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Mr. Tobias Nyumba - Non-Resident Research Fellow


Mr. Tobias Nyumba is a Ph.D. Student in Geography at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Environment, Society and Development from Downing College, University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Science from Egerton University, Kenya.

He has over nine years’ experience in research, conservation and management of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana). He has worked previously with specific reference to the mitigation of negative impacts of interactions between elephants and people; elephant ecology and behaviour; conservation policy; and, public awareness and education. Tobias first worked as a research assistant for the Darwin Initiative funded project under the University of Cambridge’s Department of Geography titled: Building Capacity to Alleviate Human-Elephant Conflict in North Kenya. Subsequently, he became Project Manager for Space for Giants Trust in Kenya.

His research focuses on the social and ecological implications of human and wildlife interactions, especially within human dominated landscapes. He is particularly interested in both applied and practical perspectives, including research and development of tools and policies to sustainably mitigate the direct and hidden negative impacts of human elephant interactions.

His PhD research explores the “hidden” aspects of the interactions between humans and African elephants (Loxodontaafricana) within a heterogeneous land use mosaic in Trans Mara District, Kenya.