Supervisory Agriculture Development Officer @
Masters Studies @
I am a climate smart food security expert with 20 years of development experience. I have been a strategic lead on integrating agriculture, environment and climate change in programs and strategies to combat poverty and improve nutrition. I have coordinated policy dialogues and programmatic implementation in 19 countries working with governments, civil society, private sector and academicians.
I am a climate smart food security expert with 20 years of development experience. I have been a strategic lead on integrating agriculture, environment and climate change in programs and strategies to combat poverty and improve nutrition. I have coordinated policy dialogues and programmatic implementation in 19 countries working with governments, civil society, private sector and academicians. My core competencies include:
• Food security program design
• Excellent communication skills
• Operational agroecosystem science
• Geospatial mapping of projects
• Organizational integration & cohesion
• Stakeholder relations & engagement
• Working effectively across sectors
• Performance tracking & reporting
The integral quality of my studies and experience:
Using geospatial approaches and data to produce explicit spatial and temporal information for agroecology
Knowledge and skills based on practical field work and theoretical learning across the globe
Keeps up with diverse sources in order to understand soils, water, vegetation and animal dynamics using field based information, literature review, remote sensing and GIS.
Excellent written and oral communications skills and are able to express complex ideas to diverse groups including scientists, government officials, land owners, students, enterpreneurs, volunteers and other stakeholders for Natural Resource Management.
My Goals are:
→To seek and improve understanding of sustainable natural resources management and their use in Agriculture and other sectors by working with communities and interdisciplinary stakeholders
→ Facilitate, contribute to, and participate in, expanding knowledge of natural resource inventory, food security, climate change and emerging adaptation & mitigation options.
Senior Advisor, Climate Smart Agriculture at USAID USDA-FAS @ • Provides technical support on
- Climate Change and
- Natural Resource Management
for Agriculture at USAID within the Bureau for Food Security, office of Country Strategy Implementation (CSI).
• Works with the US Govt, Civil Society, Private Sector, multi-national donors & partners, host countries and bilateral or regional USAID missions, to coordinate the inclusion of good Natural Resource Management, Climate Change adaptation, mitigation and coping mechanisms for the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative which addresses poverty, hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.
• Conducts training, program design, implementation and evaluation for food security in FTF host countries integrating climate change and natural resource management in tandem with other cross cutting themes like nutrition, gender and extension.
• Supports geospatial mapping and GIS needs in the Bureau for food security coordinating with other geospatial resource staff in USAID and sister agencies. From December 2010 to Present (5 years 1 month) Agroecologist @ I planned, supported, organized and performed complex laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments including mapping geospatial details with optical data. I acquired, processed and analyzed remotely sensed data using GIS and data image analyses in ArcGIS, Erdas Imagine, ENVI and R. I conducted spatial and statistical data analyses, summarized data numerically and in text, and extrapolated results to develop appropriate algorithms for inclusion in agroecosystems maps and models. I assisted in developing spatially explicit models representing management effects on exchanges of carbon and nitrogen as they are transported among the soil, plant, water, and atmosphere pools at multiple scales. I collected and analyzed soil, plant, and atmospheric data using quantitative methods and analytical instruments then reviewed, corrected, and analyzed data from data loggers, including development of data gap-filling techniques. I then summarized data using spatial and statistical analyses in graphical and tabular forms for progress reports and scientific articles. I supervised technical aides, laborers, and students assigned to projects. Finally I wrote technical reports that detailed methods used and interpretation of results including presenting these results and intepretations as part of research impact to multiple audiences including farmers, sister federal agencies, the general public and subject matter specialist meetings. From January 2010 to December 2010 (1 year) Geospatial Agroecology consultant @ Independent literature review and web-based research on scientific terrestrial carbon topics in close cooperation with others.
Produced scientific diagrams, tables and figures to usefully illustrate key ideas in terrestrial carbon management.
This work generated a roadmap for terrestrial carbon management by delineating research needs for implementation of carbon management. This work was in tandem with more exhaustive contributions to the Copenhagen climate summit to negotiate a new climate treaty succeeding the Kyoto protocol after 2012.
The work outlines:
(1) critical science and technology gaps that must be addressed to provide the quantitative basis for assigning climate change linked incentives for better management of terrestrial carbon;
(2) technical investments and actions needed to accelerate avoided emissions and sequestration of terrestrial carbon; and
(3) essential roles that specific institutions can play. From September 2009 to December 2009 (4 months) Washington D.C. Metro AreaGeospatial Agroecology Consultant @ Co-registration of ten Landsat images in ENVI format to a base image of Channel Islands California
Change detection mapping of deforestation/afforestation in Calakmul nature reserve in Yucatan Mexico by:
•preparing raw satellite data (mosaic, convert to ENVI images, clip images to Areas of interest for different dates
• Atmospheric correction for satellite images
• Performing spectral calibration of satellite images produce atmospherically corrected images
• assemble a validation and calibration database of locations with known land cover; based on field data from known locations already and other training locations estimated based on Geo-registering Earth
•Conducting supervised classification of imagery
• Import of ENVI format images into ArcGIS
•For every input image, a file containing the coordinates of the Ground Control Points saved in ASCII format
•Annual co-registered images or warped image over the last 27 years
• A map of Afforestation/Deforestation in a region of Yucatan, Mexico From January 2009 to September 2009 (9 months) San Francisco Bay AreaPostdoc Researcher @ Responsibilities included field work, lab work and GIS/remote sensing data analysis to better constrain greenhouse gas emissions in California agroecosystems and carbon stocks inventory. From March 2007 to January 2009 (1 year 11 months) Graduate Research Assistant @ Responsibilities included field work, lab work and data management and analysis for remote sensing projects. Taking ecological coursework in doctoral studies. From 2001 to 2007 (6 years) VLIR scholar in Physical Land Resources @ Msc. student at Ghent University, Belgium. Thesis title: The impact of ungulates in the coastal dune soils of Westhoek nature reserve, Belgium.
Core course work: Soil Science: The soil-plant-atmosphere continuum and element flow in these compartments as regulated by animals. From 1999 to 2001 (2 years) Undergraduate Student @ Undertook undergraduate course work for a Bachelor of Science degree in Rangeland Management. From 1994 to 1998 (4 years)
Doctorate studies, Ecology @ Colorado State University From 2002 to 2007 Masters Studies, Physical Land Resources, Distinction @ Universiteit Gent From 1999 to 2001 UnderGrad Studies, BSc., Range Management at the College of Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences @ University of Nairobi From 1994 to 1998 High School Studies, KCSE, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education @ Koelel High School From 1989 to 1992 Primary School Education, Kenya Certificate of Primary Education @ Naivasha Boarding From 1983 to 1988 Moffatt N. is skilled in: communicating science, imagery analysisbio, biophysical mapping, Remote Sensing, GIS, Ecology, Soil Science, Range Management, ArcGIS, Spatial Analysis, Geospatial, Cartography, Spatial, Photogrammetry, ERDAS Imagine
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