Moses Thairu Kairo was appointed professor, dean and Director of Land Grant Programs in the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in 2012. He provides leadership to UMES Research and Extension efforts in agriculture, natural resources and the environment as well as three academic departments. He is also the Director of the 1890 Center of Excellence for Global Food Security and Defense. Prior to joining UMES, Moses spent nearly seven years at Florida A&M University as a professor of entomology and director of the Center for Excellence in Biological Control, and as the associate research director for 1890 programs. Moses started his career as an entomologist in 1985 with the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute before joining what is now known as CABI, where he served in various capacities, starting as an entomologist at CABI’s base in the United Kingdom and culminating with leadership of the organization’s activities in the Caribbean and Latin America region. Moses is also a courtesy professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida.
His research interests have focused on biological control, invasive species management and crop protection. Over the years, he has carried out work in many countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Moses has also undertaken consultancy work with several international organizations including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He has also secured many grants and published his work widely. Moses continues to serve the land-grant community through various bodies or committees of the Board of Agriculture Assembly of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. He is the immediate past Chair of the Experiment Station Committee on Policy (ESCOP). He has also served as secretary and chair of ARD. Moses received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in entomology from the University of London, a Master of Science degree with distinction in applied entomology from Imperial College, London and a Bachelor of Science First Class Honors degree in zoology from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.