Graduate Students


CORDIO supports students at the Masters and PhD levels from universities in Kenya, the region and abroad. Current and past interns are listed below, in chronological order.

Majambo Jarumani

Majambo Jarumani Gamoyo, 2014 - ongoing. University of Cape Town
 Majambo already received an MSc in Applied Marine Science from University of Cape Town (South Africa) where he studied rainfall variability along the East African coast, supported by CORDIO from 2009-2012.

Prior to that he interned at CORDIO East Africa in 2007 under coral program working as an assistant to Dr. David Obura on New England Aquarium’s Global Marine Program’s Phoenix Islands project with the main duties being retrieving Sea Surface Temperature data-sets from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch programme (remote sensing) and data analysis for the same. This gained him some knowledge in remote sensing and gave him a foundation into his interest in GIS and remote sensing. In November 2008 he assumed the position of Research Assistant and worked on the Climate Change and Coral Reefs (CCCR) project under International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Under the project he developed and implemented an Early Warning system for coral bleaching for the Western Indian Ocean, based on pilot activities in 2007 and 2008 by CORDIO East Africa, and CORDIO’s network of sites in the region. In October 2009 he received a fellowship from ReCoMap to attend a capacity building workshop on Methods and Applications of Ocean Colour Remote Sensing in Coastal and Regional Seas held in Zanzibar and facilitated by the Global Environment Monitoring Unit (GEM) of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) in partnership with the Institute of Marine Sciences of the University of Dar-Es-Salaam. This provided him the theoretical basis of ocean colour satellite measurements, as well as training on key applications for the monitoring and management of the coastal zone. He is now more focused into the predictability of various climate parameters with interest in sea surface temperatures and specificity on coral ecosystem.

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Juliet Furaha Karisa, 2013 - ongoing; Academia Sinica

Juliet is a researcher at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) and is currently studying for her PhD at the Academia Sinica, supported by a scholarship from its Biodiversity Research Center. Her PhD research focuses on identifying and testing suitable indicators of coral reef resilience that can be collected in conjunction with coral reef monitoring. Her principle supervisors are Dr. Allen Chen and Dr. David Obura and she conducts most of her work on coral reefs along the Kenyan coast. By periodically assessing coral reef biodiversity and regularly monitoring coral reefs’ health, her work allows for timely identification of coral reef areas that are getting degraded and therefore it aides in making management decisions such as restoration. Her aim is to develop primary indicators for monitoring of coral reef resilience. She has gained a wide experience in coral reef research by actively contributing to projects run by renowned institutions such as; The Nature Conservancy (TNC), World Wildlife Fund  (WWF), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) on Biodiversity, Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa, East African Wildlife Society (EAWS) and Kenya Wildlife Society (KWS). And during these engagements, she has had the opportunity to partner, interact and learn from prominent marine scientists in the region.

Juliet completed her BSc. in Fisheries and Aquatic Science at Moi University, Kenya, and received an MSc degree also from Moi University in 2008, with a scholarship from the World Bank Coral Reef Targeted Research project, through CORDIO East Africa. Her Masters research focused on the spatial and temporal patterns of coral recruitment, with the aim of understanding the recovery of Kenyan coral communities that had suffered significant mortality during the 1997/98 mass coral bleaching. During this period of her study, she moved to Sweden as an exchange student where she did her course work at Linkoping University. After receiving her MSc she worked at CORDIO EA under an IUCN project on Climate Change and Coral Reefs (CCCR) where she participated in an extensive coral reef survey on resilience assessments along the Kenyan coast. She thereafter worked with Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) where she is mostly involved with monitoring and biodiversity assessments of coral reefs, feeding directly into the management of coral reefs in Kenya.