This course introduces students to natural history, biodiversity & conservation challenges (and potential solutions) in East Africa through the lens of Kenya. Seminars, class debates, guest lectures, field practica, and field trips introduce the geological history East Africa, and the biota and diverse habitats of Kenya together with ┬ásome of its cultural, economic and political history – as well as the scientific method and field research techniques, the. We also explore assessment of traditional and emerging land uses and their impacts on ecosystems, and an analysis of contemporary conservation issues, particularly those related to competing land uses, to the expansion of tourism, and to the development aspirations of community stakeholders. We will visit Nairobi and at least 3 locations, including Lake Naivasha, Kakamega and Masai Mara. Each field site serves as a geographic focus for field exercises or group research projects designed in consultation with instructors, peers, and local experts. We will visit local communities engaged in biodiversity conservation and gain insights into local culture. We have longstanding contacts and friends in Kenya with whom we have worked for many yearse who will help us ensure the safest and most cost effective experience possible. For logistical support, we will be working our friends at Bunduz and owner Mukhtar Sidi, with whom we have worked multiple times previously, and will be supported by our colleague and friend Carol Muriuki.


Stephen Lougheed

Yuxiang Wang


Carol Muriuki