Title/Qualifications:  Dr.
Name: Benson Kamau Mburu
Position: Lecturer
Department: Environmental Science & Education
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Area of Specialization: Climate change impacts
Research Interests: Climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptations, Environmental resources conservation, Urban forestry.
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Publications

Referred Journals

  • Omari, E.K., Mucheru-Muna, M., Mburu, B.K. (2024). Socioeconomic factors influencing the uptake of tissue culture banana technology in Kisii County, Kenya. Environmental Challenges. Elsevier. www.elsevier.com/locate/envc.
  • Omari NR, Mucheru-Muna M, Mburu BK, Odawa AA 2024. Accessing the Advantages of Tissue Culture Bananas Technology Pro duction of Banana Farmers in Kisii County, Kenya, Environmental Challenges (2024), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envc.2024.100843
  • Dokata, D., & Mburu, B. (2023). Traditional Uses and Ex-Situ Conservation of Warburgia ugandensis around Katimok Forest Reserve, Kenya. East African Journal of Forestry and Agroforestry6(1), 163-173. https://doi.org/10.37284/eajfa.6.1.1232.
  • Dokata, D., Mburu, B., Macharia, G., Choge, S., Ojunga, S., & Kaudo, B. (2023). Distribution, Conservation Status and Effects of Threats on Relative Abundance of Warburgia ugandensis Tree Species. A Case Study of Katimok Forest Reserve, Kenya. East African Journal of Forestry and Agroforestry6(1), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.37284/eajfa.6.1.1044
  • Mburu B.K. and Ngucia C.W. (2022). Adoption of climate change friendly New Rice for Africa (NERICA) varieties among farmers in Mwea West Sub-county, Kenya. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology; AJEST Vol. 16(2), pp. 71-78.
  • Edwin K. Murimi and Mburu B.K. (2022). Implications of Adaptation Strategies to Climate Variability on Small-Scale Coffee Production in Kirinyaga County, Kenya. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change. Past ISSN: 2231–4784) Volume12 (9), pp177-185.
  • Chelangat L. J., Mburu B. K. and Obade P. (2020). Effects of logging on the diversity of tree species in Kerisoi natural forest, Nakuru County, Kenya. International Journal of Innovative and Advanced Studies. Volume 7, issue 2. ISSN: 2394-4404.
  • Muriithi F. M., Kung’u J. and Mburu B. (2020). Effects of human encroachment on natural regeneration of indigenous trees seedlings in Kimakia Forest, Murang’a County, Kenya. Research journali’s Journal of Forestry Vol. 7 No. 2
  • Mutuku H. M., Kung’u J. B. and Mburu B.K. (2018). Tree cover trend analysis for the semi-arid lands of South Eastern Kenya: The case of Matungulu Sub-county, Machakos County. International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Bioresearch Vol. 3, No. 06; 2018 pp 193-199.
  • Mutuku H. M., Kung’u J. B. and Mburu B. K. (2018). Farmers’ perceptions of climate change and its effects on tree cover in the drylands of South Eastern Kenya: the case of Matungulu Sub-county, Machakos County. Journal of Natural Sciences Research Vol. 8, No. 22; 2018 pp74-88.
  • Wamalwa I.W., Mburu B.K. and Mang’uriu D. G. (2016). Agro climate and weather information dissemination and its influence on adoption of climate smart practices among small scale farmers of Kisii County, Kenya. Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare Vol.6, No.10, 2016 pp 14-23.
  • Wamalwa I.W., Mburu B.K. and Mang’uriu D. G. (2016). Perception of climate change effects and its influence on uptake of climate smart practices among small scale farmers of Kisii County, Kenya. International Journal of Information Research and Review Vol. 03, Issue, 05, pp. 2409-2417.
  • Mburu, B. K., Kung’u, J.B. and Muriuki, J.N. (2015). Climate Change Adaptation Strategies by Small-scale Farmers in Yatta District, Kenya. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 9(9), 712-722.
  • Mburu, B. K., Kung’u, J.B. and Muriuki, J.N. (2014). Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Household Food Sufficiency among Small-Scale Farmers of Yatta District, Kenya. Journal of Environment, Vol. 03, Issue 02, pp. 19-27. ISSN 2049-8373. Available online at scientific-journals.co.uk
  • Mutuku H. M., Kung’u J. B. and Mburu B. K. (2018). Tree cover trend analysis for the semi-arid lands of South Eastern Kenya: The case of Matungulu Sub-county, Machakos County. International Journal of Agriculture, Environment and Bioresearch 3, No. 06; 2018 pp 193-199.
  • Mutuku H. M., Kung’u J. B. and Mburu B. K. (2018). Farmers’ perceptions of climate change and its effects on tree cover in the drylands of South Eastern Kenya: the case of Matungulu Sub-county, Machakos County. Journal of Natural Sciences Research 8, No. 22; 2018 pp74-88.
  • Wamalwa I.W., Mburu B.K. and Mang’uriu D. G. (2016). Agro climate and weather information dissemination and its influence on adoption of climate smart practices among small scale farmers of Kisii County, Kenya. Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare 6, No.10, 2016 pp 14-23.
  • Wamalwa I.W., Mburu B.K. and Mang’uriu D. G. (2016). Perception of climate change effects and its influence on uptake of climate smart practices among small scale farmers of Kisii County, Kenya. International Journal of Information Research and Review 03, Issue, 05, pp. 2409-2417
  • Chelangat L. J., Mburu B. K. and Obade P. (2020). Effects of logging on the diversity of tree species in Kerisoi natural forest, Nakuru County, Kenya. International Journal of Innovative and Advanced Studies. Volume 7, issue 2. ISSN: 2394-4404.
  • Muriithi F. M., Kung’u J. and Mburu B. (2020). Effects of human encroachment on natural regeneration of indigenous trees seedlings in Kimakia Forest, Murang’a County, Kenya. Researchjournali’s Journal of Forestry Vol. 7 No. 2

Conference/Workshops/Seminar Papers

Conference Papers

  • Mburu B.K. (2023). The role of forests in enhancing climate change mitigation and adaptation. Paper presented at the 2023 Forestry Society of Kenya National Scientific Conference and AGM.
  • Climate Change Adaptation Strategies by Small-Scale Farmers in Yatta District, Kenya. Proceedings of an International Symposium. 25 to 28th August 2014, Yaoundé, Cameroon pp. 255-263. Edited by F. Obiri, W. Kasolo, F. Fonteh, A. Yaye, A. Ochola, J. Mwazemba and S. Chakeredza
  • Mburu, K., Honrubia, M., Ivory, M. H. and Mwangi, L. M. (1996). Ectomycorrhizae synthesis on indigenous and exotic forest trees in Kenya. In: Mycorrhizas in integrated systems from genes to plant development. Proc. 4th. European Symposium on Mycorrhizas. 11-14th July 1994, Granada, Spain. Edited by C. Azcon-Aguilar and J. M. Barea. ECSC-EC-EAEC, Brussels. pp 557-560.

Attracting Research and Development Funding

  • 2024 – Member of a team awarded Principal’s Research grant to conduct a baseline survey on community-led intervention to improve the continuum of care for Non-Communicable Diseases in Gatundu South Sub-county.
  • 2024 – Member of a team awarded Principal’s Research grant  to conduct a baseline survey on empowerment strategies to enhance the performance of agribusiness in Gatundu South Sub-county
  • Awarded the Science, Technology and Innovation grant for my Ph.D research proposal by the National Council for Science and Technology.
  • Member of the Environmental Education Departmental team that organized a workshop on animal welfare education funded by the World Society for the Protection of Animals
  • Secretary to the proposal writing committee for the African Union 2016 call for proposals focusing on ecological intensification approaches such as conservation agriculture, intercropping, organic agriculture, eco-intensification and crop-livestock integration, which optimize the use of ecosystem services to produce food at lowest costs and environmental impacts
  • In 2014, Team Leader, Training consultancy for Kenyatta University-Regional Centre for capacity Development: USC-EDM001.
  • In 2013, Training consultant for Kenyatta University-Regional Centre for capacity Development: USC-EDM001. Training senior Staff of Tana Water Services Board