Markus Walsh

Markus Walsh, is a Senior Research Scientist in Ecosystems and Landscape Ecology at the Agriculture and Food Security Center of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

He holds a PhD in Rangeland Ecology & Management from Texas A&M University and BSc degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Mechanization from Iowa State University. Raised in Kenya, Markus has over 25 years of experience in ecosystems and landscape ecology research in Africa.

Markus was a senior research scientist at the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) from 1997-2007, where he led research on land degradation assessment, monitoring and rehabilitation in the Lake Victoria Basin, based in Kisumu, Kenya.

Since joining the Earth Institute in 2007, his research has focused on developing operational tools for diagnosis, mapping and monitoring of the ecological condition of African landscapes with an emphasis on the application of IT and data science in agriculture.

He is based at the Selian Agricultural Research Institute in Arusha, Tanzania, where he is the science coordinator for the Africa Soil Information Service.