Sam is Research and Teaching Fellow based at APLORI. He is a passionate advocate for public participation in biodiversity conservation. As the Nigerian Bird Atlas Project (NiBAP) Manager, he is also responsible for providing strategic direction and helping to promote public engagement and volunteer recruitment for the project as well as the daily on-ground management of Project activities. Although already a lover of the outdoors, a love for birds was kindled during his 2nd year of undergraduate studies and has continued to develop since. He successfully completed a Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews in 2015 where he worked on the distribution ecology of Palearctic migrants in Nigeria, West Africa. The Ph.D. and other aspects of his public speaking, seminar delivery, workshop organisation and atlasing work for NiBAP have allowed him to travel across much of the Nigerian landscape as he continues to work to promote public participation in this project and to improve understanding of the distribution ecology of birds in Nigeria and indeed the region.
I have a dedicated interest in nature, particularly birds that began when I was very young, this has given me a firm naturalistic base. After the completion of my Ph.D. from Lund University, Sweden in 1997 I have worked as a freelance ecologist on different projects such as breeding biology in birds, bird migration ecology, and on more applied projects such as making EIA when building wind farms. I have worked as a part-time Senior Lecturer at APLORI since 2003. Apart from my scientific training at the University, I have got a lot of experience in running and maintaining projects on expeditions on four different continents, mostly on different aspects of Avian Ecology.
I am an ardent ornithologist, molecular, and wildlife biologist. I have conducted a series of ecological research on birds and mammals both in Europe and sub-Saharan African countries. With a deep interest in Conservation Biology, I employ the use of both invasive and non-invasive methods together with molecular techniques (DNA, PCR, sequencing, etc.) to provide answers to ecological questions such as population size estimate, geneflow, movement patterns, and dispersal as well as genetic diversity within and between populations. As a technical specialist within the Atlas Project, I organize workshops, seminars, and training on the project around Nigerian Universities and conservation-related institutions within and outside Nigeria to promote citizen science. I also organize and carry out field surveys for the project. I have a very good knowledge of Nigerian birds after traveling and working in all of its main biomes and habitats.
Dr. Shomboro Dauda Karau obtained his B.Tech in Applied Ecology from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He obtained an MSc in Conservation Biology from the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), University of Jos. He proceeded to gain his doctorate degree in Conservation Biology also from the University of Jos, focusing on the influence of habitat variables for the distribution of birds on a local and/or regional scale using point counts of birds and vegetation parameters from satellite images. He has vast knowledge in GIS and Remote Sensing applications in conservation studies. He is currently employed at The National Centre for Remote Sensing Jos Nigeria as a Chief Research Officer. Shomboro is a very good and experienced bird watcher with a vast knowledge of Nigerian birds.
Dr. Adams Chaskda obtained his BSc in Zoology from the University of Jos, Nigeria, and an MSc in Conservation Biology from the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) also from the University of Jos. He later obtained a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology focusing on the breeding ecology of the Bar-throated Apalis (Apalis thoracica) from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of Ornithology, DST/NRF Centre of Excellence, University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2011. Since obtaining his Ph.D., Adams has worked as a Lecturer/Researcher with the University of Jos teaching courses in ecology, conservation biology, and research methodology, and also assisting with several administrative duties. He is currently a Senior Lecturer and also the Director of APLORI which entails the day to day administration and management of the affairs of the institute. Adam’s research interests are in behavioral ecology (specifically bird-plant interactions and avian breeding ecology), anthropogenic effects on ecosystems, and ecosystem health. In these areas, he has published and supervised several undergraduate, MSc and Ph.D. theses.
Nanchin Winifred Kazeh is a Research Associate with the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), Jos Nigeria. She is a Project Assistant with the Nigeria Bird Atlas Project (NiBAP). Currently, she is managing and submitting old/historical data into the NiBAP database and sometimes join the project field surveys. She is volunteering as the secretary of the Jos Bird Club (JBC). She helps in selecting sites and organising outings for the club. Nanchin had her M.Sc. in Conservation Science from the APLORI Master’s programme in 2015. As an early career researcher and nature enthusiast, she is interested in birds, the environment, and their conservation. Her research interest focuses on parasitology, macroecology, ethnoecology, and biogeography. She is a Ph.D. applicant seeking to use the NiBAP database to answer questions about the changing environment and its effects on the evolution and distribution patterns of birds species in Nigeria.