Dr. George W. Eshiamwata, PhD

Dr. George W. Eshiamwata, PhD

Lecturer Department of Natural Resources

Faculty of Environment and Resource Development,

Egerton University

P. O. Box 536- 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Mobile: +254 - 723 812 990

Email: geshiamwata@egerton.ac.ke OR This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

EDUCATION

2011

Ph.D. Geographical Information Systems

University of Nairobi, Kenya

2004

Master of Science, Conservation Biology

University of Cape Town, South Africa.

1998

B.Sc Natural Resource Management (Wildlife Management)

Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Ornithology, Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology, Environmental Policy, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, Project Management, Geographical Information System

WORK EXPERIENCE

January 2013 - present

Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources, Egerton University, Njoro

Nov 2011 - January 2013

Regional Flyway Officer for Africa – UNDP/GEF Migratory Soaring Birds Project in Africa and Middle East, BirdLife International Regional Office for Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

2009 - Nov 2010

Project Manager/Researcher – Remote sensing and Great Rift Valley Serial trans-national World Heritage nomination, BirdLife International, Regional Office for Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

2005-2009

Projects Officer & Researcher – Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund programme in the Eastern Arc and Coastal Forests of Kenya and Tanzania, BirdLife International, Regional Office for Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

2004-2005

Programme Assistant, BirdLife International, Regional Office for Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

2003 to date

Research Associate, Ornithology Section, National Museums of Kenya

2002 to 2010

Research Affiliate, Biodiversity Monitoring Transect Analysis (BIOTA) East African Project (Kakamega Forest (Kenya), Budongo Forest and Mabira Forest (Uganda). A project funded by the Ministry of Science & Technology, Germany Government

2000-2002

Field Researcher, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz for Parisoma Project, a collaborative project between the Department of Ornithology and the Institute of Zoology, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany

1999-2002

Research Assistant, Ornithology Section, Zoology Department, Centre for Biodiversity, National Museums of Kenya.

2000

Database Intern, Tropical Biology Association – Project of NatureKenya, the East African Natural History Society.

1999

Intern/Field Assistant, Taita Hills Biodiversity Programme of National Museums of Kenya and University of Antwerp, Belgium

KEY PROJECTS

2010 -2012

Do Protected Areas work: assessing long term land cover change in priority sites for conservation in Africa using remote sensing. Project funded by Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Amount: GBP (£) 31,210

2008-2011

Developing a system of monitoring Important Bird Areas in Africa using Remote sensing. IFS funded Grant No D/4545-1: Amount USD10,224

2011

Support the Development of the Great Rift Valley Serial Trans-national World Heritage Nomination project funded by the Jewish National Fund: Amount: USD20,000

2009-2010

Coordinated monitoring of the endangered Spotted Ground Thrush Zoothera guttata in the East African breeding and non-breeding grounds funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. Amount: USD20,000

2010

Instituting a Standardised Sustainable Biodiversity Monitoring System

in the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Kenya and Tanzania (EACF) funded by the Critical Ecosystem Fund. Amount USD351,947

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Beresford, A.E., Eshiamwata, G. W., Donald, P.F., Balmford, A., Bertzky, B., Brink, A.., Fishpool, L.D. C., Mayaux, P., Phalan, B., Simonetti, D. & Buchanan, G.M. (2013). Protected area status reduces land-cover change within sites of conservation importance across Africa. (accepted in PLOS ONE)

2

Eshiamwata, G.W, Arinaitwe J. and Thompson H. S (2011). Serial Transnational Inscription of Great Rift Valley Flyway to UNESCO World Heritage List: Mechanisms, Processes, Successes, Challenges and Opportunities. A paper presented during the Hula Valley Migration Stopover International Conference: A Bird’s Eye View of Migratory Stop-over Sites 20th -27th November 2011, Israel

3

Ndang’ang’a, P. K., Eshiamwata, G.W., Ngari, A. & Nnyiti, P. Student research support derives significant new knowledge for biodiversity in the Eastern Arc Mountains and Coastal Forests of Kenya and Tanzania. The Journal of East African Natural History Society (In Preps)

4

Buchanan G. M., Eshiamwata G. W., Donald P. F. (2011). Using satellite imagery for African bird conservation. Bulletin of African Bird Club 18 (1) 68-73.

5

BirdLife International (2010). Status and Trends of Biodiversity in Africa’s Protected Areas: A contribution to reducing biodiversity loss – Regional Report (2001-2009). Compiled by Chikomo, T., Macharia, M., Eshiamwata, G.W., Ajagbe, A., Arinaitwe, J. & Ndang’ang’a, P.K. BirdLife International, Africa Partnership Secretariat, Nairobi

6

BirdLife International (2010). Regional Thematic Analysis for a Serial Transnational World Heritage nomination of the African-Eurasian Migratory Flyway: The Great Rift Valley – Africa Segment (compiled by Eshiamwata G.W, Thompson, H.S & Arinaitwe, J.). BirdLife International, Africa Partnership Secretariat, Nairobi

7

Chikomo, T., Eshiamwata, G.W., Ndang’ang’a, P.K & Arinaitwe, J. (2010). Biodiversity Monitoring in Africa and its Contribution to the Implementation of the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA). BirdLife International

8

Chikomo, T., Eshiamwata, G.W., Macharia, M.M., & Arinaitwe, J. (2010). Tracking the Status and Trends of Biodiversity in Africa’s Protected Areas as a Contribution to reducing the rates of Biodiversity loss: Regional Report (2001-2008). BirdLife International. ISBN: 978-9966-7191-9-9 (Also presented at the Fourteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, UNEP, Nairobi Kenya and Convention on Biological Diversity tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, Nagoya Japan)

9

Mwangi G, Munyekenye B.F, Eshiamwata, G & Mapesa, D.H (2010) Relative abundance and distribution of Williams’s Lark Mirafra Williamsi in and around the Shaba National Reserve, Kenya.(Manuscript).

10

Buchanan G. M., Donald P. F., Eshiamwata G. W., Mayaux P. (2009). Remote sensing monitoring of land cover change on sites of high conservation importance: delivering benefits now. International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (In press). Also presented at 30th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment in Italy on 4-8 May 2009.

11

Thompon, H.S., Eshiamwata, G.W., Githiru, M., Matiku, P & Ayiemba, W. (2007). Enhanced sustainability at Arabuko Sokoke Forest: Conservation Success, Challenges and Lessons Learnt. Nature Kenya, Nairobi

12

Eshiamwata, G.W., D. G. Berens, D.G., Bleher, B. Dean, W. R. J. & Bohning-Gaese, K. (2006). Bird assemblages in isolated Ficus trees in Kenyan farmland. Journal of Tropical Ecology 22:723–726

13

Schaefer Hans-Christian, Eshiamwata G. W, Munyekenye, F.B., Griebeler, E.M., & Böhning-Gaese K. (2006). Monthly survival of breeding African Sylvia warblers in a tropical seasonal environment. Ibis 148, 411-424.

14

Eshiamwata, G.W. (2006). Rosy-patched Bush-Shrike nesting in Olorgesaile. Short notes. Kenya Birds 11 (2), 16-17

15

Schaefer Hans-Christian, Eshiamwata G. W, Munyekenye, F.B., Griebeler, E.M., & Böhning-Gaese K. 2005. Nest Predation is little affected by parental behaviour and nest site in two African Sylvia warblers. Journal of Ornithology, 146:167-175.

16

Schaefer Hans-Christian, Eshiamwata G. W, Munyekenye, F.B. & Böhning-Gaese K. (2004). Tropical and Temperate Birds: What is the difference in raising young? Kenya Birds 11 (1), 9-12

17

Eshiamwata, G.W. (2004). The day the storks made a stop-over in Olorgesaille. Kenya Birds, 11.

18

Schaefer Hans-Christian, Eshiamwata G. W, Munyekenye, F.B., & Böhning-Gaese K. (2004). Life-history of two African Sylvia warblers: Low annual fecundity and long post- fledging care. Ibis 146: 527-437.

19

Eshiamwata, G.W & Karimi, S. (2002). Nests of globally threatened species: First Aberdare Cisticola nest found in the moorlands. Kenya Birds, 10 (1&2), page 6.

20

Mulwa, R., Barasa, F., Eshiamwata. G. W., Bennun, L.A. (2001). Population size and ecology of Taita White Eye Zosterops (poliogaster) silvanus in the forests of Taita Hills and Mt. Kasigau, Kenya. Ostrich (Supplement 15 July 2001 page 199), also as abstract presented at the 10th Pan-African Ornithological Congress in Uganda

21

Maina, M. & Eshiamwata, G.W (2000). Ringing at Kindani, Meru. Kenya Birds 8 (1), 9-10

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Ornithology, monitoring biodiversity and land cover change, World Heritage, plant animal interactions, Strategic Environmental Assessments, Environmental and Social Impacts Consultancies, Biodiversity - Development sectors (Agriculture, Waste Management, Energy, Tourism, Hunting), Environmental policy, Community-based Natural Resource Management and Livelihoods, protected areas management effectiveness, documenting lessons learnt, capacity building, development of best practices