AUGUSTINE UWANEKWU EZEALOR

AUGUSTINE UWANEKWU EZEALOR

PROFESSOR

Biography

Professor Augustine Uwanekwu EZEALOR


B.Sc. Wildlife Management (Michigan), M.Sc. Zoology (ABU), Ph.D. Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences (Virginia Tech.)

PROFESSION: Educator and Conservation Biologist

Hobby: Nature photography

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST AND TEACHING PROFICIENCY:

 Biodiversity Conservation

 Wildlife Management

 Ornithology (with special interest in birds of ecologic-economic significance, e.g., avian indicators of vegetation and climate change)

 Landscape Ecology


Wetlands Ecology and Management


 Vertebrate Pest Ecology and Integrated Vertebrate Pest Damage Management


Environmental Impact Assessments/Studies


Human Ecology


 Population-Resources-Environment interface


CARREER OBJECTIVES AND PERSONAL QUALITIES


I have a burning aspiration for opportunities to share and disseminate the enormous ecological and biodiversity conservation knowledge and experiences which I have acquired over many years of very active teaching and research in educational institutions, and environmental conservation intervention activities with both government and non-governmental agencies. I possess a sound erudition that derives from excellent field research experiences, as well as a sound health and good interpersonal skills that endow me with the ability to make a success of this aspiration for veritable environmental stewardship.


 Pictures of my representative field mementos: 1) an unstructured interview (“show-and-tell”) with Fulani herdsmen in the Malla-Dumba Forest Reserve, Bauchi State;

2) savoring wild fruits (a typical non-timber forest product, NTFP) in Azama Community Forest in Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta; 3) gauging the girth of a huge tree in a riparian forest in the River Donga Basin in Taraba State.

Curriculum Vitae

1. FULL NAME: Augustine Uwanekwu EZEALOR

2.Mailing Addresses:


Department of Forestry and Environmental Management, College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, PMB 7267 Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria



3 NATIONALITY: Nigerian


4 EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED WITH DATES


i) Methodist Central School Ubaha, Okigwe, Eastern Nigeria; 1957-1962
ii) Government Secondary School, Afikpo, Eastern Nigeria; 1963-1972
iii) Albion College, Albion Michigan, USA; 1975-1977
iv) University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA; 1977-1979
v) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria; 1981-1985
vi) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA; 1991-1995
Additional Certificated Professional Trainings
March 1989: Training For Conservation: a course in wetland conservation and bird survey techniques, jointly organized by the British Council, International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK.
March 1992: Boating Basics Safety Course organized by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia, USA.
July 1992: Training in Research Proposal and Grants Application Writing; Summer Institute for African Agricultural Research, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
December 1994: Training Workshop for Developing Effective National Conservation Programmes in Africa; organized by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) at Wyboston, UK.
June 1997: Training in Working with People (Conservation Education) Out-of-Doors, and Natural History Interpretation; organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) with support from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK.
May 2000: Training in Project Management; organized by the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Topo, Badagry.
2001-2004: Training in the Preparation of Action Plans for the Conservation of Globally- Threatened Birds in Africa (Jointly organized by Nature Uganda (Kampala), BirdLife International (UK), Darwin Initiative (UK), and the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, UK):
i) International Training Workshop for Species Conservation
ii) Stakeholders Workshop to Develop Species Action Plans
iii) National Species Action Plan Stakeholders Workshop
iv) Training for Development and Facilitation of National (Biodiversity) Action Plans Stakeholders Workshops


5.KEY ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


1962: First School Leaving Certificate (Credit)
1970: West African School Certificate (Division One)
1972: Two A-level passes in Zoology and Chemistry, in Higher School Certificate (HSC) and General Certificate in Education (GCE) A-level examinations.
1979: B.Sc. (Wildlife Management); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
1985: M.Sc. (Zoology); Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
1995: Ph.D. (Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences); Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Academic Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships Received:
1975: Federal Government of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship Award to study Wildlife Management in the USA
1976: Named to the Dean‟s List at Albion College, Albion Michigan. This academic distinction is accorded only to students who achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.40 and above on a scale of 0.00 - 4.00.
1979: Achieved Class Honors at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. This is an academic laurel for students who achieve and maintain an average of an “A” or “AB” Grade Point Average in two consecutive semesters.
1979: Inducted to the Xi Sigma Pi (ΧΣΠ) Honorary Society. Only students with high scholastic aptitude in forestry-related programmes in Colleges and Universities in the USA and Canada are inducted into this society.
1979: Won the Professor Howard M. Wight Award of the School of Natural Resources of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan, USA. The award is given annually to the graduating student in the Wildlife programme “….who possesses high scholarship, and prospects of great accomplishments” in that field.
1992: Became a “Rockefeller Fellow” by winning the Rockefeller Foundation‟s African Dissertations Internship Award, with a grant to conduct research on the Ecology and Integrated Vertebrate Pest Damage Management (IVPDM) in a Nigerian Sahelian wetland.

6.KEY RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCES


i) My professional field research experiences began in 1979 when I assisted the Wildlife Officer at Yankari Game Reserve with wildlife species censuses in that reserve. In 1987, I worked with a team of biologists commissioned by then International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP, now BirdLife International) to conduct the Kagoro Forest Conservation Study, in the southern part of Kaduna State, Nigeria. To date, the output from that research effort remains an authoritative publication on the biodiversity of the forests of that area.
ii) In 1996 under the auspices of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), I was commissioned by the UK-based Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and BirdLife International (two leading environmental NGOs with global outreach), to coordinate a nationwide survey of biodiversity hotspots in Nigeria, as part of the worldwide Important Bird Areas (IBA) Programme. The IBA programme is BirdLife International‟s global biodiversity conservation initiative, which uses birds as a common index for identifying sites that are crucial to the long term maintenance of total biodiversity at national, continental, and global levels. My major literary output from that biodiversity conservation programme was the publication of Nigeria‟s chapter in the Africa IBA directory (Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation). That African IBA directory was hailed by Her Majesty Queen Nor of Jordan (the Honorary President of BirdLife International) as making “…an outstanding contribution to the sustainability of human use of natural resources throughout the (African) continent”.
I also produced as another output of IBA programme, a national directory of Nigeria‟s biodiversity hotspots titled “Critical Sites for Biodiversity Conservation in Nigeria”. In a foreword to the book, the then Federal Minister of Environment assured that parts of the publication will be used “… to shape our National Biodiversity Action Plan …”; and he hoped that “… it will be used by all stakeholders in the Nigerian environment to work toward the protection and wise use of our biodiversity”. The Minister‟s hopes are being actualized, as under the supervision of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), biodiversity conservation initiatives are currently being planned or undertaken in some of the sites that were identified and designated as IBAs during the national exercise which I coordinated. One of the locations I identified as a biodiversity hotspot was chosen as the site where, the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) of the University of Jos was established in 2003. The Institute offers training in Conservation Biology to young scientists from the West African sub-region. I played a pivotal role in the planning and establishment of APLORI and its M.Sc. Conservation Biology curriculum.
iii) In addition to leading or being a member of several biodiversity field expeditions and surveys organized under the auspices of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), I was one of the Lead Consultants of a Lagos based environmental consulting firm (Environ Consult Ltd) which undertook the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)-sponsored research, and preparation of the Participatory Management Plans for three biodiversity hotspots (Yankari Game Reserve, Lame Bura Game Reserve, and Malla-Dumba Lake and Forest Reserve) in Bauchi State. This was under the auspices of the National Parks Service of Nigeria. I was the Lead Consultant (Ornithology) of the Niger Delta Wetlands Center; the NGO that handled the biodiversity survey of Brass Island for an Environmental Impact Assessment update, regarding the ongoing Brass Liquefied Natural Gas (BrassLNG) Project.
iv) During my 2001/2002 sabbatical leave at the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), I was seconded by the NCF to the University of Jos to coordinate and drive the processes for establishing the then proposed A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI). My job included the development of a course structure and curriculum for the proposed institute‟s M.Sc. Conservation Biology Programme. I successfully executed the assignment, and went back seven years later to serve as the institute‟s Acting Director during a subsequent sabbatical leave at University of Jos in 2009.
v) During the period November 2004 to November 2008, I was Head of Department of Biological Sciences at Ahmadu Bello University. I thus was at the hem of affairs in that humongous science department which runs three undergraduate and nine postgraduate degree programmes.


7.UBLICATIONS


Thesis and Dissertation
i. EZEALOR, A.U. 1984. Some Observations of a Bird Community in a Disturbed Guinea Savanna. Unpublished M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Biological Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. 111 pp.


ii. EZEALOR, A.U. 1995. Ecological Profile of a Nigerian Sahelian Wetland: Toward Integrated Vertebrate Pest Damage Management. Ph.D. Dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. 231pp.

Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals and Text Books


i) EZEALOR, A.U. 1985. Parasites and Diseases of the Abdim's Stork, Ciconia abdimii. Malimbus (Journal of the West African Ornithological Society) 7(2):120.
ii) EZEALOR, A.U. 1987a. The Baboon Problem at Yankari Game Reserve. Nigerian Field 52 57-58.
iii) EZEALOR, A.U. 1987b. New Threats to Nigeria's Savanna Woodlands. Environmental Conservation 14(3): 262-264.
iv) EZEIFEKA, G.O., UMOH, J.U., EZEOKOLI, C.D. and A.U. EZEALOR. 1987. Prevalence of Ife Virus Infection in Wild Rodents and Birds from Zaria, Nigeria. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 23(4): 663-665.
v) WILKINSON R., BEECROFT, R., EZEALOR, A.U. and R.E. SHARLAND 1987. Dybowski's Twinspots at Kagoro Hills, Nigeria. Malimbus (Journal of the West African Ornithological Society) 9(2): 134.
vi) DYER, M., GARTSHORE, M.E. and A.U. EZEALOR. 1988. A Field Expedition to the Mambila Plateau, Including the Sighting of Chimpanzees, Pan troglodytes. Nigerian Field 53:39-42.
vii) EZEALOR, A.U. 1988. The Non-avian Wildlife of Kagoro Forests. pp 71-74 In Kagoro Forest Conservation Study, (R. Wilkinson and R. Beecroft, editors). Study Report no. 28, International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP, now BirdLife International), Cambridge, UK. 81pp.
viii) WILKINSON R., BEECROFT, R., EZEALOR, A.U. and R.E. SHARLAND. 1989. Brown-chested Wattled Plover Breeding in Nigeria. Malimbus (Journal of the West African Ornithological Society) 11(1): 95.
ix) UKOHA, A.I., ONYENEKWE, P.C., EZEALOR, A.U. and J.A. ELEGBEDE. 1992. Proximate and Elemental Composition of the Double-spurred Francolin, Francolinus bicalcaratus. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 5: 323-327.
x) EZEALOR, A.U. 1993a. An Unusual Record of Fulvous Tree-duck Dendrocygna bicolor Breeding in the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands, Nigeria. Malimbus (Journal of the West African Ornithological Society) 15(2):92-93.
xi) EZEALOR, A.U. 1993b. Albinism in Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis. Malimbus (Journal of the West African Ornithological Society) 15(2):93-94.
xii) GILES, R.H. Jr., ODERWALD, R.G. and A.U. EZEALOR. 1993. Towards a Rationally Robust Paradigm for Agroforestry Systems. Agroforestry Systems 24: 21-37.
xiii) EZEALOR, A.U, and R.H. GILES, Jr. 1996. Ecological profile of a Sahelian wetland: Toward understanding the need for national wetland policies. Wetlands Ecology and Management 4(1): 15-30.
xiv) EZEALOR, A.U. and R.H. GILES, Jr. 1997a. Vertebrate pests of a Sahelian wetland agro-ecosystem: perceptions and attitudes of indigenes and potential management strategies. International Journal of Pest Management 43(2): 97-104.
xv) EZEALOR, A.U. and R.H. GILES, Jr. 1997b. Wintering Ruffs Philomachus pugnax are not Pests of Rice Oryza spp. in Nigeria's Sahelian Wetlands. Wildfowl 48:202-209.
xvi) EZEALOR, A.U. and R.H. GILES, Jr. 1998. Notes from Nigeria: Wildlife Crop Interactions in a Threatened Sahelian Wetland. The Probe: 189: 4 (Newsletter of the National Animal Damage Control Association, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA).
xvii) AKINSOLA, A.O., EZEALOR, A.U., and G. POLET. 2000. Conservation of waterbirds in the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands, Nigeria: Current efforts and problems. Ostrich (The Journal of African Ornithology) 71 (1&2): 118-121.
xviii) EZEALOR, A.U. 2001. Nigeria. In: Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation, Fishpool, L.D.C. and Evans M.I., (eds). Newbury and Cambridge, UK, Pisces Publications and BirdLife International. BirdLife Conservation Series No. 11. pp673 – 692.

xix) LEKUNZE, L.M., EZEALOR, A.U. and T. AKEN‟OVA. 2001. Prey groups in the pellets of the barn owl Tyto alba (Scopoli) in the Nigerian savanna. African Journal of Ecology 39(1):38-44.
xx) MBINKAR, D.L., EZEALOR, A.U. and S.J. ONIYE. 2001. Indices of sexual dimorphism in Double-spurred Francolins Francolinus bicalcaratus (Linnaeus). Journal of Tropical Biosciences 1(1): 134-137.
xxi) EZEALOR, A.U. (ed.) 2002a. Critical sites for biodiversity conservation in Nigeria. Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria. 110 pp.
xxii) BAKO, S.P., EZEALOR, A.U., IORTSUUN, D.N. and S. MU‟AZU. 2002. Effects of applied ascorbate and kinetin on vegetative growth of heat stressed maize (Zea mays L.) plants. Nigerian Journal of Botany 15:15-25.
xxiii) MBANONG, W.F., NOCK, I.H. and EZEALOR, A.U. 2002. A survey of ecto- and endoparasites of murid rats (Rodentia) in Samaru, Zaria. Journal of Tropical Biosciences 2(1): 106-112.
xxiv) TSI, E. A. & EZEALOR, A. U. (2002). Food availability: an ecological approach to the conservation of nectivorous birds. International Journal on Nature Conservation in Africa, vol. 18. no1.
xxv) OBOT, E., EZEALOR, A.U., KING, R., BASSEY, A., and ENIANG E. 2003. A new barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) roost at Itu Wetlands, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Roan (The Journal of Conservation) 1(1&2): 103-118.
xxvi) EZEALOR, A.U. & TANKO, D. 2003. Nest and nestlings of the White-crowned Robin-Chat Cossypha albicapilla (Vieillot). Journal of Tropical Biosciences 3:103-106.
xxvii) BAKO, S.P., A.U. EZEALOR, and D.N. IORTSUUN. 2003. Effect of applied ascorbate and kinetin on leaf pigment contents and soluble carbohydrate of heat-stressed maize (Zea mays L.) plants. Nigerian Journal of Botany 16: 120-132.
xxviii) DIKE, N.I., EZEALOR, A.U. and ONIYE S.J. 2004. Concentrations of Pb, Cu, Fe and Cd during the dry season in River Jakara, Kano, Nigeria. ChemClass Journal 78-81.
xxix) MBINKAR, D.L., A.U. EZEALOR and S.J. ONIYE. 2005. Food Habits of the Double-spurred Francolin Francolinus bicalcaratus (Linnaeus) in Zaria, Nigeria. Journal of Biological Sciences 5(4):458-462.
xxx) DIKE, N.I., S.J. ONIYE, A.U. EZEALOR and V.O. AJIBOLA. 2005. Some trace elements in the fadama soils and spinach (Amarantus sp.) along River Jakara near the abattoir in Kano, Nigeria. ChemClass Journal 2, (36-40).
xxxi) BAKO, L.S.P., EZEALOR, A.U. and D.N. IORTSUUN. 2005. Host range and infestation frequency of loranthacean mistletoes in Nigerian Guinea savanna. Journal of Tropical Biosciences 5:42-46.
xxxii) ANONGO, M.C., S.P. BAKO and A.U. EZEALOR. 2005. Trace metal content in relation to population of micro-organisms in soils along some highways in Nigeria‟s Guinea savanna. Journal of Biological Sciences 5(6):703-706.
xxxiii) GADZAMA, I.M.K., EZEALOR, A.U. and AKEN‟OVA, T. 2005. Laying performance and egg quality of Coturnix coturnix japonica (Linnaeus, 1758) fed snail-meal enriched commercial layers‟ diet. Nigerian Journal of Scientific Research 5(2): 10-14.
xxxiv) MBINKAR, D.L., S.J. ONIYE and A.U. EZEALOR. 2006. Helminth Parasites of the Gastrointestinal Tract of the Double-spurred francolin, Francolinus bicalcaratus (Linnaeus) in Zaria, Northern Nigeria. The Zoologist 1(4): 39-44.
xxxv) EZEALOR, A.U. and O.A. AKINSOLA, (eds.). 2006. The Renewable Natural Resources of the Niger Delta: options for its sustainable management. Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Lagos and the John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation, USA. 87pp.

xxxvi) EZEALOR, A.U. 2006. Strategic management options for conservation and sustainable management of the RNR of the Niger Delta. Pp70-79 in The Renewable Natural Resources of the Niger Delta: options for its sustainable management. Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation, USA. 87pp.
xxxvii) EZEALOR, A.U., S.A. MANU and E.A. OBOT. 2007. Food and feeding ecology of the Rock Fowl (sic) Picatthartes (sic) oreas in Old Oyo National Park, Nigeria: a critique. Roan (The Journal of Conservation) 4(1): 1-7.
xxxviii) OBOT, E.A., A.U. EZEALOR, R.P. KING, P.C. NWILO, M.P.O. DORE, M. KARIPO, I.G. MBAGWU, C.E. ISEBOR, A. CHINDAH, O. ORJI, O. ONI, and U. AKPOVWOVWO. 2007. Oil Pollution and Living Resources: priorities for conservation of the Niger Delta region. Roan (The Journal of Conservation) 4(1): 118-123 + map.
xxxix) ADANG, K.L., A.U. EZEALOR, P.A. ABDU and K.P. YORIYO. 2008. Food habits of four sympatric columbids (Aves: Columbidae) in Zaria, Nigeria. Continental Journal of Biological Sciences 1:1-9.
xl) ADANG, K.L., A.U. EZEALOR, P.A. ABDU, S.J. ONIYE, and K.P. YORIYO. 2008. Feeding behavior and survivorship of Columbids in captivity in Zaria, Nigeria. Bulletin of Pure and Applied Sciences 27A(1):43-51.
xli) ADANG, K.L., S.J. ONIYE, A.U. EZEALOR, P.A. ABDU, and O.J. AJANUSI. 2008. Helminths of the gastrointestinal tract of Laughing Dove Stretopelia sengalensis Linnaeus 1766 (Aves: Columbidae) in Zaria, Nigeria. Bio-Science Research Bulletin 24(1):49-60.
xlii) ADANG, K.L., S.J. ONIYE, A.U. EZEALOR, P.A. ABDU, O.J. AJANUSI and K.P. YORIYO. 2008. Ectoparasites of Laughing Dove Stretopelia sengalensis (Linnaeus, 1766) (Aves: Columbidae) in Zaria, Nigeria. Lundiana 9(1):67-71.
xliii) ADANG, K.L., S.J. ONIYE, A.U. EZEALOR, P.A. ABDU, and O.J. AJANUSI. 2008. Ectoparasites of domestic Pigeon (Columba livia domestica, Linnaeus) in Zaria Nigeria. Research Journal of Parasitology 3(2): 79-84.
xliv) ADANG, K.L., S.J. ONIYE, O.J. AJANUSI, A.U. EZEALOR and P.A. ABDU. 2008. Gastrointestinal helminthes of Domestic Pigeons (Columba livia domestica Gmelin, 1789 Aves: Columbidae) in Zaria, northern Nigeria. Science World Journal 3(1):33-37.
xlv) S.P. BAKO, ODIWO, J. and A.U. EZEALOR. (2008). Plant Diversity in Relation to Anthropogenic Air Pollution in Nigeria‟s Guinea Savanna. International Journal of Environment and Pollution 33(2/3):
xlvi) TANKO, D., EZEALOR, A.U. and GADZAMA, I.M.K. 2008. Some observations on the nests, eggs, and nestlings of the West African Thrush Turdus pelios in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. Biological and Environmental Sciences Journal for the Tropics 5(3):5-8.
xlvii) AJAGBE, A.A., T.S. OSINUBI, A.U. EZEALOR and A. OGUNSESAN. 2009. Range extension of the Ibadan Malimbe Malimbus ibadanensis. Malimbus (Journal of the West African Ornithological Society) 31:121-122.
xlviii) ADANG, K.L., S.J. ONIYE, A.U. EZEALOR, P.A. ABDU, O.J. AJANUSI and K.P. YORIYO. 2009. Ectoparasites and intestinal helminthes of Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea Hartlaub and Finsch 1870) in Zaria Nigeria. Science World Journal 4(2):1-5.
xlix) BULUS, W., AKEN‟OVA, T.O. and EZEALOR, A.U. 2009. The occurrence of species of Clarias (Clarioides) David, 1937 (Pisces: Clariidae) in some water bodies in northern Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Scientific Research 8: 22-29.
l) ADANG, K.L., P.A. ABDU, J.O. AJANUSI, S.J. ONIYE, and A.U. EZEALOR. 2010. Histopathology of Ascaris galli infection on the liver lungs, intestines, heart, and kidneys of experimentally infected Domestic Pigeons (Columba livia domestica) in Zaria, Nigeria. The Pacific Journal of Science and Technology 11(2): 511-515.
li) EZEALOR, A.U. (2010). The threatened birds of Nigeria. Nigerian Field 75(1&2): 26-40.
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lii) BAKO, S. P., BWANKHOT, EDNA S., EZEALOR, A.U. CHIA, A.M. and FUNTUA, I.I. 2011a. Human health implications of trace metals found in parts of maize (Zea mays L.), cultivated along highways in Nigeria‟s Guinea Savanna. pp345-356 in Soil Remediation, Lukas Aachen and Paul Eichmann (Editors), Nova Science Pub. Inc., USA.
liii) BAKO, S. P., BWANKHOT, EDNA S., EZEALOR, A.U. CHIA, A.M. and FUNTUA, I.I. 2011b. Human health implications of trace metal found in parts of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.Walp.) cultivated along highways in Nigeria‟s Guinea Savanna. pp357-368 in Soil Remediation, Lukas Aachen and Paul Eichmann (Editors), Nova Science Pub. Inc., USA.
liv) Y. TANIMU, F.A. TISEER, O.F. ATI and A.U. EZEALOR, 2012. Survey of Phytoplankton in the Bauchi and Yobe States Segments of the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands, Northeastern Nigeria. Ecologia, 2: 114-122.
lv) EZEALOR, A.U. (2013). The Didric Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius is a Brood-parasite of the Slender-billed Weaver Ploceus pelzelni in Nigeria. Malimbus 35:141-142.
lvi) EZEALOR, A.U., AJAGBE, A. and OKUNLOLA, A. (2013). A survey of the Birds and Mammals of the Ifon Forest Reserve, Ondo State, Nigeria. Ecophilia (Journal of Ecological Society of Nigeria) 1:11-23.
lvii) EZEALOR, A. U. 2013. Observations of Albinism in a Commensal Murid Rodent (Rattus rattus), and Leucism in a Cooperative Breeding Timaliid (Turdoides plebejus) in Zaria, Nigeria. Ecophilia (Journal of Ecological Society of Nigeria) 1: 87-89.
lviii) DELPHINE L. DAVID, AUGUSTINE U. EZEALOR, SONNIE J. ONIYE, THELMA AKEN„OVA, ALI, B.D. and BUBA, Z.M. 2013. Diversity of Bird Species and Conservation of Two Lacustrine Wetlands of the Upper Benue Basin, Adamawa-Nigeria. IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science, Volume 4, Issue 3: 11-20.
lix) TANKO, D., EZEALOR, A.U., and BAKO, S.P. 2014. Community structure and abundance of avian and non-avian vertebrate fauna of Dumbi Inselberg and adjacent woodland in Zaria, northern Nigeria. The Zoologist 11:46-54.
lx) GABA, T.S., TANKO D., GADZAMA, I.M.K. and EZEALOR A.U. 2014. Study on food and feeding habits of Clapperton‟s Francolin Francolinus clappertonii in Sudano-sahelian savanna of Nigeria. Ecophilia 2:
lxi) GADZAMA, I.M.K., EZEALOR, A.U., AKEN‟OVA, T. and BALARABE, M.L. 2015. Aspects of the geomorphology and limnology of some mollusc-inhabited freshwater bodies in northern Nigeria. IOSR Journal of Environmental Science, Toxicology and Food Technology 9(11):20-29.
lxii) GADZAMA, I.M.K., EZEALOR, A.U., AKEN‟OVA, T. and M.L. BALARABE. 2016. Distribution and species diversity of freshwater molluscs in northern Nigeria. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 10(3): 1329-1341.
lxiii) ONYENWEAKU, LEVI N., EZEALOR, AUGUSTINE U. & MBAKWE, ROY C. 2017. Parasa viridimixta Janse, 1964 (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae): A lepidopteran pest of Tetracarpidium conophorum (Mull. Arg) Hutch. & Dalziel in eastern Nigeria. Meta-morphosis 28: 29–31.
lxiv) GADZAMA, I.M.K., EZEALOR, A.U., AKEN‟OVA, T. and BALARABE, M.L. 2017a. Influence of some physicochemical factors on the distribution of freshwater mol-luscs in selected water bodies in northern Nigeria. Journal of Tropical Biosciences 12:42-51.
lxv) GADZAMA, I.M.K., EZEALOR, A.U., AKEN‟OVA, T. and BALARABE, M.L. 2017b. Composition and distribution of terrestrial molluscs in relation to soil calcium and pH levels in parts of northern Nigeria. The Zoologist 15:35-42.9
Official Edited Conference Proceedings
i. EZEALOR, A.U. 1994. Avian Conservation Problems and Prospects in the Wetlands of Nigeria's Chad Basin. pp 191-196 In Strategies for Sustainable Use of Fadama Lands in Northern Nigeria, A. Kolawole, I. Scoones, M.O. Awogbade, and J.P. Voh, editors. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK and the Centre for Social and Economic Research (CSER), ABU, Zaria, Nigeria. 214pp.
ii. EZEALOR, A.U. 1995. Wintering White Storks Ciconia ciconia in Nigeria. pp 213-218 In Conservation of the White Stork Western Population, (O. Biber, C. Marti, T. Salathe, and P. Enggist, editors). Buchdruckerei Hochdorf AG, Switzerland.
Books/Technical Research Reports/General Interest Periodicals
i. EZEALOR, A.U. 1981. The Honeyguide: a Partner in an Early Symbiotic Relationship With Man. Newsletter of Archaeology III: 55-57. Centre for Nigerian Cultural Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
ii. IKE, E.C., SCHOENEICH, K., WOAKES, M., & A.U. EZEALOR. 1985. An Assessment of the Possible Effects of the Yankari Natural Water Company Operations on the Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi State. Report to the Bauchi State Government by the Ahmadu Bello University Consultancy Services (ABUCONS), Zaria, Nigeria. 46pp.
iii. NEST. 1991. Wildlife. pp 176-200 In Nigeria's Threatened Environment: a National Profile; published by the Nigerian Environmental Study / Action Team (NEST). Intec Printers Limited, Ibadan. (EZEALOR, A.U. was the Major Contributor to this section of the book).
iv. EZEALOR, A.U. 1993c. Results of the 1993 bird surveys in some parts of northern Nigeria. Report to the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Conservation Project, Nguru, Yobe State. Mimeo 4pp.
v. EZEALOR, A.U. 1993d. Report of the Game Guard Training Course; organized by the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Conservation Project, Nguru, at Yankari National Park Bauchi. Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Conservation Project, Nguru, Yobe State. Mimeo 17pp.
vi. EZEALOR, A.U., & I. DEBSKI. 1994. The 1994 Survey of Waterfowl and Water-related Birds of the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands, Nigeria. Report to the HNWCP, Nguru, Nigeria. 8 pp. Also excerpted bilingually as pp20-25 & 36-43 In African Waterfowl Census 1994, V. Taylor & P.M. Rose (editors). The International Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Bureau (IWRB), Slimbridge, UK. 184 pp.
vii. EZEALOR, A.U., G. POLET, M.G. BOYI, & I.S. DUTSE. 1996. The 1996 Survey of Waterfowl and Water-related Birds of the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands, Nigeria. Report to the HNWCP, Nguru, Nigeria. 16pp. Also excerpted bilingually as pp29-34 & 55-63 In African Waterfowl Census 1996, T. Dodman and V. Taylor (editors). Wetlands International, Wageningen, The Netherlands. 206pp.
viii. EZEALOR, A.U. 1997c. Birds. Pp 80-114 In Biodiversity of the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands, volume II: Appendices. D. Okali and H.H. Bdliya (eds). IUCN-Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Conservation Project, Nguru, Yobe State, Nigeria. Mimeo.
ix. OBOT, E., EZEALOR, A.U., ANANZE, F., DUNN, A., BASSEY, A., and S. GAWISA. 2000. Wetlands of the Upper Benue Basin: a biodiversity survey of the Upper River Benue (Wuro Boki to Jen). Report to the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria and WWF International, Gland, Switzerland.
x. EZEALOR, A.U. 2002b. Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Nigeria. Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lagos. Educational Poster.
xi. EZEALOR, A.U. 2002c. Priority Sites and Species for Biodiversity Conservation in Nigeria. Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Lagos. Educational Poster.
xii. EZEALOR, A.U. 2007. Picathartes: West Africa‟s Enigmatic Bird. Niger Delta Standard Magazine (April 2007): 18-19.
xiii. EZEALOR, A.U. (in preparation) Introductory principles of ecology and biodiversity conservation: random ecological notes with an Afrotropical perspective.

Papers presented at Conferences, Seminars and Symposiums
i. EZEALOR, A.U. 1986. Bird conservation in Nigeria. Paper presented to the session on National Reports: International Council for Bird Preservation, XIX World Conference, Kingston, Canada, June 1986. (Available at the NCF); Mimeo 5pp.
ii. EZEALOR, A.U. 1988. Some food plants of wildlife in northern Nigeria. Paper presented at the Second Annual Conference of the Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON), held at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Mimeo 14 pp.
iii. EZEALOR. A.U. 1994. A review of bird conservation works in the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands. Paper presented at the Seminar for launching the book “The Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands: Environment, Economy and sustainable development of a Sahelian Floodplain Wetland”. Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Russell Square, London, WC1, UK. Mimeo 3pp.
iv. EZEALOR, A.U. 1997b. Nigerian wetlands: their benefits and conservation. Text of a Public lecture given to Radio Programme Producers at the Environmental Radio Course organized by Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) Africa Communications Network, Lagos. Mimeo. 8pp.
v. EZEALOR, A.U. 1997c. Critical sites for biodiversity conservation in Nigeria. Paper presented at the Stakeholders’ Workshop on the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, organized by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA). Mimeo 5pp.
vi. EZEALOR, A.U. 2006a. A synoptic review of migratory birds and bird migration systems in Nigeria. Workshop on National Response to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Nigeria; organized by the Federal Ministry of Health, at the State House Banquet Hall, Kawo Kaduna, 28th February - 1st March 2006.
vii. EZEALOR, A.U. 2006b. Migratory birds and bird flu: a Nigerian perspective. Public Awareness Forum on Bird Flu, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 14th March 2006. Mimeo. 6pp.
viii. EZEALOR, A.U. 2006c. Some aspects of the ecology of waterbirds: an epidemiological perspective. Paper presented at a “Symposium on Wildlife Ecology and Conservation” at the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, Nigeria .12-15 June 2006.
ix. EZEALOR, A. U. 2011. Observations of Colour Aberration in a Wild Bird and a Commensal Rodent Species in Zaria, Nigeria. Paper presented at a “3rd Biennial Conference of the Ecological Society of Nigeria (EcoSN), University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria; 31st October – 3rd November, 2011.
x. EZEALOR A.U. 2017. Overview of the Living Natural Resources of Nigeria: a peek into their ecologic-economic prospects. Paper Presented at the National Summit on Legislative Framework for Environmental Law and Policy; Organized by the House Committee On Environment and Habitat, Federal Ministry of Environment and Legislative Action Plan on Industry Reform, Abuja, Nigeria, 3 - 5 October, 2017. Mimeo 20pp.
Book Reviews
i. EZEALOR, A. U. 2011. Book Review: “General Ecology: An Introduction to Basic Principles” by Akinsoji, A. 2006. JAS Publishers, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria. vi+71pp. Journal of Tropical Biosciences 8-9:102.
ii. EZEALOR, A. U. 2011. Book Review: “Definitions of Biological Terms” by G.J. Sow (2010). 190pp. Ahmadu Bello University Press Ltd., Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. ISBN: 978-125-334-7. Journal of Tropical Biosciences 8-9:103.


. PROFESSIONAL/WORKING EXPERIENCES
1973-1975: High School Science Teacher in the East Central State of Nigeria
 Responsible for teaching integrated Science to 1st and 2nd year students, and for teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics to 3rd, 4th, and 5th year students.



1979/80: Trainee Wildlife Officer (Yankari Game Reserve) responsible for:
 Organization of safaris for visitors to the reserve
 Assisting the Wildlife Officer in censusing animal populations
 Participation in anti-poaching (game protection) patrols
 Reorganization of the reserve‟s Natural History Museum
 Participation in maintenance of jeep tracks in the reserve
 Participation in Habitat management exercises (e.g., Fire tracing and prescribed burning)
 Compilation of game viewing records for use in monitoring of trends in animal populations
1980 to 2013: Teaching, Research and Administrative Duties (Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria); responsibilities have included:
 Teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students, 1980-date
 Research in ecology, ornithology, wildlife management, and environmental conservation; 1980-date.
 Assistant Faculty of Science Examination Officer; 1987 and 1988
 Faculty of Science Examination Officer; 1989
 Head of Department of Biological Sciences, 2004-2008. (Before this period, I acted for several previous Heads of my department before I became substantive Head of the Department. Additionally, between 2004-2008, I acted for the Dean of Science on several occasions when he was away from Zaria).
 Member; Faculty Board of Science, ABU, Zaria, 1980-2015
 Member; Standing Committee of Faculty Board of Science, ABU, Zaria, 2001-2015
 Member; Ahmadu Bello University Senate, 2001- 2015
 Member; Standing Committee of Ahmadu Bello University Senate, 2005-2009
 Member; Ahmadu Bello University Farm Management Committee, 1981-1990
 Member; Ahmadu Bello University Farm Policy Board, 1981-1990
 Member; Science and Life Network of the Institute for Development Research, ABU, Zaria, Nigeria; 2007-2013
 Visiting Professor, at the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), University of Jos Biological Conservatory, Jos, Nigeria; 2003-date
 Acting Director, A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), University of Jos Biological Conservatory, Jos, Nigeria. (This post was held from January 2009 to January 2010, while on sabbatical leave at the University of Jos).
 Head of Department of Forestry and Environmental Management, College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria; as from June 2013 to 2016
 Member of the College Board, College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike; 2013 to date
 Member; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Senate, February 2013 to date.

. TEACHING AND CONSULTANCY EXPERIENCES


Teaching
1980: Graduate Assistant
1981: Assistant Lecturer
1985: Lecturer II
1988: Lecturer I
1993: Senior Lecturer
1996: Reader/Associate Professor in Conservation Biology
2001 to date: Professor of Conservation Biology
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I have taught or teach the following courses in the Department of Biological Sciences of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and at the Michael Okpara Univ. of Agriculture, Umudike:
At the Undergraduate Level at ABU, Zaria
B.193 Vertebrate Zoology 1981- 1987
BIOL 112 Introductory Ecology 1980 - Feb. 2013
BIOL 211 General Ecology (formerly B.141) 1980 - Feb. 2013
BIOL 311 Biogeography 1995 -1999
BIOL 316 Field Course I 1995 – Feb. 2013
BIOL 400 Students‟ B.Sc. Research Projects 1980 - Feb. 2013
BIOL 411 Field Course II 1980 - Feb. 2013
BIOL 414 Nigerian Fauna and Flora 1990 - Feb. 2013
BIOL 416 Special Option Course: Introductory Field Ornithology 1990 - Feb. 2013
BIOL 417 Conservation and Development of Natural Resources 1990 - Feb. 2013
ZOOL 433 Principles of Wildlife Management 1990 - Feb. 2013
ZOOL 436 Animal Behaviour 2001 - Feb. 2013
FRW321 Wildlife Population Analysis Since April 2013
FRW322 Wildlife Ecology and Management Since April 2013
FRW400 Report Writing and Seminar Since Feb. 2014
FRW421 Wildlife Ecological Surveys Since Feb. 2014
FRW422 Zoo and Park Management Since April 2013
FRW523 Wildlife Management and Utilization Since April 2013
FRW500 B.FOREM Research Project Since Feb. 2014
FRW524 Management of Game Birds (Ornithology) Since April 2013
FRW313 Introduction to Forest and Wildlife Management Since Feb. 2014
FRW314 Introduction to Zoo and Park Management Since Feb. 2014
FEM511 Ecology & Control of Soil-borne Arthropods & Plant Pathogens Since Feb. 2014
FRW514 Forest Pests, Diseases and Fire Protection Since Feb. 2014
At the Postgraduate Level
BIOL 809 Advanced Population Dynamics and Ecology 1995 - Feb. 2013
BIOL811 Lab Animals, Zoological Gardens and Museums Management 1985 - 1990
BIOL 837 Environmental Adaptation in Animals 1995 - Feb. 2013
BIOL 839 Advanced Plant and Animal Ecology 1995 - Feb. 2013
FRW721 Wildlife Ecology and Management 2013 to date
FFA722 Forest Economics 2013 to date
FRW821 Advanced Topics in Wildlife Ecosystems 2013 to date
FRW823 Advanced Population Dynamics 2013 to date
FRW824 Ethology 2013 to date
FEM904 Forests and the Environment 2013 to date
FEM924 Environmental Impact Assessment 2013 to date
I have also taught parts of some of the postgraduate conservation biology courses at the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), University of Jos, Jos.


Undergraduate Students’ Project Supervision


To date, I have supervised well over 60 undergraduate students' B.Sc. research projects in biology, zoology and forestry.
Supervision of Postgraduate Students’ Research Projects, Theses and Dissertations
Postgraduate Theses and Dissertations Handled as Major Supervisor
i) Lekunze, L.M. (M.Sc., 1998). Food habits of the barn owl Tyto alba in the Nigerian savanna.
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ii) Adang, L.K. (M.Sc., 1999). Some aspects of the biology of four columbid species in Zaria, Nigeria.
iii) Bako, S.P. (Ph.D., 2000). Effects of high temperature and air pollution on growth, physiology and reproduction of Zea mays (L.).
iv) Gadzama, I. M.K. (M.Sc., 2000). Laying performance and egg quality of quail Cortunix cortunix japonica fed snail-meal-enriched commercial layers‟ diet
v) Bako, L.S.P. (M.Sc., 2001). Some aspects of the ecology of mistletoes (Loranthaceae) in the Nigerian Guinea savanna.
vi) Mbinkar, D.L. (M.Sc., 2002). External morphology, food habits, and gut helminth parasites of the double-spurred francolin Francolinus bicalcaratus (Linnaeus) in the Zaria area, Nigeria.
vii) Tanko, D. (M.Sc., 2004) Some aspects of the ecology of the White-crowned Robin-Chat Cossypha albicapilla (Vieillot).
viii) Sodimu, A.I. (M.Sc., 2005) The effects of bushfire on termite infestation in Eucalyptus woodlots.
ix) Mbinkar, D.L. (Ph.D., 2007) Evaluation of the conservation significance of two lacustrine wetlands of the Upper Benue basin, Nigeria.
x) Dike, N.I. (Ph.D., 2007) Studies on the pollution of River Jakara and irrigated vegetables along its course.
xi) Ekele, M.O. (M.Sc., 2008). The effects of methanolic and aqueous extracts of seeds of Strychnos spinosa on Laboratory Mice.
xii) Mshelia, B.Z. (M.Sc., 2010). Food habits of Red-billed Quelea quelea quelea in Sambisa Game Reserve, Borno State, Nigeria.
xiii) Tanko, D. (Ph.D., 2012). Some Aspects of the Ecology of the Dumbi Inselbergs and their Environs in Zaria, Nigeria.
xiv) Gadzama, I.M.K. (Ph.D., 2012). Taxonomy and Distribution of Molluscs in northern Nigeria.
Postgraduate Theses and Dissertations Handled as Second Supervisor
i) Mbanong, W. (M.Sc., 2002). Parasites of Murid Rats in the Zaria Area
ii) Ahmed, A. (M.Sc., 2004). Prevalence of intestinal helminth infections among secondary school students in Katsina State, Nigeria
iii) Odiwo, J. (M.Sc., 2005). Effects of some anthropogenic factors on biodiversity in Nigeria‟s Guinea savanna
iv) Anongo, M. (M.Sc., 2005). Effects of vehicular emissions on soil pH, heavy metal content and soil organisms
v) Bwankhot, E. S. (M.Sc., 2007). Heavy metal content of roadside grown maize (Zea mays L.) and cowpea Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. in Nigeria‟s Guinea Savanna.
vi) Bulus, W. (M.Sc., 2009). Distribution and Taxonomic Review of Species of Clarias Scopoli, 1777 (Siluriformes: Claridae) in Selected Water Bodies of Northern nigeria
vii) Adang, L.K. (Ph.D., 2010). Ectoparasites and helminthes of doves and pigeons (Aves: Columbidae) in Zaria, Nigeria
viii) Abubakar, M.M. (Ph.D., 2011). Some aspects of the ecology and Fisheries of Nguru Lake, Northeast Nigeria
Major Field Research Project Experiences and Consultancy Services
1980: Member of a three-person ornithological expedition to the Mambilla and Obudu Plateaus, Nigeria.
1985: Member of the Ahmadu Bello University Consultancy Services (ABUCONS), team that investigated the Possible Effects of the Yankari Natural Water Company Operations on the Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
1987: Member of the International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP, now BirdLife International) research team that undertook the Kagoro Forest Conservation Study.
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1995-1998: National Coordinator and Field Survey Team Leader for the Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Nigeria Programme. The IBA programme is a global environmental conservation initiative initiated and organized by the UK-based BirdLife International. It is aimed at identifying, documenting, and ultimately conserving sites that are critical for the long-term conservation of the birds and other biodiversity in various countries of the world.
1995: Member of the IUCN-Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Conservation Project team that undertook a survey of the biodiversity of the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands.
2000: Member of the NCF-WWF expedition to the Upper Benue basin for wetlands biodiversity survey.
2001: Member of the NCF Team for the survey of the biodiversity of Taraba State.
2001: Member of the NCF Expedition Team for the survey of the biodiversity of Wetlands in Itu area, Cross River/Akwa Ibom States, Nigeria.
2003: Member of the NCF Biodiversity Expedition Team for the identification of possible Ramsar sites in the core Niger Delta, Nigeria.
2003: Member of the NCF Biodiversity Expedition Team for the survey of Buru Community Forest, Kurmi LGA, Taraba State, Nigeria.
2004: Team Leader of the NCF consultancy team that prepared the document on “Interim management plan options for Niger Delta renewable natural resources”.
2005: Member of the NCF Biodiversity Expedition Team for the survey of Ngel Nyaki/Kurmin Danko, Forest Reserve, Taraba State, Nigeria.
2006: Member of the NCF Biodiversity Expedition Team for the survey of four Taraba State Forest Reserves, as part of the Participatory Forest Management Project (PFMP).
2006: Team Leader of the NCF Biodiversity Survey Team for the preliminary documentation of the Renewable Natural Resources of the Ifon Forest Reserve in Ondo State, in collaboration with the Ondo State Forestry Department.
2007: Member of the NCF Biodiversity Expedition Team for the survey of Urhonigbe and Gele-Gele Forest Reserves in Edo State, Nigeria, under the Shell Nigeria funded Biodiversity Action Plan initiative in the Niger Delta.
2007-2009: Member (Lead Consultant on Ornithology) of the Niger Delta Wetlands Centre (NDWC) Biodiversity Survey Team for the survey of Brass Island in Bayelsa State, Nigeria; in connection with the EIA for the BrassLNG Project.
2010: Member (and Team Leader for Wildlife) of the Ecological Society of Nigeria (EcSN) Expedition to Mambilla Plateau, Taraba State, Nigeria.
2011: Member and Group Leader on Wildlife survey, for the Environmental Resources Managers Ltd (ERML) team commissioned to update the biodiversity survey data of the EIA for the proposed OKLNG Project in Ogun State, Nigeria.
2012: Invited by a team of Field biologists from the Rivers State University of Technology, Port Harcourt, to spearhead the fieldwork and report on the 2012 “Niger Delta Environmental Sensitivity Index Mapping” commissioned by the NDDC.
2015: Member and Group Leader on Wildlife survey, for the Environmental Resources Managers Ltd (ERML) team commissioned to update the biodiversity information of the OML 42 Oil Block and Its Environs Near Warri, Delta State
2016: Member and Group Leader on Wildlife survey, for the Environmental Resources Managers Ltd (ERML) team commissioned to update the biodiversity information of the OML 18 Oil Block and Its Environs Near Port Harcourt, Rivers State
2017: Member and Group Leader in Biodiversity survey, by an independent coalition of scientists invited to conduct a preliminary EIA of AFRICONSERVE development enterprise near Ishiagu, Ebonyi State
2017: Member and Group Leader on Wildlife survey, for the Environmental Resources Managers Ltd (ERML) team commissioned to assess the biodiversity of the OML 27 Oil Block and Its Environs near Ozoro, Delta State.
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Other Professional/Community Services
i) I served the West African Examination Council (WAEC) as “Assistant Examiner” for Biology I from 1981-1989, and as “Team Leader” (of Assistant Examiners) in 1990.
ii) I served as “Moderator” (1996-2005) and am currently serving as a “Chief Moderator” in the Biology Panel that moderates the University Matriculation Examinations (UME) of the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), in Nigeria.
iii) I am a Member of the Editorial Board of eight scientific periodicals:
a. Nigerian Field
b. Journal of Tropical Biosciences – Dept. of Biological Sciences, ABU, Zaria
c. African Journal of Ecology -- East African Wildlife Society
d. African Journal of Natural Sciences -- Faculty of Natural Sci., Univ. of Jos
e. Ecophilia -- Ecological Society of Nigeria
f. Roan (Journal of Conservation) -- Nigerian Conservation Foundation
g. Journal of Science -- Faculty of Science, ABU, Zaria
h. The Zoologist -- Zoological Society of Nigeria
iv) I have served as “External Examiner” at the Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels in the following Universities:
12. WORKING RELATIONS WITH INDUSTRY etc
 Involvement in the EIA updates for the BrassLNG and the proposed OKLNG
 Biodiversity monitoring of the Finima Nature Park for the NLNG in Bonny, under the auspices of the NDWC
 Participation in the December 2004 Biodiversity Experts Meeting of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd and the WWF/NCF.
13. NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THREE (3) REFEREES
i) Emeritus Professor Robert H. Giles, Jr.
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, College of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg VA, USA
ii) Emeritus Professor Charles G. Vajime
Department of Biological Sciences
Benue State University, Makurdi
Benue State, Nigeria
iii) Professor Sonny J. Oniye
Department of Zoology
Ahmadu Bello University
Zaria, Nigeria
14. OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION
Community Services and Technical Assistance
1989-1998: Served as a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Conservation Project; an international environmental conservation programme that ht to established programmes to achieve sustainable utilization of the resources of that Sahelian wetland.
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1990: I was a resource person for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) London, Natural History Unit during the filming of Rosy Bee-eaters (Merops malimbicus) in the lower Kaduna River. My contributions were duly acknowledged in Serial 6 of legendary Sir David Attenborough's BBC wildlife film series "Trials of Life", in which segments of scenes of ornithological activities shot at the bee-eater colony were featured.
1991: Appointed Chief Examiner in Biology for the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examinations administered nationwide by Ahmadu Bello University.
1995-1998: Appointed as National Coordinator of the Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Nigeria Programme. The IBA is a worldwide biodiversity conservation initiative which uses birds as a currency for identifying sites of global biodiversity significance.
1998 and 2003: Invited as an Expert Participant to the National Seminars/Workshops on Nigeria's Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan at Lokoja, Kogi State.
1998: Appointed Member of the Steering Committee of the West Africa programme of Wetlands International (an international NGO), and the (Nigerian) National Coordinator of the African Waterfowl Count (AfWC) of Wetlands International.
2001: Under the auspices of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) where I was on sabbatical leave, I played a pivotal role in the establishment of the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), Jos. APLORI is administered by the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Jos, and runs a world class MSc programme in Conservation Biology. I currently participate on part-time basis in the institute‟s management and academic programmes.
2002: Appointed Member of the National Wetlands Committee of the Federal Ministry of Environment.
2003: Appointed Member of the Management Board of the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos.
2008-2012: Choirmaster of the Chapel of Redemption, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
2012: Appointed as a Member of the National Steering Committee of the Global Environmental Facility – Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria.
2015: Appointed part-time Lecturer in Community Development at the Methodist Theological Institute (MTI), Umuahia.
Participation in Conferences and Workshops
A. International Conferences and Workshops
i). June 1986 Participant and Country Representative at the XIX World Conference of the International Council for Bird Preservation (ICBP), Kingston, Canada.
ii). April 1990 Participant in the Annual Conference of the British Ornithologists‟ Union held at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
iii). May 1992 Participant in the 1st Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology, held at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, USA.
iv). December 1996: Participant in the Pan African Ornithological Congress, Accra, Ghana.
v). October 1999: Participant in the BirdLife International World Bird Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
vi). September 2000: Participant in the Pan African Ornithological Congress, Kampala, Uganda
vii). April 2004: Participant in the Wetlands International “Waterbirds Around the World” Conference, Edinburgh, UK.
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viii). April 2005 Participated in the Regional Cartographic Workshop on Biodiversity and Priority Sites for Food Security in the Niger River Basin; 14 -15 April 2005 in Niamey (NIGER), Centre d‟Accueil ICRISAT.
ix). December 2007: Participant in the BirdLife International and Wetlands International Joint Workshop on Flyway Conservation and Wings over Wetlands (Accra, Ghana December 10-15, 2007)
B. Local Conferences and Workshops
i). 1988: Second Annual Conference of the Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON), held at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
ii). October 1996: Member of the Organizing Committee and Resource Person at the National Seminar on the Biodiversity of the Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands; organized by IUCN/Hadejia-Nguru Wetlands Conservation Project and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Abuja.
iii). 19-26 April 2000: Workshop at Nguru, Yobe State, on Wetland Monitoring and Waterbirds Survey; jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, in cooperation with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation.
iv). 26-30 November 2001: Workshop at the Cross River National Park Divisional Office, Butatong; on Inter-territorial Biodiversity Conservation in the Cross River National Park (Okwangwo Division), Nigeria, and Takamanda Forest Reserve, Cameroon; sponsored by the GTZ – PROFA (a German aid project), the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, and the Cross River National Park.
v). 14-17th May 2002: National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) Zonal Workshop organized by the Federal Ministry of Environment at Yola International Hotel, Yola, Adamawa State
vi). 1st-4th Dececember, 2002: National Workshop on Nigeria Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan; Organised by the Federal Ministry of Environment, at the Confluence Hotel, Lokoja, Kogi State.
vii). 16-17 January 2003: Workshop on Planning of Phase III of the NCF-WWF Gashaka-Gumti National Park Project: Stakeholders‟ Consultative Workshop; held at the Gashaka LGC Conference Hall, Serti, Taraba State, Nigeria.
viii). 8-11 November 2004: Chairman, Local Organizing Committee for the 2nd Annual Conference of the Zoological Society of Nigeria at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
ix). 15-17th December, 2004. Joint Biodiversity Expert Meeting of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and WWF/NCF; to facilitate partnership towards biodiversity conservation in the Niger delta.
x). 14th March 2006: Public Awareness Forum on Bird Flu, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
xi). 12-15 June 2006: Participant at the Symposium on Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, near Jos, Nigeria.
xii). March 2007: Participant at the Workshop on Review of Nigeria‟s Endangered Species Act 11 of 1985; Organized by the Federal Ministry of Environment and Housing, at Lokoja, Nigeria.
xiii). October 2007: 1st Ecological Society of Nigeria (ECSON) Conference, at the National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom, near Jos, Nigeria.
xiv). 2nd April 2009: Workshop Niger Delta Wetlands Valuation. Lekki Conservation Center, NCF, Km. 19 Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.
xv). October 2009: 2nd Ecological Society of Nigeria Biennial Conference, at Calabar, Nigeria.
xvi). July2011: Resource Person at the Workshop on Review and Operationalization of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) Regulations on Protection of Endangered Species in International Trade, at Abuja, Nigeria.
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xvii). October/November 2011: Member of the Organizing Committee of the 3rd Ecological Society of Nigeria Biennial Conference, at the University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria.
xviii). 13th – 14th September 2012: GEF 2012 NGOs/CBOs Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing and GEF Project Exhibition Workshop; jointly Organized by the Global Environment Facility-Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) National Office in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria and UNDP Nigeria, at the Bolingo Hotel and Towers, Central Business District Abuja, Nigeria.
xix). 10th-11th January 2013: Workshop on Project Cycle, Implementation and Knowledge Sharing; Organized by the Global Environment Facility-Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) National Office in collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria and UNDP Nigeria, at 15 Mississippi Street, Maitama, Abuja Nigeria.
xx). 4th Biennial Conference of the Ecological Society of Nigeria (EcSON) in Abuja, 5-7th May 2014
Professional Affiliations
i) Trustee, Savanna Conservation Nigeria
ii) Life Member, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), Lagos, Nigeria
iii) Member, Zaria Field Society (an affiliate of the Nigerian Field Society)
iv) Member, West African Ornithologists' Society
v) Member, National Geographic Society
vi) Member, African Bird Club
vii) Member, Zoological Society of Nigeria (ZSN)
viii) Member of the Executive Committee of the Ecological Society of Nigeria (ECSON) and former Editor-in-Chief of its Publications.
Languages Spoken and/or Written
English: Written and spoken excellently
Igbo: Mother tongue (spoken very well, but basic writing ability)
Hausa: Very little knowledge (spoken ability only)
Commendations Received for Professionalism:
i. 1980: From Mr. P.J. Marshall (Wildlife Officer), “...for exceptionally well-performed duties” as Wildlife Officer during my NYSC programme in Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi, Nigeria.
ii. 2002: From the Vice-Chancellor (ABU, Zaria) Prof. A. Mahadi, “...for the good quality of the work” I did during the Nigerian “Important Bird Areas” (IBA) programme.
iii. 2005: From the Vice-Chancellor (ABU, Zaria) Prof. S. Abdullahi, “...for important contributions during the successful NUC Accreditation Exercise” in my department (during the period that I was Head of Department). The three undergraduate degree programmes (BSc Biology, BSc Botany and BSc Zoology) of the department received full accreditation from the NUC.
iv. 2010: From Mr. Z.D. Galam (Registrar, University of Jos), on the directive of the university‟s Vice-Chancellor, “...for wonderful works ... carried out as Acting Director of the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute - APLORI”, during my sabbatical leave there.
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