Oliver Wasonga

Post Doctoral Fellow (GrassNet programme)

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Training Oliver Wasonga obtained his Bachelor’s degree in range management and Master’s degree in range ecology from the University of Nairobi. He specialised in rangeland ecosystems analysis for his PhD completed in 2009.
Career Since 2008, he has been a lecturer at the Department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology, University of Nairobi, Kenya. Currently (September, 2011 – March, 2012). He is currently based at German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture as a post doctoral fellow. Between 2005 and 2006, he worked briefly with the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) Water Harvesting Pilot Project in Kenya as a research scientist. From 2001 - 2002, he worked on a contractual basis as a range scientist with Regional Land Management Unit (RELMA) at ICRAF in Kenya.
Experience abroad Oliver Wasonga participated in the following trainings abroad: Interactive course at the University of Linköping in Sweden, short courses at Ben Gurion University in Israel and brief experiences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
Research His main research interests include rangeland ecosystems analysis, socio-ecology of pastoral production systems, and natural resources management.
Current research projects He has been involved in the just concluded project: “Strengthening the adaptive capacity of rural poor to water scarcity in Kenya’s drylands”. A pilot study for Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA) project funded by UNITAR and START.
Teaching At DITSL, he is involved in writing of collaborative research proposals, co-supervision of MSc and PhD students and teaching under the DAAD-funded GrassNet programme. At the University of Nairobi, he lectures on range ecology, plant taxonomy, range plants and their values, agro-silvo-pastoral systems, and range project planning and appraisal.