Pascal Thoya, Joseph Maina and Fred Mokua, Kenya



Hello, my name is Pascal Thoya. I was born in the coastal town of Malindi Kenya where I spent most my childhood and teenage years.

I am undertaking a Masters Degree in Fisheries Science at Pwani University College Kenya. I did My Bsc, degree in Fisheries and aquatic Sciences at Moi University Kenya, and Acquired GIS and remote sensing skills from short courses at ITC, Netherlands and ESRI.

I am a research scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), my research interests is in Marine spatial ecology and resource mapping. Currently I am working with a team of other scientists at KMFRI to try and model yellow fin tuna preferred fishing locations using satellite remotely sensed data. Previous Project that I have worked on includes Studying spatial behaviors of fishers and participatory Mapping of Community managed marine areas.

As a MyCOE/SEVIR fellow I will be working with the team in modeling the impacts of global environmental change on seagrass along the Kenyan coast,

When I have some free time Soccer gives me some good company both Playing and watching! I follow the EPL (MAN U Fan), and our local TPL (AFC Fan). Movies take some of My Free time too!


Joseph Maina


Maina here..I am a spatial ecologist with broad research interests and have predominantly focused on coral reef systems.  My ultimate goals are to understand and predict how coastal and marine ecosystems will respond to climate change,  and to develop decision support tools.

I studied for my BSc. (Hon) in natural sciences at Egerton University in Kenya, and a masters degree at ITC, The Netherlands. I am currently pursuing my PhD at Macquarie University in Sydney. Previously, I have worked for Wildlife Conservation Society’s coral reefs conservation project in Mombasa.

Fred Mokua
I have a master of science degree in Geospatial Information Systems and Remote Sensing from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Bachelor of Science Soil, Water and Environmental Engineering. Currently I am a Remote Sensing Specialist at RMRD – SERVIR AFRICA; managing a project in Land Use Land Cover Mapping for GHG Inventory Development for East and South African countries. I have research interest in drought assessment and monitoring, land cover mapping, Coral Reef Bleaching Monitoring Kenya and Tanzania Coast, Index based agricultural risk insurance, Community participation in the REDD+ programme, GHG inventory development and collaborative mapping, payment for ecosystem services, ecosystem degradation and climate change modeling.



My research title is Modeling the impacts of global environmental change on sea-grasses in Kenya'. This project aims to investigate the status and trends of sea-grasses along the Kenyan Coast. We will use moderate-high resolution remote sensing data to establish sea-grass trends over time and relate this to and environmental/ human factors. We will Also seek to develop habitat suitability maps for sea-grass using ecosystem-scale predictive models.