Ms. Mary M. Karanja

Name: Mary M Karanja 
Designation: Tutorial Fellow
Contact: +254 728 909 813
School/Institute: Geothermal Energy Training and Research Institute, (GeTRI) 
Department: Department of Geology

Areas of Expertise

Geology, Applied Geophysics, Seismology

Academic background

Doctor of Geology (Seismology)University of Nairobi with partial supervision from Uppsala University2018 – present
Master of Science in GeologyUniversity of Nairobi2013 – 2016
Bachelor of Science in GeologyUniversity of Nairobi2009 – 2013

Professional background

  1. Part-time lecturer: South Eastern University, Kitui, Kenya 2017.
  2. Part-time lecturer:School of Petroleum Studies, Nairobi, Kenya 2017.


  • PhD Research: University of Nairobi
    Crust and upper mantle structure in Kenya from ambient noise

Other University and National Responsibilities

  • 2017- present:Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Exam Coordinator, GeTRI.

Social Responsibilities

  • Member of CTBTO youth group

Conferences and Workshops

  1. 9th Nov- 27 Nov 2015: Seismology training facilitated by Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake administration and University of Nairobi.
  2. 22 Jan- 22 Feb 2015: Seismology training, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
  3. 1st July- 15th July 2015: Participated in Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP), Lake Magadi.
  4. April 29th – 30th 2014: Kenya water capacity building workshop facilitated by US Army Corps of Engineers, NAVFAC, United Nation African Command and University Of Nairobi.
  5. Sept 2010 –Dec 2010: Trained as a peer educator facilitated by I CHOOSE LIFE – AFRICA

Honours and Award

  • 2014-2016: Masters Scholarship by International Science Program (ISP) through the international Program for Physical Sciences (IPPS)

Professional Training

  1. 10 Sept- 6 Oct: The International Training Courses on ‘Seismology and Seismic Hazard Assesment, Ghana
  2. June 20 – July 14, 2018: AfricaArray International Geophysics Field School, South Africa
  3. July 2013-Septeber 2013: Attachment at Meteoric Water Company
  4. June 2011-August 2011: Industrial Attachment at Kengen- Olkaria Geothermal plant.

Computer Skills

  • Programming: Python
  • Applications: MS Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, OneNote), ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator