Collins Ongore has been involved in fisheries and aquatic research and conservation work over the last two decades in areas of ecological monitoring of the aquatic environment and ecosystem health assessment, biogeochemical dynamics, organic and heavy metal macrocontaminants and general aquatic ecotoxicology, remote sensing applications in resource monitoring in areas of hydroacoustics and satelite water surface physical characterisation. Currently he coordinates the satelite/ GIS based monitoring of spatio-temporal trends of water hyacinth in Lake Victoria, Kenya.
His academic background features trainings for M.Sc (Environmental Studies (Health), University of Eldoret and BSc. (Fisheries) of Moi University and the current prospects for PhD. Biology at the St. Andrews University, Scotland, UK (January 2020). Proposed PhD title: Interannual variability in abundance of key fish and pelagic crustacean species in Lake Victoria ‘natural laboratory’: from ecosystem understanding to fisheries management.
He has also undergone a number of short professional trainings including various research capacity building activities at the Nottingham University and the British Geological Survey, UK (July 2019), the Hydro-acoustic regional training course held at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) in Jinja Uganda, February 2018; Regional Training Seminar on Satellite Based Water Quality Monitoring for Lakes (Victoria / Malawi) May, 2015 at RCMRD Nairobi.; Seminar on Tropical Marine Industry Development for Developing Countries, June-July, 2015, at the Serengeti Hotel, Haikou, China,Organized by Hainan University and Training course on heavy metals analytical techniques for lake sediments and fish samples, held at Graduate School of Fisheries and Environmental Studies, Nagasaki University, Japan, July - August 2015, among others.
His participation in international seminars and conferences include the recent Great Lakes of the World Conference (GLOW9) held in Kisumu, Kenya (August 2019) by KMFRI and AEHMS, the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health seminar held at the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (July 2019) and the International Blue Economy Conference Nairobi Kenya (May 2018).
Being a registered Environmental Impact Assessment/ Environmental Audit (EIA/EA) NEMA Lead Expert No. 8476 and a registered member of Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK), he is a licensed practitioner with vast experience in ESIA/EIA/EA. He is a member of the Lake Victoria Regional Hydro-acoustics Working Group leading the studies on limnological influence on fish stocks.
He has also been involved in a number of research and conservation projects including Lake Victoria Environmental Program (Phase II) and National Science Foundation of Science, National Research Fund, the GCRF interdisciplinary research project; “Sustainable aquaculture, safe and nutritious source of protein and healthy Lake Victoria communities free from hunger and poverty” between Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Nottingham University, British Geological Survey and University of Eldoret.
He has published a number of papers and book chapters in SCI-indexed journals of aquatic sciences research.
Away from science, Collins is a qualified/certified football referee under FKF and KEFORA.
M.Sc (Environmental Studies (Health) and
Registered by NEMA as an Environmental Impact Assessment/ Environmental Audit (EIA/EA)
Lead Expert, Certificate Number 3073, Registered member of Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK)
- Proud, R., Mangeni-Sande, R., Kayanda, R.J., Cox, M.J., Nyamweya, C., Ongore, C., Natugonza, V., Everson, I., Elison, M., Hobbs, L., Kashindye, B.B., Mlaponi, E., Taabu-Munyaho, A., Mwainge, V.M, Pegado, P., Nduwayesu, E., Brierley, A.S., 2019. Automated classification of schools of the Silver Cyprinid Rastrineobola argentea in Lake Victoria acoustic survey data using Random Forests. ICES Journal of Marine Science (Under review).
- Aura, C.M., Nyamweya, C.S., Njiru, J.M, Omondi, R., Manyala, J., Musa, S., Owiti, H., Guya, F., Ongore, C., Ogari, Z., Mwamburi, J., 2019. Determining a major river catchment that pollutes a lake the most: a proof of concept for management implications Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management. (Under review). Manuscript ID: UAEM-2019-0064.
- Ongore, C.O., Aura, C.O., Ogari, Z., Njiru, J.M., Nyamweya, C.S., 2018 Spatial-temporal dynamics of water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.), other macrophytes, and their impact on fisheries in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Journal of Great Lakes Research
(Available online from 12/10/2018)
- Nyamweya, C., Aura, M.C., Ongore, C., Werimo, K.., Owili, M., Olilo, C., Yongo, E., 2018. The State of Lake Victoria Fisheries, Kenya. In Kimani E.N., Aura M.C., Okemwa G.M., (eds.). The Status of Kenya Fisheries: Towards the sustainable use of renewable aquatic resources for economic development. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Kenya. 179 pp.
- Malala, J., Keyombe, J.L., Nyamweya, C., Aura, M.C., Werimo, K..., Owili, M., Olilo, C., Ongore, C., Yongo, E., 2018. The State of Lake Turkana Fisheries. In Kimani EN, Aura MC, Okemwa GM (eds.). The Status of Kenya Fisheries: Towards the sustainable use of renewable aquatic resources for economic development. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Kenya. 179
- Mwamburi, J., Yongo, E., Aura, M.C., Babu, M.J., Basweti, M.G., Gichuru, N.N., Guya, F., Nyaboke, H., Nyamweya, C., Nyaundi, K.J., Odoli, C.O., Ogwai, A.C., Okechi, J., Ombwa, V., Omwega, R., Ongore, C., Owili, M., Owiti, H., Wawiye, I.P., 2018. Balancing Community needs and Resource Protection: The Case of Lake Kanyaboli, Kenya. J Biodivers Endanger Species 2018, 6:2. DOI: 10.4172/2332-2543.1000215
- Kundu, R., Aura, C.M., Nyamweya, C., Agembe, S., Sitoki, L., Lung’ayia, H.B.O., Ongore, C., Ogari, Z., Werimo, K., 2016. Integrated approach in assessing pollution of Lake Victoria fishing grounds Kenya: What we need to know (Ac Lakes andepted for publication- Reservoirs, July 2017)
- Ongore C.O., Aura. C.M., 2017. Water quality and environmental monotoring in fish cages in In Aura, C. M., Musa, S., Odoli, C. O., Nyamweya, S. C., Njiru, J. M., Wanyama, R., (eds). 2017. A technical manual on the best management practices for cage fish farming in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Kenya. Book Published by KMFRI and printed by Kenya Literature Bureau. ISBN: 978-9966-107-87-9.
- Agembe S., Ojwang W., Olilo C., Omondi R., Ongore C., 2016. Soda Lakes of the Rift Valley (Kenya). In: Finlayson C., Milton G., Prentice R., Davidson N. (eds) The Wetland Book. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6173-5_150-1. Online ISBN978-94-007-6173-5
- Okuku E.O., Ohowa B., Ongore C.O., Kiteresi L.I , Wanjeri V.O., Okumu S.P. and Ochola O., 2013. Screening of potential ecotoxiclogical risk of metal contamination in some Kenyan Estuaries. Research Journal of Physical and Applied Sciences 2013 Vol. 2(4), pp. 052 - 063, August 2013. http://www.wudpeckerresearchjournals.org/RJPAS/pdf/2013/August/Okuku%20et%20al.pdf
- Ongore C.O, Okuku E.O, Mwangi S.N, Kiteresi L.I., Wanjeri V.O, Okumu, S., and Kilonzi J. (2013). Characterization of the nutrients enrichment in the estuarine and related systems of the Kenya Coastline. Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources Vol. 2(6), pp. 181 - 190, July 2013. http://wudpeckerresearchjournals.org/JESWR/Pdf/2013/July/Ongore%20et%20al.pdf
- Wanjeri, V. O., Okuku, E. O., Kosore,C. M., Ohowa B. and Ongore, C.O., 2013. An insight into ecotoxicological significance of PAHs contamination in selected Kenyan estuaries. Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources Vol. 2(5), pp. 157 - 166, June 2013. http://wudpeckerresearchjournals.org/JESWR/Pdf/2013/June/Wanjeri%20et%20al.pdf