Collins Ongore has been involved in fisheries and aquatic research and conservation work over the last two decades in areas of ecological monitoring of the aquatic environment and ecosystem health assessment, biogeochemical dynamics, organic and heavy metal macrocontaminants and general aquatic ecotoxicology, remote sensing applications in resource monitoring in areas of hydroacoustics and satelite water surface physical characterisation. Currently he coordinates the satelite/ GIS based monitoring of spatio-temporal trends of water hyacinth in Lake Victoria, Kenya.
His academic background features trainings for M.Sc (Environmental Studies (Health), University of Eldoret and BSc. (Fisheries) of Moi University and the currently PhD. Biology at the St Andrews University, Scotland, UK (Since May 2020). Proposed PhD title: Interannual variability in abundance of key fish and pelagic crustacean species in Lake Victoria ‘natural laboratory’: from ecosystem understanding to fisheries management.
He has also undergone a number of short professional trainings including various research capacity building activities at the Nottingham University and the British Geological Survey, UK (July 2019), the Hydro-acoustic regional training course held at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) in Jinja Uganda, February 2018; Regional Training Seminar on Satellite Based Water Quality Monitoring for Lakes (Victoria / Malawi) May, 2015 at RCMRD Nairobi.; Seminar on Tropical Marine Industry Development for Developing Countries, June-July, 2015, at the Serengeti Hotel, Haikou, China,Organized by Hainan University and Training course on heavy metals analytical techniques for lake sediments and fish samples, held at Graduate School of Fisheries and Environmental Studies, Nagasaki University, Japan, July - August 2015, among others.
His participation in international seminars and conferences include; the recent 2021 Virtual Conference on Wetlands & Water Tuesday 12th -14th May 2021 of The University of Eldoret, Eldoret, Kenya; the Great Lakes of the World Conference (GLOW9) held in Kisumu, Kenya (August 2019) by KMFRI and AEHMS; the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health seminar held at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (July 2019); and the International Blue Economy Conference Nairobi Kenya (May 2018).
Being a registered Environmental Impact Assessment/ Environmental Audit (EIA/EA) NEMA Lead Expert No. 8476 and a registered member of Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK), he is a licensed practitioner with vast experience in ESIA/EIA/EA. He is a member of the Lake Victoria Regional Hydro-acoustics Working Group leading the studies on limnological influence on fish stocks.
He has also been involved in a number of research and conservation projects including Lake Victoria Environmental Program (Phase II) and National Science Foundation of Science, National Research Fund, the GCRF interdisciplinary research project; “Sustainable aquaculture, safe and nutritious source of protein and healthy Lake Victoria communities free from hunger and poverty” between Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Nottingham University, British Geological Survey and University of Eldoret.
His ongoing PhD project entitled, “Inter-annual variability in abundance of key fish and pelagic crustacean species in the Lake Victoria ‘natural laboratory’: from ecosystem understanding to fisheries management”, whose overall goal is to improve the accuracy of fish biomass estimates in Lake Victoria, East Africa, involves re-processing two decades of acoustic survey data to assess the inter-annual variability in the abundance of fish and pelagic crustacean species that are important ecologically and as fisheries resources underpinning food security and economic wellbeing in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. This research will deliver species by species estimates of fish and crustacean abundance, with confidence limits. The work will provide data of vital importance to ongoing sustainable fishery management efforts.
- M.Sc (Environmental Studies (Health)
- Registered by NEMA as an Environmental Impact Assessment/ Environmental Audit (EIA/EA)
- Lead Expert, Certificate Number 3073, Registered member of Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK)
- Dobel, A.J., Ongore, C., May, L., 2021. Controlling water hyacinth [Eichhornia crassipes]: a plea for preventative management. Inland Waters. Accepted on Jul 25, 2021.
- May, L., Aura, C.M., Becker, V., Briddon, C.L., Carvalho, L.R., Dobel, A.J., Jamwal, P., Kamphuis, B., Marinho, M.M., McGowan, S. Nandini, S., Nyamweya, C., Ongore, C., Sarma, S.S. S., Wishart, M. J., 2021. Getting into hot water: Water quality in tropical lakes in relation to their utilisation. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science 789 (1): p 012021). IOP Publishing. doi:10.1088/1755-1315/789/1/012021
- Aura, C.M., Nyamweya, C.S., Njiru, J.M., Omondi, R., Manyala, J., Musa, S., Owiti, S., Guya, F., Ongore, C., Ogari, Z., Mwamburi, J., 2021. Using the Multi-metric Index of Biotic Integrity methodological approach to determine the major river catchment that most pollutes a lake. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, 24(1): 12–20, 2021. ISSN: 1463-4988 print / 1539-4077 online. DOI: 10.14321/aehm.024.01.04
- Nyamweya, C., Natugonza, V., ATaabu-Munyaho, A., Aura, C., Njiru, J., Ongore, C.O., Mangeni-Sande, R., Kashindye, B.B., Odoli, C.O., Ogari, Z., Kayanda, R., 2019. A century of drastic change: Human-induced changes of Lake Victoria fisheries and ecology. Fisheries Research. Volume 230, October 2020, 105564 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105564).
- Proud, R., Mangeni-Sande, R., Kayanda, R.J., Cox, M.J., Nyamweya, C., Ongore, C., Natugonza, V., Everson, I., Elison, M., Hobbs, L., Kashindye, B.B., Mlaponi, E., Taabu-Munyaho, A., Mwainge, V.M, Pegado, P., Nduwayesu, E., Brierley, A.S., 2019. Automated classification of schools of the Silver Cyprinid Rastrineobola argentea in Lake Victoria acoustic survey data using Random Forests. ICES Journal of Marine Science.
- Ongore, C.O., Aura, C.O., Ogari, Z., Njiru, J.M., Nyamweya, C.S., 2018 Spatial-temporal dynamics of water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.), other macrophytes, and their impact on fisheries in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Journal of Great Lakes Research
(Available online from 12/10/2018)
- Mwamburi, J., Yongo, E., Aura, M.C., Babu, M.J., Basweti, M.G., Gichuru, N.N., Guya, F., Nyaboke, H., Nyamweya, C., Nyaundi, K.J., Odoli, C.O., Ogwai, A.C., Okechi, J., Ombwa, V., Omwega, R., Ongore, C., Owili, M., Owiti, H., Wawiye, I.P., 2018. Balancing Community needs and Resource Protection: The Case of Lake Kanyaboli, Kenya. J Biodivers Endanger Species 2018, 6:2. DOI: 10.4172/2332-2543.1000215
- Rodrick Kundu, Christopher Mulanda Aura, Chrisphine Nyamweya, Simon Agembe, Lewis Sitoki, Henry B. O. Lung’ayia, Collins Ongore, Zachary Ogari, Kenneth Werimo (2017) Integrated approach in assessing pollution of Lake Victoria fishing grounds Kenya: What we need to know (Ac Lakes accepted for publication- Reservoirs, July 2017)
- Agembe S., Ojwang W., Olilo C., Omondi R., Ongore C. (2016) Soda Lakes of the Rift Valley (Kenya). In: Finlayson C., Milton G., Prentice R., Davidson N. (eds) The Wetland Book. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6173-5_150-1. Online ISBN978-94-007-6173-5
- Okuku E.O., Ohowa B., Ongore C.O., Kiteresi L.I, Wanjeri V.O., Okumu S.P. and Ochola O. (2013). Screening of potential ecotoxicological risk of metal contamination in some Kenyan Estuaries. Research Journal of Physical and Applied Sciences 2013 Vol. 2(4), pp. 052 - 063, August 2013.
- Ongore C.O, Okuku E.O, Mwangi S.N, Kiteresi L.I., Wanjeri V.O, Okumu, S., and Kilonzi J. (2013). Characterization of the nutrients enrichment in the estuarine and related systems of the Kenya Coastline. Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources Vol. 2(6), pp. 181 - 190, July 2013.
- Wanjeri, V. O., Okuku, E. O., Kosore, C. M., Ohowa, B., Ongore, C.O.2013. An insight into ecotoxicological significance of PAHs contamination in selected Kenyan estuaries. Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources Vol. 2(5), pp. 157 - 166, June 2013.
- Submitted and under Review
- Aura, C.M. Nyamweya, C.S., Owiti, H., Mwarabu, R.L., Ongore, C.O. Musa, S., Njiru, J.M., Abila, R.O., 2021. Linking citizen science with contamination levels of small water bodies for generation of essential information for conservation and investment.: Lakes & Reservoirs: Science, Policy and Management for Sustainable Use. Submitted on April 21, 2021.
- Hamilton, S.E., McGehee, D.D., Nyamweya, C., Ongore, C., Makori, A., Mangeni-Sande, R., Kagoya, E., Kashindye, B.B., Elison, M., Shaban, S.S., Mlaponi, E., Mwainge, V.M., Ocaya, H., Krach, N., Ogari, Z., Mugeni, B., Taabu-Munyaho, A., Kayanda, R., Muhumuza, E., Natugonza, V., 2021. High-Resolution Bathymetries and Shorelines for the Great Lakes of the White Nile Basin (HRBS-GLWNB), 2020. Submitted to Scientific Data on 13 July 2021. (reference number: SDATA-21-00802)
- Aura, C.M., Mwarabu, R.L., Nyamweya, C.S., Owiti, H., Ongore, C.O, Guya, F., Musa, S., Owili, M., Macaria, S., Abila, R.O., 2021. Exploring the potential of small water bodies for fisheries production. Fisheries Management and Ecology. Submitted on August 22, 2021.
- Nyamweya, C.S., Natugonza, V., Kashindye, B.B., Mangeni-Sande, R., Mpomwenda, V., Mziri, V., Elison, M., Mlaponi, E., Ongore, C., Makori, M., Shaban, S.S., Aura, C.M., Kayanda, R., Taabu-Munyaho, A., Njiru, J., Ogari, Z., Proud, R., Brierley, A.S. 2021. Rapid response of Lake Victoria fish stocks to management interventions. Journal of Great Lakes Research (Submitted on 12th February 2021).
- Omondi, R., Kundu, R., Nyamweya, C.S., Ongore, C., Aura, C.M., 2020. Review of invasive macrophyte species in Lake Victoria, and their implications for fisheries: With special mention on emerging alien species. Submitted to Lakes and Reservoirs.