BIDDEFORD — The University of New England will host a Fulbright scholar who teaches at the University of Nairobi in Kenya during the 2010-11 academic year.

Helida Oyieke, Ph.D., is a professor of environmental studies and marine botany who also directs research and scientific affairs at the National Museums of Kenya.

While at UNE, Oyieke will teach courses about tropical marine plant communities and women in the African environment. She also will serve as adviser to the UNE Center for International Education, help develop a new minor in African studies, give several public lectures and conduct research for her professional development.