Dr. Michael Mukolwe

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Dr. Michael Mukolwe

Coordinator, KEFRI Graduate Research School (KGRS)
E-mail : mmukolwe@kefri.org
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Designation : Chief Research Scientist
Expertise : Natural Resource and Capacity building


  1. Mukolwe, A. F. na Mukolwe, M . (watafsiri). (2020). Mwongozo wa Ukuzaji wa Melia volkensii Shambani katika Maeneo Kame ya Kenya. CADEP-SFM/KFS 2018.
  2. AI-CD/KEFRI/JICA. (2019). Measures for Combating Desertification in the Horn of Africa. (eds.) Chagala-Odera, E., Mukolwe, M., Tuwei, P., Wanjiku, J., Ochieng’ D., Honjo, Y., and Njenga, E. Nairobi, Kenya.
  3. AI-CD / KEFRI. (2019) Measures for Combating Desertification: Case Studies from Horn of Africa. Eds . Chagala-Odera, E., Wanjiku, J., Tuwei, P., Ochieng, D., Mukolwe, M ., Yuki Honjo, Y., and Njenga, E.
  4. Mukolwe, M.O. (2016). Assessment of Institutional Capacity and Adoption of Forest Innovation in Kenya . PhD, Thesis in Natural Resources Management. Egerton University, Kenya.
  5. Spilsbury, M.J., Kowero, G.S., Mukolwe, M.O ., Netzehti, A., Legesse, W.W., Nsengiyumva, O., Kiwuso, P. and Sabas, E. (2003). Forest-related Research Capacity in Eastern Africa. Rome. FAO.
  6. Mukolwe, M.O. and Kaudia, A.A. (2001). Abstracts of theses and dissertations by Scientists at Kenya Forestry Research Institute: Bibliography (1983-2000). KEFRI Press Unit. Nairobi, Kenya.
  7. Kaudia, A.A., Mukolwe, M.O. and Owuor, B. (2001). Participatory Eco-resource Management: Harnessing Individual Initiatives. In: Dryland Farming Manual. International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR).
  8. Mukolwe, M.O. (1999). The Potential of Agroforestry in the Conservation of High Value Indigenous Trees: A Case Study of Umzimvubu District, Eastern Cape. MSc, Thesis. Forest Biodiversity Programme. University of Natal, South Africa.

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. Guidelines to On-farm Melia volkensii Growing in the Dryland Areas of Kenya. CADEP-SFM/KFS 2018.
  2. Training Curriculum: Production, Processing and Marketing of Forest Products. KEFRI. September 2015.
  3. AI-CD/KEFRI/JICA. (2019). Guideline on Effective Measures for Combating Desertification for Achieving Sustainable Development in the Horn of Africa. (eds.) Chagala-Odera, E., Mukolwe, M., Tuwei, P., Wanjiku, J., Ochieng’ D., Honjo, Y., and Njenga, E. Nairobi, Kenya.


  1. Gichora, M. 2003. In: Vlek, P. L. G. (Ed-in-Chief). ZEF Ecology and Development Series No. 6. Towards realization of Kenya’s Full Beekeeping Potential: A Case Study of Baringo District. Cuvillier Verlag, Goettingen, GERMANY. ISBN No. 3-89873-675-X. PhD Thesis. University of Bonn, Germany.
  2. Gichora, M. W. 1992 . The significance of fungal decay of Eucalyptus regnans F. Muell. heartwood for some aspects of the biology of Coptotermes lacteus (Frogatt). Master of Science Thesis. The Australian National University.

Policy Briefs

  1. Mukolwe, M.O ., Cheboiwo, J.K. and Wanjiku, J. (2019). Policy Brief on Establishment of the KEFRI Graduate Research School. KEFRI. May 2019.
  2. Mukolwe et al . (1994). Research Interns, Students on Attachment, Research Associates (RISARA) at KEFRI. KEFRI Circular November 1994.


  • 2019 to-date : Chief Research Scientist/ Coordinator, KEFRI Graduate Research School (KGRS)
  • Sept. 2017 to Nov 2019 : Chief Research Scientist/Training Manager
  • Sept. 2010 to Sept 2017 : Principal Research Scientist/Training Manager - KEFRI
  • Jul 2004 to Sept. 2010 : Senior Research Officer/Training Manager KEFRI
  • Sept. 1999 to July 2004 : Research Officer/Training Manager - KEFRI
  • Dec. 1998 to Aug. 1999 : Head, Research Liaison and Consultancy Services - KEFRI.
  • 1994 – 1998 : Research/Training Officer - KEFRI
  • 1990-1994 : Assistant Research /Training Officer - KEFRI
  • 1985 – 1990 : Forester - KEFRI
  • 1981 – 1985 : Forest Assistant Trainee - Forest Department
  • 1981 : Untrained Teacher – Ruiru High School, Kiambu, Kenya

Adminstrative Responsibilities

  • Nov 2019 to-date : Coordinator, KEFRI Graduate Research School (KGRS)
  • Sept 1999 - Oct 2019 : Training Manager
  • Dec 1998 – Aug 1999 : Head, Research Liaison and Consultancy

Academic Qualification

  • 2016: Doctor of Philosophy, Natural Resource Management (PhD), Egerton University, Kenya
  • 1999 Masters of Environment and Development (MSc), University of Natal, Republic of South Africa
  • 1990 Bachelor of Science (Forestry), Australian National University, Australia
  • 1985 Diploma in Forestry, Egerton University, Kenya

Key Competencies

  1. Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Urban and Amenity Forestry and Capacity Building