Nigerian Bird Atlas Project

a member of the African Bird Atlas Project

About us

Sam T. Ivande, Dr (Project Manager, Nigeria)

Sam is based at APLORI and is responsible for the daily management of the activities for the Nigerian Bird Atlas project. 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. Sam has remained involved in activities mainly through APLORI which aim to promote biodiversity conservation and understandably with a bias for birds. He has recently completed a PhD from the University of St Andrews where he worked on the distribution ecology of Palearctic migrants in Nigeria, West Africa. The PhD and other aspects of his work have allowed him to travel across much of the Nigerian landscape as he continues to work towards improving understanding of the distribution ecology of birds in Nigeria and indeed the region.



Shiiwua Manu, Dr (Director APLORI, Nigeria)

Dr Shiiwua got involved with APLORI from its early beginning, just after completing his PhD at Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology (EGI), Oxford University, UK. He began at APLORI as the scientific director responsible for teaching field and ecological techniques to the masters’ student and other trainees at the institute as well as the coordination and supervision of quality research at the institute. He recently assumed the position of the Director of APLORI which entails day to day administration and management. He has a lectureship position with the University of Jos as a Senior Lecturer. His research interests include forest bird ecology with keen interest on the effects of deforestation and fragmentation on forest species. More recent interests also include intra-African migration, especially of the rain dependent Abdim’s Stork – a candidate species for investigating the effect of the changing climate on its behaviour and migration. As a consultant ornithologist, he also works with other government and private agencies on a range of avian related projects including; the possible role of wild birds as bridge species in the transmission of Avian Influenza, bird pest management in agricultural environments and IBA monitoring, etc.



Shomboro Dauda (Remote sensing expert, Nigeria)

Shomboro did his Master in Conservation Biology at APLORI. He is now employed at The National Centre for Remote Sensing. Here he, in collaboration with APLORI, is carrying out his PhD 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. Shomboro is a very good and experienced bird watcher with vast knowledge of Nigerian birds.



Talatu Tende, Dr (Assistant, Nigeria)

Talatu is a molecular and wildlife biologist. She has conducted series of ecological research on birds and mammals both in Europe and sub-Saharan African countries. With deep interest in conservation Biology she employs the use of non-invasive method together with molecular techniques (DNA, PCR, sequencing etc.) to provide answers to ecological questions such as population size estimate, home range and dispersal as well as genetic diversity. She has a very good knowledge of Nigerian birds after travelling and working in all of its main biomes and habitats.



Ulf Ottosson, Dr (Co-ordinator, Nigeria)

Ulf has a dedicated interest for nature, particularly birds that began as a young born which has given him a firm naturalistic base. He is a Freelance Ecologist based in Luxembourg. On completion of his PhD from Lund University, Sweden in 1997 he has worked as a freelance on different projects such as breeding biology in birds (Sweden), bird migration ecology (Canada, Nigeria, Russia and Senegal) and one more applied project. He has worked as a part time Senior lecturer at APLORI since 2003. Apart from my scientific training at the University he have got a lot of experience in running and maintaining projects on expeditions, projects to the arctic and to the tropics on four different continents, mostly on different aspects of Avian Ecology.


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