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:

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:, 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:

*    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

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.


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

Professor Les Underhill visits APLORI and gives the 4th Annual Leventis Lecture at the University of Jos

Professor Les Underhill is the Director of the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town South Africa. He visited Aplori in the second week of November 2014.

Follow Les’s visit and lecture slides:

Follow Les’s examples of “snapping and mapping”

International recognition for our very own Dr. Manu

A very big congratulations to our very own Director, Dr. Manu on the international recognition of his exceptional work in advancing ornithological research in Nigeria.

Photo by Nick Caro
The Marsh Award for International Ornithology was presented by the Duke of Edinburgh to Dr. Manu on Wednesday 29th October 2014 at an event hosted by the BTO and the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) at the Mall Gallery in London.
Photo by Nick Caro
The APLORI family in the UK including Tasso Leventis, Phil Hall, Will Cresswell, Dayo Osinubi, Mark Wilson and Sam Ivande were present along with many other important guests and friends to witness and celebrate this important occasion with him.
See below also for the BTO news release describing the event:
Nigerian scientist receives prestigious British Ornithology award
At a ceremony in London, Dr Shiiwua Manu was awarded the Marsh Award for International Ornithology for his exceptional work in advancing the knowledge of birds in Nigeria.
Dr Manu is head of the A P Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), the Biological Conservatory of the University of Jos, Nigeria. Under Dr Manu’s guidance up to eight West African students per year enrol in a MSc programme in Conservation Biology, with the aim of building much needed biodiversity conservation capacity in this part of Africa. The programme has been running for 12 years and has been hugely successful, with many alumni now working in renowned international conservation agencies operating in Africa.

APLORI also hosts many researchers from Nigeria, other African countries, and around the world. These researchers work on a broad range of topics, from the ecology of the birds of the Jos Plateau, to broader questions about bird migration and wintering ecology of long-distance intra- and intercontinental migrants. The institute also supports research on other biota, including plants.

Additionally, APLORI  undertakes community development work in the institute’s vicinity, to help educate local people about the region’s biodiversity requirements, as well as to promote sustainable living alongside the birds and other wildlife supported by their immediate and wider surroundings. Many of the local people are employed in APLORI, and this contributes significantly to the local economy and fosters invaluable goodwill towards the conservation efforts of APLORI.

Dr Manu oversees all of these initiatives, skilfully navigating the bureaucracy that can impede such endeavours in Nigeria. He thus ensures that APLORI remains a powerful force for conservation in West Africa.

The award was presented by The Duke of Edinburgh at a ceremony hosted by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) at the Mall Gallery in London.

Dr Shiiwua Manu said,  “I am most grateful to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), UK , for this humbling recognition. The A P Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) University of Jos Nigeria provided me the enabling environment for achieving this recognition. All my colleagues in APLORI as well as the Laminga Community (our host), from where we operate, contributed immensely to this recognition. I am also grateful to my family for supporting me always. I thank you all for bringing this propitious and wonderfully exhilarating occasion to be.”

Andy Clements, BTO Director said, “The Marsh Awards for Ornithology enable BTO to recognise the excellent work of ornithologists at a variety of scales, all of whom are partners with BTO in ensuring science contributes to conservation.  Dr Manu Shiiwua is an exceptional winner of the International Award, and his institute in Nigeria is a key partner in BTO’s work to understand the ecology of our migrant birds in Africa.”

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A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI)


P.O Box 13404, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
The Postgraduate School of the University of Jos runs a 12month programme in the above course in the Department of Zoology. The programme covers various aspects of the theory and practice of biodiversity conservation, including the ecologic- economic and scientific basis for conservation. It also exposes students to field practical experiences and builds their capacity to design and execute sound scientific research works in conservation biology. Although students undertake ecological studies in various aspects of biodiversity conservation, emphasis is often on Ornithology.
APLORI’s academic authority resides in the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Jos. The Institute was established in 2001 as a training and research outfit. It is located in the Amurum Forest Reserve in Laminga(Jos- East LGA) in a serene environment that is very conductive for teaching, learning  and research. APLORI has teaching and research affiliations with a number foreign Universities and International environmental Organizations. A 24- hour power supply and reliable internet connection ensures high intellectual productivity among staff and students of the institute. Students admitted into APLORI’s M.Sc. programme usually enjoy some form of scholarship award.
 Target Group
The course is designed for young Nigerian Biological Scientists with a craving for carrier opportunities in conservation of renewable natural resources. Qualified Applicants from elsewhere especially in West African are also welcome.
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, Forestryand /or wildlife, Wildlife Management, or any EnvironmentScience. In addition tot he above, candidates must posses a minimum of 5 credits (Including Mathematics and English) in O’Level WAEC SSCE.
Aspiring students should visit the University of Jos website and follow the link to purchase the form. For more information contact us on +2347032930199. Completed application forms together with an application letter containing the Applicant’s email address and telephone number must be returned to the institute before 1st July, 2014. Applications that do not contain all the requisite materials will not be processed. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a combined written and oral interview. Please contact us at for further enquiries.
                                                                                        Jilli-Dandam, D.Esq

APLORI’s 10th Set

The A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) has again produce another set of well-trained scientists, making it the 10th set to be trained at the Institute in Conservation Biology. The end of the academic year was marked by the presentation of research findings to the External Examiner Prof. Irene Tieleman and other academic and research staff. The presentations took place on the 27th September 2013.

Graduates with their External Examiner Prof. Tieleman. From L-R Murna, Chioma, Lydia, Ivy, Anvou, Omo, Shade and Kwanye

The event also marked the resumption of the new students of the next academic year. The new set has for the first time in APLORI a candidate from Liberia.

L-R: Shedi, Bukky, Benedictus, Felix, Boniface, Emmanuel and Yinka