Two new PhD theses from the Taita Research Station

The theses focused on the use of natural resources in Taita Hills region.

Johanna Hohenthal defended her PhD thesis “Local ecological knowledge in deteriorating water catchments – Reconsidering environmental histories and inclusive governance in the Taita Hills, Kenya” on March, 5, 2018 at the University of Helsinki. The thesis was supervised by Dr. Paola Minoia and was part of TAITAWATER project funded by the Academy of Finland. The thesis is available at

Jenny Jyrkänkallio-Mikkola defended her PhD thesis “Factors contributing to the spatial variation of stream communities in boreal and tropical regions” on February 9, 2018 at the University of Helsinki. The thesis supervised by Prof. Janne Soininen includes a case study about the streams of the Taita Hills. Thesis is available at