A male Marico sunbird. Photo by Bradley Bergstrom

Training and Education

Every year, Mpala hosts over 100 researchers and students representing more than 40 different institutions and organizations from around the world.

Recent Courses: Highlights

* Dr. Jake Goheen, Dr. Adam Ferguson, Simon Musila co-led a 9-day course on field methods in mammalogy for 10 Kenyan students. Read more about the course in our December 2016 Mpala Memos.

* 20 undergraduates Makerere University (Uganda), led by Dr. Joelia Nasaka and Dr. Sente Celsus, attended a research skills training program hosted by Mpala Research Centre from July 24 to 29, 2016. The students attended talks and worked on one of four projects, directed by Dr. Daniel Rubenstein, Dr. Ray Schmidt and Kimani Ndung'u.

* 12 students from the Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School (Fall 2016) were based at Mpala for part of their Ecology module. At Mpala, they studied vegetation ecology, plant-herbivore and plant-insect interactions, and predator-prey dynamics.

Recent Workshops: Highlights

* Space for Giants hosted three training workshops (attended by 78 people in total) for magistrates, prosecutors and investigators at Mpala, in collaboration with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kenya WIldlife Service, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Judicial Training Institute, among others. The training workshops aimed to build capacity among those involved in prosecuting wildlife crimes and bringing poachers to justice.

Daraja Transition Programme Internships
* The Daraja Transition Programme is a life skills training program that seeks to develop self-reliance and career readiness in promising female high school graduates from Kenya. After attending workshops and trainings at Daraja Academy, the students spend up to 2 months interning at an organization. Over the past two years, Mpala Research Centre has hosted 6 Daraja interns, who gain valuable experience in research, teaching/ educational outreach, IT and science communication, and administration.

An Mpala researcher giving a presentation to the community. Photo by Heather Larkin.