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John Kioko Masila

John Kioko Masila, Ph.D.

Location

Tanzania

Education

Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, Specialization in Planning and Management
Moi University (Kenya)

M.Sc. in Protected Landscape Management
Greenwich University (United Kingdom)

B.Sc. in Natural Resource Management, Specialization in Forest, Range, and Wildlife Management
Egerton University (Kenya)

Teaching

SFS 3720 Wildlife Ecology
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 3500 Wildlife Management and Conservation
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 3500 Wildlife Management and Conservation
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 4910 Directed Research
(The School for Field Studies)

Wildlife Management
(Moi University, Kenya)

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John Kioko Masila, Ph.D.

Deputy Director and Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology

About

Professional Activities


  • Member, East African Wildlife Society
  • Member, Nature Kenya
  • Reviewer for Pachyderm Journal, Journal of Agriculture and Ecology Research International, Annual Research & Review in Biology, American Journal of Experimental Agriculture, South African Journal of Wildlife Research

Faculty Profile


I come from Kenya and grew up in the rural bushlands of Mbooni Hills (Bufallo Hills) in eastern Kenya. I joined the staff at The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies (SFS-CWMS) Tanzania in September 2010 as a wildlife ecology faculty. There before I had served SFS Kenya as a research associate. I helped implement several projects under USFWS Elephant Conservation Fund such as investigating the efficacy of Human Elephant Conflict mitigation measures and the effectiveness of elephant corridors in southern Kenya. Between 2008- August 2010, I worked for the Amboseli Elephant Research Project as a science conservation officer, where i was in-charge of coordinating various elephant research projects including collaring elephants and coordinating elephant anti-poaching efforts.

I am currently based at the SFS-CWMS center in Tanzania where i teach wildlife ecology and supervise student’s directed research. In 2014, I got promoted to the position of an associate professor.

My past research has mostly focused on elephant conservation, and I have served at several strategic forums for elephant conservation in Kenya. In Tanzania, I have started working on elephants in Manyara Ranch, Tarangire National Park and in Ngorongor Crater. I take a holistic approach in research – integrating ecological and social disciplines to explore the complexity of biological systems. My long term research at SFS in Tanzania aims to expose students to the complexities of managing wildlife in changing ecological systems, particularly, the challenges facing African elephant conservation.

Research Projects


The research conducted at SFS field centers is designed to answer key questions related to critical and related social and environmental problems and to provide our hosts with detailed and accurate information for decision making and action. Faculty and student research projects are linked to the Center’s five year research plan, which defines an overarching research directive.

This project investigate the impacts of foregoing land use changes on the ecological structure and dynamics of the dispersal for Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. Students employ GIS to analyze land use changes, conduct large mammal large mammal counts and undertake social surveys to collect data that vital in explaining the nature and scale of socio-ecological dynamics between the parks and adjacent wildlife dispersal areas.

Outputs:

Kiffner C., Wenner C*., LaViolet A.*, Yeh K*. & Kioko J. (2015): From savannah to farmland: effects of land use on mammal communities in the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology. (doi: 10.1111/aje.12160)

Kiffner C., Kioko J., Kissui B., Painter C*., Serota M.*, White C. & Yager P*. (2014): Inter-specific variation in large mammal responses to human observers along a conservation gradient with variable hunting pressure. Animal Conservation 17(6): 603–612.

Kioko, J.M. R. A. King, K. L. Toal and B.M. Kissui (2011). The Future of Wildlife Conservation in Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem, Tanzania. the 8th TAWIRI scientific conference, 6th – 8th December 2011, corridor springs hotel, Arusha, Tanzania conference programme.

Considering the minimal understanding of the value of wildlife and other natural resources among the indigenous communities in Africa, this study explores the values of wildlife and other natural resources among the Maasai people of northern Tanzania.

Outputs:

Kioko1 J; KiffnerC, NdibalemaV, Hartnett , E* & Seefeld C*. (2015): Maasai people and elephants: values and perceptions. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge Vol. 14 (1), January 2015, pp.

Sangster S*, Kioko J, Kissui, B,  Kiffner C & Gross J*  (2014). Global dynamics of illegal ivory trade in Africa and implications for the future of African Elephants (Loxodonta). In:  Second Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, Kisii University (KSU), Kenya, June 24 to 27, 2014.

 

This study aim to give long term data on the population structure, sex ratios and social-structure of elephants in the Tarangire Manyara Ecosystem and Ngorongoro crater. It is important considering the changing social-ecological environment in Northern Tanzania and  the flagship role of elephants. This study will help in enhanced understanding of elephant conservation needs within Tarangire Manyara Ecosystem.

Outputs:

Kioko J., Herbert V.T*., Mweta D., Kiwango Y., Murphy-Williams, M*. & Kiffner C. (2014) Environmental correlates of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) distribution in Manyara area, Tanzania. Annual Research & Review in Biology 5(2): 147-154.

Kioko J., Zink E*., Sawdy M*.  & Kiffner C. (2013): Demography and behavior of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem, Tanzania. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 43, 44-51.

SFS and TANAPA International Elephant Foundation Funded project: Model human elephant mitigation and conservation program in Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem Tanzania, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academics

Publications

Kioko1 J; Kiffner, C, Ndibalema, V, Hartnett, E* & Seefeld C*. (2015): Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge Vol. 14 (1), January 2015, pp.
Kiffner C., Wenner C.*, LaViolet A.*, Yeh K.* & Kioko J. (2015): African Journal of Ecology. (doi: 10.1111/aje.12160)
Kioko J., Herbert V.T*., Mweta D., Kiwango Y., Murphy-Williams, M*. & Kiffner C. (2014) Annual Research & Review in Biology 5(2): 147-154.
Kiffner C., Kioko J., Kissui B., Painter C.*, Serota M.*, White C.* & Yager P.*(2014): Animal Conservation 17(6): 603–612.
Kiffner, C., Kioko J., Leweri C. & Krause J. (2014): PLoS ONE 9(12): e113446.
Kioko J., Zink E*., Sawdy M*. & Kiffner C. (2013): South African Journal of Wildlife Research 43, 44-51.
Kiffner C., Ndibalema V. & Kioko J. (2013) African Journal of Ecology 51, 168-171 (doi:10.1111/aje.12002).
Kioko,J, Kiringe, J and Seno S. 2012. Journal of Arid Land 4(1): 29−35
Kioko J.M. and S.K. Seno. 2011. Accepted in Pachyderm. Pachyderm No. 49: 70-78.
Okello, M.M., Kiringe, J. W. & Kioko, J.M. (2010). Chapter 6. pp 117 - 130 In O’Reilly, Angus and Murphy, Dorah (eds.) "National Parks: Biodiversity, Conservation and Tourism". Nova Publishers, New York, USA. ISBN 978 -1-60741-465-0. (Hardcover).
Kioko J, Kiringe, J. W. and Wahungu, G . (2010). Accepted in Southern African Journal of Environmental Education (vol.27)
Kioko J. & Okello M.M.(2010). Journal of Geography and Regional Planning. 3(11): 322-326.
Okello, M.M., Kiringe, J. W. & Kioko, J.M.( 2010). Chapter 1. pp 1 - 76 In O’Reilly, Angus and Murphy, Dorah (eds.) "Horizons in Earth Science Research ". Nova Publishers, New York, USA. ISBN 978 -1-60741-221-2-0. (Hardcover)
Kioko J, Kiringe, J. W. and Wahungu, G . 2010. Accepted in Southern African Journal of Environmental Education (vol.27)
Kioko J. & Okello M.M. (2010). Journal of Geography and Regional Planning. 3(11): 322-326.
Kioko , J. (March, 2009). Report prepared for Adelaine University and African Wildlife Foundation.
Kioko, J.,Kiringe, J. & Omondi, P. (2006). Pachyderm. 41:53-60
Kioko J, 2005. A chapter for the general management plan for the Amboseli Ecosystem, 2006-2010. Submitted to African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).
Vos, W, Sinnary, A and Kioko J,. (2003). African Journal of Range and Forage. 20:89-100.

Presentations

Sangster S*, Kioko J, Kissui, B, Kiffner C & Gross J* (2014). In: Second Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, Kisii University (KSU), Kenya, June 24 to 27, 2014.
Kiffner, C., Kioko, J., Leweri, C., Lorgos, Y. & Krause, S. (2013) In: The 9th TAWIRI Scientific Conference. Arusha, Tanzania. p. 26
Kiffner, C., Kioko., J., Burggraef, L., Njau, J., Lee, D., Bond, M., Morrison, T. & Kissui, B. (2013) In: The 9th TAWIRI Scientific Conference. Arusha, Tanzania. p. 78
Kioko, J.M. R. A. King*, K. L. Toal* and B.M. Kissui (2011). The 8th TAWIRI scientific conference, 6th - 8th December 2011, corridor springs hotel, Arusha, Tanzania conference programme.
Kioko, J. (December 2008). 2008. SFS, Boston, USA. Prepared for United Nations Fish and wildlife Service (USFWS).
Kioko, J., Kiiru, W and Granli, P (2007). Presentation at the Kenya Wildlife Conference on “Research imperatives for biodiversity conservation and management” held in Nairobi,18th – 20th April.
Kioko, J and Simon. S. (July 2007). Presented at the international conference for Conservation biological conservation in South Africa, 1st – 5th July 2007.