Dr. Wambongo C.S. Recha (Ph.D)

Wambongo C.S. Recha, Ph.D

Egerton University

Faculty of Environment and Resources Development,

Department of Geography,

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

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1. EDUCATION

2013

Ph.D (Geography)

Kenyatta University, Kenya

2007

Master of Arts (Geography)

Kenyatta University, Kenya.

2001

B.Ed (Arts) – Geography, Kiswahili, Education

Kenyatta University, Kenya

2. FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Climatology: I am interested in understanding the society-nature interaction. Specifically, I am concerned with how communities in arid and semi-arid lands interact with climate variability in shaping their livelihoods.

Areas of Interest: Climate modelling, droughts, livelihood analysis, water resource management, vegetation-climate nexus

3. 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 Arts and Humanities, Chuka University College

4. KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS AND AWARDS

March-June 2018

CV Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers: A Visiting Fellow, School of Environmental Science at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. Analysis of Meteorological Drought in Semi-arid Eastern Kenya for the period 1973-2013

March-July 2017

Pastoral Resilience Project: A collaboration of Leicester University (UK), Egerton University(Kenya), Indigenous Livelihood Enhancement Programme –Kenya and Mongolian Academy of Science

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

Continued.....

4. KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS AND AWARDS

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.

5. PUBLICATIONS

Best Peer Reviewed Publications Upto three (3)

1

Recha, C.W., Makokha, G.L.,Shisanya, C.A. 2017. Climate variability and causes: from the perspective of the Tharaka people of Eastern Kenya. Geoscience Letters, 4:22 DOI: 10.1186/s40562-017- 0088-1.

2

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

Recent Publications (up to 3)

1

Recha, C.W. 2018. Local and regional variations in conditions for agriculture and food security in Kenya. AgriFoSe2030 reports 7, 2018. ISBN: 978-91-576-9551-2. https://www.slu.se/en/collaboration/international/slu-global/agrifose/the-agrifose-themes/social-and-economic-dimensions-of-smallholder-based-agriculture-and-food-security/

2

Bebe, B.O., Sarah, C.M., Recha, C., Ochieng, R., Riamit, S., Upton, C.2017. Resilient Pastoralism: Towards Sustainable Futures in Kenyan Rangelands. In N. Gueye, A. Ndeso-Atanga (Eds.), Sustainable Pastoralism and Rangelands in Africa, pp: 36-39. Accra, Nature and Fauna (of) FAO, Vol 31(2). ISSN 2026-5611. http://www.fao.org/africa/resources/nature-faune/en/

NB: Other publications (13) and areas of research interest can be found on Google Scholar and ResearchGate

6. 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

7. POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION (to completion)

Richard Ochieng, Ph.D., Reg. No.:ND13/0452/14, Egerton University, Vulnerability and adaptation of pastoralists to drought through better access and utilization of seasonal climate forecasts in arid and semi arid Baringo County, Kenya (June 15, 2018).

Amon Karanja. Ph.D. Reg. No. ND13/51528/14. Drought effects on household livelihoods and adaptation strategies in Laikipia West sub-county, Kenya (June 15, 2018)

Edna C. Koskei. 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)

8. EDITORIAL WORK

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

2017-2021: Academic Editor, Current Journal of Applied Science and Technology

Recent Manuscript Reviews

Ø Land Degradation and Development, November 21, 2017

Ø Theoretical and Applied Climatology, August 2017

Ø Journal of Experimental Agriculture International, 2017

For more information refer to https://publons.com/author/1272975/charles-w-recha#profile and

9. RECENT 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

10. RECENT WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS ATTENDED

Feb 19-21, 2018: Training Workshop on Research to Inform Agricultural and Food Security Policy in Kenya, ILRI, Nairobi Campus.

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.