My future goals include, to finalize my PhD research that will incorporate the new GIS approaches learnt during the capacity building workshop and to reorganize the course curricula and contents I teach so that they reflect the new knowledge, methodologies and skills gained and hence impart the same to undergraduate and graduate students conducting their research in various areas of biological and environmental sciences. Finally I am to forge linkages with the MyCOE/SERVIR network and promote more collaboration in trainings, seminars, research, exchange programmes and writing multidisciplinary proposal(s) to apply the skills learnt for universities and secondary schools. In my free time I enjoy travelling and reading journals.
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR RESEARCH
TRENDS AND IMPACTS OF LAND USE CHANGES ON KAKAMEGA AND TIRIKI CULTURAL FORESTS, KENYA: A COMPARATIVE STUDY
This study will examine the trends in land use and land cover changes in light of climate change, the causes and effects of these changes on Kakamega and Tiriki Cultural Forests (KK and TCFs) and their biodiversity at different levels of landscape organization and how these affect resource use patterns. Land use change will be determined from interpretation of aerial photos and satellite imagery while the impacts will be analysed from geo-referenced field survey data obtained through recall interviews, discussion, observations and secondary data. The study will utilize SERVIR resources on geographic data and tools e.g. African Geodetic Reference Frame (AFREF), The Climate Mapper and SERVIR Viz, SERVIR's Africa Ecosystems Clip, Zip, & Ship Tool and GEOSS in system modeling integrating empirical field studies, GIS and remote sensing techniques, biodiversity changes and socio-economic variables. The study will provide an in-depth understanding while comparing the patterns of land use changes and how these impact on the two forests and plant biodiversity hence lead to the development and evaluation of community GIS-based land use monitoring tools and policy recommendations to promote community involvement in Integrated Natural Resources Management.