M. Shearman, Patrick T. Ma, Jedidah S. Nankaya, Samantha K. Hart, Hillary E.Valdetero, William C. Bridges, He Yun (2013). The Role of Soil and Landscape Factors in Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) Invasion in Appalachian Piedmont. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 7(3):483-490. 2014

Nankaya, J.; Gichuki, N.; Lukhoba, C.; Balslev, H. Sustainability of the Loita Maasai Childrens’ Ethnomedicinal Knowledge. Sustainability 201911, 5530  

Nankaya, J., Nampushi, J., Petenya, S., Balslev, H., 2019. Ethnomedicinal plants of the Loita Maasai of Kenya. Journal of Environment, Development and Sustainability. Early online