I studied undergraduate geology at the University of Nairobi. My undergraduate thesis was on the hydrology of a palaeo – lake in central Kenyan Rift, Case study: Lake Naivasha. I completed my studies with a master of Science degree under the Erasmus Mundus program under a joint collaboration from Universities of Plymouth, Cadiz and Algarve where I obtained a Joint European Master of Science degree in Water and Coastal Management. My master thesis was on the application of the Systems Approach Framework (SAF) methodology developed under the Science and Policy Integration for Coastal System Assessment (SPICOSA) project funded by the EU’s 6th Framework program on Lake Baringo, Kenya.
My PhD project was part funded by the French government under the L’Agence Inter-établissements de Recherche pour le Développement (AIRD) grant and Campus France through the French Embassy in Nairobi and focused on Late Holocene biogeochemical changes from three crater lakes on Mt. Kenya (Lakes Nkunga, Sacred and Rutundu). The aim of this study was to elucidate the Late Holocene history of climate and environmental changes on Mount Kenya using multi-proxy palaeo-indicators in soil and lake sediments. The multi-proxy analysis that was carried out on the Mount Kenya soils and lake sediments comprised traditional sedimentological (XRD, XRF and Xlf) and relatively novel organic geochemical analyses (%C, %N, δ13C, δ15N, n-alkanes and GDGT). This work was carried out at University of Nairobi and Sorbonne University (Former Université Pierre et Marie Curie) in Paris in collaboration with different laboratories at UPMC – METIS, CEREGE and ALYSES.
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