Dr. Juliet Karisa
Juliet’s focuses broadly on Marine Ecology, Conservation and Management. Her research interests are coral reef ecology, marine protected areas, integrated coastal zone management and training and capacity building. Currently, she is focusing primarily on coral reef resilience in regard to both local and global threats (e.g pollution and climate change). This also forms part of her PhD thesis that she is writing at the moment. Her work experience includes coral reef monitoring, biodiversity assessment, resilience assessments, habitat mapping, restoration and community training on marine resource use. She has contributed to coral research in the Western Indian Ocean region and abroad at different levels. She presents her research findings at different platforms including conferences and publications in journals.

KMFRI Mombasa Research Centre
Oceanography and Hydrology
Coral Reef Ecology and Conservation
Coral Reef Resilience, Marine Protected Area management, Integrated Coastal Zone Management



  • Wanyonyi I, Karisa J, Gamoyo M, Mbugua J (2018) Factors influencing migrant fisher access to fishing grounds. WIO Journal of Marine Science, 16:27-39
  • Grimsditch D, Pisapia C, Huck M, Karisa J, Obura D, Sweet M (2017) Variation in size frequency distribution of coral populations under different  fishing pressures in two contrasting locations in the Indian Ocean. Marine Environmental Research, 131:146-155.
  • Mwaura J, Umezawa Y, Karisa J, Kimeli A, Kamau J, Aura C (2017) Spatial variability of scleractinian coral bleaching and mortality induced by the 2010 ENSO, between northern and southern reefs, Kenya. Coastal Marine Science, 40:17-27.
  • Karisa J, Obura D, Kaunda-Arara B (2008) Temporal and Spatial Variation in Coral Recruitment and Mortality in Coastal Kenya. CORDIO Status report 2008, 223-233.
  • Karisa J (2008) Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Juvenile Corals on lagoonal Reefs in Coastal Kenya. MPhil. Dessertation, Moi University, Kenya
  • Obura D, Mwaura J, Karisa J (2005) Coral settlement patterns in the Mombasa Marine National Park. CORDIO Status report 2005, 167-173.

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