KENYA MARINE AND FISHERIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Position: Seagrass Carbon Specialist
Contract: 1 year
Location: Gazi bay, Kwale County
Reporting to: Principal Investigator
A dynamic and exciting 1-year position is available to support an inter-disciplinary research project at Gazi bay, in Kwale County. The ‘Punguza Project’ will provide underpinning social, economic and ecological research at Gazi through bundling of seagrass ecosystem services with those of mangroves. The project is being implemented by KMFRI and Edinburgh Napier University, through the UK’s Newton Fund for Institutional Links.
We are looking for a high calibre and passionate scientist on seagrass carbon accounting and reporting. Work assignments will include biomass data management as well as authoring and organizing project meetings.
Specific Roles and Responsibilities
- Collect, maintain, and validate seagrass carbon data
- Assists in survey and mapping of seagrass beds at Gazi bay
- Performs QA/QC checks on seagrass data, tables, and maps
- Conduct field and social surveys to determine the current human impacts on the seagrass meadows at Gazi Bay
- Lead a full community consultation, explaining the potential for revenue generation from seagrass carbon offset scheme and explaining how conservation could be organised and integrated with ongoing activities.
- Facilitate a full process of community consultation to explore what options local people consider feasible and desirable in the development of a locally managed marine areas with seagrasses
- Initiate drafting of the management plan for the seagrass meadows of Gazi Bay
- Lead in a collaborative paper writing on seagrass work for peer reviewed publication
- Other job related duties as assigned including technical support for field based data collection.
The advertised position is for a Postdoctoral Fellow who will join the KMFRI’s Blue Carbon Team at Gazi bay; under direct supervision of Dr James Kairo. The position is funded for 1 year, with an expected start date in July 2017.