Dr. Nancy Moinde, works under the Conservation Biology Department at the National Museums of Kenya and has an academic background in Conservation Biology and Physical Anthropology. Her research focus is on behavioral ecology to better understand evolutionary adaptive behavior to environmental changes. Nancy has extensive experience on evaluating the population dynamics of the endemic and endangered Tana River Red Colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus) and Tana River Crested mangabeys (Cercocebus galeritus), and evaluation of their habitat status. She has also carried out biodiversity surveys on both the Tana River and Chyulu Forest Hills ecosystems in Kenya to evaluate anthropogenic impacts on primates, other wildlife, and evaluate ecosystems services to guide conservation strategies for these regions.
Her PhD research in Laikipia, North Central Kenya examined primate adaptive social interactions in response to human modified ecologies. This study goal was to provide valuable insights on ancestral social evolutionary strategies to better understand current human adaptive behavior to environmental changes and improve our understanding on contemporary adaptive human resilience to environmental changes.
Nancy is currently the PI of an ongoing USAID funded project which has been examining the inter-relationship between climate change and land use changes on mammal diversity and prevalence of zoonosis diseases in Laikipia, North-Central Kenya over the last two years. Nancy’s postdoctoral research interest at the Centre for Sustainable Development at SFU focuses on the Chyulu Hills Ecosystem which entails examining the human-nature/wildlife interface and has implications towards the sustainability of this unique ecosystem recourses and services within this region in Kenya.