John Kigomo

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John Kigomo

Senior Research Scientist
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Designation : Senior Research Scientist
Expertise : Forest Resource Assessment
  1. Poletti C., Dioszegi G., Nyongesa K.W., Vacik H., Barbujani M., and Kigomo J.N. (2019) Characterization of Forest Fires to Support Monitoring and Management of Mount Kenya Forest, Mountain Research and Development (MRD), Vol 39, No 3
  2. Zhao Y., Feng D, Jayaraman D. , Belay D. , Sebrala H. , Ngugi J., Maina E., Akombo R. , Otuoma J., Mutyaba J., Kissa S. , Qig S. , Assefa F., Oduor M.N. , Ndawula A.K. , Li Y. , Gonga P., (2018). Bamboo mapping of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda for the year 2016 using multi-temporal Landsat imagery International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geo-information 66, 116–125
  3. Kigomo J.N., Kuria M.N., Gatama S. and Waweru E.M. (2018) Evaluation of land and vegetation degradation indicators in Kiang'ombe landscape, Mbeere North, Kenya, Journal of Research in Forestry, Wildlife & Environment Vol. 10(1), 74-84.
  4. Kigomo J.N., Muturi G.M., Gachathi F.N., Kimani S.M., Kuria M.N and Macharia E. (2015) Vegetation composition and dynamics along degradation gradient of Kiang'ombe hill forest in the drylands of Kenya, Journal of Horticulture and Forestry, Vol. 7(7) 168-178.
  5. Kinyanjui, M. J., Kigomo, N. J., Wambui, K. M., Kariuki, N. J., Charles, N., Macharia, N. J., Odidi, O. W., Fredrick, A., Omamo, O. A., & Katumbi, N. M. (2015). Comparing tree heights among montane forest blocks of Kenya using LiDAR data from GLAS. Open Journal of Forestry, 5, 80-89
  6. Kigomo J.N. and Muturi G. M. (2013) Impacts of enclosures in rehabilitation of degraded rangelands of Turkana County, Kenya, Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment, Vol. 5(7): 165-171
  7. Kigomo J.N., Sweda T. and Tsuzuki H. (2013) Improved model for estimation of leaf area index using airborne laser profiling, Journal of Horticulture and Forestry, Vol. 5(4) 53-60.

Book Chapter

  1. Wekesa C., Ngugi J., Mulwa D. and Leley N. (2019). Floristic composition and structure of Buda Forest, In Biodiversity Status of Buda Forest, Kenya, In: Kamondo et al (eds.) Biodiversity status of Buda Forest, Kenya
  2. Kigomo J.N., Ndungu S.M, Macharia E. and Waweru S. (2015). Management of Prosopis species to enhance natural regeneration in Northern Kenya In: Khalif et al. (eds.); Sustainable land management in the drylands of Kenya
  3. Kigomo J.N. and Muturi G.M. (2014) Capacity building in woodland rehabilitation and conservation of degraded areas In: Muturi et al. (eds.); Rehabilitation and conservation of degraded woodlands surrounding Kakuma refugee camp.
  4. Esilaba E.O., Okoti, M., Nyariki D.M.., Keya G.A. Miriti J.M., Kigomo J.N., Olukoye G., Wekesa L., Ego W., Muturi G.M. and Cheruiyot H.K. (2011). The Desert Margins Programme approaches in up scaling best bet technologies in arid and semi-arid lands in Kenya. In Bationo et al. (eds.) Innovations as key to green revolution in Africa.

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. Ndambiri J., Ngugi J., Maina E. and Mutwiri F. (2020) Technical Manual for Forest Biomass Mapping in Kenya, Kenya Forest Service, Nairobi, Kenya.
  2. Ndambiri J., Ngugi J. and Maina E. (2020) Monitoring of Woodland Biomass in Kenya; Technical Guide for Establishing Permanent Sample Plots and Monitoring Above Ground Biomass in Kenya’s Woodlands, Kenya Forest Service, Nairobi, Kenya.
  3. Mbae N. Muchiri, John Ngugi, Mwangi Kinyanjui, Kirongo Balozi, Fredrick Ojuang, Peter Nduati, Willis Atie, Pekka Hyvönen, Helena Haakana, Jukka Alm, András Balázs, Heikki Parikka (2016) Field Manual for Biophysical Forest Resources Assessment in Kenya. Prepared through The Project “Improving Capacity in Forest Resources Assessment in Kenya (IC-FRA)” implemented 2013–2015.
  4. Pekka Hyvönen, Helena Haakana, Mbae N. Muchiri, Meshack Muga, Balozi K. Bekuta, James M. Kimondo, Daniel M. Mbithi, John Ngugi, Peter N. Nduati, Stephen Karega, Mwangi Kinyanjui, Fredrick Ojuang (2016) Field Manual for Tree Volume and Biomass Modelling. Prepared through The Project “Improving Capacity in Forest Resources Assessment in Kenya (IC-FRA)” implemented 2013–2015.

Policy Briefs

  1. John N. Kigomo (2018) Forest Fires and Climate Change: Safety, recovery and general preparedness: Article in Miti Magazine, Issue no. 38; April-June 2018. Published by Better Globe Forestry Limited


  • 2020- Present : Senior Research Scientist, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Central Highlands Eco-Region Research Programme - Muguga
  • 2015- 2020 : Research Scientist I, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Central Highlands Eco-Region Research Programme – Muguga
  • 2010- 2015 : Research Scientist II, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Central Highlands Eco-Region Research Programme-Muguga
  • 2004 to 2010 : Assistant Research Scientist: Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Turkana Regional Sub-Centre

Adminstrative Responsiblity

  • 2004- 2009 : Officer –In – Charge, Turkana Regional Sub-Centre

Academic Qualification

  1. Moi University -Master of Science inLibraryand InformationStudies (2014) Thesis titled: “Local Content Management in Kenya Methodist University”
  2. Moi University -Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences (2007)Graduated with Second Class Honours, Upper Division