Karen Marshall

Karen Marshall

Principal scientist, Animal breeding and genetics

I am a principal scientist within ILRI and currently lead the Livestock Genetics Flagship of the Livestock CRP.  I have been with ILRI since 2007 based in Nairobi, Kenya.  Whilst my main area of expertise is in animal breeding and genetics, I typically work as a member of multi- or trans-disciplinary programs, aimed at addressing the multiple and varied constraints within a particular livestock value chain or system.  I strongly believe that to make positive change in these challenging systems a multi-faceted approach - working at different scales and with different actors - is required.  I am also very passionate about ensuring the work we do within animal breeding and genetics, and more generally, is gender responsive and promotes women’s empowerment.  I have worked in numerous different livestock systems focusing on different species (mainly cattle, small ruminants and pigs) in varied countries within African and Asia.

My Projects

Genomic reference resource for African cattle

My Publications

The Pig Genetic-Resource Value Chain in Rwanda

  • Marshall, Karen
  • Hirwa, C.

Beef value chain situation analysis for Uganda

  • Mubiru, Sarah
  • Marshall, Karen
  • Lukuyu, Ben A.
  • Oba, Peter
  • Ahumuza, Ronnie
  • Ouma, Emily A.

Theory of change for the chicken value chain in Kenya developed for the CGIAR Initiative on Sustainable Animal Productivity for Livelihoods, Nutrition and Gender Inclusion

  • Yitayih, Mulugeta
  • Poole, Elizabeth J.
  • Ouko, Edward
  • Esatu, Wondmeneh
  • Getachew, Fasil
  • Geremew, Kumlachew
  • Girma, Mekonnen
  • Yemane, Tsion
  • Ochieng, Laurence
  • Marshall, Karen
  • Dessie, Tadelle

SAPLING Theory of Change reflection workshop report on dairy and pig value chains in Uganda

  • Ouma, Emily A.
  • Marshall, Karen
  • Lukuyu, Ben A.
  • Dione, Michel M.
  • Oba, Peter
  • Doyle, Rebecca
  • Hasahya, Emmanuel
  • Kugonza, Donald R.
  • Ahumuza, Ronnie
  • Achandi, Esther
  • Namatovu, Jane
  • Kasoro, Isaac
  • Businge, Martha
  • Wairagala, Pamela
  • Mukasa, Christopher
  • Hoek, Rein van der
  • Gebreyohanes, Gebregziabher

Mapping restricted introgression across the genomes of admixed indigenous African cattle breeds

  • Friedrich, J.
  • Bailey, R.I.
  • Talenti, A.
  • Chaudhry, U.
  • Ali, Q.
  • Obishakin, E.F.
  • Ezeasor, C.K.
  • Powell, J.
  • Hanotte, Olivier H.
  • Tijjani, Abdulfatai
  • Marshall, Karen
  • Prendergast, J.
  • Wiener, P.

Establishing a Goat Community-Based Breeding Program in Mali

  • Rekik, Mourad
  • Dione, Michel M.
  • Sow, Ahmadou
  • Sacko, Idrissa
  • Tebourbi, Ons
  • Getachew, Tesfaye
  • Rischkowsky, Barbara A.
  • Haile, Aynalem
  • Marshall, Karen