Nzula Kitaka is an associate professor and a researcher of “Aquatic/Water Science at Egerton University, Kenya. Prof Nzula Kitaka is the current director, Board of Postgraduate studies (BPGS), Egerton University since July 2016. She has supervised several masters and a couple of ongoing PhD students. She has published widely in reffered journals, publications and book chapters. She is also a reviewer to a couple of journals as well as proposal assessment for funding.
Currently Prof Kitaka is the Vice President of Africa-UniNet; a Research consortium of 50 African and Austrian Universities and a member of the Advisory Board for Water-WISER CDT which is a consortium of UK Universities to train PhD students in WASH since 2019. she is one of the directors of Local Ocean Conservation (LOC-WTW) protecting Sea Turtles along the Kenyan coast.
Prof Kitaka has been involved in several collaborative research projects either as a PI or researcher. She is one of the founders of the 3 weeks “Tropical Limnology Course” in 2004 evolving to become one of the major regional training for water scientists and managers initially as Limnology of Wetland Ecosystems (LWE) from 2009 to a Joint Degree in Limnology and Wetland Management (LWM) from 2012 to date, including newly launched Joint Master’s Degree in Ecosystem Aquatic & Ecosystem and Environment Management (AEEM) with Ethiopian universities majorly funded by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) which has resulted to formation of AQUAHUB Network (currently with more than 200 members). In 2013 & 2018, Kitaka partnered with Loughborough University in UK to host the 36th and 41st WEDC International conferences at Egerton University.
Prof Kitaka is a life member and a founding council member of the Eastern Africa Water Association (EAWA) as a secretary and later National Chair, launched in December 2003 with the support of the ADC. She was an active member of ARCA-Net Consortium: Alumni Raising Crises-&-Conflict Awareness in 2005-2010. In 2012-2014 Kitaka was one of the lead persons of the Info Dev Growing Innovator and World Bank project which created a collaboration initiative “East Africa Climate Innovation Network” (EACIN)
In 2007-2014, Prof Kitaka was a Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) member for the European Union Water Initiative European Research Area Network (ERA-Net) “SPLASH” project in water and sanitation, Council member of the Kenyan National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) 2010-2013 which transformed to “National Commision for Science & Technology (NACOSTI). In 2014 Kitaka was appointed a member of the National Steering Commitee for NETFUND Green Innovations Award. (NETFUND-GIA) under the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
19th July 2001: Doctor of Philosophy (in Limnology) - University of Leicester, UK
Thesis title: Phosphorus Supply to a Shallow Tropical Lake and its consequences- Lake Naivasha, Kenya.
8th Nov. 1993: Master of Science (in Hydrobiology) - University Of Nairobi, Kenya
Thesis title: Phytoplankton Productivity in Lake Naivasha
Mar-Dec 1992: International Post-Graduate Training Course on Limnology - Institute of Limnology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Project title: “The effect of Phosphorus fertilization to Phytoplankton biomass in presence and absence of Zooplankton at Slapy reservoir, Czechoslovakia”
17th December 1985: Bachelor of Education (Science)- Botany & Zoology - University Of Nairobi, Kenya
Aquatic Science with specific interest in Nutrients dynamics and their consequences in aquatic systems; Lakes, Rivers and Wetlands/Ecotones.
July 2015; Curriculum Evaluation of Joint MSc. Programme in Aquatic Ecosystems & Environmental Management (AEEM), University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
August to September 2009; Review and developed Lecture Materials for Water Quality & environmental Management (WREM 603) Module for MSc. WREM programme, National University of Rwanda
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES AT EGERTON UNIVERSITY
CONSULTANCY AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
2021 - 2022: Egerton University team leader of the “Nile Water E-Learning Hub: Training and Education Tools for Capacity Development: Nile Wetlands Ecosystems Wise use for Sustainable Development in collaboration with, Nile Basin Capacity Building Network (NBCBN), Egypt, Egerton University, Kenya, Makerere University, Uganda, Ain Shams University, Egypt, IHE Delft, The Netherlands and CapNet (UNDP). Funded by IHE – Delft DUPC2 Program, The Netherlands
Water Quality; Nutrients dynamics in aquatic systems; Consequences of Eutrophication (prognosis); Climate Change Impacts and Copying Strategies of aquatic Systems; Aquatic Ecosystems Resources and Livelihoods (Ecosystem Services); Management and Conservation of Aquatic Systems; Lakes, Rivers and wetlands and Capacity Development in Aquatic science
A. Published in peer reviewed Journals
B. Submitted for Publications in 2021
Saeed Kariunga, Nzula Kitaka & Anastasia Wairimu: Nutrient and Organic Matter Impact of sewage effluent on Water Quality of Chania River, Nyeri, Kenya. H2O Open Journal, IWA Publishing (Reviewers comments corrected and resubmitted)
C. Conferences and Issue papers
D. Books Chapter Contribution
CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), 2016. Guidelines for wetlands ecosystems valuation in the Nile basin. Colombo: Sri Lanka. CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE).126p; Here : Contributed to ALL information on Mara Wetland as team Leader
E. Other Publications
Policy Brief: Why Valuing Wetland Ecosystem Services Within The Nile Basin is Important in Wise Use: (Nile-Eco-VWU Project Output): 2017. Here
A. Specialised in several aspects of Limnology
B. Basic General Marine Biology
Christine Nyagaya Owino: Assessment of Greenhouse Gases in smallholder rice paddies converted from Anyiko Wetland, Western Kenya - MSc Limnology - Egerton University June 2021
Daniel Kimani Mwangi: A comparative analysis on the Quantity and Quality of Oil extracted from five commercially important Freshwater Fish Species in Kenya- MSc Limnology - Egerton University June 2021
Dorcas Mutei Samuel: Effects of Land use on Nutrient Concentrations, Carbon Dynamics and Stream Metabolism in River Rupingazi, Kenya – Joint Degree in Limnology and Wetland Management (LWM) - Egerton University June 2021
Loraine Auma Omondi: Evaluation of Fecal Indicator Bacteria and Antimicrobial resistance of Escherichia coli Isolated from River Njoro, Nakuru County, Kenya - Joint Degree in Limnology and Wetland Management (LWM) - Egerton University June 2021
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION/ORGANIZATIONS MEMBERSHIP AND ADVISORY ROLE
A: PROFFESIONAL ALIGNED
B: WALFARE AND COMMUNITY ALIGNED RESPONSIBILITIES
Prof. Alexander K. Kahi
Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
P.O Box 536-20115, Egerton, Kenya
Prof. Thomas Hein
Head of Institute for Hydrobiology & Aquatic Ecosystem Management
BOKU- University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
Institute for Hydrobiology & Aquatic Ecosystem Management
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, 1180
Mr. Gerold Winkler
AQUAHUB Project Manager