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Agricultural and consumer economist at ILRI. He holds a PhD in Ecology at Wageningen University (2003).
Since joining ILRI, Dr. Said has led or co-led a number of projects related to mapping ecosystems and landscape analysis (fires, carbon sequestration, biodiversity), use of remote sensing to understand the dynamics of land cover/land-use changes in the drylands, livestock/wildlife/people interactions, geo-spatial modeling and, linking social and ecological systems and development of decision support system. Experience of working both in East (Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia) and West Africa (Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Burkina Faso). Worked with policy makers, university and local communities on issues related pastoral livelihoods, biodiversity, land use, drought early warning systems and conservancies. Board member of The Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES), University of Nairobi and also a member a number of Tasks force related to environmental issues.
Before that he worked as a Biologist at the Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing in Kenya and was involved in wildlife and livestock counts in the Kenya rangelands. Took part in more than 300 counts and was involved in training biologist in ecological monitoring (1986-1998). He was the head of the GIS unit at the Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (1998-2003) and was involved in the setting up of the Kenya wildlife/livestock geo-data, the African Elephant data base (collaboration IUCN, UNEP and WWF).
He edited and co-authored several scientific journals such as Zoonosis emergence linked to agricultural intensification and environmental change, Length of Growing Period over Africa: Variability and Trends from 30 Years of NDVI Time Series, and Evolving models to support communities and policy makers with science: balancing pastoralism and wildlife conservation in East Africa.