He has been involved in fisheries and aquatic research and conservation work over the las two decades in areas of ecological monitoring of the aquatic environment in ecosystem health assessment, biogeochemical dynamics, organic and heavy metal macrocontaminants and general aquatic ecotoxicology, remote sensing applications in resource monitoring in areas of hydroacoustics and satelite water surface physical characterisation. Currently he coordinates the satelite/ GIS based monitoring of spatio-temporal trends of water hyacinth in Lake Victoria, Kenya. His academic background features trainings for M.Sc (Environmental Studies (Health), University of Eldoret and BSc. (Fisheries) of Moi University with a number of short professional training including the Hydro-acoustic regional training course held at the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) in Jinja Uganda, February 2018; Regional Training Seminar on Satellite Based Water Quality Monitoring for Lakes (Victoria / Malawi) MAY, 2015 at RCMRD Nairobi.; Seminar on Tropical Marine Industry Development for Developing Countries, 2015. June-July, 2015, in Serengeti Hotel, Haikou, China,Organized by Hainan University with facilitation by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China; and Training course on heavy metals analytical techniques for lake sediments and fish samples, held at Graduate School of Fisheries and Environmental Studies, Nagasaki University, Japan, July - August 2015, among others. He is registered by NEMA as an Environmental Impact Assessment/ Environmental Audit (EIA/EA) Lead Expert No. 8476 and a registered member of Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK). He is also a member of the regional hydroacoustics working group leading the limnological studies. He has been involved in a number of research and conservation projects including Lake Victoria Environmental Program (Phase II) and National Science Foundation of Science, National Research Fund and Newton-Utafiti. He has published a number of papers and book chapters in SCI-indexed journals of aquatic sciences research.
M.Sc (Environmental Studies (Health) and
Registered by NEMA as an Environmental Impact Assessment/ Environmental Audit (EIA/EA)
Lead Expert, Certificate Number 3073, Registered member of Environmental Institute of Kenya (EIK)
Ongore, C.O., Aura, C.O., Ogari, Z., Njiru, J.M., Nyamweya, C.S., 2018 Spatial-temporal dynamics of water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.), other macrophytes, and their impact on fisheries in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Journal of Great Lakes Research
Christopher Aura, Cyprian Odoli, Casianes Olilo, Collins Ongore, Fredrick Guya, Joseph Nyaundi, Peter Wawiye, Jared Miruka, Chrispine Nyamweya, Zachary Ogari, Rodrick Kundu, James Njiru (2017) Impact of cage culture on water quality: implications on the largest tropical freshwater lake ecosystem health. Aquaculture Reports (Under review)
Rodrick Kundu, Christopher Mulanda Aura, Chrisphine Nyamweya, Simon Agembe, Lewis Sitoki, Henry B. O. Lung’ayia, Collins Ongore, Zachary Ogari, Kenneth Werimo (2016) Integrated approach in assessing pollution of Lake Victoria fishing grounds Kenya: What we need to know (Ac Lakes andepted for publication- Reservoirs, July 2017)
Ongore C.O., Aura. C.M., 2017. Water quality and environmental monotoring in fish cages in In Aura, C. M., Musa, S., Odoli, C. O., Nyamweya, S. C., Njiru, J. M., Wanyama, R., (eds). 2017. A technical manual on the best management practices for cage fish farming in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Kenya. Book Published by KMFRI and printed by Kenya Literature Bureau. ISBN: 978-9966-107-87-9.
Agembe S., Ojwang W., Olilo C., Omondi R., Ongore C. (2016) Soda Lakes of the Rift Valley (Kenya). In: Finlayson C., Milton G., Prentice R., Davidson N. (eds) The Wetland Book. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6173-5_150-1. Online ISBN978-94-007-6173-5
Okuku E.O., Ohowa B., Ongore C.O., Kiteresi L.I , Wanjeri V.O., Okumu S.P. and Ochola O. (2013). Screening of potential ecotoxiclogical risk of metal contamination in some Kenyan Estuaries. Research Journal of Physical and Applied Sciences 2013 Vol. 2(4), pp. 052 - 063, August 2013. http://www.wudpeckerresearchjournals.org/RJPAS/pdf/2013/August/Okuku%20et%20al.pdf
Ongore C.O, Okuku E.O, Mwangi S.N, Kiteresi L.I., Wanjeri V.O, Okumu, S., and Kilonzi J. (2013). Characterization of the nutrients enrichment in the estuarine and related systems of the Kenya Coastline. Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources Vol. 2(6), pp. 181 - 190, July 2013. http://wudpeckerresearchjournals.org/JESWR/Pdf/2013/July/Ongore%20et%20al.pdf
Wanjeri, V. O., Okuku, E. O., Kosore,C. M., Ohowa B. and Ongore, C.O (2013). An insight into ecotoxicological significance of PAHs contamination in selected Kenyan estuaries. Journal of Environmental Science and Water Resources Vol. 2(5), pp. 157 - 166, June 2013. http://wudpeckerresearchjournals.org/JESWR/Pdf/2013/June/Wanjeri%20et%20al.pdf