Francis Osia Odula

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Francis Osia Odula

Assistant Research Scientist
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Designation : Assistant Research Scientist
Expertise : Forest ecology


  • December 2020 – Date: Assistant Research Scientist, Forest Ecology, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), P.O Box 20412-00200, Nairobi July 2014 – December 2019: Part-time lecturer and Researcher, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), P.O Box 62000- 00200, Nairobi and Rongo University, P.O Box 103-40404, Rongo January 2014 – July 2014: Guest Research Scientist, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität, Herrenhäuser Strasse 2 D-30419 Hannover, Germany July 2013 – December 2013 Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, P.O Box 30709-00100, Nairobi June 2011 – June 2013 Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Sustainet East Africa, P.O Box 52201-00100, Nairobi

Administrative Responsibility

  1. Head Biometrics Unit, Research Support Section (RSS), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Kenya

Academic Qualification

  • 2008-2011 Master of Science (MSc) in Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University, South Carolina, Clemson, USA
  • 2005-2008 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Horticulture, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Juja, Kenya

Key Competencies

  1. Enthusiastic, flexible and capable of working on own initiative, and, as part of a team
  2. Calm in responding to emergency situations
  3. Well organized, eager to learn and pro-active

Other Courses

  • Analytical skills
  • Attention to details and high standards of accuracy
  • Computer literacy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Passion for nature and interest in fieldwork
  • Patience
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-initiative
  • Taxonomic skills