Donald Akanga

Donald  Akanga
  • Ph.D.
  • Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
  • Geography Building
  • 673 Auditorium Road
  • East Lansing, MI 48824


Remote Sensing, Earth System Modeling, Nature-Society Interactions, Sustainability


My overall research interests include remote sensing, Earth systems modeling, sustainability, and GIS applications to nature-society interactions. Some of my previous research has sought to explore the intricacies of drought effects on societies with a focus on climate change adaptation and resilience among vulnerable populations, especially in areas that food production systems are largely rain-dependent. My current research leverages remote sensing, land surface models, Google Earth Engine, and R programming to examine the nexus between land use and land cover changes, climate variability, and livelihoods in Kenya’s Mau Forest Complex ecosystem.