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Stephen Mureithi

  • Collaborating Scientist
  • Laboratory of Soil Science, Ghent University
  • 6PublicationsNumber of items in Stephen's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 4Followers


I am a Lecturer at the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi. 'My research domain focuses on the direct effects of disturbance (e.g. drought, overgrazing, and land-use change) on dryland ecosystems. My main interests are: i) land and soil management, and rehabilitation of degraded arid environments ii) desertification (land degradation in drylands), a phenomenon often equated to a reduction in the biological and economic potential of land to support human populations, livestock and wildlife and which, ultimately, is linked to global environmental change through climate, biodiversity loss, pastoral livelihoods, and land use change. I am also doing research and consultancy in soil and water conservation, water resource management and watershed management. I hold a PhD in Geology (Specializing in Land Resource Management) from Ghent University (Belgium, 2012); M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources (Ghent University, 2006) and a B.Sc. in Rangeland Management (University of Nairobi, 2000). I have also attended a number of professional short courses like ‘Conservation of Biodiversity in Desert Ecosystems’ at Ben Gurion University of the Negev organized by MASHAV, State if Israel in 2003. My PhD research focused on the ‘impact of enclosures under private and communal management on ecosystem health using the key biotic (herbaceous vegetation) and abiotic (soil) indicators, relative to the adjacent open degraded rangeland in the Lake Baringo basin. The study also quantified the tangible benefits derived from rehabilitating a degraded semi-arid rangeland in communal enclosures. The study further assessed the impact of community conservation management on a semi-arid savannah in Laikipia; and determined the effects of range rehabilitation through reseeding on large herbivore dynamics.’ Results are published or submitted in peer-reviewed journals and were presented in international conferences. I have (co) authored 14 scientific papers, 3 book chapters and several policy briefs.

Recent publications

  • Seedbed preparation influence on morphometric characteristics of perennial grasses of a semi-arid rangeland in Kenya

  • The Influence of Water Availability on Pastoralist’s Resource Use in Mwingi and Kitui Districts in Kenya


Professional experience

Collaborating Scientist

Laboratory of Soil Science, Ghent University

March 2011 - Present


University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology (LARMAT)

February 2009 - Present


PhD in Geology and Soil Science

Universiteit Gent

March 2011 - March 2013(2 years)

M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources

Ghent University

September 2004 - September 2006(2 years)

B.Sc. in Range Management

University of Nairobi Department of Range Management

October 1996 - June 2000(4 years)


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