Soil Section
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Introduction

The section of Soil Science was among the oldest units of the Faculty of Agriculture teaching all soil science and related courses in the faculty. In 1976. The department launched a  Bachelors and Master’s degree programme in Soil Science and thereafter a Doctoral programme. This programme aims to equip students with the scientific knowledge and skills required to tackle technical issues on management of agriculture-related aspects in the environment such as reduction or control of degradation and pollution, and promotion of environmentally acceptable and sustainable production practices.

Head of Soil Section

Mr. Joseph M. Ndutu

Bsc(UoN),MSc (UoN), PhD (On-going)

A Lecturer, Graduated from University of Nairobi with BSc in Range Management and Msc Soil Science . He has supervised four MSc. Students with whom he has presented papers in conferences and currently writing journals. He has 3 publications. Mr Ndutu  head Soil section  in this department.  Read More
Soil Physics

Dr. Geoffrey Kironchi (BSc(UoN), MSc(UoN), PhD (UoN)

A Senior lecturer in Soil Science specializing in Ecohydrology and Water Resource Management in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He holds a PhD in Soil Science, a Masters in Soil Science, and B.Sc. degree in Range Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has published widely in his area of specialty .Read More

Dr. Stephen M. Mureithi

BSc(UoN), MSc(Ghent University), PhD (Ghent University)

Tutorial Fellow 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.Read More

 

Mr.S.K.Tirop

The Chief Technologist in the Department  of  Land Resource Management  and  Agricultural Technology  Faculty of Agriculture . He holds  Masters Degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi besides other academic and professional qualifications.He is a registered EIA Expert with NEMA.Read More

Mr. Eluid Gachuhi

Technologist in the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology and his duties include: Analyzing soil samples, Preparing soil practical’s for undergraduate students and helping in soil research in the Department.  He holds a Diploma in Applied Sciences in 1984 and A  Level Certificate both from Kenya Polytechnic. He has over 30years experience. Read More

Mr.Fedinard Anyika

Laboratory and  field assistant in the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi.   His duties includes  plant and soil sample analysis, data collection, filed activities  monitoring, preparation of compost   and proper tillage. Read More
Soil Chemistry and Fertility

Prof. Joseph Keter

BSc(UoN), MSc (UoN), PhD (UoN)

Currently an Associate Professor in Soil Science majoring in Soil Chemistry, Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (soil acidity and liming, methods of soil chemical analyses, macro- and micronutrient use by crops) in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology and a former Chairman the Department of Soil Science. He is a Principal Supervisor for 5 PhD candidates and 10 MSc. Candidates. He has served in various University Committees. Read More

Dr. Richard N. Onwonga

BSc(Egerton), MSc (Egerton), PhD (BOKU)

Currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi - Department of Land Resource Management and Natural Resources, Teaching and supervising both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and examines thesis on various soil and soil-environment related courses. He has PhD in Agriculture (Dr. nat. techn) from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, M.Sc. in Soil Science, and B.Sc. in Agriculture Education & Extension from Egerton University. Read More

Dr. Fredrick O. Ayuke

BSc(Moi University), MSc (Moi University), PhD (Wageningen University)

Soil Biologist/Ecologist,  and a lecturer in the this department.Graduated with a PhD from the Department of Soil Quality, Wageningen University, the Netherlands in 2010, his studies funded by the World Tropical Research Organization (WOTRO/NWO) of Netherlands.Read More

Dr.  George Njomo Karuku

BSc(UoN), MSc (UoN), PhD (UoN)

He is a Lecturer in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agriculture Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi, specializing soil technology that entails modelling for Irrigation water application and scheduling, soil water balance of the root zone and consumptive water use by crops increase water use efficiency for enhancement of food security. I have been involved in research and modelling effects of Climatic change as well as Research on soil fertility, plant nutrition, soil biology with emphasis on sustainable agriculture through conservation tillage and use of cover crops. Read More

Mr. Joseph M. Ndutu

BSc(UoN), MSc (UoN)

A Lecturer, University of Nairobi. Graduated from University of Nairobi in 1986 with BSc. Range Management and employed by Ministry of Agriculture. Has worked in Kwale as District Range Planning Officer and later enrolled for Msc. Soil Science . He has supervised four MSc. Students with whom he has presented papers in conferences and currently writing journals. He has 3 publications.Read More

Ms Penninah Nduhiu

 A senior Technologist in the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural technology of the University of Nairobi. She has Higher National Certificate of Science (Chemistry), Higher Diploma in Analytical Chemistry, and Diploma in Science Laboratory. She has over 20 years in soil science analysis.Read More

Mr. John K. Mungai

A Lab Technologist  in the Department of Land Recourse and Management of Agricultural Technology, involved in soil fertility.  He is pursuing a degree in the University of Nairobi in Analytical Chemistry.  He holds a diploma in analytical chemistry.Read More

Ms. Lilian S. Wambui

Support staff member Grade II  and lab assistant in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. She holds a Certificate of Kenya Primary Education. She has over 28 years’ of experience.Read More
Soil Microbiology and MICERN Lab

Prof. Nancy K.N. Karanja

BSc (UoN),MSc (UoN),PhD( UoR)

She is a Full Professor in Soil Ecology, and Director of Microbial Resources Centre (MIRCEN), University of Nairobi. She has many years of experience in BNF with legumes in SAA including managing inoculant production and use by farmers. She has also coordinated urban agriculture and it plays in addressing food insecurity and livelihoods to the urban poor and other related issues in SSA and has published widely in this subject. Read More

Prof. Shellemiah Okoth Keya

BSc (Makere),MSc and PhD(Cornell University)

Currently Chancellor of Dedan Kimathi Universityof Science and Technology and professor of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technologies, University of Nairobi.  He attended Wang’apala, Kisii and Kakamega schools and graduated from Makerere University (BSc), Cornell University (MSc and PhD) Read More

Mr.Aggrey K. Mwala

BSc(UoN), MSc (UoN)

 

A lecturer in the Department of Land Resource and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT).  He is a Soil Scientist Specialized in Soil biology and Fertility. He holds a BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has also attended many courses locally and internationally on advanced soil management. He has taught at the University of Nairobi since 1988.He has served as Chairman Farm Practice Committee and member of the Faculty Time Table Committee.Read More

Mr. Stanley Kisamuli

A Technologist Grade ABC in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He possess many skills including Preparation of practical material, Laying and cleaning of the laboratory, Production and Sale of Inoculants Preparing and setting green houses for soil micro biology research work. he has a work experience of over 24 years.Read More
Soil Survey and Land Evaluation

Prof. Charles K.K. Gachene

BSc(UoN), MSc (UoN), PhD (Swedish University)

Currently an Associate Professor in LARMAT and immediate past Chairman of LARMAT.  A specialist in soil and water management. Has over 126 publications of which 24 are in refereed proceedings and 58 are in refereed journals and book chapters. Has supervised 22 and 24 MSc and PhD students. Read More

Prof. Joseph Mbuvi

Msc and PhD(Hungary)

 

Currently an Associate Professor in Soil Science majoring in Soil Survey and Land Evaluation in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He served as Chairman of the Department of Soil Science and Director of the former Institute of Dryland Resource Development and Utilization. He has supervised for 6 PhD candidates and 20 MSc candidates. He has served in various University Committees. Between 1995-1997 he served as an External Examiner at University of Zimbabwe, Department of Soil Science. Read More

Dr. Vincent Kathumo

BSc(UoN), MSc (UoN), PhD (UoN)

He is a Lecturer in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agriculture Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi, specializing in Soil Science, Remote sensing and Geo Information Systems. He holds a PhD in Soil Science, a Msc in Soil Science, and B.Sc. degree in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has taught both Graduate and Undergraduate students for the last 5 years and also has supervised 5 Msc thesis and 11 Undergraduate projects. He has published widely in his area of speciality. Read More

Ms. Martha Kimani

Bsc(KEMU), MSc(UoN)

She is a Senior Technologist in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. Specializing in Geo Information System and Soil Survey with strong leadership, communication and customer care skills. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems and Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. She has over 15 years of working experience in field and Laboratory work. Read More
Projects ongoing and past
Past
  • Making the best of climate – Adapting agriculture to climate variability
  • Towards Increased Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in East Africa through Capacity Building in Agroecological Intensification”
  • Modelling the potential impact of climate change on sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) production in semi-arid areas of Kenya using the agricultural production systems simulator (APSIM)
  • Capacity Building in sustatinable soil resource management and intergrated soil fertility management
  • Crop Production In Water Scarce Environments: Strengthening local capacity building as an exit strategy
  • Development And Uscaling Of Soil And Water Conservation Technologies. The case of ‘Macro – Contour lines’ in Kathekakai Settlement Scheme, Machakos District.
  • development of  waterhole monitoring system for livestock early warning
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Ongoing
  • Sustainable dryland project (Centre for sustainable Dryland ecosystems and societies)
  • Potential of productive and multiple water and waste (re-) use in Kajiado districtPotential of productive and multiple water and waste (re-) use in Kajiado districtMapping the mind of consumers and traders of fresh vegetables at open-air markets with respect to food safety and security in Kenya: An application of the Zaltman Metaphor 28.Elicitation Technique (ZMET
  • Evaluating ways of developing a fertilizer product from human excreta.
  • Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa (N2Africa
  • Improving bean yields by reversing soil degradation and reducing soil borne pathogens on small-holder farms in Western Kenya.
  • Creating Wealth For Smallholder Farmers In Arid Areas Of Kenya: The Case of Mukau (Melia Volkensii)
  • modelling of climate change effects on pastoral livestock production performance in arid northern kenya(Nurturing grant)
  • proposal for reserach grants on innovative application of ICTs in addressing water related impacts of climate change
  • Screening finger millet varities for the adaptation  to drought prone ecological regions of estern kenya as a strategy to compact food insecurity and climate change
  • Building human and institutional capacity for enhancing the conservation  and use of neglected and uderultilized species of crops in west Africa, and Eastern  and  Southern africa
Degree courses  or units
Undergraduate
Postgraduate
 Possible career opportunities
  • National and International Research Organization
  • Government Ministries a and Departments
  • Teaching in Environmental/Natural Training Resources
  • Consultancy firms
  • Self Employment
Alumni
Year No View  Student Details
2012 45 View
2011 43 View
2010 14 View
2009 21 View
2008 9 View