Henry Komu

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Henry Komu

E-mail : hmwaka@kefri.org
Researcher ID : 0000-0001-6129-5760
Designation : Research Scientist
Expertise : Forest Ecology

Journal Papers

  1. O'Connell, M., Nasirwa, O., Carter, M., Farmer, K., Appleton, M., Arinaitwe, J., . . . Komu, H.M. (2017). Capacity building for conservation: Problems and potential solutions for sub-Saharan Africa. Oryx, 53(2), 273-283. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605317000291


  • Sept 2015 – Date : Research Scientist II, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, P. O. Box 71-80502 Mokowe, Lamu
  • Sept 2014 – April 2015 : Part Time Lecturer, Chuka University
  • May 2014 – April 2015 : Part Time Lecturer, South Eastern Kenya University
  • Nov 2010 – Sept 2013 : Teaching Assistant, University of Nairobi

Administrative Responsibility

  • Sept 2015 to Date : Assistant Regional Director, Lamu Forestry Research Sub Regional Centre, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, P. O. Box 71-80502 Mokowe, Lamu
  • Sept 2006 – Sept 2010 : Class Representative, BSc. Range Management Students’, University of Nairobi

Academic Qualification

    • 2019 – To date : PhD Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management, University of Nairobi
    • 2010 – 2013 : Master of Science in Range Management, University of Nairobi
    • 2006 – 2010 : Bachelor of Science in Range Management , University of Nairobi

    Key Competencies

    A team player and leader with ability to establish and maintain good working relations with stakeholders and people of different nationals and cultural backgrounds

    Other Courses

    • 14th Nov – 2nd Dec 2019 : GIS and Remote Sensing- Conducted at IRD Centre, New Caledonia, under support of IRD through Conservation and resilience of Kenya’s mangrove forests project
    • 11th Feb – 8th March 2019 : Senior Management Course- At Kenya School of Government, , sponsored by Kenya Forestry Research Institute
    • 12Th – 16th Feb 2020 : ISO 14001:2015 and 9001:2015, Internal Audit training at Kitui
    • 24th -30th Sept 2017 : ISO 14001:2015 and 9001:2015 Implementers training at Marigat Kitui
    • 13th – 16th July 2015 : Open Data Kit (ODK) survey data collection application; offered by TANGO International at the Mercy Corps Kenya,
    • 15th –17th Sept 2014 : Collaborative Research Methods; offered jointly by Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies -University of Nairobi, Colorado State University and International Livestock Research Institute at the University of Nairobi,
    • 9th -13th June 2014 : Geographic Information Systems -offered jointly by Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies, University of Nairobi and Colorado State University, at the University of Nairobi,
    • 1st-13th March 2012 : Sustainable Land Use and Natural Resource Management; field based course conducted by Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies in collaboration with Danish Consortium for Environment and Development and Green Belt Movement at Solio settlement scheme
    • 6th – 25th Jan 2012 : Tropical Ecology and Computation Biology; jointly offered by Princeton University, University of Illinois, Chicago and University of Nairobi at Mpala Research Centre-Nanyuki
    • 5th – 9th Dec 2011 : Scientific communication and publishing; offered by Training Centre in Communication at the University of Nairobi,

Key Competencies

  1. Research interests are in soils, hydrology, landscape processes and nutrient dynamics on multi-scale environmental, hydro-pedology, spatiotemporal variations of land degradation, agronomic, ecological, and agroecosystem sciences. My research activities employ biometrics, GIS & remote sensing, modelling, and spatial statistical applications to mitigate land degradation, judicious resource use and efficiency, enhanced natural resource conservation and sustainability, and global food security.

Other Courses

    • 2020 : Fundamentals of Ecosystem Ecology: Biogeochemistry, Energy Flow, and Nutrient Cycling. CARY Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York, USA.
    • 2019 : Google Digital Skills for Africa, Centum Learning.
    • 2018 : Principles of ICT for Agriculture.
    • 2016 : Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP): ABN Unisol.
    • 2017 : Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in QGIS, ArcGIS, and GeoMedia. : Research methods and scientific writing.
    • 2014 : Hands-on training in soil and plant tissue analysis in the lab and also in situ using two field test kits.
    • 2016 : Data management, spatial and statistical analysis using ODK, R, QGIS, ArcGIS, and Geomedia.
    • 2016 : “Integrated Project Tropical Agro- and Ecosystems Engineering”, an intense academic field course offered by the University of Eldoret (Kenya), KU-Leuven (Belgium), and ETH-Zurich (Switzerland) and Arba Mich University (Ethiopia).
    • 2015 : Master class of introduction to the integration of scientific research approaches.
    • 2013 : Mushroom Cultivation and Spawn Production.
    • 2011 : Health awareness on cancer and HIV & Aids.
    • 2010 : Installation and operating computer software.