Dr. Elias K. Maranga , PhD

DR. ELIAS K. MARANGA , PhD

Senior Lecturer , Natural Resources Management Consultant and Microclimatologist

Faculty of Environment and Resources Development,

Department of Natural Resources,

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Mobile: +254 - 722 694 378

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EDUCATION

 

2007

Ph.D., Natural Resources Management

Egerton University, Kenya

1984

Master of Science, Range Plant Eco physiology

Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, Texas, USA

1985

Master of Science, Agro climatology

University of Nairobi, Kenya

1977

B.Sc., Geography

University of Nairobi, Kenya

 

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

 

Natural Resources Management, Plant Eco physiology, Boundary layer climatology

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Feb 2011 - present

Senior Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources, Egerton University

August 1988 - 2011

Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources

2011

Acting Head , Department of Natural Resources, Egerton University

2009-present

Chairman, Faculty of Environment and Resources Development Research Committee.

2012-2013

Member of Egerton University Task Committee on Documentation of Environmental Management System ISO 14001:1996

1996-1998

Head of the Department of Natural Resources

1992-1995

Member and secretary in the development of B.Sc. Curriculum in Environmental science (1992-1995).

1989-1992

Chairman and member in the development of B.Sc. Curriculum in Natural Resources Management.

1989-1992

Chairman and member in the development of B.Sc. Curriculum in Natural Resources Management.

1993

Departmental representative to the Faculty of Agriculture

1992-1994

Examination Officer, Department, of Natural Resources

1979-1983

Range Research Scientist (Supervisor and Coordinator of Research Projects in Terrestrial Ecology and Management), KARI, KIBOKO, KENYA

1980-1983

Agro climatogist and Head, Agro climatology Division, KARI, KIBOKO, KENYA

1985-July, 1988

Deputy Director, KARI, Kiboko National Range Research Centre

 

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

2013

Characterization of Livestock Production Systems in Relation to local climate change adaptation strategies in Baringo, Laikipia and Nyeri Counties.

2013

Agricultural production and climate in arid and semi-arid areas: a case study of the lower Tana River basin in Kenya

2013

Evaluation of factors influencing household forest dependence: A case study of communities living in and adjacent to the east Mau forest, Kenya (2012)

2013

Downscaling climate change information using ensemble regional climate models for adaptation planning: A case study of the lower Tana river basin in Kenya (2012): In progress

2013

2013

Response mechanisms of livestock farmers to climate change in the Rift Valley counties of Kenya

 

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

1

¨ Zendera,W., Obwoyere, G.O., and Maranga,E.K. (2012). Application of Weather Forecasts in Agriculture: Communicating Agro meteorological Information to Smallholder Farmers in Kenya. Published by Lambert Academic Publishing GmbH and CO. KG ISBN 978-3-8465-8854-3

2

¨ Maranga, E.K (1993). Microclimatology Text book. Textbook for University Undergraduate students pursuing courses in Environmental physics,Applied climatology, Biochemistry, Agriculture and Horticulture. Published by Egerton University Press,

Educational Media Centre. ISBN 9966-838-01-5.

3

¨ Maranga, E.K., Mugabe, P.H. and Bagine, R. K. (2010). Concepts, Theories and Principles of Natural Resource Management.In Washington, O.Bekalo, I and Sanginga, C. (Eds.). Managing Natural Resources for development in Africa: A Resource book. Text book for Post graduate students pursuing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in Natural Resources ecology and Management. Published by University of Nairobi Press

4

¨ Bagine, R.K., Kironchi, G. and Maranga, E.K. (2010). Integrated Natural Resource Management. In Washington, O.Bekalo, I and Sanginga, C. (Eds.). Managing Natural Resources for development in Africa: A Resource book. Text book for Post graduate students pursuing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in Natural Resources ecology and Management. Published by University of Nairobi Press

5

¨ Maranga E.K. (2011). Leaf conductance and soil water status in Panicum maximum Jacq. in disturbed and non-disturbed micro-sites on a semi arid savanna in Kenya, Journal of Agric. Science &Technology, Vol. 13(2)

6

¨ Maranga E.K. (2005). Livestock production and management in the drylands of Kenya. A critique of past research and innovations. In Njoka, E.M., Kinyua, H.G., and Mwangi, R.W. (Eds.). Greening the brown: progress and prospects, p 95-107. Egerton University Press. ISBN 9966-838-95-X. USDA Publication.

7

¨ Maranga E.K. (1999). A review of range production and management extension activities in Kenya. Journal of Agriculture and Environmenetal Ethics. 11:131-144. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

 

· Climate variability, Climate change impacts on livestock production systems and agrarian systems, microclimatological modeling

· Soil- plant- water- relations of Savanna ecosystems: defoliation and water stress impacts on rangeland primary productivity.

Eco-physiology of Kenyan C3 and C4 shrub and grass species, drought tolerance/ drought resistance survival strategies.

· Phyto-sociology of semi-arid and arid plant communities: dynamics of soil-plant-atmosphere interfaces.

· Stability, resilience and productivity of savanna ecosystems.

· Grazing impacts of savanna community ecology: soil –plant- water relations dynamics, nutrient dynamics, and biomass turnover rates.

· Systems ecology, ecosystems modeling