Wambongo C.S. Recha, Ph.D

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WAMBONGO C.S. RECHA: CV AS AT MAY 2017

Wambongo C.S. Recha, Ph.D

Egerton University

Faculty of Environment and Resources Development,

Department of Geography,

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Mobile: +254 – 720 277 736

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EDUCATION

2013

Ph.D (Climatology)

Kenyatta University, Kenya

2007

Master of Arts (Geography)

Kenyatta University, Kenya.

2001

B.Ed (Arts) – Geography & Kiswahili

Kenyatta University, Kenya

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Climatology: Climate change and variability: vulnerability analysis, adaptation (climate forecasts and soil water conservation); Normalized Difference Vegetation Index.

WORK EXPERIENCE

June 2014-Present

Chair, Department of Geography, Egerton University

Sept 2011-Present

Lecturer, Department of Geography, Egerton University

2013- 2014

Examination Officer, Department of Geography, Egerton University.

2010- 2011

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Humanities, Chuka University College

2009-2010

Research Fellow, ICRISAT – Mali (ACCFP 2009/2010 Fellow)

2007-2009

Project Assistant, IWMNet Project – Kenyatta University

2006-2007

Research Assistant, Dept of LARMAT, University of Nairobi

4. KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS AND AWARDS

March – July 2017

Resilient Pastoralism: Towards Sustainable Futures in Rangelands (GCRF 2016-17)

Nov 2016 – April 2017

Post-doctoral Fellow, AGRIFOSE 2030 Project, University of Lund, Sweden: Local and Regional variations in conditions for agriculture and food security

2014/2015

Australia Award Fellowship: Soil and Water Conservation: Australia and Ethiopia Component, Nov 2014 – Feb 2015, University of Queensland, Australia.

Jan-Aug 2012

Research Project: Promoting Geographic Research (Climate change and adaptation) in Moi Amalo Secondary School, Nakuru.

2010/2012

Research Project: Evaluation of rain water harvesting and conservation techniques among smallholder farmers in semi-arid eastern kenya. Young Reseachers Grant No. S/4947-,  International Foundation for Science, 12 months

2009/2010

Doctoral Research Fellowship: An assessment of potential climate impacts and associated vulnerabilities at the household level: livelihoods and water in the semi-arid Tharaka district, 'START/IDRC: ACCFP, Washington, USA, 12 months

2006-2007

Research Project: Making the best of climate- adapting agriculture to climate variability: case of semi-arid Kenya, ASARECA Funded Project, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

2006-2008

AFRINT II Project on Household maize circulation and marketing in Kenya, a project of Lund University and Kenyatta University.

1st Author

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Recha, C.W., Makokha, G.L.,Shisanya, C.A., Mukopi, M. N. 2017. Climate Variability: Attributes and        Indicators of Adaptive Capacity in Semi-arid Tharaka sub-County, Kenya. Open Access Library     Journal ,Vol. 4, e3505 https://doi.org/10.4236/oalib.1103505

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Recha, C.W., Mukopi, N. M., Otieno, J. 2015. Socio-economic determinants of adoption          of         rainwater harvesting and conservation techniques in semi-arid Tharaka sub-         county, Kenya.            Journal of Land Degradation & Development 26: 765-773. DOI:10.1.002/ldr.2326

3

Recha, C.W., C.A Shisanya, P.S. Traore, G.L. Makokha , T. Lodoun , A. Sako. 2012.               Determination of seasonal rainfall variability, onset and cessation in semi-arid Tharaka    district, Kenya. Journal of Theoretical & Applied Climatology 108: 479-494. DOI         10.1007/s00704-011-0544-3

4

Recha, C.W., Shisanya, C.A., Makokha, G.L., Ngugi, R.K. 2008. Perception and use of climate             forecast information amongst smallholder farmers in semi-arid      Kenya. In Asian           Journal of Applied Sciences 1 (2): 123-135

Co-author

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Koskei, E.C., Jackson, J.K., Recha, C.W. 2016. Adoption of Rainwater Harvesting Technologies as an             Adaptation Strategy to Climate Variability in Baringo County, Kenya. Scholars Journal of Arts,      Humanities and Social Sciences 4(5B):583-592. ISSN 2347-5374. http://saspjournals.com/sjahss

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Maoncha, M.R., Obwoyere, G.O., Recha, C.W., Nakhone, L.W. 2016. Response Strategy by agro-          pastoral farmers to effects of climate variability in Laikipia West Sub-County, Kenya. British        Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 16(5): 1-13. ISSN: 2231-0843. DOI: 10.9734/BJAST/2016/27227

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Mwatu, M.M., Recha, C.W., Kumba, J.K. 2016. Perception of seasonal climate forecast information    among smallholder farmers in semi-arid southeastern Kenya: a case of Voi sub-County. Journal      of Environment and Earth Science, Vol 6(4): 60-63. ISSN 2224-3216

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Ochieng, R., Wegulo, F.N., Mironga, J.M., Recha, C.W. 2014. Characterization of rainfall variability in    Kwale County, Kenya. Journal of Environment Natural Resources Management and Society (JENRS) 24-       40. ISSN:2079-8237

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Shisanya, C.S., Recha, C.W and Anyamba, A. 2011. Rainfall variability and its impact on normalized difference vegetation index in arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya. International Journal of Geosciences 2: 36-47 (http://www.SciRP.org/journal/ijg )

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Shisanya, C.A; Recha, W; Makokha, G.L; Mutisya, D.N; Okolla, J; Anyamba, A. 2005. Exploring the     possibility to predict south- east Kenya Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) using     seasonal climate forecast. In European Journal of Scientific Research 12(1): 276-287)

Submitted manuscripts

Recha, C.W., Makokha, G.L.,Shisanya, C.A. _. Climate variability and causes: from the perspective of the Tharaka people of Eastern Kenya. Geoscience Letters (under review). Paper ID: GOSL-D-17-00001

Recha, C.W. Is Climate Change a problem in semi-arid Eastern Kenya? (draft paper for submission)

5. COURSES I AM CURRENTLY TEACHING

GEOG 701: Philosophy of Geographic Thought

GEOG 730: Climatology

GEOG 762: Management of Arid and Semi-arid Lands

GEOG 416: Water Resource Management

GEOG 328: Geography of Arid and semi-arid Lands

GEOG 322: Climate Change and Development

GEOG 312: Advanced Climatology

GEOG 226: Development of Geographic Thought

GEOG 124: Introduction to Climatology

6. POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION (Active Students)

Completed

Edna C. Koske. Ph.D. Reg. No. GDES/M/1198/09/13, Kabarak University. Effects of rainfall variability and use of          rainwater harvesting techniques on household access to water in Baringo County, Kenya (graduated December 16, 2016, Kabarak University)

Morris M. Mwatu., M.Sc., Reg. No. NSM13/3754/14, Egerton University. An assessment of the effectiveness of      seasonal climate forecast in agricultural decision-making in semi-arid south eastern Kenya      (Graduated June 16 2017, Egerton University)

Ongoing

Mary Koske, M.Sc., Reg. No: NM13/3507/12, Egerton University, Rooftop rainwater harvesting in Nakuru peri-urban Areas (thesis submitted for examination)

Richard Ochieng, Ph.D., Reg. No.:ND13/0452/14, Egerton University, Effects of rainfall variability and use       of seasonal rainfall forecast on smallholder maize production in Baringo County (thesis writing stage).

Amon Mwangi. Ph.D. Reg. No. ND13/51528/14. Analysis of drought, effects on livelihoods and adaptation determinants at household level in Upper Ewaso Ng’iro North sub catchment, Kenya   (thesis writing stage)

Maoncha M. Rabera, MSc., Reg. No.  NM11/3062/11. Aassessment of the effects of climate variability on ecosystem services provision in agro-pastoral systems of Laikipia North sub-county, Kenya (Due to submit).

15.  EDITORIAL WORK

2014-Present: Associate Editor Egerton Journal of Science and Technology

Reviewer to the following Journals:

Ø Agricultural Water Management, 2017

Ø International Journal of Climatology 2016

Ø Journal of Arid Land Research and Management – 2016

Ø Journal of Global Agriculture and Ecology - 2015

Ø Journal of Hydrological Engineering - 2015

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses - 2015

 

1. CONFERENCE PAPER PRESENTATIONS

Recha, C.W., Makokha, G.L.,Shisanya, C.A. 2017. Is Climate Change a problem in semi-arid Eastern     Kenya? March 29-31, 2017: 11th International Annual Conference, Egerton University, Kenya

Recha, C.W., Mukopi, N. M., Otieno, J. 2015. Socio-economic determinants of adoption          of         rainwater harvesting and conservation techniques in semi-arid Tharaka sub-         county.  March 26-      28, 2014: International Annual Conference, Egerton University, Kenya

Recha, C.W., C.A Shisanya, P.S. Traore, G.L. Makokha , T. Lodoun , A. Sako. 2012.               Determination of seasonal rainfall variability, onset and cessation in semi-arid Tharaka    district,             Kenya. Feb 20-23, 2012: PIVREVAT Workshop of Agence Nationale de la Recherche         held at Izaak Walton    Inn, Embu, Kenya

Recha, C.W. 2011. Effects of rainfall variability on livelihoods and water and state of adaptive capacity in    semi-arid Tharaka district, Kenya. Sept 25, 2011: Final Research Workshop, EU-IWMNET ,      Esella   Country Hotel, Kampala, Uganda

Recha. C.W. 2011. Water Resources: Access and institutional adaptation to climate variability in semi-       arid Eastern Kenya. March 14-17, 2011: Lake and Catchment Research symposium, Kenyatta     University Conference             Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

Recha, C.W., Shisanya, C.A., Traore, S. Makokha, G.L. 2011.  Attributes of Adpative Capacity in semi-      arid Eastern Kenya. March 9-12, 2011: AfricaAdapt Symposium: Linking Climate Research, Policy            and Practice for African-led Development, United Nation Conference Hall, Addis Ababa,             Ethiopia

Recha, C.W., Makokha, G.L., Traore, S., Shisanya, C.A. 2011.  Recha., Rainfall variability and adaptive           capacity in semi-arid Tharaka district, Kenya. Dec 6-10, 2010: ACCFP Writeshop and         Culmination Conference 1. Le Meridian President Hotel, Dakar, Senegal.

2. WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS ATTENDED

Jan 23-28, 2017: Training Course in Translating Science into Policy and Practice, AgriFoSe 2030 Project,            Nairobi, Kenya

June 12-July 3, 2015: Climate Change and Green Low-Carbon Development, Beijing, China.

March 26-28, 2014: International Annual Conference, Egerton University, Kenya

June 21-July 2, 2013: E-Learning Learning Network Integrated Watershed Management: Content Development, Almaty , Kazakhstan, Central Asia

May 28 –June 1, 2012: AuthorAID – IFS Workshop on Scientific Writing at the African Academy of    Sciences, Nairobi, Kenya

May 4-5, 2011: Pedagogical Seminar, Chuka University College, Chuka, Kenya.

June 7-8, 2010: PRACTICAL ACTION ET AL: National Workshop: Informing adaptation to    climate change among pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.

June 25-July 1, 2010: START/Pan-African START: Education, Capacity Building and Climate     Change: A strategy for Collective Action in Africa. White Sands Hotel, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Nov 9-14, 2009: International Foundation for Science: Scientific Methodology Workshop        on        Green Water, Food Science and Water Research, Livingstone, Zambia.

April 27-30, 2009:  IHDP Open Meeting: 7th International Science Conference on the       Human             Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, Bonn, Germany.

April 11-13, 08: EU Water Facility Project Management Board Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

REFEREES

Prof. Chris A. Shisanya (PhD),

Dean School of Humanities & Social Sciences and full Professor of Geography

Kenyatta University, Geography Department

P.O Box 43844-00100, Nairobi

Cell-phone: +254-722 312 767

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Dr. Gilbert Obati Obwoyere,

Egerton University

Dean Faculty of Environment and Resources Development

P.O. Box 536 – 20115, Egerton, Kenya

Cell phone: +254-725214510

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Dr. Gunnar Kirchhof, Senior Research Fellow

University of Queensland

School of Agriculture and Good Science

St Lucia campus, Brisbane Qld 4072

Cell-phone: +61 7 3365 1364,

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Pierre Sibiry Traore, Senior Scientist,

International Crop Research Institute for the semi-arid Tropic (ICRISAT) - Mali

P.O. Box 320, Bamako, Mali

Cell phone: +223-20 22 33 75

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