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Robert Runya, (PhD Researcher)

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A marine ecologist by background, currently working in supporting scientific efforts to standardize & enhance remote sensing methods for the acquisition, processing and validation of Multibeam Echosounder backscatter data for monitoring benthic habitats (e.g biogenic cold watre reefs) over a range of spatial scales. These tools provide valuable and reliable scientific information to support evidence-based management of marine protected areas and their associated biodiversity values. I also have worked previously in promoting participatory approaches, tools and creation of strategic partnerships in support of sustainable natural resources management, environmental policy and marine conservation. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Ghent University & Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

15 Sep 201415 Sep 2016

Award Date: 15 Sep 2016

Bachelor, Egerton University

15 Aug 200830 Apr 2012

Award Date: 21 Dec 2012


Rufford Small Grant

Runya, Robert (Recipient), 15 Jun 2018

Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    • 2 Membership of network
    • 1 Membership of council

    British Ecological Society (External organisation)

    Robert Runya (Member)

    1 Dec 201831 Dec 2022

    Activity: MembershipMembership of network

    Internal Education Council (IEC) of Masters Oceans and Lakes (External organisation)

    Robert Runya (Member)

    1 Jan 201731 Dec 2022

    Activity: MembershipMembership of council

    Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) (External organisation)

    Robert Runya (Member)

    1 Oct 201631 Dec 2030

    Activity: MembershipMembership of network