Biography

Dr. Wasonga is an Ecologist with specialization in Rangeland Ecology and Pastoral Livelihoods and 16 years’ experience in work related to range management and pastoral production systems. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) at the University of Nairobi.

During 2011 – 2013, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the German Institute for Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agriculture (DITSL) at the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen, Germany. In addition to teaching, he has supervised five (5) PhD and eleven (11) MSc students to completion, and currenty supervising seven (7) PhD and six (6) MSc. students. He represents the Department of LARMAT in the Faculty of Agriculture committees for postgraduate studies, industrial attachment, and chairs the Faculty‘s timetabling committee.

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Academic Positions

  • Present2016

    Senior Lecturer

    University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology, Range Management Section

  • 20152011

    Lecturer

    University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology, Range Management Section

  • 20132011

    Post-Doctoral Scientist

    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), GrassNet Programmme at the German Institute for Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agriculture (DITSL) at University of Kassel, Witzenhausen, Germany

  • 20112008

    Tutorial Fellow

    University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology

  • 20082006

    Part-time lecturer

    University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2009

    Doctor of Philosophy, Rangeland Ecology and Pastoral Livelihoods

    University of Nairobi

  • M.Sc. 2001

    Master of Science, Range Management | Range Ecology

    University of Nairobi

  • B.Sc. 1996

    Bachelor of Science, Range Management

    University of Nairobi, Kenya

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2016 – 2017
    The Christensen Fund
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    The Christensen Fund, USA for Promotion of Pastoral Indigenous Knowlege
  • 2015 – 2017
    RUFORUM Research Grant
    The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Graduate Research Grants (GRG)
  • 2012
    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) GrassNet post-doctoral scholarship award.
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    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) GrassNet post-doctoral scholarship award. Undertaken at German Institute for Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agriculture (DITSL), Germany
  • 2009
    Open Society Institute (OSI)/International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
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    Open Society Institute (OSI)/International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), bursary award to build awareness on adaptation to climate change in African Universities
  • 2009
    United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Agency (MASHAV)
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    United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Agency (MASHAV) award for training on ‘the Role of Native and Desert-Adapted Species for the purpose of Slowing Desertification
  • 2002
    International Programme for Arid Lands Crops (IPALAC) and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Agency (MASHAV)
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    International Programme for Arid Lands Crops (IPALAC) and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Agency (MASHAV) award for training on ‘Trees for arid lands
  • 2003 - 2004
    Environmental Policy and Society (EPOS)/PINEP, an interactive course fellowship
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    Environmental Policy and Society (EPOS)/PINEP, an interactive course fellowship, Linköping University, Sweden
  • 2004-2006
    Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)/PINEP
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    Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)/PINEP PhD Scholarship Award
  • 1998
    University of Nairobi Scholarship
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    University of Nairobi, M.Sc. Scholarship award
  • 1992
    University of Nairobi Scholarship
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    University of Nairobi, B.Sc. Scholarship award
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