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Name:    JAMES M. ONCHIEKU  

Department:    Natural Resources Management    
School:    Agriculture and Natural Resources Management    
Highest
Qualification:    D.Phil     
 Designation:    Senior Lecturer / Chief Research Scientist    
 Responsibility:    Board Member, School of Undergraduate Studies
 Member Research and Extension    
Academic Background
University Attended    Years    Qualification

Moi University    2003 - 2007    D.Phil Environmental Sciences

University of Wales, UK    1998 - 1999    Forest Industries Technology

Moi University    1986 - 1989     BSc Forestry & Wildlife Management
Area(s) of Specialization & Research Interests
Specialization
Environmental Earth Sciences
Natural Resources Management

Research Interest
Energy and Rural Development
Biomaterials Science & Technology
Selected Recent Publications
•    James M. Onchieku, Tracey Cheptoo, Eucharia Kenya, \Fathiya Khamis and Richard Okoth Oduor, 2015.  Evaluation of Quantity and Quality Characteristics of Biodiesel Produced from Jatropha curcas in Kenya. African Journal of Agriculture and Utilization of Natural Resources for Sustainable Development. 2015 Vol. 1.  
•    Onchieku, J.M., B.N. Chikamai and M.S. Rao (2012). Optimum Parameters for the Formulation of Charcoal Briquettes using Bagasse and Clay as Binder. European Journal of Sustainable Development (2012), 1, 3, 477-492
•    Onchieku, J.M., Githiomi, J., Oballa, P., and E. Chagalla-Odera (2012). Effect of spiral grain occurrence on strength properties of Pinus patula grown in Kenya. International Journal of Applied Sciences and Technology (2012), Vol. 2, No. 8
•    Onchieku, J.M., B.N. Chikamai and M.S. Rao (2012). Development of Mathematical Models for Estimation of the Quantity of Biomass Residues. International Journal of Applied Sciences and Technology (2012), Vol. 2, No. 8
•    Christine Holding Anyonge, Steven Franzel, Paul Njuguna and James Onchieku (2011). An assessment of farm timber value chains in Mount Kenya area. The application of the “filiere” approach to small and medium scale farm timber businesses. World Agroforestry Centre 2011 Working Paper No. 124
•    Miyuki Iiyama, David Newman, Cristel Munster, Meshack Nyabenge, Violet Moraa, James Onchieku, Ramni Jamnadass (2010). Economics of Bioenergy from Jatropha curcas: Promises, Opportunities and Constraints in Kenyan Context, 2010. Development in Practice Journal. Published by Routledge. Oct. 2010
•    Miyuki Iiyama, David Newman, Cristel Munster, Meshack Nyabenge, Violet Moraa, James Onchieku, Jeremias Gasper Mowo, Ramni Jamnadass, Steven Franzel (2010). Bottlenecks for Jatropha Bioenergy Value Chain Development in Kenya. Development in Practice Journal. Published by Routledge. Oct. 2010
•    Miyuki Iiyama and James Onchieku (2010). Reality check for 'miracle' biofuel crop. Science in Development Journal, 2010.        
•    Onchieku, J.M. (2006). Quantification and Characterisation of Biomass Residues for the Formulation of Charcoal Briquettes for Household Use in Kenya (D. Phil Thesis)
•    Chikamai, B.N., J. Githiomi and J. Onchieku (2005). Strength groups of Kenyan grown major commercial timbers. Kenya Forestry Research Institute. Forest Products Research Centre – Karura. Timber Information Bulletin No. 1. June 2005
•    Chikamai, B.N. and J.M. Onchieku (2000). Comparative Survey on the suitability of Timber Grading Codes and Sawmill Category on Softwood Structural Timber. African Academy of Sciences. Discovery and Innovation, 2000
•    Chikamai, B.N., J.K. Githiomi and J.M. Onchieku (2001). Strength properties and strength groups of major commercial timbers grown in Kenya. African Academy of sciences. Discovery and Innovation, 2001; 13(3/4)

 Current/ Recent Teaching & Research
UNDERGRADUATE
  ENSC 405: Environment and International Relations
  ENSC 103: Environment and Development
  NARE 210: Principles of Forestry
  ENSC 300: Industrial Management
NARE 446: Forest Management
POST GRADUATE – MSc
ENSC 304: Research Methodology
POST GRADUATE-PhD
ENSC 304: Research Methodology 
RESEARCH
o    Biomass to Energy Technologies
o    Utilization of Bamboo Resources for Poverty Reduction
o    Briquetting Technology for Livelihood Improvements

 Contact Details
JAMES M. ONCHIEKU
Senior Lecturer / Chief Research Scientist Kisii University
 Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources Management
  Department of Natural Resources Management
P.O Box 408- 40200, Kisii, Kenya
Cell phone: +254  712 529878
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