Kenya Aquatica

  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino (centre), KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (2nd right), KMFRI Director Prof James Njiru (left) during a courtesy call to Mombasa County commissioner Mr Gilbert Kitiyo.
  • The newly appointed Principal Secretary SDFA & BE Dr Francis O. Owino (seated centre) during his maiden visit at KMFRI Mombasa headquarters on 2nd March 2021.
  • Kenya Launches a coral reef fish project (Funded by Japan/FAO) to improve food security, livelihoods and maritime safety through increased resilience of coastal fishing communities
  • KMFRI Mombasa Center Director, Dr. Eric Okuku (centre) representing KMFRI Director and Assistant Director (Projects & Collaborations/CD Shimoni) Dr. James Kairo (right), meet Dr. Mathieu Guerin from France Embassy to explore possible research collaboration with French institutions.
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) exchange MoU with VC Pioneer International University, Dr Gideon Maina (left), this SDFA & BE MoU is on several areas of collaboration that includes Kenya Fisheries Services. The ceremony was witnessed by outgoing PS Prof. Micheni Ntiba on on 22nd Feb. 2021at Kilimo House, Nairobi
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) and Mombasa CD, Dr. Erick Okuku during the World Wetlands day on 2nd February, 2021 held at Sabaki Estuary, the celebration was officiated by the CS for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko who led government officials and communities in planting mangrove trees
  • Director KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (right) with Deputy Director Freshwater System, Dr. Christopher Aura (centre) and Ag. ADF, Kenya Fisheries Services, Mr. Simon Munguti (left) during the Launch of Electronic Catch Assessment Survey (e-CAS) system and Stake Holder’s Engagement and dissemination Workshop on Environmental Clean-up and Mentorship Framework at Sosa Cottages in Vihiga County on 4 - 5th Jan, 2021
Dr. Joseph Kamau

Dr. Joseph Kamau

Dr. Joseph Nyingi Kamau is a senior scientist and the Assistant Director (Oceanography and Hydrography) at the Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Mombasa, Kenya. He is a biogeochemist with a focus on providing research information to assist managers to regulate and manage the environment effectively. His research interest is in establishing the fate and pathway of pollutants in the environment. The project is entitled "Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research in the Western Indian Ocean (SOLSTICE-WIO). He reviews projects for NRF South Africa and is a College member of UKRI International Development Peer Review College. He is a member of the Golden Key International and is the National Technical Focal Point for FAO project GCP/GLO/660/NOR.

Research Networks : Research Gate

KMFRI Mombasa
Oceanography and Hydrography
Biogeochemistry: Determining the fate and pathway of pollutants as well as nutrient cycling Microplastics: Determine distribution, characterize and assess toxicity risk Antifouling agents: Development of antifouling paints from marine natural products. Disinfectant by-products (DBP): Assess the situation in Kenya's water treatment plants; characterize the DBP and natural organic matter (NOM) composition in the water treatment plants. Assess cancer risk. (they have a strong membrane technology research unit) Disinfectant by-products (DBP): Assess the situation in Kenya's water treatment plants; characterize the DBP and natural organic matter (NOM) composition in the water treatment plants. Assess cancer risk.



Kamau, J. N. (2019). Elemental Speciation | Overview. In Worsfold, P., Poole, C., Townshend, A., Miró, M., (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Analytical Science, (3rd ed.). vol. 3, pp 9–22, Elsevier.

Preston, M. R.; Kamau, J. N. (2019). Water Analysis | Seawater: Organic Compounds. In Worsfold, P., Poole, C., Townshend, A., Miró, M., (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Analytical Science, (3rd ed.). vol. 10, pp 359–370, Elsevier.

C Kosore, L Ojwang, J Maghanga, J Kamau, A Kimeli, J Omukoto, N Ngisiag’e, J Mwaluma, H Ong’ada, C Magori & E Ndirui 2018 Occurrence and ingestion of microplastics by zooplankton in Kenya's marine environment: first documented evidence. African Journal of Marine Science 2018, 40(3): 225–234

Jelvas Mwaura, Yu Umezawa, Juliet Furaha, Amon Kimeli, Joseph Kamau and Christopher M. Aura 2017 Spatial variability of scleractinian coral bleaching suceptibility in 2010 El Nino-Southern Oscillation between northern and souther reefs, Kenya. Coastal Marine Science 40(1): 17-27

Jelvas Mwaura, Yu Umezawa, Takashi Nakamur, Joseph Kamau 2017 Evidence of chronic anthropogenic nutrient within coastal lagoon reefs adjacent to urban and tourism centers, Kenya: A stable isotope approach. Marine Pollution Bulletin 119 74–86

Joseph. Nyingi Kamau, Peter Kuschk, Machiwa, John, Macia, Adriano., Mothes, Sibylle, Mwangi, Stephen, Munga, Daniel, and Kappelmeyer, Uwe 2015 Investigating the distribution and fate of Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn in sewage impacted mangrove fringed creeks of Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. Journal of Soils and Sediments 15:2453-2465

Joseph. Nyingi Kamau, Jane Catherine Ngila, Bernard Kirui, , Stephen Mwangi, Chales Mitto Kosore, Veronica Wanjeri and Sturcky Okumu. 2015 Spatial variability of the rate of organic carbon mineralization, in a sewage impacted forest, Mikindani Kenya. Journal of Soils and Sediments  15:2466-2475

Joseph Nyingi Kamau, Anthony Gachanja, Catherine Ngila, Johnson Michael Kazungu, Mingzhe Zhai. 2014. The seasonal influence on the spatial distribution of dissolved selected metals in Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 67–69 (2014) 111–116

Philiswa N. Nomngongoa, J. Catherine Ngilaa, Joseph N. Kamaua, Titus A.M. Msagatia, Ljiljana Marjanovicb, Brenda Moodleyc 2013. Pre-concentration of trace elements in short chain alcohols using different commercial cation exchange resins prior to inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometric detection. Analytica Chimica Acta 787:78– 86.

IsaacW.Mwangi. J. Catherine Ngila. Patrick Ndungu. Titus A. M. Msagati. Joseph N. Kamau. 2013. Immobilized Fe (III)-doped titanium dioxide for photodegradation of dissolved organic compounds in water. Environ Sci Pollut Res

Philiswa Nomgongo; Jane Catherine Ngila; Joseph Kamau  2013. Preconcentration of molybdenum, antimony and vanadium in gasoline samples using Dowex 1-x8 resin and their determination with inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry, Talanta

Joseph Nyingi Kamau, Jane Catherine Ngila, Andrew Kindness and Tamara Bush 2012. Investigating the pathway and fate of inorganic impurities in a bisulphate dissolving pulp production process. PhD Thesis University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Joseph Nyingi Kamau, Jane Catherine Ngila, Andrew Kindness and Tamara Bush 2011. Equilibrium and Kinetic Studies for Extracting Cu, Mn and Fe from Pulp Wastewater onto a C-18 Column with Acetylacetone Complexing Ligand. Analytical letters; 44: 1-15

Isaac W. Mwangi, J. Catherine Ngila, Joseph Kamau, and Jonathan Okonkwo 2011. Adsorption Studies of Lead, Copper II and Cadmiun Ions in Aqueous Solution by Ethylene Diamine Modified Amberlite 4 XAD-1180. In: Chemistry for Sustainable Development, P. Ramasami et al. (eds.), DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-8650-1 20, © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2

Kamau, J.N, Gachanja, A, Ngila, J.C., and Kazungu J., 2008. Anthropogenic and seasonal influence on the sediment-water fluxes for selected metals at Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management ; 13:145-54

Kamau, J.N, Gachanja, A, Ngila, J.C., and Kazungu J., 2007. The Seasonal and Spatial Variations of labile Cu, Fe, Mn, Pb and Zn sediment fractions in Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management. 12: 303-313.

Joseph Nyingi Kamau, Benard Kirui, Erick Kristensen, Stephen Mwangi, Okumu Staki., 2007. Sewage phytoremediation; an insight on the silent services offered by mangroves ecosystem in carbon and nutrients mineralization. 5th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium, Durban, South Africa from 22nd to 26th October 2007 book of abstracts.

Kamau, J. N., Dehairs, F., Marteen, L. and Kazungu, J.2006. Sediment-water Exchange of Selected Heavy Metals at the backwaters of Makupa Creek, Kenya. Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 153–162.

Kamau, J. N., Dehairs, F., Marteen, L. and Kazungu, J.2005. Anthropogenic influence on the mobilization of heavy metals at the back waters of Makupa creek. Conference proceedings Pacem in Maribus Conference Oct. 31-Nov. 3rd 2005, Australia, pp. 96-106.

Munga D. and Kamau J. 2005. Status of Marine Pollution Monitoring in Kenya. Regional Workshop on Ecotoxicology Monitoring and Control, Zanzibar February 2005. 40p.

Kamau, J.N. 2005. Effect of Seasonal Physicochemical Variation on Metal Speciation, Implication on Water Quality in Lake Naivasha, Kenya. MSc Thesis Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Munga D., Kamau, J.N., Abuodha, P. & Ikubi, J.G. 2003. Concentrations of heavy metals in sediments and biota and implications of pollution of the Ungwana and Malindi Bays in Kenya. Proceedings of the Third WIOMSA Scientific Symposium, Maputo, Mozambique, 15-18 October 2003.

James. Mwaluma, Melckzedeck. Osore, Joseph. Kamau and Peter. Wawiye, 2003. Composition, Abundance and seasonality of zooplankton in Mida creek, Kenya Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci Vol 2 no. 2 147-155 .

Kamau, J. N., (2002) Heavy metals distribution and enrichment at Port-Reitz creek Mombasa, Kenya. Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. 1(1): 65-70

Kamau, J. N. (2001) Heavy metals distribution in sediments along Makupa and Kilindini creeks. Hydrobiologia, 458: 235-240.

Kamau, J.N. (2000). Killindini creek a pollutant sink or pathway. Symposium proceedings, 2nd open water science Joint Global Ocean Flux Studies (JGOFS) Bergen, Norway.

Kitheka, J.U, Ohowa, B.O, Mwashote, B. M and Kamau, J (1999). Water circulation, groundwater outflow and nutrients dynamics in Mida creek, Kenya. Mangrove and Salt Marshes Journal. 3: 135-146

Kamau J. N 1999. Proceedings of the 3rd International symposium on Environmental Geochemistry in Tropical Countries in Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 25th to 29th Oct 1999.

Kamau J. N., (1998). Pollution dynamics and trace metal levels at Makupa    creek Kenya. Book of extended abstracts; International symposium on Marine Pollution; Monaco 5th to 9th Oct 1998.