School of Environment and Natural Resources Management
Department of Forestry and Land Resources Management
Contact address: P.O Box 170 – 90200, Kitui
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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
March. 2013 to date: PhD. Fellow (Environmental Management)

Research Title: Phenological characteristics, fiber yield and quality of Selected Provenances of Calotropis procera (Ait) in the  South Eastern Drylands of Kenya
       
Sept. 2005 – 2009           Master of Philosophy:
    Moi University
                                                                      Master of Philosophy, Forestry
                                                                      Tropical Forestry Biology and Silviculture
                                           
Sept. 1998 to March 2004: University Undergraduate Education
    Moi University
                                                                      Bachelor of Science, Forestry
                                                                      Second Class Honours, Upper Division


 2011 - Certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing

PROFESSION AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
Specialized in Natural Resources Management with work and research experience in Natural Resource Protection and Management, Ecology, Conservation Biology, Silviculture, Plant Pathology/Entomology and Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit.

RESEARCH/PROJECT WORKS:

1. Verification of the potential sites for construction of subsurface dams and sand dams in Kitui County, Kenya (Collaborative project between SEKU and Kitui County Government, 2015 – To date

2.  Bamboo Production as an Alternative Crop and Livelihood Strategy for Tobacco Smallholder Farmers in South Nyanza, Kenya: Phase II, IDRC PROJECT NUMBER: 105791-001, 2010-2014.

3.  NCST- Project 2010-2014: Promotion of surface runoff and rainwater harvesting for application in Aquaculture and horticulture development in Kitui District, Kenya (Collaborative Research: South Eastern University College and Egerton University, Kenya)

4. AFORNET – Forest Roles (Collaborative Research: Moi University, Kenya and University of Nigeria, Nsuka, Nigeria) African Forest Research Network Project: Changing Roles and Study of Forest Tree Products and Impacts on Resource Management and Rural Livelihoods: The case of Kenya and Nigeria. Researchers: Prof. James Ole Kiyiapi, Joseph Hitimana and Festus M. Mutiso (Moi University, Kenya), Prof. Eric Eboth and Celestine Emek Nzeh (University of Nigeria, Nsuka,)

5. River Nzoia Basin Land Use Practices Characterization and Mapping (Collaborative Research: Moi University and University of Georgia) USAID – CRSP/Moi University Project: The River Nzoia  Basin Watershed Management Project: Component Study 3/5 –Land Use Practices, Policy and Tenure Regimes in the River Nzoia Basin. Component Investigators: Prof. James Kiyiapi, Joseph Hitimana, Prof. Mucai Muchiri and Festus M. Mutiso (Moi University) and Prof. E.W. Tollner (University of Georgia USA)

6. DAAD Project (Germany Academic Exchange Programme - Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, Dresden, Germany): “The Role of Farmers’ Organizations, Innovativeness, Social Connectness, Basic Demography and Socio-Economic Variables in Forestry Extension in Kenya – 2005.” Investigators: Dietrich Darr (Dresden university) and Festus M. Mutiso (Moi University)

7.  DAAD Project (Germany Academic Exchange Programme - Technische Universitat, Dresden, Germany): “Cultural Aspects of Forest and Tree Utilization in Kenya– 2006” Investigators: Barbara Taubert (Dresden University) and Festus M. Mutiso (Moi University)

 PUBLICATIONS

Mutiso, F.M., Mugo, J. M., Cheboiwo, J. C., Sang, F.K., Tarus, G. K (2015). Floristic Composition, Affinities and Plant Formations in Tropical Forests: A Case Study of Mau Forests in Kenya. International Journal of Agriculture and Forestry 2015, 5(2): 79-91 DOI: 10.5923/j.ijaf.20150502.02


Mutiso, F.M., Cheboiwo, J. C., Kiyiapi, J.L., Sang, F.K (2015). Comparative Study of Sampling Methods for Efficient Diagnosis of Health Status of Selected Natural Forest Ecosystems in Kenya. Journal of Natural Sciences Research. Vol.5, No.2, 2015
ISSN 2224-3186 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0921.

Cheboiwo, J. C., Mbinga, J., Mugabe, R.O., Mutiso, F. M (2015). Potential Growth, Yields and Socioeconomic Benefits of Four Indigenous Species for Restoration in Moist Forests, Mau Kenya. Journal of Environment and Earth Science Vol.5, No.6, 2015. ISSN 2224-3216 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0948

Mutiso, F., Hitimana, J., Kiyiapi, J., Sang, F., & E Eboh (2013) Recovery of Kakamega Tropical Rainforest from Anthropogenic Disturbances. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 25(4):
 566–576 (2013)

Mutiso, F., Cheboiwo, J., Mugo, M., Sang, F., Tarus, G., Chemitei, G (2013) The Challenges of Wild Game on Forest Plantations Management Objectives in Forest Ecosystems in Kenya.   Research Journal in Engineering and Applied Sciences 2(2) 106-112. Emerging Academy Resources (2013) (ISSN: 2276-8467)

Mutiso, F., Mugo, M., Cheboiwo, J (2011) Post-Disturbance Tree Species Regeneration and Successional Pathways in Blakett and Kedowa Forest Blocks, Mau Ecosystem.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences 3(6): 745-753, 2011. ISSN: 2041-0492, Maxwell Scientific Organization.

WORKSHOP/CONFERENCE PAPERS AND TECHNICAL REPORTS
Hitimana, J., Laingong, J., Mugo, M., Mutiso, F. (2015) Forestry Training In Newly Established Universities: Reflection on Challenges and Opportunities. Proceedings of the 9th Forestry Society of Kenya (FSK) Scientific Conference on Streamlining Forestry Education, Research and Training to address emerging Forestry Issues/Challenges.  2nd – 4th July 2014.


Kibwage J. K. ; Netondo, G. W.; Mutiso, F.; Magati, P.; Sitati, A; Boke, L. M; W. 2013. Phase II Final Technical Project Progress Report on bamboo production as an alternative crop for smallholder tobacco farmer in the South Nyanza Region, Kenya. SEUCO/Maseno University, Kenya. www.tobaccotobamboo.org

Kibwage J. K. ; Netondo, G. W.; Mutiso, F.; Magati, P.; Sitati, A; Ndungu, P; Nyambeki; W. 2012. Phase II Fourth Interim Technical Project Progress Report on bamboo production as an alternative crop for smallholder tobacco farmer in the South Nyanza Region, Kenya. SEUCO/Maseno University, Kenya. www.tobaccotobamboo.org

Kibwage J. K. ; Netondo, G. W.; Mutiso, F.; Magati, P.; Sitati, A; Ndungu, P; Nyambeki; W. 2012. Phase II Third Interim Technical Project Progress Report on bamboo production as an alternative crop for smallholder tobacco farmer in the South Nyanza Region, Kenya. SEUCO/Maseno University, Kenya. www.tobaccotobamboo.org

Mutiso, F., Mugo, M., Cheboiwo, J; Tarus, Sang, F G., Chemitei, G. (2011) Stand Composition, Floristic Affinities and Plant Formations in Mau Forests. Proceedings of the sixth JKUAT scientific, technological and Industrialisation conference on Science, technology and innovation: towards sustainable development 16th – 18th November 2011

Mutiso, F., Cheboiwo, J., Mugo, M., Tarus, G., Sang, F., Chemitei, G. (2011) Restriction of Wild Game Movement: Its Benefits and Challenges in the Management of Forest Plantations in the Mt Kenya and the Aberdare Ecosystems. Proceedings of the sixth JKUAT scientific, technological and Industrialisation conference on Science, technology and innovation: towards sustainable development 16th – 18th November 2011
Mutiso, F., Mugo, M., Cheboiwo, J; Tarus, Sang, F G., Chemitei, G., Simiyu, B., (2011) Post-Disturbance Tree Species Regeneration and Successional Pathways in Blakett and Kedowa Forest Blocks, Mau Ecosystem  Proceedings of the International Conference on Tropical Forest Resources. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya, 6th – 9th June 2011

Mutiso, F., Tarus, G., Sang, F., Chemitei, G Simiyu, B (2011) Disastrous Forest Fires in Kenya: National Round Table as a Panacea to Community-Based Fire Management in the Country. Proceedings of the International Conference on Tropical Forest Resources. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya, 6th – 9th June 2011.

Tarus, G., Mutiso, F., Chemitei, G., Sang, F., Simiyu, B (2011) The sacrifices made to Save Water Towers; Mt Kenya and Aberdare Ecosystems: a Panacea to Saving the Mau complex? Proceedings of the International Conference on Tropical Forest Resources. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya, 6th – 9th June 2011.

Tarus, G., Mutiso, F., Sang, F., Chemitei, G., Simiyu, B., (2011) The Role of the Stinging Nettle in the Diet base and Medicinal World among the Rural and Urban Livelihoods: The Case of Aberdare and Mt Kenya Regions. Proceedings of the International Conference on Tropical Forest Resources. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya, 6th – 9th June 2011.

Mutiso, F (2009) Applicability of Selected Forest Sampling Designs to Forest Health Assessment the Case  Kakamega Moist Tropical and Mt Elgon Montane Forests. M.phil Thesis, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

Hitimana J., Mutiso, F., Kiyiapi, J. and Sang, F (2006) Ecology, Impact and Potential Control of Solanum Mauritianum Invasive Species in Kenya. In: Muchiri, M.N., Kamondo, B, Ochieng, D., Tuwei, P., and wanjiku, J., (Eds). Forestry Research in Environmental Conservation, Improved Livelihoods and Economic Development: Proceedings of the 3rd KEFRI Scientific Conference, Muguga, Kenya, 6 to 9 November 2006, Pp 106-114.
                     
Mutiso, F., Tarus, G., Chemitei, G., Simiyu, B., Sang, F (2008) Prevalence and Causes of Monkey Debarking Across Age Cohorts of Cuppressus Lusitanica in the Mt Kenya Ecosystem. In: Imo, M., Ipara, H., Etiegni, L., Mulewa, C., Muisu, F., Njiru., J     and Balozi, B (Eds): Resource Utilization for Sustainable Growth and Development in     the 21st Century: Proceedings of Moi University 4th Annual International Conference, 29th July – 1st     August 2008, Eldoret, Kenya.

Mutiso, F., Kiyiapi, J., Sang (2008) Applicability of Selected Forest Sampling Designs to Forest Health Assessment: Case  of Kakamega Moist Tropical and Mt Elgon Montane ForestsIn: Imo, M., Ipara, H., Etiegni, L., Mulewa, C., Muisu, F., Njiru., J     and Balozi, B (Eds): Resource Utilization for Sustainable Growth and Development in     the 21st Century: Proceedings of Moi University 4th Annual International Conference, 29th July – 1st     August 2008, Eldoret, Kenya.

Mutiso, F., Kiyiapi, J., Sang, F Hitimana J., Eboh, E (2009) Comparative Study of Sampling Methods for Efficient Diagnosis of Health Status of Selected Natural Forest Ecosystems in Kenya. AFORNET Workshop on Changing Roles and Status of Forest and Tree Products and Impacts on Resource Management and Rural Livelihoods in Kenya and Nigeria. Bishop Nicolas Stan pastoral Centre, Kakamega, 20th  – 21st August 2009.

Mutiso, F., Kiyiapi, J., Sang, F Hitimana J., Eboh, E (2009) Recovery process of Kakamega tropical rain forest from anthropogenic disturbances over the last 25-years. AFORNET Workshop on Changing Roles and Status of Forest and Tree Products and Impacts on Resource Management and Rural Livelihoods in Kenya and Nigeria. Bishop Nicolas Stan pastoral Centre, Kakamega, 20th  – 21st August 2009.

KEY CONSULTANCY WORKS
December, 2015 – January 2016: Kenya Forest Service (KFS) - Drafting of Forests (Charcoal Industry Management) Regulations, 2016
   July 2013: Kenya Forest Service (KFS) - Development of Forest Plantation Management System
December, 2015: Strategic Environmental And Social Impact Assessment For Proposed Phase II of Standard Gauge Railway line between Nairobi-Enoosupukia
December  2015: Strategic Impact Assessment  For The Proposed Vipingo City, Kilifi County, Kenya .
December  2015: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment  For The Proposed Vipingo City, Kilifi County, Kenya .
December, 2013: Strategic Environmental And Social Impact Assessment For Proposed Phase I of Standard Gauge Railway line between Mombasa-Nairobi
2012- to date – Consulted in Over 150 EIA and Audit projects on infrastructural, commercial, residential, institutional and water projects.

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) – Registered and Licensed Lead Expert in Environmental Impact assessment and Audit since 2012
Environment Institute of Kenya (EIK) – Member since 2014

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