Mr. Joseph Nderitu Kirathe

Profile, Journals & Publications


  • Ph.D. Candidate; Biology of Conservation, University of Nairobi
  • M.Phil. Wildlife Management, Moi University
  • BSc. Wildlife Management, Moi University

       Research Interest

  • Wildlife Management and Conservation
  • I have over 10 years’ experience as a wildlife Field Researcher working with various institutions like the Colobus Trust-Dian, Earthwatch Institute, and Princenton University-African Project.  Currently, I am interested in the conservation of large mammal’s populations within the current changing landscape.  My Ph.D. thesis focus on understanding the effect of spatial-temporal resource variations on Grevy’s zebra populations in the Samburu-Laikipia landscape.  My teaching areas include Behavioural Ecology, Ornithology, Wildlife nutrition among other fields.
  • Currently, working on how Landscape resources influence population and distribution of the endangered Grevy’s zebra in the Samburu-Laikipia landscape for my Ph.D. thesis.   My interests and research focus is on wildlife populations, behavior and distribution, especially in Samburu –Laikipia landscape.  This will provide functional and mechanistic approaches to understanding factors currently contributing wildlife species declines in the landscape.  By factoring in the impacts of human-induced land use and climate change, conservation implications will actively be explored in Samburu-Laikipia landscape.

       Publications and Reports

  • Kirathe, N.J., Rubenstein, D.I., Oguge, O. N., and Chege, G. 2005. Competitive relationships between Grevy’s and plains zebra.  Field Report for Earthwatch Institute Samburu Conservation Research Initiative.
  • Wahungu, G.M., Muoria, P.K., Moindee, N.N., Oguge, N.O. and Kirathe, N.J. 2005.  Changes in forest fragment sizes and primate population trends along the River Tana floodplain, Kenya.  African Journal of Ecology, 43, 81-90
  • Karere, G.M., Oguge, N.O., Kirathe, J., Muoria, P.K., Moindee, N.N. and Suleman, M.A. 2004: Population sizes and distribution of primates in the lower Tana River Forests, Kenya.  International Journal of Primatology, 25(2):351-365.
  • Kirathe, N. J.& Parry L. 2003.  Kidnap and adoptions:  lessons for the Colobus Trust.  Swara, January –April, 2003
  • Kirathe, N.J. 1999.  Conservation of a rare and unique gallery forest.  East African National History Society Bulletin.  29: 7-9.
  • Kirathe, J.N. & T. Brooks.  1999. Kisere Forest Reserve.  Swara 1: Pp. 22.
  • Fuller, J.L., Kirathe, J.N., Ryan, M. & Butynski, T.  1999.  Impact of wildlife fencing on communities adjacent to the Aberdares Ecosystem, Kenya.  In: T.M. Butynski (Ed.). Aberdare National Park and Aberdares Forest Reserve Fence Placement Study and Recommendations.  Unpublished report for Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Department.  Zoo Atlanta, Nairobi.  453 Pp.
  • Kirathe, N.J. 1998.  Food overlaps between four sympatric primates species in Kakamega Forest, Kenya.  Master of Philosophy Thesis. Moi University, Eldoret-Kenya.
  • Brooks, T. & Kirathe, N.J.  1997.  Some observation of nesting Blue-headed Bee-Eaters Merops mulleri in Kakamega forest, Kenya. Scopus, 1997.