Dr. Chemuku Wekesa

Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)



2018 Ph.D., Department of Natural Resources Management, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya

2010 M.Sc., Department of Environmental Science,, Egerton University (Forest Ecology), Njoro, Kenya.

2004 B.Sc., Department of Science in Forestry, Second Class Honours, Upper Division, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

Publications (Selected)

  1. M.T.E. Mbuvi, L. Ndalilo, C. Wekesa, P. Matiku and S. Munguti (2020).Engagement of decision makers for improved management of shared resources for enhanced community benefits and adaptation to the changing climate in Tana River Delta, Kenya.Research and Reviews: Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences 8(3): 1-15.
  2. C. Wekesa, B. Kirui, E. Maranga and G.M. Muturi (2020).The Fate of Taita Hills Forest Fragments:Evaluation of Forest Cover Change between 1973 and 2016 Using Landsat Imagery. Open Journal of Forestry 10: 22-38.
  3. C. Wekesa, B. Kirui, E. Maranga and G.M. Muturi (2019).Variations in forest structure tree species diversity and above-ground biomass in edges to interior cores of fragmented forest patches of Taita Hills, Kenya. Forest Ecology and Management 440: 48-60.
  4. M.T.E. Mbuvi, J.B. Kungu, F.N. Gachathi, C. Wekesa, N. Leley and J.M. Muthini (2019).Annonated checklist of plant species of Loita Forest (Entim e Naimina Enkiyio Forest or the forest of the lost child), Narok County, Kenya. International Journal of Advanced Research in Biological Sciences 6(3): 54-110.
  5. C. Wekesa, E.K. Maranga, B.K. Kirui, G.M. Muturi and M. Gathara (2018).Interactions between native tree species and environmental variables along forest edge-interior gradient in fragmented forest patches of Taita Hills, Kenya. Forest Ecology and Management 409: 789-798.
  6. F. Alemayehu and C. Wekesa (2017).Structure and natural regeneration of Mangroves in areas exposed to different agents of degradation in Kenya. Journal of Global Biosciences 6(1): 4695-4707.
  7. C. Wekesa; N.C. Leley; G.M. Muturi; M.T.E Mbuvi and B.N. Chikamai (2016).Effects of Forest Disturbance on Vegetation Structure and Above-Ground Carbon in Three Isolated Forest Patches of Taita Hills. Open Journal of Forestry 6: 142-161.
  8. C. Wekesa, B. N. Chikamai, J.K. Lelon, M.O. Muga and A. M. Luvanda (2015).Gum arabic production potential of naturally growing Acacia senegal varieties in Kenyan drylands. Octa Journal Environmental Research Vol. 3(1): 100-111.
  9. P. Makenzi, P. Ketiem, P. Omondi, E. Maranga and C. Wekesa (2013).Trend analysis of climate change and its impacts on crop productivity in the lower Tana River Basin, Kenya. Octa Journal Environmental Research Vol. 1(4): 237-248.
  10. C. Wekesa, A. M. Luvanda, M. O. Muga, B. N. Chikamai and P. M. Makenzi (2013).Market chain analysis of gum arabic trade in Kenya. Oct. Jour. Env. Res. Vol. 1(2): 93-106.
  11. J.K. Lelon, I. O. Jumba, J. K. Keter, C. Wekesa and F. D. O. Oduor (2010).Assessment of physical properties of gum arabic from Acacia senegal varieties in Baringo District, Kenya. African Journal of Plant Science Vol. 4 (4): 95-98.
  12. C. Wekesa, P. M. Makenzi, B. N. Chikamai, A. M. Luvanda and M. Muga (2010).Traditional Ecological Knowledge Associated with Acacia senegal (Gum arabic tree) Management and Gum Arabic Production in Northern Kenya. International Forestry Review Vol. 12 (3): 240-246.
  13. J. K. Lelon, M. O. Muga, D. W. Odee, C. Wekesa and B. Ndakwe (2010).Effect of chemical properties of soils on gum elementary compositions from Acacia senegal var. kerensis in Samburu and Marsabit Districts. African Journal of Plant Science Vol. 4 (2): 021-025.
  14. C. Wekesa, P. M. Makenzi, B. N. Chikamai, J. K. Lelon, A. M. Luvanda and M. Muga (2009).Gum arabic yield in different varieties of Acacia senegal (L.) Willd in Kenya. African Journal of Plant Science Vol. 3 (11): 263-276.
  15. Ochieng’ D., Luvanda, A., Wekesa, C., Mbuvi, M.T.E., and Ndalilo, L (2017). Biodiversity Status of Arabuko Sokoke Forest, Kenya. KEFRI/KCDP. 66 Pages
  16. Mbuvi, M., Wekesa, L., Ntabo. M., Owuor, B., Wekesa, C., Eshitera, A., Karangi, M., Cheruiyot, L., Manyala, P., Okeyo, M., Sheikh, M., Kihara, K., Muchiri, M., Ongugo, P., Kala, A. and Nereoh, L (2016). Capability Mapping for Growing High Value Tree Species in the Coast Region of Kenya: A Guide for Forest Managers, Extension Agents and Investors. KEFRI/KCDP. 74 Pages.
  17. C. Wekesa (2015). Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Acacia senegal Management. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 128 Pages, ISBN-13:978-3-659-77741-7.