Staff Profile - Dr. Mark Otieno
Dr. Mark Otieno is a dedicated scholar and conservationist with a passion for insect mediated ecosystem services research within agro-ecosystems. Currently, Dr. Otieno is the Dean of Students at University of Embu. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Resource Management. Before joining Embu University College, he undertook postdoctoral research on integrated Crop Pollination at Pennsylvania State University, USA. Prior to that, he worked as a Specialist Training Workshop Coordinator for the Tropical Biology Association running workshops on communicating scientific results, scientific publishing, effective teaching strategies and designing environmental research projects in the field across many countries in Africa and Madagascar. Dr. Otieno completed his PhD at the University of Reading, UK under a Felix Scholarship. Having studied Animal Ecology at Kenyatta University, Kenya and writing his MSc thesis on Acacia pollination funded by the Tropical Biology Association, he gained experience in a wide range conservation projects, notably an EU/USAID project promoting wildlife conservation through ecotourism in Kenya as well as pollination research. His PhD work on pigeon pea systems in Kenya has led to the establishment of key farm management practices that can be used to promote sustainable delivery of pollination services and increase yields. Dr. Otieno has received numerous awards, prizes and mentions at important professional and global meetings and has published in high impact peer reviewed science journals.