7th ANNUAL A. P LEVENTIS LECTURE ANNOUNCEMENT, 15th NOVEMBER, 2017

We are glad to announce the 7th Annual A. P Leventis lecture scheduled for  November 15, 2017at the University of Jos, Multipurpose Auditorium, Main Campus by 11.00am; under the distinguished Chairmanship of Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako ( B.Sc, MBA, Ph.D, FCA), Vice Chancellor, University of Jos.

The lecture will be presented by Prof. Franz Bairlein, Director of Institut fΰr Vogelforschung (Institute of Avian Research), Germany. He will be speaking on the topic” Fascinating Wanderers: Birds of two Continents”.

Prof. Franz Bairlein is Professor of Zoology with research interest in Ecology and physiology of migration with special emphasis on migration strategies, avian nutritional ecology with special emphasis on the internal and external control mechanisms of migratory fattening.

Please be there!!!

Chima Nwaogu – Life history traits and the immune function in Common Bulbuls

My project aims at understanding how variation in life history traits and immune function of birds arise due to variation in environmental conditions in space and time. Research questions cover aspects of the breeding ecology, diet and immune function of Common Bulbuls. I utilize field observations over spatio-temporal scales around Nigeria, captive diet experiments in outdoor aviaries at the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute and immune/microbial assays to test whether timing of annual cycle stages such as breeding and moult and baseline innate immunity respectively, vary in a manner that suggest adaptation to variation in rainfall, food availability, diet or pathogen pressure over aridity gradients in space and time.

“How diet affects body condition and immune function of Common Bulbuls” by Annabet Galema

For about three months I carried out my master project at the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute – this project is within the larger PhD research project of Chima Nwaogu that investigates how variation in life history traits and immune function arise from variation in environmental conditions in tropical environments. My work focused mainly on the aviary experiments; using Common bulbuls. Four aviaries housed ten bulbuls each that are fed either invertebrates or fruits. We test the effect of diet on condition, immune function and the gut micro biome. To do this, I monitor how common bulbuls vary body mass throughout the day depending on diet and also collect blood samples and cloacal swabs fortnightly for immune assays and gut microbial analyses respectively.

Two aviaries, each divided in two rooms.
With a telescope from this balcony I was able to read the body mass of birds from a weighing scale with food on it in the aviary.
Set up for fortnight sampling of Common Bulbuls in the guest house.

Annabet Galema
University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Dr. Mary Molokwu-Odozi recognised for contribution to biodiversity conservation in Liberia

We celebrate one of our own, Dr. Mary Molokwu-Odozi who leads Fauna and Flora International’s (FFI) work in Liberia.

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Dr. Mary’s immense contribution in helping to build local capacity for biodiversity conservation in Liberia was recently recognised with an award by the William R. Tolbert Jr. College of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Liberia on 8th December 2016 during the 97th convocation ceremony of the University.

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Very big congrations to Dr. Mary and we at APLORI are all very proud of you!

 

6TH ANNUAL A. P LEVENTIS LECTURE ANNOUNCEMENT, NOVEMBER 2016.

We are delighted to announce the 6th Annual A. P Leventis lecture scheduled to hold on the 24th of November, 2016, in University of Jos, Law Auditorium, Faculty of Law Main Campus Bauchi Road at 12.00 Noon; under the distinguished Chairmanship of Professor Sebastian Seddi Maimako ( B.Sc, MBA, Ph.D, FCA), Vice Chancellor, University of Jos.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Hazell Thompson from Birdlife International Headquarters, Cambridge, UK. He will be speaking on the topic ” Developing capacity in Biodiversity Conservation: Theory and practice in Africa (and Globally) over the past decade”.

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Dr. Hazell Thompson is currently the BirdLife’s Global Director for Partnership, Capacity and Communities. Before his appointment to the current position, he was the Regional Director of BirdLife International’s conservation programme in Africa. He is an Ornithologist by training with more than 25 years’ experience in capacity building.

 

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Sad news: Baba Izang Ajiji (Old soldier) passes on

It is with sadness, that we announce the demise of one of our colleagues, the late Baba Izang Ajiji (father to Admin Thomas Arin Daniel) who died on 4th June 2016 after a period of illness.

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Until his death, the late Baba Izang was the chief security officer of APLORI. Burial details will be communicated duely.

Please pray for comfort.
Thank you.

SALE OF FORMS INTO THE MSc. CONSERVATION BIOLOGY PROGRAMME FOR THE 2016/2017 ACADEMIC SESSION

The course is designed for young West African Biological Scientists with a craving for career opportunities in conservation of renewable natural resources.

Entry Requirements:

Admission is opened to all holders of at least a Bachelor of Science Degree Second Class Honours (Lower Division) from a recognized University, in any of the following disciplines: Zoology, Biology, Botany, Forestry and/or Wildlife, Wildlife Management, or any Environment Science.

Aspiring students should visit the University of Jos website (http://mis.unijos.edu.ng/forms_application/ ) to purchase, complete and submit the form. A copy of this completed application forms together with a motivation letter containing the applicant’s email address and telephone number must then be returned to the institute before 31st July, 2016. Applications that do not contain all the requisite materials including; O’level Certificate, B.Sc Certificate and Academic transcript, NYSC discharged certificate  will not be processed. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a combined written and oral interview. Contact us on 09033655620. Email: admin@aplori.org OR aploriapleventis@unijos.edu.ng for further enquiries.

 

 

 

5th Annual A. P Leventis Lecture Announcement; April 2016

We are glad to announce the 5th Annual A. P Leventis Lecture scheduled to hold on the 28th of April, 2016.

The lecture will have as guest speaker Professor Christopher Miles Perrins LVO, FRS from the University of Oxford UK.

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Prof. Perrins is the former Director of the prestigious Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Oxford University, UK. He has over 40 years’ experience working in the field of ornithology and has published over 100 scientific articles. He will be speaking about the “Wytham Tits” whose populations he has studied for over 40 years.

The lecture will be under the distinguished Chairmanship of Professor Hayward Babale Mafuyai FRES, Vice Chancellor, University of Jos.

Venue: Multi-purpose Auditorium, University of Jos

Time: 10:00am prompt

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PAOC 2016: Winners for the 5 APLORI sponsored places announced!

The winners for the 5 APLORI PAOC sponsored places from the submitted abstracts have been announced. See winners and their project topics to be presented at the PAOC in Senegal in October 2016 below:

  1. Sola Iwajomo – Intra-African Bird Migration as revealed by satellite telemetry: insights from the African Cuckoo Cuculus gularis and Black Coucal Centropus grillii.
  2. Sam T. Ivande – Wintering Palearctic migrants – how specialised are their habitat requirements?
  3. Wale Awoyemi – Patterns in avian nest predation in north-central Nigeria: an experimental study.
  4. Nanchin W. Kazeh – Effects of parasitic load on the body condition of the African Thrush (Turdus pelios).
  5. Bridget E. Ogolowa – Distribution of the Rock firefinch Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis in relation to food and water availability.

PAOC 2016: Possible travel grant opportunity

WARC Travel Grant

The WARC Travel Grant program is open to West African nationals conducting research on the continent. The next deadline for applications for the WARC Travel Grant is March 15, 2016. All applications must be submitted through our online application.

Awards will be announced in June 2016.

Late applications NOT will be considered.

Follow link below for more information:

http://www.bu.edu/wara/fellowship/fund_travel/