Friday, 28 July 2017

Dr. John Gichimu Mbaka Profile

Name: John Gichimu Mbaka
Title/Qualification: Dr.
Position: Lecturer
Department: Land and Water Resource Management
School:   Agriculture
Area of Specialization:  Environmental Science
Contact Address: PO BOX 6-60100, Embu
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Short Biography:

Dr. Mbaka holds a PhD in Environmental Science, specializing in Aquatic ecology, from Koblenz-Landau University, Germany; MSc in Environmental Science from Egerton University; First class BSc in Applied Aquatic Science from Egerton University and International Postgraduate Training in Limnology and Wetlands (IPGL) from Egerton University and Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has received advanced training in assessment and biomonitoring of aquatic ecosystems at the Koblenz-Landau University, Germany.
Currently, Dr. Mbaka is a Lecturer at the University of Embu, where he teaches several environmental and water related courses.  He began his professional career as a graduate research assistant at Egerton University.
His research focuses on anthropogenic impacts in freshwater ecosystems, water quality, biomonitoring streams and rivers using benthic invertebrates, stable isotope ecology, using invertebrates as proxies for methane derived carbon in aquatic ecosystems, geophysical processes in aquatic ecosystems, decomposition processes in aquatic ecosystems.
As a researcher, he has authored several papers in national and international peer reviewed journals, and continues to research and lecture in the area of aquatic ecology.

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

1. The international Association for Ecology (INTECOL)
2. European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE)
3. Kenya Wetlands Forum (KWF)

Research Interests:

Water quality, Bio-monitoring rivers using aquatic invertebrates, Effect of human activities (e.g., damming) on aquatic ecosystems ecology and biodiversity, Watershed management and conservation.