Prof. Charles M. M’Erimba

Prof. Charles M. M’Erimba

Senior Lecturer Department of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Science,

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

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EDUCATION

2004

“Doktor der Naturwissenschaften” Ph.D n Natural Sciences

University of Vienna (Austria)

1999

Masters in Limnology and Wetlands Ecosystems

I.H.E, Delft The Netherlands

1995

Bachelor of Science (Bsc. General), in Zoology and Biochemistry.

Egerton University, Njoro-Kenya

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Aquatic ecology with specific interest in Stream Ecology, macroinvertebrates, drift and organic matter processing

WORK EXPERIENCE

YEAR

ORGANIZATION

POSITION

2007- to date

Egerton University

Senior lecturer

2004-2007

Egerton University

Lecturer

2000-2003

Egerton University

Assistant lecturer

1996-1999

Egerton University

Teaching assistant

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

2013 -

a)  Global Decomposition Patterns in Streams: the Role of Leaf Litter Quality

Funded by the Doñana Biological Station-CSIC- Main collaborator Dr. Luz Boyero-Spain

b)  Sustainable Development of Water Resources, Water Supply, Nutrition Security and Environmental Sanitation. Case of Njoro River Water Catchment, Njoro District. Collaborators Dr. Stellamaris Muthoka (PI) and others

2011-2012

a) National Geographical Society (NGS) Project sponsored by Prof. Luz Boyero from Spain

b) Macroinvertebrates as possible bio-indicators for water quality monitoring of rivers draining Mt. Kenya and the Aberdare ranges.

2008

The influence of crabs on exotic and indigenous litter breakdown in the Njoro River Kenya.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Boyero L., R.G. Pearson, D. Dudgeon, V. Ferreira, M.A.S. Graça, M.O. Gessner, A.J. Boulton, E. Chauvet, C.M. Yule, R.J. Albariño, A. Ramírez, J.E. Helson, M. Callisto, M. Arunachalam, J. Chará, R. Figueroa, J.M. Mathooko, J.F. Gonçalves Jr., M. Moretti, A.M. Chará, J.N. Davies, A. Encalada, S. Lamothe, L.M. Buria, J. Castela, A. Cornejo, A.O.Y. Li, C. M’Erimba, V.D. Villanueva, M.C. Zúñiga, C.Swan & L.A. Barmuta. (2012): Global patterns of distribution in stream detritivores: implications for biodiversity loss in changing climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00673.x

2

Boyero Luz, Richard G. Pearson, Mark O. Gessner, Leon A. Barmuta, Verónica Ferreira, Manuel A.S. Graça, David Dudgeon, Andrew J. Boulton, Marcos Callisto, Eric Chauvet, Julie E. Helson, Andreas Bruder, Ricardo J. Albariño, Catherine M. Yule, Muthukumarasamy Arunachalam, Judy N. Davies, Ricardo Figueroa, Alexander S. Flecker, Alonso Ramírez, Russell G. Death, Tomoya Iwata, Jude M. Mathooko, Catherine Mathuriau, José F. Gonçalves Jr., Marcelo S. Moretti, Tajang Jingut, Sylvain Lamothe, Charles M’Erimba, Lavenia Ratnarajah, Markus H. Schindler, José Castela, Leonardo M. Buria, Aydeé Cornejo, Verónica D. Villanueva & Derek C. West (2011): A global experiment suggests climate warming will not accelerate litter decomposition in streams but may reduce carbon sequestration. Ecological Letters doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01578.x

3

Mathooko J.M., M’Erimba C.M., Kipkemboi J., & Dobson M., (2009): Conservation of highland streams in Kenya: the importance of the socio-economic dimension in effective management of resources. Journal of the Freshwater Biological Association 2: 153 - 165

4

M’Erimba C.M, Leichtfried M., & Mathooko J.M (2007): Particulate organic matter (POM) on the humid and wet zones of the Ellegirini River, Kenya. Revised for International Review of Hydrobiologia 92: 392 - 401

5

Mathooko, J.M. M’Erimba C.M, Kipkemboi, J. & Mokaya S.K. (2006): Population dynamics of waterbirds in wastewater lagoons in the Njoro Division, Kenya. Revised for the Egerton Journal of Science and Technology 6: 31-47

6

M’Erimba C.M, Mathooko J.M & Leichtfried M (2006): Variations in coarse particulate organic matter in relation to anthropogenic trampling on the banks of the Njoro River, Kenya. African Journal of Ecology 44: 282-285

7

Mathooko, J.M., B. Mpawenayo, J.K. Kipkemboi & C.M. M’Erimba (2005). Distributional patterns of diatoms and Limnodrilus oligochaetes in a Kenyan dry streambed following the 1999 – 2000 drought conditions. International Review of Hydrobiologia 90: 185 - 200

8

Dobson, M., J.M. Mathooko, F.K. Ndegwa & C. M’Erimba (2004): Leaf litter processing rates in a Kenyan stream, the Njoro River. Hydrobiologia 519: 207 – 210

SCIENTIFIC ORGANISATIONS

Eastern Africa Water Association (EAWA), Kenya

International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology (SIL).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Leaf litter processing, drift, aquatic biomonitoring,