Dr Mwaluma has scientific background in research spanning different spheres with specific research interest in marine zooplankton and fish larvae. He has participated in numerous multidisciplinary research within the institute and other institutions including universities, national and international research institutions through development of joint research initiatives and partnerships to enhance uptake of research activities in the Kenyan coast.
Currently he is working on fish larvae and zooplankton samples collected from Kenya's offshore waters (EEZ) by RV Mtafiti in 2017-2018 assessing their distribution and species composition and abundance. Other programmes he is involved in is community based mariculture with CBO's along the coast of Kenya doing mudcrab farming, finfish culture and shrimp farming.
Mwaluma J.M, B. Kaunda-Arara and J. Rasowo (2014). Diel and Lunar Variations in Larval Fish Supply in Malindi Marine Park, Kenya. Western Indian Ocean Mar. Sci. Vol. 13. No. 1, pp. 57 - 67, © 2015 WIOMSA
Anyango, J.O, Mwatete C., and Mwaluma J (2017). Abundance, diversity and trophic status of wild fish around seaweed farms in Kibuyuni, south coast Kenya International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic sciences. 5 (3) 440-446