Kim Medley

Professor of Geography
Miami University
106 Shideler Hall
Oxford, OH  45056
(513) 529-1558


  • BS 1981, Conservation, Kent State University
  • MA 1984, Geography, Michigan State University
  • PhD 1990, Botany, Michigan State University


I am interested in why forests vary geographically in their structure, composition, and dynamics, and how an understanding of this variation may be best applied to resource conservation in temperate and tropical localities. Of particular interest are environmental versus human influences on local patterns of diversity, the role of forest resources in human-modified landscapes, and gender relations with resource ecology. I am participating in studies that focus on diversity patterns in old-regrowth forests, exotic plant invasion,  and landscape change in Southwestern Ohio, and the ethnoecology and community conservation of forest resources in East Africa. My teaching contributes to the physical- environmental core area of geography and comparative studies of human-environment relationships. See current project


  • GEO 121 Regional Physical Environments 
  • GEO 122 Geographic Perspectives on the Environment
  • GEO 159 Creating Global Peace
  • GEO 395 Scholarship and Practice in Geography 
  • GEO/BIO 431/531 Global Plant Diversity 
  • GEO/BIO 432/532 Ecoregions of North America 
  • GEO/WGS 436/536 Women, Gender & the Environment 
  • Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Global Peace (GEO F106, Spring 2011)
  • GEO 491 Senior Seminar 

Selected Publications

  • Medley, K., K. Maingi, J. Maingi, R. Abbitt. 2018. Short-term dynamics in livelihood conditions and woody plant extraction as an environmental entitlement at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya. GeoJournal.
  • Myers, C. and K.E. Medley 2018. Electrification as development as sustainable livelihoods at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya. African Geographical Review.
  • Berkowitz, B.N. and K.E. Medley. 2017. Home gardenscapes as sustainable landscape management on St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean. Sustainability9(8), 1310; doi:10.3390/su9081310.
  • Medley, K.E, J.K Maingi, K. Maingi, and M.A. Henkin, 2017. Embedded histories and biogeographic interpretations of forest diversity at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya. African Geographical Review, DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2017.1325757.
  • Shrestha, S., K. Medley, 2017. "Integrating Ecological and Ethnobotanical Knowledge to Promote Collaborative Conservation Planning in the Nepal Himalaya." Mountain Research and Development.
  • Mutiti, C., K Medley, and S. Mutiti, 2016. "Using GIS and remote sensing to explore the influence of physical environmental factors and historical land use on bushland structure." African Journal of Ecology.
  • Shrestha, S., K Medley, 2016. "Landscape Mapping: Gaining "Sense of Place" for Conservation in the Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal." Journal of Ethnobiology.
  • Henkin. M., K Medley, and J.K. Maingi, 2015. "Biophysical analysis of afromontane forest community types at Mount Kasigau, Kenya." African Journal of Ecology.
  • Kamau, P.N., Medley, K.E., 2014. “Anthropogenic fires and local livelihoods at Chyulu Hills, Kenya.” Landscape and Urban Planning124: 78-84.
  • Medley, K.E., J.K. Maingi, 2014. “Biogeographic patterns of forest diversity at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya.”  Journal of East African Natural History Society 103: 1-24.
  • Medley, K.E. et al. 2013. “Some Kasigau Woody Plants and their Uses,” Available online at
  • Henkin, M.A., K.E. Medley, R.J. Abbitt, J.M. Patton, 2013. “Invasion dynamics of nonnative Amur honeysuckle over 18 years in a southwestern Ohio Forest. American Midland Naturalist 170:335-347.
  • Kaburi, S.M., K.E. Medley, 2011. “Community Perspectives on Fuelwood Resources in East Africa.” Mountain Research and Development 31: 315-324
  • Means, J.L., K.E. Medley, 2010. “Old regrowth forest patches as habitat for the conservation of avian diversity in a southwest Ohio Landscape.” Ohio Journal of Science 4: 86-93
  • Medley, K.E., Z. Mwandoe, M. Mwamodo, J. Zungi, D. Mwatate, N. Njege, 2010. “Interpreting resource gradients and patches for the conservation of woody plant diversity at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya.” Ethnobotany Research and Applications8:49-60.
  • Medley, K.E. and H.W. Kalibo, et al, 2008. “Ethnobotanical survey of ‘wild’ woody plant resources at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya.” Journal of East African Natural History 92(2): 149-186.
  • Medley, K.E. and B. Krisko, 2007. “Physical Site Conditions and Land Use History as Factors Influencing the Conservation of Regrowth Forests in Southwest Ohio Nature Reserve.” Natural Areas Journal 27(1): 31-40.
  • Medley, K.E. and H.W. Kalibo, 2007. “Global Localism: Recentering the Research Agenda for Biodiversity Conservation.” Natural Resources Forum 31(2) 151-161.
  • Kalibo, H.W. and K.E. Medley, 2007. “Participatory Resource Mapping for Adaptive Collaborative Management at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya.” Landscape and Urban Planning 145-158.
  • Medley, K.E. and Kalibo, H.W., 2005. “An Ecological Framework for Participatory Ethnobotanical Research at Mt. Kasigau, Kenya.” Field Methods 17(3): 302-314.