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Dr. Jacqueline Uku

 

Jacqueline is a seagrass scientist and conservation leader who works on the ecology and physiology of marine flora with a special focus on seagrasses. She has a special interest on community development having worked extensively with coastal communities during the Kenya Coastal Development Project as the Project Leader. She has diverse working experience working in conservation issues, gender engagement, capacity building and stakeholder mobilization.

She is a Senior Research Scientist and was recently appointed to be the coordinator of research at the institution.  From 2011 to 2017, Jacqueline served as the Project Coordinator for the World Bank funded Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP).  This project involved seven agencies and was multi-disciplinary in nature. The project focused on the development of the fisheries sector, natural resource management and support for alternative livelihoods. The project also established key infrastructure in the coastal counties and also build capacity by training several beneficiaries at postgraduate and certificate education levels.

Within KMFRI, she has also served in key management positions such as the KMFRI Pension Fund and contributed to the establishment of the KMFRI Performance Contract Secretariat. Nationally, she has contributed to the development of the National Environmental Policy as a member of the National Steering Committee. She has also been a member of the Editorial Board of the WIOMSA Journal of Marine Science and a mentor under the African Women Agricultural Research and Development Programme (AWARD). She has been a technical member of the National Blue Economy Technical Committee and is currently the Co-chair of the Editorial Board for the development of the 2nd Edition of the Global Ocean Science Report which is being undertaken by IOC-UNESCO.

Jacqueline is also the recipient of the 2019 NK Panniker Award for capacity building from the IOC-UNESCO General Assembly.

In 2014, she was elected as the President of WIOMSA Board and re- elected in 2017 for a second term. Within WIOMSA she has worked to establish the Network for Women in Marine Science (WIMS) as well as the Western Indian Ocean Early Career Scientists Network (WIO-ECSN). Her vision for the region can be seen on https://youtu.be/G4j7IaCX1SE   and https://youtu.be/augwe0oE6hQ

Research Networks : Research Gate

KMFRI Mombasa Research Centre
Oceanography and Hydrography
Seagrass physiology, Coral reef ecology, Seaweed ecology
Seagrass restoration and ecosystem management, community livelihood development
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juku@kmfri.co.ke

Phd, Msc, BSc

  • N. Uku, E. E. Martens & K. M. Mavuti 1996. An ecological assessment of littoral seagrass communities in Diani and Galu Beaches, Kenya. In M. Bjork, A. K. Semesi, M. Pedersen & B. Bergman (eds). Current trends in Marine Botanical Research in the East African Region. A SIDA publication. 280-302.
  • Uku, Wakibia, J., Ndirangu, S., Muthama, C.& Kimanthi, A. 1998. Macroalgae and Seagrasses of Mida Creek. In G. K. Mwatha, E. Fondo, J. Uku & J. Kitheka. (eds). Biodiversity of Mida Creek, Kenya. Final Technical Report Submitted to Kenya Wildlife Service and Funded by the Netherlands Wetlands Program. 99 – 113.
  • Uku & M. Bjork. 2001. The distribution of epiphytic algae on three Kenyan seagrass species. South African Journal of Botany. 67: 475 – 482.
  • Kamermans, P., Hemminga, M., Tack, J., Mateo, M., Marba, N., Mtolera, M., Stapel, J., Verheyden, A. and Van Daele, T. 2002.  Groundwater effects on diversity and abundance of lagoonal seagrasses in Kenya and on Zanzibar Island (East Africa).  Marine Ecology Progress Series 231:75 – 83.
  • M. Muthama & J. N. Uku 2003. Macrofaunal assemblages of littoral seagrass communities. In J. Hoorweg & N. Muthiga (eds). Recent Advances in Coastal Ecology. Studies from Kenya. African Studies Center Research Report 70.  51 - 63.
  • Uku & M. Björk 2005. Productivity aspects of three tropical seagrass species in areas of different nutrient levels in Kenya. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 63: 407 – 420.
  • Uku J, S, Beer, M. Björk 2005 Buffer Sensitive Photosynthetic Carbon Acquisition by East African seagrasses. Marine Biology 147: 1085 – 1090.
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  • N. Uku. 2005. Seagrasses and their epiphytes: Characterization of abundance and productivity in tropical seagrass beds. PhD thesis. Botany Department, Stockholm University. ISBN 91-7155-036-4
  • Uku J., M. Björk, B. Bergman & B. Diez. 2007. Characterization and comparison of prokaryotic epiphytes associated with seagrasses Journal of Phycology 43 (4): 768 – 779.
  • N. Uku, S. Ndirangu, C. Muthama, A. Kimathi, N. Magangi, F. Waithera. 2008. Seagrass loss and its impacts on fish dynamics in the Diani-Chale Lagoon. Samaki News. Pg. 50 – 52.
  • J.S. Eklof, M. de la Torre-Castro, M. Gullstrom, J. Uku , N. Muthiga , T. Lyimo, S. Bandeira. 2008. Sea urchin overgrazing of seagrasses: A review of current knowledge on causes, consequences and management. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 79: 569–580.
  • L.N. Daudi (2009) Restoration of Kenyan seagrass beds: a functional study of the associated fauna and flora. MSc. Thesis. Vrije Universiteit Brussels
  • S. Eklöf, S. Fröcklin, A. Lindvall, N. Stadlinger, A. Kimathi, J. N. Uku, T.R. McClanahan. 2009. How effective are MPAs? Predation control and ‘spill-in effects’ in seagrass–coral reef lagoons under contrasting fishery management. Marine Ecology Progress Series. Vol. 384: 83–96.
  • Y.W. Shaghude, J. W. Mburu , J.Uku, J.Ochiewo, N. Nyandwi, H. Onganda, C. Magori,  I. Sanga and R.S. Arthurton. 2013. Beach Sand Supply and Transport at Kunduchi in Tanzania and Bamburi in Kenya. Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. Vol. 11. No. 2, pp. 135-154.
  • L.N. Daudi , J.N. Uku & M. De Troch. 2013. Role of the source community for the recovery of seagrass associated meiofauna: a field colonisation experiment with seagrass mimics in Diani Beach, Kenya, African Journal of Marine Science, 35:1, 1-8
  • Uku, J. Ocean Sourced Carbonate Production. In UNEP-Nairobi Convention and WIOMSA 2015. The Regional State of the Coast Report: Western Indian Ocean. UNEP and WIOMSA, Nairobi, Kenya, 546 pp.
  • C.M. Aura, F. Hassan, M. Osore, G. Morara, J. Uku. 2015. A Comprehensive public-private partnership concept for resources sustainability from a mega project management multi-level perspective. International Journal of Management and Sustainability, 4(11): 218-236.

 

REPORTS

  • N. Uku, E. E. Martens & K. M. Mavuti 1996. An ecological assessment of littoral seagrass communities in Diani and Galu Beaches, Kenya. In M. Bjork, A. K. Semesi, M. Pedersen & B. Bergman (eds). Current trends in Marine Botanical Research in the East African Region. A SIDA publication. 280-302.
  • Uku, Wakibia, J., Ndirangu, S., Muthama, C.& Kimanthi, A. 1998. Macroalgae and Seagrasses of Mida Creek. In G. K. Mwatha, E. Fondo, J. Uku & J. Kitheka. (eds). Biodiversity of Mida Creek, Kenya. Final Technical Report Submitted to Kenya Wildlife Service and Funded by the Netherlands Wetlands Program. 99 – 113
  • K. Mwatha, E. Fondo, J. Uku & J. Kitheka. 1998. Biodiversity of Mida Creek, Kenya. Final Technical Report Submitted to Kenya Wildlife Service and Funded by the Netherlands Wetlands Program. 197pp.
  • Uku. 1999. A survey of macroalgae in Kenyan Lagoons within the framework for the EU-INCO project. Activity report of the EU-INCO GROFLO Project. Anthropogenically Induced Changes in Groundwater Outflow and Quality and Functioning of the East African Nearshore Ecosystems (1996-1999) Final Report.
  • Obura, J. N. Uku, O. P. Wawiye, S. Mwachireya & R. Mdodo. 2000. Kenya, reef status and ecology. In D. Souter, D. Obura & O. Linden (eds). Coral reef degradation in the Indian Ocean. Status report. Published by SAREC Marine Science Programme, Stockholm, Sweden. 25 – 34.
  • Uku & S. Ndirangu. 2001. Seagrass Habitats of the Diani-Chale area. In N, Muthiga (ed). The Biophysical and Ecological Profile of Diani-Chale. An ICAM project.
  • Ochieng, C. A. 2001. Seagrass Beach Cast: The environmental implications of its removal. In Uku, J. N. (ed). KWS Report Coast Regional Headquaters, Mombasa, Kenya.
  • Uku & J. Kitheka (eds) 2002. Mida Creek. The Physical and Biophysical Aspects. KWS Technical Series Report.
  • J.Uku, S. Ndirangu & C.  Muthama.  2002. Trends in the distribution of Macroalgae in a Bleached Kenyan Reef Ecosystem. In O. Linden, D. Souter, D. Wilhelmsson & D. Obura (eds).  Coral reef degradation in the Indian Ocean. Status report 2002. Published by CORDIO, Sweden. 61 – 69.
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  • M. Muthama & J. N. Uku 2003. Macrofaunal assemblages of littoral seagrass communities. In J. Hoorweg & N. Muthiga (eds). Recent Advances in Coastal Ecology. Studies from Kenya. African Studies Center Research Report 70.  51 - 63.
  • Uku, S. Ndirangu, C. Muhtama & A. Kimathi. 2005. An evaluation of the effect of sea urchin herbivory in the Diani-Chale lagoon. Preliminary report No 1.A KMFRI/CORDIO collaborative project report. 8 pp.
  • J. Uku, S. Ndirangu, C. Muthama, A. Kimathi & J. Kilonzi. 2007. An evaluation of the effect of sea urchin herbivory in the Diani-Chale lagoon: recovery potentia