WKU Biology professor, Dr. Michael Stokes, brings global sustainability to life for students in an ongoing wildlife conservation research project by partnering with the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Students have accompanied Dr. Stokes on research expeditions to Kenya for the past five years to help in the prevention of crop loss due to large animal crop-raiding.
In 2003, the WKU Biology Department was contacted by Dr. Charles Kimwele of the University of Nairobi. He had seen some of the work WKU was doing with molecular forensics of wildlife, specifically on deer and black bear in Kentucky. in the summer of 2004, Dr. Doug McElroy and Dr. Michael Stokes from WKU traveled to Kenya to further explore these opportunities. The department funded the travel of four students as well.
In mid-June, several of the students on the Kenya trip were in South Africa for Dr. Stokes’ Biology 485, a field biology course concentrating on management and conservation of African wildlife. For more on that course, CLICK HERE.