National Museums of Kenya – Earth Sciences Department – Palaeobotany and Palynology Section
Dr. Rucina is a palynologist specialising in East African palaeoecology and is the head of the Palaeobotany and Palynology Section at the National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi. He completed a PhD at the University of York examining Late Quaternary palaeoenvironments of Mt. Kenya and the Amboseli Basin in southern Kenya.
Palynology and Palaeobotany Section is in the Department of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya. The section’s main aim is to investigate and interpret fossil pollen, phytolith, spores and charcoal sequences focusing in detail on long term ecosystem composition, form and function and interaction with human in the past and present. We recover sediments in areas that indicate type of vegetation mosaics. Sediments collected in such diversity enhance the ability of our research to address palaeoenvironmental investigations. This increases scientific understanding regarding land use and climate change. Some of the research in the section are site specific and highly focused whereas other aspects are generic to global research.