I am a Lecturer at the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi. 'My research domain focuses on the direct effects of disturbance (e.g. drought, overgrazing, and land-use change) on dryland ecosystems. My main interests are: i) land, soil and water management, and restoration of degraded arid environments ii) desertification (land degradation in drylands), a phenomenon often equated to a reduction in the biological and economic potential of land to support human populations, livestock and wildlife and which, ultimately, is linked to global environmental change through climate, biodiversity loss, pastoral livelihoods, and land use change. I am also doing research and consultancy in soil and water conservation, water resource management and watershed management.
I hold a PhD in Geology (Specializing in Land Resource Management) from Ghent University (Belgium, 2012); M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources (Ghent University, 2006) and a B.Sc. in Rangeland Management (University of Nairobi, 2000). I have also attended a number of professional short courses like ‘Conservation of Biodiversity in Desert Ecosystems’ at Ben Gurion University of the Negev organized by MASHAV, State if Israel in 2003.
My PhD research focused on the ‘impact of enclosures under private and communal management on restoration of degraded semi-arid rangeland, using biotic (herbaceous vegetation) and abiotic (soil) ecosystem health indicators, relative to the adjacent open rangeland in Lake Baringo basin. The study also quantified the tangible benefits derived from rehabilitating a degraded semi-arid rangeland in communal enclosures. The study further assessed the impact of community conservation management on a semi-arid savannah in Laikipia; and determined the effects of range rehabilitation through reseeding on large herbivore dynamics.’ Results are published or submitted in peer-reviewed journals and were presented in international conferences. I have (co) authored 13 scientific papers, 3 book chapter and several other publications including policy briefs, proceedings, extended abstracts and posters.
Stephen M. Mureithi (PhD)