Dr. Nankaya

Dr. Jedidah Nankaya

Senior Lecturer, COD- Forestry and Wildlife Management

  • Jedidah S. Nankaya, Patricia A. Layton, Karen C. Hall, Elizabeth D. Baldwin (2014).The Salient Traditional Medicinal Plants and Conservation Strategies of the Loita Maasai of Kenya. Pro-Quest. Published.
  • Donald L. Hagan, Elena A. Mikhailova, Timothy M. Shearman, Patrick T. Ma, Jedidah S. Nankaya, Samantha K. Hart, Hillary E.Valdetero, William C. Bridges, He Yun (2013). The Role of Soil and Landscape Factors in Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) Invasion in Appalachian Piedmont. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 7(3):483-490. 2014
  • Nankaya, J.; Gichuki, N.; Lukhoba, C.; Balslev, H. Sustainability of the Loita Maasai Childrens’ Ethnomedicinal Knowledge. Sustainability 2019, 11, 5530  
  • Nankaya, J., Nampushi, J., Petenya, S., Balslev, H., 2019.Ethnomedicinal plants of the Loita Maasai of Kenya. Journal of Environment, Development and Sustainability. Early online https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-019-00311-w.

 Research Interest

  1. Conservation biology
  2. Plant- human interaction
  • My research interest is in ethnobiology where I study plant- human interactions in a changing world and how this informs conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources. I use ethnoecological approach to investigate how local people use their ecological knowledge to understand their environment.


  • Ph.D. Candidate; Biology of Conservation, University of Nairobi (2017-2020)
  • M.Sc. Plant & Environmental Science, Clemson University, USA (2012-2014)
  • B.Ed Science (Biology & Chemistry), University of Nairobi (2006-2010)
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