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Dr. Mark Otieno Profile

Name: Dr. Mark Otieno
Title/Qualification: PhD
Position: Lecturer
Department: Agricultural Resource Management
School:   Agriculture
Area of Specialization:  Entomology, Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem services
Contact Address: P.O. Box 6-60100, Embu, Kenya
Telephone: +254-717 397 157
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Short Biography

Dr. Mark Otieno is a dedicated scholar and conservationist with a passion for insect mediated ecosystem services research within agro-ecosystems.  He is also a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Resource Management. Before joining University of Embu, he undertook postdoctoral research on integrated Crop Pollination at Pennsylvania State University, USA. Prior to that, he worked as a Specialist Training Workshop Coordinator for the Tropical Biology Association running workshops on communicating scientific results, scientific publishing, effective teaching strategies and designing environmental research projects in the field across many countries in Africa and Madagascar. Dr. Otieno completed his PhD at the University of Reading, UK under a Felix Scholarship. Having studied Animal Ecology at Kenyatta University, Kenya and writing his MSc thesis on Acacia pollination funded by the Tropical Biology Association, he gained experience in a wide range conservation project, notably an EU/USAID project promoting wildlife conservation through ecotourism in Kenya as well as pollination research. His PhD work on pigeon pea systems in Kenya has led to the establishment of key farm management practices that can be used to promote sustainable delivery of pollination services and increase yields.
Dr. Otieno has received numerous awards, prizes and mentions at important professional and global meetings and has published in high impact peer-reviewed science journals.

Research Interests:

Sustainable delivery of pollination and other insect mediated ecosystem services, bee biology with a focus on ecology, community structure and functioning, landscape change and beneficial insect conservation management.

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