I am an earIy career Rangeland ecologist and Research scientist from Kenya, East Africa.  I am hoping to use this website not just as a showcase for my own professional and personal musings , but also as an online resource and forum to share ideas, technologies, and experiences with other early career biologists and interested readers.

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The Wandering Scientist

Life. Science. Wanderlust

April 20, 2019

Several years back, I read this opinion piece titled ‘Land degradation and climate change: a sin of omission?’(1). I admit I was primarily reading it at the time since the lead author was also my PhD advisor and I was worried he might ask me questions from it for my qu...

February 7, 2018

Someone recently asked me if I had always wanted to be a scientist from a young age. Not even remotely. The simple truth is, being a scientist was not something that I thought a kid from the country like me could do. Science teacher? Maybe; my mother was (and remarkabl...

January 14, 2018

The Grevy's zebra, Equus grevyi, is the largest wild equid, or member of the horse family. With it's large stature, thin elegant stripes, and general nonchalance in the face of danger, it's easy to see why this zebra is also known as the imperial zebra. Compared to the...

January 13, 2018

The primary emotion within our small group of citizen scientists before we headed into the field that Friday was probably ‘Let’s not get eaten by lions’. By the time we headed back to Nanyuki and onwards at the end of the weekend, the prevailing sentiment had switched...

December 17, 2017

The summer of 2016 was a promising one for me: I had just gotten back to the US after two years collecting data for my PhD in Kenya, all my university coursework was finished and all I had left to do was write. Piece of cake. I would eventually learn how mentally destr...

December 16, 2017

For a substance that covers  approximately 70% of the earth's surface, water can be a very hard thing to come by. Partly because only about 0.3% of all water available on the earth's surface is usable by humans, the rest being locked up as unusable ocean water, glacier...

December 15, 2017


I have come a long way since I took my first tentative steps into the world of research some nine-odd years ago now. At the time, I believed I was a qualified scientific authority, with the unmistakable swagger and arrogance of a freshly minted undergraduate degree ho...

December 14, 2017

Rangelands can generally be defined as ecosystems with natural vegetation that support wildlife or livestock grazing. Common examples include grasslands, shrublands, woodlands, wetlands, and deserts. Rangelands cover nearly 40% of the earth’s land surface, and support...

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