Dr. Amon Kimeli
Dr. Amon Kimeli has a doctorate degree in Geosciences from the University of Bremen, Germany, Master of Science degree in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Ghent University and Antwerp University all in Belgium. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Ocean Mapping from the University of New Hampshire, USA and a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.  He has interest on sediment dynamics along the Kenyan coast trying to understand their sources, fate and the biophysical conditions that control sediment deposition & accretion and their possible effects on critical habitats including mangroves. He is also interested in mainstreaming geoscience as key contributor to ecosystem assessment, management, and the Blue Economy. He has also been involved in ocean mapping specifically, generating shallow and deep-water bathymetry by processing Singlebeam data obtained from acoustic echo-sounder (EK60) aboard RV Mtafiti and satellite imagery (remote sensing).
He is an Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO appointed member to the General Bathymetry Chart of the Ocean (GEBCO)-Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN) and a professional member of the Geological Society of Kenya.
Location: KMFRI Mombasa
Department: Oceanography and Hydrography
Specialization: Marine Geology (sedimentation), Marine GIS and Hydrography/Acoustics

Research Interests
  • Sediment dynamics and the biophysical conditions that control sediment deposition & accretion.
  • Mineralogy
  • Effects of sea level rise on sediment dynamics and subsequently on critical habitats especially mangroves
  • Shallow and deep-water bathymetry and general mapping of ocean floor using acoustics.
  • GIS and Remote Sensing applications in marine research
Email:  akimeli@kmfri.go.ke / nm_kimeli@yahoo.com



  • Doctoral Degree in Natural Science, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Mapping and Category A Hydrography Certification from the University of New Hampshire, Centre for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, USA.
  • MSc in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management from Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium.
  • BSc in Geology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • General Bathymetry Chart of the Ocean (GEBCO) Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN).
  • Geological Society of Kenya

Peer Reviewed Journals
Kimeli, A. K., Cherono, S., Baya, P., Mathinji, M., Okello, J., Koedam, N., Westphal, H., Kairo, J, 2022. Surface elevation changes in an estuarine mangrove forest in Vanga, Kenya: implications for management and mitigation of sea-level rise. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2117
 Kimeli, A., Ocholla, O., Okello, J., Koedam, N., Westphal, H. and Kairo, J., 2021. Geochemical and petrographic characteristics of sediments along the transboundary (Kenya–Tanzania) Umba River as indicators of provenance and weathering. Open Geosciences, 13(1), pp.1064-1083.
 Kimeli, A., Cherono, S., Mutisya, B., Tamooh, F., Okello, J., Westphal, H., Koedam, N. and Kairo, J., 2021. Tracing organic matter sources in the estuarine sediments of Vanga, Kenya, and provenance implications. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 263, p.107636.
 Zimmer M, Kimeli A. 2021. Mangroven als Sedimentfallen und Küstenschützer. Geographische Rundschau 7/8: 26-31
 Mutia, D., Carpenter, S., Jacobs Z., Jebri, F., Kamau, J., Kimeli, A., Langat P., Makori, A., Nencioli, F., Painter, S., Popova, E., Raitsos, D. and Roberts, M. (2021). ‘Productivity driven by Tana River discharge is spatially limited in Kenyan coastal waters. Ocean and Coastal Management. 211, 105713.
 Kamau, J., Ngisiange, N., Ochola, O., Kilonzi, J., Kimeli, A., Mahongo, S.B., Ong’anda, H., Mitto, C., Ohowa, B., Magori, C. and Kimani, E. (2020). Factors influencing spatial patterns in primary productivity in Kenyan territorial waters. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science. pp.9-18.
 Fortnam, M., Atkins, M., Brown, K., Chaigneau, T., Frouws, A., Gwaro, K., Huxham, M., Kairo, J., Kimeli, A., Kirui, B. and Sheen, K. (2019). Multiple impact pathways of the 2015-16 El Niño in coastal Kenya. AMBIO 50(1), 174-189.
Kimeli, A., Thoya, P., Ngisiang'e, N., Ong'anda, H. and Magori, C. (2018). Satellite-derived bathymetry: A case study of Mombasa port channel and it's approaches. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Sciences. 17(2), 93-102.
Kosore, C., Ojwang, L., Maghanga, J., Kamau, J., Kimeli, A., Omukoto, J., Ngisiang'e, N., Mwaluma, J., Ong'anda, H., Magori, C. and Ndirui, E. (2018). Occurrence and ingestion of microplastics by zooplankton in Kenya's marine environment: first documented evidence. African Journal of Marine Science, 40(3), 225-234.
Mwaura, J. M., Umezawa, Y., Furaha, J., Kimeli, A., Kamau, J., and Aura, C. M. (2017). Spatial variability of scleractinian coral bleaching susceptibility in 2010 El Niño–Southern Oscillation between northern and southern reefs, Kenya. Coastal Marine Science. 40, 17-27
Technical Reports
Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), 2017. RV Mtafiti Cruise RVM/02/2017 Technical Report on Fish Biomass and the Environment of Kenya's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
MGL15, C., & Calder, B. R. (2015). Cruise Report. Cruise to map Leg 6 of US Atlantic Continental Margin- see "Calder, B., & Gardner, J. (2008). US Law of the sea cruise to map the foot of the slope of the Northeast US Atlantic Continental Margin: Leg 6".
Book Chapter
Kimeli, A. and Makori, A (2018). Marine Geomorphology and Sedimentology: in - KMFRI (2018) The RV Mtafiti: Marine Research towards Food Security and Economic Development for Kenya. (Eds) Njiru JM, Ruwa RK, Kimani EN, Ong’anda HO, Okemwa GM and Osore MK. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Mombasa, Kenya. 56-59 pp.