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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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, adaptation to climate change; Normalized Difference Vegetation Index

WORK EXPERIENCE

June 2014- Present

Ag. Chair, Geography Department

2011-Present

Lecturer, Department of Geography, Egerton University

2013- Present

Examination Officer, Department of Geography, Egerton University.

2010- 2011

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Humanities, Chuka University College

2007-2009

Project Assistant, IWMNet Project – Kenyatta University

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS/FELLOWSHIPS

2014-2015

Australian Awards - African Fellowships 2014/15: Soil and water conservation

2012

Embassy of France: Science Club Project: Promoting Geographic Research (Climate change and adaptation) in Moi Amalo Secondary School.

2010/2012

International Foundation for Science: Evaluation of rain water harvesting and conservation techniques among smallholder farmers in semi-arid eastern kenya. Young Reseachers Grant No. S/4947-1, 12 months

2009/2010

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

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Recha, C.W, Mukopi, M., Otieno, J. 2014. Socio-economic determinants of adoption of rainwater harvesting and conservation techniques in semi-arid Tharaka Sub-County, Kenya. Land Degradation & Development. DOI:10.1002/LDR2326

2

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

3

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 )

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

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)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Analysis of rainfall variability-NDVI dynamics, aridity index, adaptation to climate change and variability, rainwater harvesting, soil water conservation – with a bias in arid and semi-arid areas.

COURSES I AM CURRENTLY TEACHING

Geog 124 – Introduction to Climatology, GEOG 213 - Atmospheric Systems and Global Climate, GEOG 226 - Development of geographic thought, GEOG 312 - Advanced Climatology, GEOG 322 - Climate Change and Development, GEOG 328 - Geography of Arid and Semi-arid Lands, GEOG 416 - Water Resource Management, GEOG 701 – Philosophy of Geographic Thought, GEOG 730 – Climatology, GEOG 762 – Management of ASALs.