Dr Olaka has over 15 years in Environmental change analysis, Climate Change and variability, analysis of surface and groundwater dynamics, Remote sensing and GIS, Optical and Radar satellite image analysis, Geochemistry, emerging contaminants, Pollution and health.
Dr Lydia holds a PhD in Geosciences from the Universität of Potsdam, Germany, a MSc in Geology (Environmental Geology and Management) from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from University of Nairobi. Her research interests are related to water: Hydrological and Groundwater dynamics, Tracing Geogenic Pollution in Groundwater, Paleoclimate reconstructions, Climate Variability and Multi-disciplinary interaction between science and society. Lydia is a member of American Geophysical Union (AGU), the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS). She is also the founder member of the Young, Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNYAS)