- Category: Staff Profiles
- Published: 08 December 2015
Dr. Daniel Munyao Mutyambai, an Entomologist/Chemical Ecologist, has a PhD in Environmental Science (Entomology), specializing in Chemical and Molecular Ecology from North West University, South Africa (2015); a Master of Science in Entomology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya (2011) and a BSc (Hons), Biology/Chemistry from Maseno University, Kenya (2007). He joined South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) in 2015 as a lecturer in the Department of Biology. Prior to joining SEKU, he worked as a Senior Zoologist in the Department of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya (2009-2015); Principal Investigator in the National Commission of Science, Technology and Innovation funded project on Sustainable pastoral livelihoods in North Coast Kenya (2010-2012) and as a Research Assistant at International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (2008-2009). Currently Dr. Mutyambai is doing his Postdoctoral Fellowship at International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom where he is working on habitat diversification for sustainable integrated pest management in smallholder farming systems.
Dr. Mutyambai’s research interests are in host-vector/pest-parasitoid tritrophic interactions; plant-insect signalling including genetic control of these signals and exploitation of semiochemicals mediated by these interactions for development of innovative pest management approaches. He is also interested in effects of climate change on pollinator honeybees among others.
Dr. Mutyambai has participated in various research projects, both locally and internationally, and published numerous papers in refereed journals and has attended and presented papers in several local and international conferences and seminars. Dr. Mutyambai is a member of several professional bodies including International Society of Chemical Ecology, Society for Experimental Biology, African Association of Insect Scientists among others.