Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department of Ecology and Ecosystemmanagement
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49.8161.71.4149
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail:  muthio.nzau[at]

Curriculum vitae

2022 present working on the research-policy-action interface in Africa:
2017- 2021 PhD at Technische Universität München and DAAD scholarship holder within the DAAD Quality Network Biodiversity Kenya. Working title: “Human Acceptance and Ecological Outcomes of Divergent Conservation Strategies in Fragile Forest Regions in Southeastern Kenya.
2015- 2016 Research Assistant at Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania.
2012- 2014 MA, Culture and Environment in Africa at Universität zu Köln, Germany and scholarship holder of the Albertus-Magnus-Programm. Thesis: “The Soil Erosion Enigma: Revisiting ‘The More People, Less Erosion’ Debate on Machakos”.
2010- 2012 Academic coordinator at Masaku Early Childhoof Teacher Training College in Machakos, Kenya.
2006- 2010 Bachelor of Education (Arts) at the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Research interest

  • Human-Environment interactions,
  • Interdisciplinary research in Ecosystems Management.



  • Habel, Jan Christian; Nzau, Joslyn Muthio; Apfelbeck, Beate; Bendzko, Tobias; Fischer, Christina; Kimatu, Josphert N.; Mwakumanya, Maarifa A.; Maghenda, Marianne; Mulwa, Ronald K.; Rieckmann, Marco; Shauri, Halimu; Teucher, Mike; Schmitt, Christine: Land scarcity, communication gaps and institutional confusions influence the loss of biodiversity in south-eastern Kenya. Biodiversity and Conservation 29 (13), 2020, 3835-3841 more…
  • Nzau, Joslyn Muthio; Gosling, Elizabeth; Rieckmann, Marco; Shauri, Halimu; Habel, Jan Christian: The illusion of participatory forest management success in nature conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 29 (6), 2020, 1923-1936 more…
  • Rülke, Jana; Rieckmann, Marco; Nzau, Joslyn Muthio; Teucher, Mike: How Ecocentrism and Anthropocentrism Influence Human–Environment Relationships in a Kenyan Biodiversity Hotspot. Sustainability 12 (19), 2020, 8213 more…


  • Nzau, Joslyn Muthio; Rogers, Rebecca; Shauri, Halimu Suleiman; Rieckmann, Marco; Habel, Jan Christian: Smallholder perceptions and communication gaps shape East African riparian ecosystems. Biodiversity and Conservation 27 (14), 2018, 3745-3757 more…