POSITION: Senior-Lecturer


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2002 – 2005:     Ph.D in Fish Genetics: Maseno University, Department of Zoology and Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biology and Universitaat Konstanz, Germany. 

1992 – 1995:          M.Phil (Ecology),   Moi University, Department of Zoology, Eldoret.

1988 – 1991:         B.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology and botany, Moi University, Department of Zoology, Eldoret.


December 2009 – to- date:     Senior-Lecturer in the Department of Fisheries Management and Aquaculture Technology, South-Eastern Kenya University, Kitui, Kenya.

1996 - 2009:             Lecturer in Maseno University, Maseno, Kenya


2013:   The Netherlands Fellowship Programme to undertake the 3 week training course International Training of Trainers on Integrated Water Resources Management. Wageningen UR, Netherlands, 27th May – 14th June 2013. 

2012: COMSTECH – TWAS Joint Research Grant Programmes for the research project  Genetic diversity in the  commercially exploited Lake Victoria ‘sardine’ Rastrineobola argentea (Teleostei, cyprinidae), (Pellegrin, 1904) in Lake Victoria.

2012: Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE) Programme for the project Capacity Building to deliver competent human resources in integrated water resource management and aquaculture for equitable and sustainable livelihoods in Kenya’s arid and semi arid lands and beyond. Project NICHE/KEN/158.

2011: Kenya National Council for Science and Technology (Kenya/South Africa Collaborative Research Grant) )Grant No. SAK/2ND CALL/34) to undertake research on  Genetic diversity and Population structure of the African Catfish, Clarias gariepinus (Burchell 1822, Teleostei, clariidae) in Kenya and South Africa.

2011: Rufford Small Grant by Rufford Foundation (Grant No. 9875 – 1) to undertake research on ‘Biodiversity and the role of ‘dryland wetlands’ in semi arid Mikuyuni – Mwitasyano river catchment in South Eastern Kenya as a source of livelihood’.

2011: Kenya National Council of Science and Technology Grant to undertake research on ‘Promotion of surface runoff and rainwater harvesting for application in Aquaculture and horticulture development in Kitui District, Kenya’.

2010: South Eastern University College Competitive Research Grant to undertake research on ‘Bacterial analysis of shallow wells water within Kitui Municipality’. Value of grant Ksh. 300,000

Chemoiwa, E.J., R. Abila, A. Macdonald, J. Lamb, E. Njenga, J. E. Barasa ( 2013): Genetic diversity and population structure of the endangered Ripon Barbel, Barbus altanialis (Boulenger, 1900) in Lake Victoria catchment, Kenya based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 29 (2013), 1225 - 1233. doi: 10.1111/jai.12313.

Abila R, Muthangya M, Mutuku E, Mutati K, Munguti M, Musyoka CM (2012): Physico - chemical and bacteriological quality assessment of shallow wells in Kitui town, Kenya.
Jnl. Env. Sci. Wat. Res 1 (2) 27 – 33.

Abila R (2011): Preliminary gut content and dentition analysis reveal subtle resource partitioning and feeding adaptations within a haplochromine cichlid community of a Lake Victoria satellite lake.  Afr. Jnl. Env. Sc. Tech. Vol. 5(6), pp. 457 – 463.
Paul O. Angienda, Hyuk Je Lee, Kathryn R. Elmer, Romulus Abila, Eliud N. Waindi and Axel Meyer (2011): Genetic structure and gene flow in an endangered native  tilapia fish (Oreochromis esculentus) compared to invasive Nile tilapia (Oreochromis  niloticus) in Yala swamp, East Africa. Conservation Genetics. 12:243–255

Abila, R, Walter Salzburger, Millicent F. Ndonga , Dickson Otieno Owiti, Marta Barluenga and Axel Meyer (2008) The role of the Yala swamp lakes in   conservation of Lake Victoria basin haplochromine cichlids: evidence from genetic and trophic ecology studies. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research Management 13, 95 – 104.  
Abila, R (2005): Biodiversity and sustainable management of a tropical  wetland lake ecosystem: A case study of Lake Kanyaboli, Kenya. FWU – Water Resources Publications 3, 1- 11.

Abila, R,  Marta Barluenga, Johanness Engelken, Axel Meyer and Walter Salzburger (2004):  Population –structure and genetic diversity in a  haplochromine cichlid of a satellite lake of Lake Victoria.   Molecular Ecology (2004). 13, 2589 – 2602.