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Melita is currently on a two year visiting Research Fellowship in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, working with Professors Alex Rogers and Mike Bonsall looking at the impacts of climate change and fishing on coral reefs in the western Indian Ocean.
Melita’s MSc and PhD were from Queensland University and James Cook University, in Australia. She is a member of: three IUCN’s Species Specialist Groups – Groupers and Wrasses; Shark; Snapper, Seabream and Grunt; the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)’s Developing World Working Group, the Society for the Protection of Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations (SCRFA) and the Editorial Board of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Journal.
Current contact details:
Ocean Research & Conservation Group
Department of Zoology
University of Oxford,
New Radcliffe House, Oxford OX2 6GG
mob: +44 7393622355
Joan Momanyi Joined CORDIO in May 2019 as a Program and Communication Manager. Previously, she has been involved in research and management of projects at local, national and regional level with diverse stakeholders (Governmental Institutions, NGO’s, Private Sector, CSO’s and communities).
Joan holds an MSc in Climate change (adaptation and mitigation) and Sustainable Development from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and a BSc in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resource Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is passionate about projects/programs that promote sustainable environmental conservation (climate change adaptation and mitigation) while concurrently improving the livelihood of the vulnerable communities through fostering poverty eradication, equality and building capacity of the local community.
Biological studies have dominated much of his academic and professional life, with Aquarium fisheries research allowing him to satisfy his intrigue on how nature works and how humans can conserve wildlife through knowledge and understanding. He acknowledges CORDIO East Africa for the opportunity to continue conducting research under the fish and fisheries program.
Besides scientific analysis and reporting/writing on Fish biology and ecology, Clay enjoys sporting and singing gospel music.
Joan joined CORDIO East Africa as a researcher under the UNDP project where she led in the establishment of a marine community conservation area (Mkunguni CCA). Her working career in the marine environment has exposed her to different types of research and marine conservation related training opportunities. She looks back on what appears like a road trip going through different landscapes from working on sea turtle conservation, sea cucumber reproductive studies, coral reef biodiversity monitoring to the training of fishing communities in community-based monitoring geared towards management of marine and fisheries resources. She has trained local communities in Kenya, Pemba, and Mozambique, on marine conservation and coral reef biodiversity monitoring.
Joan holds a first degree in Fisheries from Moi University, Kenya, and an MSc in Environment and International Development from the University of East Anglia, UK, where she learnt the different environmental challenges affecting natural environment and humans in developing countries, and to put a people’s face to hard science. She believes that research has a major role to play in development and finding solutions to the challenges faced by coastal communities. She enjoys working with diverse cultures in marine conservation and enhancing sustainable marine resource use. Her engagement in various conservation initiatives throughout her working life; lecturing and conveying simplified scientific concepts to young people and the larger coastal communities that greatly depends on coral reefs and its associated ecosystems, has exposed her to the joy that people have in knowing they are empowered to determine the path their lives should follow. She is currently a community conservation specialist, a position that has brought her into closer engagements with the local community. She believes that the success of community based natural resource management lies in empowering locals to take up the mantle through good governance, understanding and engaging in economically viable social enterprises.
James holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Diploma in Environmental Management from Kampala International University, is a self-inspired guitarist, a lover of nature and an aspiring SCUBA diver.
Overall, he is keen on data analytics and management skills with focus on dissemination and use of graphics for science communication. He is also interested in coral reef monitoring, ecology and conservation. He holds a PADI open water certification and enjoys all things ‘in-water’.
Former staff at CORDIO are listed below:
Prior to joining CORDIO in 2014, Michael worked with WWF Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Program (MWIOPO), Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), I Choose Life Africa (ICL-Africa) and with the Hirola Conservation Project. Michael is keen at trying new concepts and sharing research information to local communities in Africa. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Bremen University in German. For further information, see the following profile pages on: Professional networks: LinkedIn Research networks: Academia.edu Social media: Twitter
Prior to joining CORDIO in 2014, Michael worked with WWF Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean Program (MWIOPO), Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), I Choose Life Africa (ICL-Africa) and with the Hirola Conservation Project.
Michael is keen at trying new concepts and sharing research information to local communities in Africa. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Bremen University in German.
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