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.

 

Please be there!!!

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

Please be there!!!

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/

PAOC 2016: Call for abstracts

The scientific committee of the Pan African Ornithological Congress invites proposals for oral and poster presentations at the 14th congress.

Oral presentations form the heart of the Congress and will occur in parallel sessions throughout the scientific programme. Many oral sessions will occur as part of pre-organised symposia (see PAOC website for mode details: http://www.paoc-africa.org/), but more than half the oral programme will consist of submitted presentations selected and arranged into a coherent programme by the members of the scientific committee. We invite submissions for oral and poster presentations in English or French on all areas of African Ornithology within existing symposia topics, or in other areas.

If your abstract is accepted for an oral presentation, standard talks will be allocated 12 minutes, plus three minutes for questions. Those submitted abstracts not selected for oral presentation may be invited to submit a poster instead. Two dedicated poster sessions will allow greater participation across what is going to be a packed and entertaining programme. Students in the later stages of their degree programme are welcome to submit oral presentations, those in the first half of their studies are encouraged to submit posters. Please also note that when shortlisting oral presentations we will endeavour to maximise participation, prioritising only one presentation per person (unless talking in multiple, pre-registered symposia), and prioritising speakers already registered at the conference over those with no confirmed payment.

If you would like to propose a talk or poster, please submit the following via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1zVQY56NEcM18vdyXqN-h38SveVHwPRPCYdaLde2POp0/viewform?usp=send_form

*    The proposed title of the talk / poster
*    Name, address and email of primary author
*    Names and affiliations of all other authors
*    1500 character (c. 200 word) abstract
*    A primary and secondary classification of the subject
*    An indication of suitability within existing symposia

*The deadline for submissions is 3rd April 2016.*

We anticipate that submitters will hear whether their talk is accepted for an oral or poster presentation by mid May.

APLORI SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: Friday, 26th February 2016

Dear All,
The A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute Cordially invites you for her monthly seminar.
This month (February 2016), we will be listening to an interesting seminar titled: THE USE OF BIRDS IN AGRICULTURE: the case of rice field to be given by Hilaire Yaokokoré-Béibro from Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d’Ivoire.
The seminar is scheduled to take place on Friday, 26th February by 11:00 AM. It will be great if you can make out the time to attend. Your presence will be appreciated.
Transportation from the University of Jos Main Campus to APLORI will be made available. If you wish to join in the transportation arrangements, please call 07030050414 or send a reply to this email.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Thank you
Kind regards
Jacey

BirdLife Africa’s Director Dr. Julius Arinaitwe visits APLORI; gives lectures and also talks about the decline of Africa’s Vultures

Dr. Arinaitwe visited APLORI from 20th January 2016 for two weeks during which he had intensive lectures on conservation Biology with the APLORI M.Sc students. On 2nd February, 2016 he presented a seminar titled “The challenge of conserving Africa’s Vultures” at APLORI. He said Vultures in Africa face extinction in our lifetime and urged immediate action in order to avoid this from happening. He also encouraged the audience to contribute in helping BirdLife stop the Vulture catastrophe especially considering that Africa still holds 11 species of vulture, 6 of which are found nowhere else in the world.

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Dr. Arinaitwe (5th from Left) with APLORI MSc students