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Dr. Shem Kuyah

Scientific Research Focus

  • Ecosystem services and their application
  • Climate change mitigation in agriculture, agroforestry and forestry
  • Measurement, modelling and monitoring carbon stocks and stock changes
  • Assessment of plant biodiversity in agroforestry and forest ecosystems

 

Academic Education

  • 2010 - 2012

    PhD in Plant Sciences, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya

  • 2005 - 2008

    Master of Science in Plant Physiology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya

  • 2001 - 2005

    Bachelor of Science in Plant Biotechnology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya

 

Professional Career

  • 2018 - 2019
    Fellow, Department of Horticultural Sciences, University of Bonn and Alexander von Humboldt
  • 2017 - 2018

    Chairman, Department of Botany, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

  • 2016
    Visiting Fellow, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • 2013 -
    Lecturer, Department of Botany, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • 2013 - 2015
    Research Fellow, World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)
  • 2009 - 2013
    Assistant Lecturer, Department of Botany, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
  • 2005 - 2009
    Teaching Assistant, Department of Botany, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Selected Publications

2017 - 2018

 

1.    Dimobe, K., Mensah, S., Goetze, D., Ouédraogo, A., Kuyah, S., Porembski, S., & Thiombiano, A. (2018). Aboveground biomass partitioning and additive models for Combretum glutinosum and Terminalia laxiflora in West Africa. Biomass and Bioenergy, 115, 151-159.
2.    Kuyah S, Jonsson M and Öborn I. 2018. Regulating Ecosystem Services Delivered in Agroforestry Systems. In Dagar JC and Tewari VP (Eds.). Agroforestry: Anecdotal to Modern Science. p797-815. Springer.
3.    Gachuiri A, Carsan S, Karanja S, Parmutia M and Kuyah S. 2017. Diversity and importance of local fodder tree and shrub resources in mixed farming systems of central Kenya. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 26: 143-155
4.    Öborn I, Wekesa A, Nantongo P, Kiguli L, Wachiye EW, Musee C, Kuyah S and Neves B. 2017 Who enjoys smallholder-generated carbon benefits? In Namirembe S, Leimona B, van Noordwijk M and Minang PA (Eds.). Co-investment in ecosystem services: global lessons from payment and incentive schemes. World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya
5.    Lusiana B, Kuyah S, Öborn I and van Noordwijk M. 2017. Typology and metrics of ecosystem services and functions as the basis for payments, rewards and co-investment. In Namirembe S, Leimona B, van Noordwijk M and Minang PA (Eds.). Co-investment in ecosystem services: global lessons from payment and incentive schemes. World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya
 
2016

 6.    Kuyah S, Öborn I, Malmer A, Jonsson M, Dahlin AS, Nyaga J, Magaju C, Barrios E, Namirembe S, Muthuri C, Nyberg Y and Sinclair FL. 2016. Trees in agricultural landscapes enhance provision of ecosystem services in Sub-Saharan Africa. Int. J. Biodivers. Sci. Ecosyst. Serv. Manag. 12: 255-273.

7.    Kuyah S, Sileshi GW and Rosenstock TS. 2016. Allometric Models Based on Bayesian Frameworks Give Better Estimates of Aboveground Biomass in the Miombo Woodlands. Forests 7:13.
8.    Kuyah S, Mbow C, W Sileshi GW, van Noordwijk M, Tully KL and Rosenstock TS. 2016. Quantifying tree biomass carbon stocks and fluxes in agricultural landscapes. In Rosenstock et al. (Eds.). Methods for Measuring Greenhouse Gas Balances and Evaluating Migration Options in Smallholder Agriculture, pages 132-148. Springer. 2015

 9.    Poorter H, Jagodzinski AM, Ruiz‐Peinado R, Kuyah S, Luo Y, Oleksyn J, Usoltsev VA, Buckley TN, Reich PB and Sack L. 2015. How does biomass distribution change with size and differ among species? An analysis for 1200 plant species from five continents. New Phytologist 208(3): 736-749.

10.    Kuyah S and Rosenstock TS. 2015. Optimal measurement strategies for aboveground tree biomass in agricultural landscapes. Agroforestry Systems 89(1): 125-133

11.    Öborn I, Kuyah S, Jonsson M, Sigrun Dahlin A., Mwangi H and de Leeuw J. 2015. Landscape-level constraints and opportunities for sustainable intensification in smallholder systems in the tropics. In Minang et al. (Eds.) Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice, pp. 163-177. World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya. 2014

 12.    Kuyah S, Sileshi GW, Njoloma J, Mng'omba S and Neufeldt H. 2014. Estimating aboveground tree biomass in three different miombo woodlands and associated land use systems in Malawi. Biomass and Bioenergy. Biomass and Bioenergy 66: 214-222

13.    MacFarlane WD, Kuyah S, Muthuri C, Mulia R, Dietz J and van Noordwijk M. 2014. Evaluating a non-destructive method for calibrating tree biomass equations derived from tree branching architecture. Trees. 28 (3): 807-817

14.    Rosenstock TS, Mpanda M, Kimaro A, Luedeling E, Kuyah S et al. 2014. Science to support climate-smart agricultural development: Concepts and results from the MICCA pilot projects in East Africa. Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Series 10. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rom
 
2013

 

15.    Olale K, Yenesew A, Jamnadass R, Sila A, Aynekulu E, Kuyah S and Shepherd K. 2013. Limitations to use of infrared spectroscopy for rapid determination of carbon-nitrogen and wood density for tropical species. Advances in Analytical Chemistry 3(3): 21-28

16.    Kuyah S, Dietz J, Muthuri C, Noordwijk M and Neufeldt H. 2013. Allometry and partitioning of above- and below-ground biomass in farmed eucalyptus species dominant in Western Kenyan agricultural landscapes. Biomass and Bioenergy 55: 276-281

2012

 

17.    Kuyah S, Dietz J, Muthuri C, Jamnadass R, Mwangi P, Coe R and Neufeldt H. 2012. Allometric equations for estimating biomass in agricultural landscapes: I. Aboveground biomass. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 158: 216-224
18.    Kuyah S, Dietz J, Muthuri C, Jamnadass R, Mwangi P, Coe R and Neufeldt H. 2012. Allometric equations for estimating biomass in agricultural landscapes: II. Belowground biomass. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 158: 225-234
19.    Kuyah S, Muthuri C, Jamnadass R, Mwangi P, Neufeldt H and Dietz J. 2012. Crown area allometries for estimation of aboveground tree biomass in agricultural landscapes of Western Kenya. Agroforestry Systems 86(2): 267-277

2009 - 2011

 

20.    Jamnadass R, Gebrekirstos A, Neufeldt H, Muthuri C, Dawson I, Kindt R, Nyberg Y, Dietz J, Bayala J, Kuyah S, Ong C, Montes C, Weber J, Hairiah K and van Noordwijk M. 2011. Trees as providers of environmental services in multifunctional landscapes are vulnerable to climate change. In van Noordwijk et al (Eds.). 2011. How trees and people can co-adapt to climate change: reducing vulnerability through multifunctional agroforestry landscapes. World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi.
21.    Kuyah S, Muthuri C and Ong C. 2009. Gas exchange responses of Eucalyptus, Cordia africana and Grevillea robusta to varying soil moisture content in semi-arid (Thika) Kenya. Agroforestry Systems 75(3): 239-249
22.    Kuyah S, Muthuri C and Ong C. 2009. Status of Eucalyptus in Meru Central, Kenya: A comparison between Cordia africana, Grevillea robusta and other trees commonly grown in the area. Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology 11(1): 31-48.

Peer reviewed reports and manuals

 

1.    Kuyah S, Rosenstock TS, Thiong’o M, Mutuo PM, Abwanda S and Aynekulu E. 2015. Measuring Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals in Smallholder Systems. A Training Manual. World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya.
2.    MacFarlane DW and Kuyah S. 2012. Fractal branch analysis (FBA): a method for building local allometric equations without destructive sampling. http://www.goes.msu.edu/cbp/above-ground.html.
3.    Dietz J and Kuyah S. 2011. Guidelines for establishing regional allometric equations for biomass assessment through destructive sampling. http://www.goes.msu.edu/cbp/allometry.pdf.

 

 

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