2017 African Graduate Student Research Fund Award - Maryanne Gitari

Maryanne Gitari is currently pursuing a M.Sc. degree in Biology of Conservation at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and is also an intern at National Museums of Kenya. Her work is based on Mount Kenya ecosystems and is focused on quantifying prey selection of mountain populations of leopard and hyenas, using DNA metabarcoding, hair microscopy, and camera trapping. Her work is essential in management of these apex carnivores as little data is available for montane populations, thereby limiting conservation information for these declining apex carnivores.