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Dr. Nina Wambiji

Dr. Nina Wambiji


She is a Senior Research Scientist with 15 years of experience in various multidisciplinary aspects of marine research. Conducts research on fisheries biology and ecology, stock assessment, fish genetics, marine mammal’s research in the Western Indian Ocean Region and marine biodiversity data management through global databases OBIS and WoRMS/AfReMaS. She is a 2nd term Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Country Coordinator- 2019- 2021. Responsible for collecting and disseminating scientific information on fisheries and other aquatic resources to fisher communities, the County Government and policy makers. Also supervises undergraduate students taking up coastal and marine sciences subjects. Laboratory and fish handling techniques (Extraction and processing of total RNA, cDNA synthesis, DNA, gene expression analysis, cloning procedures, sequence analysis and aquaculture practices). Population genetics analysis (MEGA6, DNasp, Arlequin, PopART and Statistical analysis (STATISTICA 6.0, SPSS and PRIMER E programs). She has been involved in 11 projects (globally, regionally and nationally). She has published several papers in SCI-indexed journals of fisheries. She has just finalized a MASMA Project-BY-Catch Assessment and Mitigation in Western Indian Ocean Fisheries (BYCAM) Project-2015-2019 funded by WIOMSA. This looked into bycatch assessment and mitigation of marine megafauna (whales, dolphins, shark, rays and sea turtles in the WIO region funded by WIOMSA (


Professional links

She is an AWARD Fellow 2013

Australian African Awardee 2019

Research Networks: ResearchGate

KMFRI Mombasa Research Centre
Fisheries biology and ecology, stock assessment, Fish genetics, Marine mega fauna research, Marine biodiversity data management, conservation

University of the Ryukyus-Okinawa, Japan Ph.D. (Fish Physiology)

Barkatullah University, Bhopal, India, MSc. (Limnology)

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra, India- BSc. (Biology)

  • Thoya, P, Okemwa, G., Perez, S, Wambiji, N, Mbui, M., Mwamlavya, H. 2019 Spatial patterns and environmental risks of ring nets along Kenyan coast", African Journal of Marine Science (in press)
  • Sung-Pyo Hur , Angka Mahardini , Yuki Takeuchi , Satoshi Imamura , Nina Wambiji , Dinda Rizky , Shingo Udagawa , Se-Jae Kim , Akihiro Takemura 2020. Expression profiles of types 2 and 3 iodothyronine deiodinase genes in relation to vitellogenesis in a tropical damselfish, Chrysiptera cyanea. Journal: General and Comparative Endocrinology Volume 285, Pages 113264
  • Temple, A.J., Wambiji, N., Poonian, C.N.S., Jiddawi, N., Stead, S. M., Kiszka, J.J., Berggren, P. (2019). Marine megafauna catch in southwestern Indian Ocean small-scale fisheries from landings data. Biological Conservation 230 113–121
  • Temple, A.J., Kiszka, J.J., Stead, S. M., Wambiji, N., Brito, A., Poonian, C.N.S., Amir, O.A., Jiddawi, N., Fennessy, S.T., Pe´rez-Jorge, S., Berggren, P. (2017). Marine megafauna interactions with small-scale fisheries in the southwestern Indian Ocean: a review of status and challenges for research and management. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1007/s11160-017-9494-x
  • Aura, C.M., Musa, S., Osore, M.K., Kimani, E., Alati, V.M., Wambiji, N., Maina, G.W., Charo-Karisa, H. (2017). Quantification of Climate Change Implications using oyster suitability sites occurrence Model along the Kenya Coast. Journal of Marine Systems 165: 27–35
  • Daphnis De Pooter, Ward Appeltans, Nicolas Bailly, Sky Bristol, Klaas Deneudt, Menashè Eliezer, Ei Fujioka, Alessandra Giorgetti, Philip Goldstein, Mirtha Lewis, Marina Lipizer, Kevin Mackay, Maria Marin, Gwenaëlle Moncoiffé, Stamatina Nikolopoulou, Pieter Provoost, Shannon Rauch, Andres Roubicek, Carlos Torres , Anton van de Putte, Leen Vandepitte, Bart Vanhoorne, MatteoVinci, Nina Wambiji, David Watts, Eduardo Klein Salas, Francisco Hernandez (2017)."Toward a new data standard for combined marine biological and environmental datasets - expanding OBIS beyond species occurrences"-Biodiversity Data Journal 5: e10989,
  • Ngisiang'e, N., Rimiru, R., Okeyo, G., and Wambiji, N. (2016). Multi-Agent Systems and Distributed Constraint Satisfaction for Decision Support in Marine Ecosystem Management. Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology 9(5). DOI: 10.4172/jcsb.1000233
  • Okello, C., Tomasello, B., Greggio, N., Wambiji, N., and Antonellini, M., (2015). Impact of Population Growth and Climate Change on the Freshwater Resources of Lamu Island, Kenya. Water, 7, 1264-1290; doi: 10.3390/w7031264

Okello, C., Antonellini, M., Greggio, N., Wambiji, N., (2014). Freshwater resource characterization and vulnerability to climate change of the Shela aquifer in Lamu, Kenya. Environmental Earth Sciences