Dr. John Mbaka

external/former PhD student (Quantitative Landscape Ecology)

Research Interests

  • Impacts of stressors on freshwater invertebrates
  • Monitoring aquatic ecosystems through functional indicators, e.g. invertebrate traits and ecosystem metabolism
  • Impacts of anthropogenic activities on climate, e.g. relationships between damming and methane emissions
  • Ecology and environment

Academic History

  • PhD student in the working group "Quantitative Landscape Ecology" at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau with the project "Impacts of damming on methane emissions and ecological integrity of rivers" (since 2012)
  • Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, Egerton University, Kenya (2012 - 2011)
  • Research Assistant for International Master of Science in Limnology and Wetlands (Course locations: Vienna, Austria; Egerton University, Kenya; Delft, the Netherlands) (2010 - 2011)
  • M.Sc in Environmental Science, Egerton University, Kenya (2010)
  • International Postgraduate Training Course in Tropical Limnology and Wetlands (I.P.G.L), Egerton University, Kenya (2008)
  • First class Bachelors Degree in Applied Aquatic Science, Egerton University, Kenya (2007)

Scholarships and Awards

  • Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MOHEST) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates and Young Scientists and Academics


  • M'Erimba C. M.; Mathooko J. M.; Karanja H. T. & Mbaka J. G. (2012). Macroinvertebrates as potential bio-monitoring tool in some selected rivers draining Mt. Kenya and the Aberare catchment. Egerton Journal of Science and Technology, accepted.