I am interested in understanding how invasive species drive change in ecosystem services and how such changes are perceived by local people. Believing that this approach may lead to more specifically tailored management strategies for land use planning with increased local support.
For my masters’ thesis I am studying the spatial effects Prosopis Juliflora has had on ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies in Baringo County, Kenya. While using qualitative data from past research to determine how this has affected the livelihoods of local communities. The goal is to find feasible solutions to manage the species either through land conservation or restoration which lead to a net benefit for stakeholders.