Colin was born in Eldoret, Kenya and schooled first in Kenya and then in the UK for secondary and his university undergrad. For the latter he completed a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science at the University of Southampton, UK, in 1989 and started work with A Rocha, a Christian conservation organisation, at its first project in Portugal studying bird migration and also pioneering studies on the breeding population of Kentish Plovers on the Alvor Estuary where A Rocha Portugal is located. He then returned home to Kenya after almost four years in Portugal to work as a Research Scientist in the Ornithology Department of the National Museums of Kenya. Whilst here he initiated the Nairobi Ringing Group which still continues and has trained over 100 young Kenyans in bird ringing techniques.
In 1998 Colin moved to Watamu on the north Kenyan coast to set up the A Rocha Kenya project which focusses on biodiversity conservation through three programmes of research, environmental education and community conservation. Being based adjacent to Kenya's leading coastal wader hotspot, Mida Creek, he started counting and ringing waders there in 1998 which has led to his MSc project looking at three species of wader for which very little is known of the East African populations.
He has had strong links with the ADU and SAFRING since 2008 and is spearheading a move to get a Kenya Bird Atlas 2 project underway using SABAP2 protocols and data management system.
Colin is married to Roni, an MSc graduate from UCT in Botany though originally from Durban - and hence both are avid Sharks supporters.
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