Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The Wyss Academy for Nature Hub East Africa is strengthening its research arm in Nanyuki, Kenya, and seeks to appoint one Post-doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in exploring the impact of global warming on the regional climate, water resources, biodiversity and human livelihoods within the wider Ewaso Ng’iro basin, as part of the country-wide mapping of corridors as per Kenya’s Vision 2030. Specifically, the PDRA will explicitly engage with the advisors to the Kenyan Government on the Wildlife Corridors and Migratory Routes Initiative, which is one of Kenya’s Vision 2030 Flagship Projects for the Environment.

This post is funded by the Wyss Academy for Nature (Hub East Africa), and in association with Save the Elephants and the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI) at the University of Nairobi (UoN) where the PDRA will also be attached. Collaboration and mentoring will be provided by all three organizations, including the Climate Scenarios for Sustainable Development group led by Prof. Dr. Edouard Davin at the Wyss Academy for Nature at the University of Bern (https://www.wyssacademy.org/research-innovation) and Prof. Dr. Margaret Owuor, leader of the Biodiversity Conservation Science group, also at the University of Bern. Leading Kenyan conservation research scientists will also provide advice and input, including Dr. Festus Ihwagi, Senior Scientist & Research Policy Lead at Save the Elephants; Dr. Benson Okita-Ouma, Director, Wyss Academy for Nature Hub East Africa & co-chair of IUCN SSC African Elephants Specialist Group; and Dr. Mohammed Said Yahya of IUCN currently nadvising on ecosystems mapping input to the Kenya Government committee charged with providing scientific evidence for developing a conservation policy for Kenya. These three scientists are co-authors of the GOK 2017 Wildlife Migratory Corridors and Dispersal Areas: Kenya Rangelands and Coastal Terrestrial Ecosystems. Support from the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI) will be provided through its Director, Professor Thuita Thenya. The post is available for one year in the first instance, although funding will be sought for a further year.


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