Neroh Chelimo Leley

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Neroh Chelimo Leley

Research scientist
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Researcher ID : 0000-0002-8129-6602
Designation : Research Scientist (Forest Ecology)
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Journal papers

  1. Leley, N.C., Langat, D.K., Kosgey, C.C., Kisiwa, A.K. and Nzove, B (2021). Effect of livestock grazing on floristic structure and composition of montane forests: a case of South West Mau forest, Kenya. Final draft under review for submission to Mountain Research and Development journal. 2) Langat, D.K., Cheboiwo, Mairura, F., J.K., J. Kiprop, Kagombe, J. K., Smith, N. Guzha, A.and N. Leley (2020). Economic Valuation of Forest Ecosystems in Kenya: A Systematic Review of the literature and identification of future research needs. Under review at International Journal of Forestry Research.
  2. Musingo, T.E., Kungu, J. B., Gachathi, F.N., Wekesa, C., Leley, N.C. and Muthini, J.M. (2019). Annonated checklist of plant species of Loita Forest (Entim e Naimina Enkiyio Forest or the forest of the lost child), Narok County, Kenya. Int. J. Adv. Res. 2 Biol. Sci. 6(3): 54-110. 3
  3. Wekesa, C., Leley, N.C., Maranga, E., Kirui, B., Muturi, G., Musingo, T.E. and Chikamai, B. (2016). Effects of forest disturbance on vegetation structure and aboveground carbon in three isolated forest patches of Taita Hills, open journal of forestry.


  1. Kagombe J., Kiprop J., Langat D., Cheboiwo J., Wekesa L., Ongugo P., Mbuvi M.T. and Leley N.,C. (2020). Socio-economic Impact of Forest Harvesting Moratorium in Kenya.
  2. Langat, D.K., Leley, N.C. and Kosgey, C. (2019). Ndoinet Forest Livestock Management Plan. Livestock Intensification Project Report.
  3. Musingo, T.E., Wekesa, L., Wekesa;C., Leley, N.C., Ntabo, M., Eshitera, A., Karangi; M., Cheruiyot, L., Manyala, P., Okeyo, M., Sheikh, M., Kimani, K., Mbae, M., Ongugo, P., Kala, A. and Owuor, B (2016). Capability map for growing High value tree species in the coast region of Kenya.
  4. Leley, N.C. (2016).The role of Sykes monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis albogularis) in seed dispersal and natural forest regeneration. Msc. Thesis, University of Nairobi

Book Chapter

  1. Wekesa; C., Ngugi, J., Mulwa, D.M. and Leley, N.C. (2019). Floristic composition and structure of Buda forest in Biodiversity status of Buda forest, Kenya.

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. Langat, D.K., Leley, N.C. and Kosgey, (2019). Developing Permissible Grazing Thresholds for Sustainable Grazing Management in South Western Mau Forest Block. Livestock Intensification Project Report.
  2. Kisiwa, A.K., Amwatta, J.M., Leley, N.C., and Mohammed, A. (2018). Promoting the use of improved biomass technoloies in mt. Elgon and cherangany hills ecosystems
  3. Wekesa, C., Leley, N.C. Ndalilo, L., Amur, A., Uchi, M. and Swiderska, K. (2015). Partners’ progress review and international policy dialogue workshop report. ISBN: 978-1-78431-338-8.
  4. Langat, D.K., Okoth. S., Owango, K., Leley, N.C., Kiprop, J., Kisiwa, A. and Ayaga, G. (2020). Ecosystem Services Valuation of Kakamega, Nandi North and Nandi South and Kibiri Forest Ecosystems. Scaling up sustainable land management and agro-biodiversity conservation to reduce environmental degradation in small scale agriculture in Western Kenya project
  5. Gachathi, F.N., Musingo, T.E., Wekesa, L., Wekesa, C. and Leley, N.C (2016). A field guide to valuable trees and Shrubs of kaya mudzi muvya forest in Kilifi County, Kenya.
  6. Wekesa, C., Leley, N.C., Muthini, J. and Manya, C. (2015): a guideline for rehabilitation of mangrove forests using Rhizophora mucronata 4
  7. Wekesa, C., Leley, N.C., Mwadalu, R., Manya, C. and Muthini, J (2017). Mangrove ecosystems site characterization of degradation indicators in degraded mangrove ecosystems

Policy Briefs

  1. Langat, D.K., Leley, N.C. and Kosgey, (2019). Implications of forest grazing: is it ecologically viable? Case of Ndoinet Forest, South Western Mau.
  2. Kagombe J., Kiprop J., Langat D., Cheboiwo J., Wekesa L., Ongugo P., Mbuvi M.T. and Leley N. (2020). Impacts of Forest harvesting ban in Kenya: Is it feasible in sustainable forest management? (2019).

Extension materials

  1. Bamboo Products Catalogue. Compiled by J. Amwatta (Dr), A. Mwirigi, A. Kisiwa, N. Leley and S. Gitonga. (2017)
  2. Kenya’s Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (WaTER ) Programme. Component 4 brochure


  • 18/04/2016-30/07/2018: Project Assistant, Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Programme, Kenya Forestry Research Institute
  • 01/12/2020 to date : Research Scientist II-Forest Ecology, Kenya Forestry Research Institute
  • 01/07/2014-17/04/2016 : Assistant Research Officer- Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR): Strengthening Innovation Systems for Food Security in the Face of Climate Change project,
  • Kenya Forestry Research Institute
  • 01/08/2013 -01/08/2014 : Research Associate- National Museums of Kenya
  • 01/08/2011-31/10/2011 : Intern- Kenya Wildlife Service
  • Administrative Responsibility

    1. Support to management and coordination donor funded projects Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Programme (2016 to date)
    2. Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR): Strengthening Innovation Systems for Food Security in the Face of Climate Change
    3. Kenya Coastal Development Project

    Administrative Responsibility

    • Nov 2019- Date : Assistant Regional Director, Turbo Forestry Research Programme, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), P.O Box 5 - 30200 Nairobi, Kenya.


    • 2019 to date: PhD. Natural Resources Management, Egerton University
    • 2012 to 2016: MSc. Biology of Conservation, the University of Nairobi
    • 2008 to 2012: BSc. Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management, University of Nairobi

    Key Competencies

    1. Rehabilitation and restoration of forest landscapes
    2. Forest grazing ecology
    3. Biological invasions

    Other Courses

    • 15th - 21st February 2017- Forest practioners training course organized by Forest Society of Kenya held at Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) headquarters.
    • 5th - 11th July 2015: Training course on Participatory Integrated Community Development (PICD) organized by Kenya Coastal Development Project.
    • 17th - 18th December 2011: Transformational leadership training by Resource empowerment technologies limited organized by University of Nairobi