Department of Primatology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone.: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299
|2009 - present|
PhD candidate at the Leipzig School of Human Origins (International Max Planck Research School). Dissertation title: Spatial ecology and conservation of the Cross River gorilla Gorilla gorilla diehli
|2006 - 2007|
M.Sc. Conservation Biology, A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos, Nigeria. Thesis title: Effects of habitat type and anthropogenic disturbance on the density and distribution of birds in the Sankwala Mountains, Nigeria
|1994 - 2000|
B.Sc. Animal Science, University of Uyo, Nigeria
|2010 - 2011|
Data collection to assess spatial variation in Cross River gorilla food availability, anthropogenic disturbance, and socioeconomic status of households in the Cross River gorilla range.
|2004 - 2009|
Coordinator, Cross River gorilla field research and conservation project. Wildlife Conservation Society, Nigeria programme. Coordinating Cross River gorilla field research, working with government institutions and local communities to mange key conservation sites, training and managing eco-guards.
Data collection to assess the effects of habitat type and anthropogenic disturbance on the density and distribution of birds in the Sankwala Mountains, Nigeria.
Trainee, applied research for landscape management programme. Smithsonian Institution, Missouri Botanical Garden and FOREP, Limbe, Cameroon
Trainee, large mammal monitoring programme. WCS Central African Regional Monitoring Programme, Lope National Park, Gabon.
|2003 - 2004|
Research Assistant, Centre for Education, Research & Conservation of Primates and Nature, Nigeria. Conducting field surveys and providing support for community-led management of the Eko Esai forest on the edge of Cross River National Park, Nigeria.
|2002 - 2003|
Field Assistant, Darwin Initiative Bushmeat Project, conducted by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, UK. Collecting data on the bushmeat trade in the Cross River region, managing a team of local collaborators.
Oral and poster presentations
Ecological and anthropogenic influences on the distribution and conservation of the Cross River gorilla Gorilla gorilla diehli. Oral presentation at the International Primatological Congress XXIV, Cancun, Mexico.
Oral presentation about my study at the Cross River gorilla regional action planning workshop, Limbe, Cameroon.
Ecological and anthropogenic influences on the distribution and conservation of the Cross River gorilla Gorilla gorilla diehli. Poster presented at the Göttinger Freilandtage VIII, German Primate Centre, Gotingen, Germany.
|2011 - 2012|
Oral presentations on WCS Nigeria Programme’s research and conservation work at the “Gorillas Across Africa” workshops in Ruhija, Uganda, and Musanze, Rwanda, Organized by the North Carolina Zoo, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Cleveland Zoological Society, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Program, and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
Oral presentation on WCS Nigeria Programme’s research and conservation work at the “Linking great ape conservation and poverty alleviation” workshop, Masimbi, Uganda, organised by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).
Pat J. Miller scholarship, awarded by Wildlife Conservation Network Scholarship Program (for PhD study)
Conservation International’s Primate Action Fund – travel grant to the XXIV International Primatological Congress, Cancun, Mexico
German Primate Centre – travel grant to the VIII Göttinger Freilandtage, Gotingen, Germany
|2009 - 2013||Beinecke African Conservation Scholarship, awarded by Wildlife Conservation Society Graduate Scholarship Program (for PhD study)|
|2010 - 2011|
Rufford Small Grants for Conservation (PhD fieldwork)
|2010 - 2011|
Primate Conservation Inc. grant (PhD fieldwork)
|2006 - 2007||A.P. Leventis Foundation scholarship (for M.Sc. study)|