Advisor: Dr. Ryne Palombit
My current research interests focus on Human Ecology and Animal Adaptive Behavior.
My current Ph.D. research thesis focuses on the human-baboon interface coexistence in human modified habitats by examining different anthropogenic land use practices and their influence on baboon socioecology and human-wildlife interactions. My findings will contribute to the practicalities of solving issues for the continued coexistence between humans, baboons and other species. First, examining the olive baboon's response to particular types of environmental changes will provide insights on how this species adapts to changes that are likely to occur in habitats where baboons and human coexist. Secondly, understanding how local people view and interact with baboons and other wildlife provides a means of evaluating whether local communities can be encouraged to make land use decisions aimed at facilitating the human-wildlife coexistence.
My future research interest will be directed towards evaluating land use, arising from shifting tenure systems, have stimulated the development of alternative ecological practices of humans attempting to adapt to dynamic and challenging conditions. This approach will also entail examining how various human-modified ecologies evoke economic, and political issues in different social groups as a reflection of their varying cultural ideologies. In particular, I focus on the role of a set of land use practices - such as ecotourism and community conservation based projects - in evaluating how space, resources (nature) are valued and utilized by different groups of humans. These practices extend to global trends that treat nature - particularly wildlife - as commodities whose function or purpose is to sustain local lifestyles. Of particular interest, I would like to evaluate the interplay between the "old" (local, ethnic) and "new" (Western) ideologies as a way to understand how they are integrated within a regional context and how this synthesis generates into local norms and ecological practices for better management and conservation goals.
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Moinde-Fockler, N.N., N.O. Oguge, G.M. Karere, D. Otina, M.A. Suleman. 2008. Human and natural impacts on forests along the Tana River, Kenya: Implications towards biodiversity management. Biodiversity Conservation 16:1161–1173.
Hau Jann, Moinde-Fockler NN, Ngotho M, Kariuki TM, Farah IO, Carlsson HE, Schapiro SJ and Suleman MA. 2008. Incovinience to asset: Transforming nonhuman primate problems into biomedical resources in East Africa Abstracts submitted for presentation at the forthcoming International Primatological Society XXII Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Karere, N.O. Oguge, J. Kirathe, P.K. Muoria, N.N., Moinde and M.A. Suleman. 2004. Population sizes and distribution of primates in the Lower Tana River forest, Kenya. International Journal of Primatology 25 (2): 351-365.