A Lady that Would Make Wangari Maathai Jealous – Mercy Mwanikah Ojoyi from Uni Bonn


Kenyans in Germany are studying and winning awards that will amaze you. The lady I write about today would make Wangari Maathai jealous with her work in environmental science specifically in understanding the dynamics of climate using remote sensing techniques. (Remember Remote Sensing by Ken Mubea? Well, they work in the same department at the Uni Bonn.)

Mercy is currently an International Climate Protection Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung based at the Uni in Bonn. The 30 year old has a masters from Moi University and has since then got several research positions in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa and now Germany. She’s been feted by many organizations and groups for her outstanding research on the ecosystem dynamics in the Eastern Arc Mountains in East Africa, impacts on biodiversity, including anthropogenic and climatic factors. She has written on Addressing Climate Change Uncertainties in Tanzania and many other scholarly papers on conversation and climate change.

Some of her awards include:

  • Conservation Leadership Programme Award in 2006, UK;
  • Alcoa Foundation Conservation and Sustainability Award USA in 2007;
  • WWF EFN Awards USA in 2008.
  • 2011 nominee for the Africa Initiative programme by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in collaboration with the University of Guelph, Canada
  • 2012 L’Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships For Women in Science (FWIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa

She’s currently writing her PhD at the Uni Bonn on: The  regional-to-local dynamics of climate and impacts on biodiversity in East Africa

You can read her views on her topic here: Portraying Mercy Ojoyi

Buy her book: The Importance of GIS and Remote Sensing in Conservation by Mercy Ojoyi

Follow her blog: Mercy Ojoyi Blog

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