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DR. EUNICE WAMUYU GITHAE

DR. EUNICE WAMUYU GITHAE

Senior Lecturer

Chairperson Department of Biologial Sciences

Email: egithae@chuka.ac.ke

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Department of Biological Sciences

Biography

Teaching

Outputs

Research/PhD

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION
Plant Ecology and Taxonomy

WORK EXPERIENCE
2014 – Present: Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Chuka University, Kenya
2009 – 2014: Lecturer, School of Natural Resource Management, Maasai Mara University
2002 – 2008: Research Assistant, Biotechnology Laboratories, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)
2004 – 2007: Graduate student: Development and implementation of a sustainable resource management plan for Marsabit forest and its associated watershed Agricultural Research Foundation, Kenya

ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES
2017 – Present: Chairperson, Department of Biological Sciences, Chuka University, Kenya
2015 – 2019: Member, Board of Research and Extension and Publication, Chuka University
Various dates: Acting Director, Directorate of Research, Extension and Publications, Chuka University, Kenya
2013 – 2014: Chairperson, Department of Environmental studies & Forestry, Maasai Mara University, Kenya
2013: Acting Examination Officer, Department of Environmental studies & Forestry, Maasai Mara University, Kenya

EDUCATION
2008 – 2011: Ph.D. Dryland Resource Management (Ecology and Environment)
2015 – 2017: Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management, Open University, England
2003 – 2007: M.Sc. Plant Taxonomy/Economic Botany, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi
1998 – 2002: B.Sc. Botany and Zoology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi
2002: Certificate in Computer applications, Vickitech Computer Systems, Kenya
1993 – 1996: Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, Mahiga Girls Secondary School, Othaya, Kenya
1992: Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, Kiangengi Primary School, Karatina, Kenya

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
1. British Ecological Society (BES)
2. Ecological Society of Eastern Africa (ESEA)
3. Society of Economic Botany, Kenya Chapter

COMMUNITY AND OUTREACH WORK
2018- Date: Secretary and volunteer, Ray of Hope Kenya (ROHK), ACK St. Joseph’s Kabete, Nairobi, Kenya
Continuing: Youth mentorship and advisory
Various dates: Tree planting for rehabilitation of degraded areas/forests in Kenya
Various dates: Participation in charity races
2014: Exhibitor, Maasai Mara University Open Day, University Grounds, Narok, Kenya
2010-2014: Secretary, Aids Control Sub-Unit, Maasai Mara University

Department of Biological Sciences, Chuka University, Kenya
Department of Environmental Studies & Forestry, Maasai Mara University, Kenya
School of Natural Resource Management, Maasai Mara University

RESEARCH GRANTS/ AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS
1. Visiting Scholarship, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa. Project ‘Assessment of social-economic impacts of invasive cactus (Opuntia engelmannii) to rural livelihoods and their environment in drylands of Kenya’ with researchers at Stellenbosch University Centre for Invasion Biology
2. Impacts of invasive Opuntia species in the rangelands of Kenya funded by Chuka University
3. Future Agricultures Consortium Climate Smart Agriculture in Kenya post-Masters Research, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK
4. Women in Science Award (5th position), Agricultural innovations for sustainable development Women in Science Competitions by CTA/ FARA at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
5. 2nd Best Poster Presentation Award in the 2nd RUFORUM Biennial Meeting under the theme ‘Building capacity for food security in Africa’ Entebbe, Uganda
6. Abdou- Salam Quëdraogo Fellowship, Bioversity International. Genetic diversity of gum arabicproducing Acacia senegal varieties in Kenya using Inter-Simple Sequence Repeats (ISSR) and Chloroplast Simple Sequence Repeat (cpSSR) markers
7. PhD Fellowship granted by RUFORUM
8. MSc Scholarship granted by the University of Nairobi

PUBLICATIONS

1. Karani J. K., Githae E.W. and Omondi S.F (2019). Morphological characterization of fungal infestations on road-side tree nursery seedlings and the influence of environmental factors on their spread. Journal of Scientific and Engineering Research 6:11-21
2. Githae, E. W. (2018). Status of Opuntia invasions in the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya. CABI Reviews, 13(3), 1-7.
3. Rithaa J.N., Magana A.M., Nduru G.M. and Githae E.W (2018). The role of selected environmental factors on the regeneration of Ocotea usambarensis in Mount Kenya Forest, Kenya. International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Bioresearch 3: 275-296
4. Njoroge, S.M. and Githae, E.W (2017). Factors affecting economic benefits of indigenous vegetables grown by small-scale farmers in the drylands of Kenya: a case study of Mwea Sub-County, Kenya. Journal of Environmental Sustainability Advancement Research 4:15-20
5. Githae, E.W. and Magana, A.M. (2017). Socio-ecological impacts of invasive alien cactus (Opuntia) in the rangelands of Narok County, Kenya. Journal of Research in Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, 9(4):36-45.
6. Omondi, S.F., Githae, E.W., & Ochieng, J.O. (2015). Quantitative variation in seeds, seedling growth and biomass among Acacia senegal (L) Willd. provenances in Kenya. African Journal of Ecology 53(3):295- 303.
7. Githae E.W (2015). Coping strategies and opportunities for climate-smart agro-pastoralism: A case study of Narok County, Kenya. Journal of Environmental Sustainability Advancement Research 1:29-31
8. Waiganjo, B.W., Githae, E.W., Warui, C.M and Opiyo, E.A (2015). Ethnobotanical and vegetation survey of Kiango’mbe and Kianjiru Hill Forests in Embu County, Kenya. International Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 4: 157-167
9. Cheche, W. W., Githae, E. W., Omondi, S. F., & Magana, A. M. (2015). An inventory and assessment of exotic and native plant species diversity in the Kenyan rangelands: Case study of Narok North SubCounty. Journal of Ecology and The Natural Environment, 7(8), 238-246.
10.Githae, E. W., Gachene, C. K., Njoka, J. T., & Omondi, S. F. (2013). Nitrogen fixation by natural populations of Acacia senegal in the drylands of Kenya using 15N natural abundance. Arid land research and management, 27(4), 327-336.
11.Githae, E. W., Gachene, C. K., & Odee, D. W. (2011). Implication for In Situ Conservation of Indigenous Species with Special Reference to Wild Coffea arabica L. Population in Mount Marsabit Forest, Kenya. Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems, 14(2), 715-722.
12.Githae, E. W., Gachene, C. K., & Njoka, J. T. (2011). Soil physicochemical properties under Acacia senegal varieties in the dryland areas of Kenya. African Journal of Plant Science, 5(8), 475-482.
13.Githae, E. W., Chuah, Petiot, M., Mworia, J. K., & Odee, D. W. (2008). A botanical inventory and diversity assessment of Mt. Marsabit forest, a subhumid montane forest in the arid lands of northern Kenya. African Journal of Ecology, 46(1), 39-45.
14.Githae E.W, Newsham A., Odame H and Seno S.K (2013) Strategies to improve Kenyan livelihoods and agriculture through climate change adaptation and mitigation, p. 38-41. In: Lala J, Nthakanio, P.N and Nyagowa H (Eds). Linking environmental research to Kenya’s development agenda. Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany.
15.Githae E.W., Gachene C.K.K., Njoka J.T., Odee D.W and Omondi S.F (2011). Genetic diversity of gum arabic-producing Acacia senegal varieties in Kenya using Inter-Simple Sequence Repeats (ISSR) and Chloroplast Simple Sequence Repeat (cpSSR) markers. Vol 3 (2) pp 31 – 37. In: CTA and FARA (Eds.). Agricultural innovations for sustainable development. Accra, Ghana.
16.Githae, E. W. and Kuria E.K (2021). Biological control of desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria Forskål). CAB Reviews, 2021, 16 No.013
17. Awere, C. A. Githae, E. W and Gichumbi, J. M (2021) Phytochemical analysis and antifungal activity of Tithonia diversifolia and Kigelia africana extracts against Fusarium oxysporum in tomato. African Journal of Agricultural Research. Vol. 17(5), pp. 726-732

CONSULTANCIES
1.10th Jan-31st Dec 2019: Nurturing a network of policy analysis for enhanced agricultural development and food and nutrition security in Kenya. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Supported by AgriFose2030, Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
2.20th Feb-31st October 2018: Multifunctional landscapes in agriculture. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Supported by AgriFose2030, Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

POLICY BRIEF
1. Githae E.W (2018). Prickly pear cactus invasion: A major threat to biodiversity and food security in the
drylands of Kenya. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation, Kenya.

POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION
1. Environmental factors that influence regeneration and phenology of Ocotea usambarensis Engl. establishment on the southern slopes of Mt. Kenya (Chuka University
2. Efficacy, safety and conservation status of anti-malarial and mosquito repellent plants used in Embu County, Kenya (Gulu University, Uganda
3. Phytoplankton diversity and their control using Moringa species in the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) Fish Ponds in Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya (Chuka University
4. Effects of Agricultural nutrients pollution on phytoplankton diversity, fish biomass and water quality in Kamburu Dam, Kenya (ongoing) (Chuka University)
5. Characterization of road-side tree nursery diseases and the influence of environmental factors on their spread along agro-ecological zones (Chuka University)
6. Characterization of municipal solid waste stream and its effects on the environment in Narok Town and its environs, Kenya (Maasai Mara University).
7. Analyzing the influence of physico-chemical properties and microbial diversity of water sources to environment and health, Kenya (Maasai Mara University)
8. Phytochemical analysis of crude extracts of Tithonia diversifolia and Kigelia africana and their antimicrobial effects against Fusarium oxysporum in tomatoes (ongoing) (Chuka University
9. Molecular detection of Mycobacterium species and antimicrobial susceptibility on isolated samples from tuberculosis patients at Meru Level Five hospital in Meru County, Kenya (ongoing) (Chuka University)
10. Prevalence of Potato (Solanum tuberosum) Postharvest Soft Rot in Stores and Use of Botanicals in Management of Pectobacterium Carotovora in Meru, Kenya (ongoing) (Chuka University)

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