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I am 51 years old. I have a Doctor of Philosophy’s Degree in Zoology (Conservation Biology) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, which was awarded in 2002. I have an MPhil Degree in Zoology (Ecology) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management both from Moi University, Kenya. I have been trained in ten (10) professional trainings.

I have a keen interest in ornithology and wildlife biology. My interest in wildlife and ornithology began during my childhood. This interest was enhanced when I enrolled for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management (1989-1992) at Moi University, Kenya. In 1995-1997 I undertook an MSc project to study the effects of agricultural management practices on the Sharpe's Longclaw, one of the endangered bird species in Kenya. I went to South Africa at the University of Cape Town in 1998 to do my PhD study on effects of agricultural management practices on another endangered bird called the Yellow-breasted Pipit, a congener of the Sharpe's Longclaw. I undertook my PhD research fieldwork in the high, rolling grasslands around Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga (formerly the Transvaal) on the slopes of the Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa.

Before my PhD studies, I worked with the Ministry of Wildlife and Tourism, Kenya, as a District Fisheries Officer. I worked as a Head of Ornithology Department, National Museums of Kenya (NMK) from December 2003 to February 2007. I also worked as a Senior Research Scientist and Head of Zoology Department, NMK from 2007 to 2014, before joining University of Eldoret as a Lecturer, in the Department of wildlife management and as a Deputy Town Campus Coordinator (Marketing & Administration). Currently, I am Head of Wildlife Section and Senior Lecturer, Department of Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, a position I took since 2016.

I have gained experience in teaching and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students. I have published sixty-four (64) refereed scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. I am written one university level academic e-book. I have presented 30 papers at international conferences. I have supervised 2 PhD (completed), 2 PhD (ongoing), 12 MSc (completed) and 9 MSc (ongoing). I continue to led research focusing on biodiversity management and conservation as well as food security.

I am a member of two professional bodies. I have sourced for funding and implemented forty (40) research projects (3 ongoing) and 37 (completed). I have submitted a couple of research proposals to various donors and partners. I have sourced funding and facilitated 2 UoN student and 1 UoN staff exchange with Groningen University Erasmus+ students and/staff exchange programme, which is still ongoing after a renewal for a further two year (2020-2022).

I have been an internal examiner and board member of various faculty board MSc and PhD examinations for University of Nairobi, University of Eldoret, Moi University, Egerton University and Groningen University. I have been an external examiner for University of Nairobi, Egerton University and Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI). I have effectively carried out faculty assignments and consultancies in local and international institutions.

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