Mary Gathara

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Mary Gathara

Research Scientist
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Researcher ID : 0000-0002-3591-9696
Designation : Research Scientist
Expertise : soil scientist

Journal papers

  1. S. Mwalusepo,E.S. Massave, T. Johansson, E. Abdel-Rahman, M.Gathara , E. Njuguna, P.A.Calatayud, O.J.James, T. Landmann and B.P. Le Ru (2018). Modelling the Distribution of Maize Stem Borers at Local Scale in East African Mountain Gradients Using Climatic and Edaphic Variables. African Entomology Journal, 26 (2): 458 – 470
  2. C. Wekesa, E.K.Maranga, B. K. Kirui, G.M. Muturi& M. Gathara (2018). Interactions between Nature Tree Species and Environmental Variables along Forest Edge-Interior Gradient in Fragmented Forest Patches of Taita Hills, Kenya. Forest Ecology and Management Journal 409 (2018) 789-798.
  3. R. Mwandalu and M. Gathara (2017). Biodiversity Status of Arabuko Forest, Kenya. Edaphic Characterisation of Arabuko Sokoke Forest.
  4. Calatayud P., Njuguna E., Mwalusepo S., Gathara M., Okuku G., Kibe A.,Musyoka B., Williamson D., Ong’amo G., Juma G., Johansson T., Subrumanian S., Gatebe E. and Le Ru B.(2016). Can Climate Change Driven Change Influence Silicon Assimilation by Cereals and Hence Distribution of Lepidopteran Stem Borers in East Africa. Journal of Agriculture Ecosystem and Environment 224 (2016) 95-103
  5. Njuguna E., Gathara M ., Nadir S., Mwalusepo S., Williamson D., Etienne P., Kimani J., Landmann T., Juma G., Ong’amo G., Gatebe E., Le Ru B. and Calatayud P. (2015). Characteristics of soil in Selected maize growing sites along altitudinal gradients in East African Highland. Journal of Data in Brief 52015) 138-144
  6. Gathara M ., Makenzi P., Kimondo J. and Muturi G. (2014). Prediction of Osyris lanceolata (Hochst&Steud.) site suitability using indicator species and edaphic factors in humid highland and dry lowland forests in Kenya. Journal of Horticulture and Forestry. 6(11)

Book Chapter

  1. Agronomic Evaluation of Nutrient Status for favorable growth commercial Aloes Around Arabuko-sokoke Forest (Malindi District)
  2. MSc. Research Project: Biophysical Environmental Factors influencing the Distribution of Osyris lanceolata (Hochst&Steud): Case Study of Gachuthi and Kibwezi Forest in Kenya.

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa. Increasing knowledge, Building Capacity and Developing Adaptation Strategies. Collaboration of (icipe, IRD and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland)


  • May 2019 – Date : Research Scientist II, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Headquarters.
  • 2012 – 2019 : Technologist I, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Headquarters.
  • 1996 – 2012 : Technologist II, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Headquarters.
  • 1988 – 1996 : Technician, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Headquarters.


  • 2012 – 2015 : MSc (Environmental Science), Egerton University, Kenya
  • 2010 – 2011 : Premasters (environmental Science), Egerton University, Kenya
  • 2007 – 2009 : Higher National Diploma (crop protection), Kenya Polytechnic, Kenya
  • 1990 – 1993 : Ordinary Diploma (Environmental science), Kenya Polytechnic, Kenya

Other Courses

  • 17th-19th April, 2018 : 5th KEFRI Scientific Conference” Contribution of Forestry Research to Sustainable Development”.
  • June, 2016 : United Nations/ Kenya Conference on space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity
  • September, 2014 : Rapid Carbon Stock Appraisal and Development of PIN+PDD
  • June, 2012 : Participated in IUFRO international congress in Kenya