David M Harper

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University of Leicester


Department of Biology

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Publication in Relevant Areas

Britton, J. R., Harper, D. M., Oyugi, D. O. & Grey, J. (2010). The introduced Micropterus salmoides in an equatorial lake: a paradoxical loser in an invasion meltdown scenario? Biological Invasions, DOI 10.1007/s10530-010-9742-7. Morrison, E.H.J. & Harper, D.M. (2009). Ecohydrological principles to underpin the restoration of Cyperus papyrus at Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology 9, 83-97. Harper, D.M. & Mavuti, K.M. (2004). Lake Naivasha, Kenya: Ecohydrology to guide the management of a tropical protected area. Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology 4, 287-305. Harper, D.M., Childress, R.B., Harper, M.M. Boar, R.R., Hickley, P., Mills, S.C., Otieno, N. Drane, A., Vareschi, E., Nasirwa, O., Mwatha, W.E., Darlington, J.P.E.C. & Escuté-Gasulla, X. (2003) Aquatic biodiversity and soda lakes: Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Kenya. Hydrobiologia 500, 259-276. Harper, D.M, Smart, A.C., Coley, S., Schmitz, S., North, R., Adams, C., Obade, P. & Kamau, M. (2002). Distribution and abundance of the Louisiana red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii Girard at Lake Naivasha, Kenya between 1987 and 1999. Hydrobiologia 488, 143-151. Harper D.M., Harper, M.M., Virani, M.A., Smart, A.C., Childress, R.B., Adatia, R., Henderson, I. & Chege B. (2002). Population fluctuations and their causes in the African Fish Eagle, (Haliaeetus vocifer (Daudin)) at Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Hydrobiologia 488, 171-180.

Countries of Research Interest

Kenya, 25 years research on ecology & sustainable management of Lake Naivasha. Ten years experience of research into soda lake conservation and ecology of lesser flamingos. Tanzania, 3 years experience of field work at Lake Natron in relation to conservation threats and pastoralist use of riparian springs & wetlands. Two grants from the Darwin Initiative (one with post-project extension) on issues of biodiversity conservation & sustainable livelihoods. One ESPA award on making remote sensing of great lakes of Africa available to policy-makers for poverty alleviation (EAGLO)

Statement of Interest in the Call

Aquatic ecologist & conservationist with 25 years experience of field research in East Africa and 10 years experience of trying to make research results usable by local communities and policy-makers