Mordy Ogada, a Ph.D. candidate in Wildlife Ecology at Kenyatta University and a research associate at Frostburg State University, will present “Kenya and its Biodiversity: The Challenges of Living With Our Riches,” at FSU on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Compton Science Center room 226.
Ogada, who became interested in animals as a young child while watching conservation films, is now one of the foremost carnivore ecologists in Kenya. Before working on his Ph.D. research on otters, Ogada assisted with issues related to livestock damage caused by large carnivores such as lions.
Currently Ogada is studying with Dr. Tom Serfass, FSU professor of biology, whom he met during the Otter Colloquium hosted at FSU in 2004. The two are working on a project to survey the populations of Kenya’s two species of otters. This project’s focus is to educate young students about the importance of clean water to the health of wildlife and human populations.
Ogada's overriding aim as a wildlife biologist is to make conservation in Kenya an objective pursuit, managed with scientific data and facts obtained from research. He considers Kenya in many ways as the front line of conservation, which has exposed the country's conservation efforts to forces driven by greed, self interest, and politics. His presentation will focus on these issues as well as the natural beauty of the Kenyan landscape and its wildlife resources.
Ogada's presentation sponsored by an FSU Faculty Development Grant, the FSU Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and the Elkins Professorship.
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