Conservation Biology Profile
The mission of the Conservation Biology Department’s (CBD) is to undertake research on the ecology and conservation of non-human primates, as well as other endangered mammal species and their habitat, and contribute to addressing the pertinent global problems of biodiversity threat and increasing rate of species extinction. Amid the six human-driven mass extinction of biodiversity (Anthropocene), primates face a higher risk of extinction than any other mammalian taxa given their habitat sensitivity and exacerbated forest loss. The survival is further complicated by the ever-increasing human population, bushmeat consumption and trade, climate change and human wildlife conflict. Thus, Kenya being one the primate range countries and supporting about 19 different primate species and subspecies, whereby two are among the topmost world threatened primates, primate conservation remains a priority in the country’s biodiversity conservation efforts. Institute of Primate research and through CBD remains a relevant government agency in helping the country to achieve its conservation goals particularly in conserving and protecting the primate biodiversity.
The Departmental fieldwork is concentrated in: Mathew’s range – where the focus is on behavioural studies and demographic monitoring of de Brazza’s monkey and Percival’s black and white colobus monkey; lower Tana River – where long term monitoring of the Tana River red colobus and Tana River mangabey has been going on; Injara – which is the Hirola field site, Chyulu hills where the area of interest is community involvement in addressing local resilience and adaptation to Climate change besides biodiversity monitoring, Laikipia landscape – where work climate change, land uses changes and zoonotic infection, and the Kitale field site where the Mau guereza and de Brazzas monkey are monitored for potential zoonosis
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HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Name: Dr. Stan Kivai
Title: Head of Department
Academic Qualifications: Holds his PhD in Anthropology – Primate Nutrition Ecology (Rutgers University), MSc. in Biodiversity Conservation (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia) and BSc.
Natural Resources (Egerton University, Kenya).
Area of Expertise: His research interests are on primates’
nutrition ecology, endangered primates conservation, community conservation education and involvement, biodiversity conservation and climate change. Currently working in the lower Tana River, Mathew’s Range, Chyulu and Kitale Museums forest.
Name: Dr. Nancy Moinde
Title: Senior Research Scientist
Academic Qualifications: PhD and MA in Evolutionary Anthropology (Rutgers University) – The human-primate interface socioecological adaptive interactions, M.Sc. in Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town).
Area of Expertise: A behavioral ecologist and conservationist with research experience focusing on behavioral adaptions to environmental changes and addressing issues on environmental rights and inclusion, specifically those linked to global governing systems of biodiversity and climate change. Current research interests have evolved to include carbon mitigating initiatives and the adaptive strategies taken by indigenous communities and conservation governing bodies to build sustainable ecologies and livelihood resilience through partnership engagement to inform policy within the Chyulu Ecosystem, Kenya