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Wilfred O. Odadi, PhD

 

Wilfred O. Odadi, Ph.D

Egerton University

Faculty of Environment and Resources Development,

Department of Natural Resources,

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Mobile: +254 – 734 978773

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1.
EDUCATION

2010

Ph.D (Natural Resources Management)

Egerton University, Kenya

2004

M.Phil (Environmental Studies, Biological Sciences)

Moi University, Kenya.

1997

BSc (Range Management)

University of Nairobi, Kenya


2.
FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Research interests: Rangeland ecology and management; livestock-wildlife interactions; grazing management; sustainable pastoralism; wildlife conservation and management; ecology and sustainable management of human-dominated savanna landscapes; plant-animal interactions

 

3. WORK EXPERIENCE

March 2013-Present

Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources Management, Egerton University

Sept 2011-Feb 2013

Lecturer, School of Spatial Planning and Natural Resource Management, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology

Sept 2010-Sept2011

Part-time Lecturer, Department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi, Kenya

Sept 2010-Sept2011

Part-time Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources, Egerton University, Kenya

2007-2008

Part-time Research Supervisor, Population Services International, Kenya

2004-2006

Part-time Field Team Leader, Samburu Wildlife Habitats Project, Samburu Conservation Research Initiative (S-CRI), Earthwatch Institute


4.
KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS AND GRANTS

2018

Co-PI, Interactive effects of cattle and wildlife on postfire herbaceous vegetation composition and nutritive quality. The National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration, Grant number: EC-44772R-18; USD 5,880

2016-Present

Co-PI, Savanna synergies: complex interactions between fire and wild and domestic herbivores. The National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration, Grant number: 9986-16; USD 24,400

2017-Present

Co-PI, Kenya Long-term Exclosure Experiment (KLEE), Laikipia, Kenya

2013-2015

Research Project: Enhancing pastoral livelihoods and environmental conservation through smart livestock grazing in northern Kenyan rangelands. NatureNet Science Fellowship Programme, The Nature Conservancy, Grant number CNV1002484 USD 200,000

2010-2013

Research Project: Ecological implications of different grazing management strategies in Laikipia rangeland, Kenya. Princeton University and African Wildlife Foundation

2007/2008

Research Project: The effects of wild herbivores on the nutrition and production performance of cattle in Laikipia rangeland, Kenya. International Foundation for Science (Grant number: B/4182-1); USD $11,000


4.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

1

Odadi, W.O., G. K. Charles and T.P. Young. 2018. Cattle select African savanna termite mound patches less when sharing habitat with wild herbivores. Ecology and Evolution 8:9074–9085

2

Odadi, W.O., C. Riginos and D.I. Rubenstein. 2018. Tightly bunched herding improves cattle performance in African savanna rangeland. Rangeland Ecology and Management 71: 481–491

3

Goheen, J. R., D. J. Augustine, K. E. Veblen, D. M. Kimuyu, T. M. Palmer, L. M. Porensky, R. M. Pringle, J. Ratnam, C. Riginos, M. Sankaran, A. T. Ford, A. A. Hassan, R. Jakopak, T. R. Kartzinel, S. Kurukura, A. M. Louthan, W O. Odadi, T. O. Otieno, A. M. Wambua, H. S. Young, and T. P. Young. 2018. Conservation lessons from large-mammal manipulations in East African savannas: the KLEE, UHURU, and GLADE experiments. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1429:31-49.

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Young, T.P., L.M. Porensky , C. Riginos, K.E. Veblen, W.O. Odadi, D.M. Kimuyu, G.K. Charles, H.S. Young. 2018. Relationships between cattle and biodiversity in multiuse landscape revealed by Kenya Long-Term Exclosure Experiment. Rangeland Ecology and Management 71:281–291.

5

Kinga, G.W., J. Mironga and W.O. Odadi. 2018. Analysis of the spatial relationship between cattle and wild ungulates across different land-use systems in a tropical savanna landscape. International Journal of Ecology Volume 2018, Article ID 2072617, 12 pages. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/2072617

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Odadi, W.O. 2018. Using heart girth to estimate live weight of heifers (Bos indicus) in pastoral rangelands of northern Kenya. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 30, Article #16. http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd30/1/wood30016.html

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Odadi, W.O., J. Fargione and D.I. Rubenstein. 2017. Vegetation, wildlife, and livestock responses to planned grazing management in an African pastoral landscape. Land Degradation and Development 28:2030-2038.

8

Odadi, W.O., D. M. Kimuyu, R.L. Sensenig, K.E. Veblen, C. Riginos and T.P. Young. 2017. Fire-induced negative nutritional outcomes for cattle when sharing habitat with native ungulates in an African savanna. Journal of Applied Ecology 54:935–944.

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Odadi, W.O. and D.I. Rubenstein 2015. Herd size-dependent effects of restricted foraging time allowance on cattle behavior, nutrition, and performance. Rangeland Ecology & Management 68:341-348.

10

Odadi, W.O., M.M. Karachi, S.A. Abdulrazak and T.P. Young. 2013. Protein supplementation reduces non-grass foraging by a primary grazer. Ecological Applications 23:455-463.

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Riginos, C., L.M. Porensky, K.E. Veblen, W.O. Odadi, R.L. Sensenig, D. Kimuyu, M.L. Wilkerson and T.P. Young. 2012. Lessons on the relationship between livestock husbandry and biodiversity from the Kenya Long-term Exclosure Experiment (KLEE). Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice 2012 2:10.

12

Odadi, W.O., S.A. Abdulrazak, M.K. Karachi and T.P. Young. 2011. African wild ungulates compete with or facilitate cattle depending on season. Science 333:1753-1755.

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Odadi, W.O., M. Jain, S.E. Van Wieren, H.H.T. Prins and D.I. Rubenstein. 2011. Facilitation between bovids and equids on an African savanna. Evolutionary Ecology Research 13:237-252.

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Odadi, W.O., J.B.Okeyo-Owuor and T.P. Young. 2009. Behavioural responses of cattle to shared foraging with wild herbivores in an East African Rangeland. Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science 116:120-125.

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Odadi, W.O., T.P. Young, and J.B.Okeyo-Owuor. 2007. Effects of wildlife on cattle diets in Laikipia rangeland, Kenya. Range Ecology and Management 60:179-185.

5. COURSES I AM CURRENTLY TEACHING

NARE 730: Behaviour and Ecology of Wildlife

NARE 732: Wildlife Research Methods

NARE 733: Population Dynamics

NARE 459: Ecological Surveys and Techniques

NARE 449: Wildlife Stock Assessment

WIEM 425: Wildlife Nutrition

WIEM 311: Vertebrate Population Dynamics

6. POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION

Ph.D.

Margaret Mosse, Egerton University (ongoing).

Ebby Kwatemba, Egerton University (ongoing).

M.Sc.

Phyllus K. Cheruiyot, Egerton University (ongoing)

Donar K. Nalwere, Egerton University (ongoing)

Kimani Ngungu, Egerton University (ongoing)

Geoffrey W. Ole Kinga, Egerton University (ongoing)

Donatus E. Gadiye, Egerton University (completed)

Lutta Alphayo, University of Nairobi (completed)

Nahashon N. Mutua, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (completed)

7. EDITORIAL WORK

Reviewer for several journals including Journal of Applied Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Oecologia, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Journal of Ecosystem and Ecography, Pastoralism, Wildlife and Policy, Ecological Applications, Journal of Mammalogy, Journal of Arid Environments, Land Degradation and Development, and Journal of Animal Science.

8. SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Odadi, W.O., D.I. Rubenstein and J. Fargione 2016. “The value of planned grazing management in communal pastoral lands: lessons from northern Kenya”. Presented at “Pathways Kenya 2016: Conference, 10th-13th January 2016, Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Kenya.

Odadi, W.O. 2015. “The value of planned grazing management in communal pastoral lands: lessons from northern Kenya”. Presented at the “Research and Monitoring in the Banni Landscape (RAMBLE) Conference, 26th-28th November 2015, Banni Research Centre, Bhuj-Kachchh, Gujarat, India.

Odadi, WO. 2013.Smart grazing for nature and enhanced pastoral livelihoods in northern Kenya”. Presented at the TNC’s All Science Conference, 9th-13th December 2013, San Jose, California.

Odadi, W.O. 2012. “Herding strategies that matter”. Presented at Mpala Discovery Day, Mpala Research Centre, 26th May 2012.

Odadi, W.O. 2008. “Effects of wild herbivores on cattle performance in an East African rangeland”. Paper presented at the Pathways to Success: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management Conference, 28 September-2 October 2008, Estes Park, Colorado.

9. HONOURS & AWARDS

Award for Excellence in the Study of Conservation; Best student poster award by the Zoological Society of London at the Society for Conservation Biology Conference, 1-5 July 2007, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

10. PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

1. Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation (ATBC)

2. Society for Range Management (SRM)

3. Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA)