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Africa Section Board of Directors

The Africa Section of the Society for Conservation Biology has an international following of members that support conservation on the African continent. The board of directors is an elected body that facilitates the goals and activities of the Section. 

With five seats on the current board up for election in December 2017 / January 2018, the Section will welcome five new board members in January 2018.  

Future Members

If you are interested in being a member of the African Board you must be a member of SCB and a member of the Section. Generally two-to-four board members are elected annually. The Call for Nominations goes out in September or October and the election runs in October or November. Each yeIsrael is the President-Elect of SCB Africa section. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno, where his dissertation focuses on ecological modeling, community diversity studies and population genetics of neoendemic plants in the Great Basin desert. He is on study-leave from National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Ibadan, Nigeria, where he manages the country’s native biodiversity.ar section members receive an email about the open positions and the start of the election process. For more information about getting involved with this board, please contact a board member or info@conbio.org.

Current Members

Martin NganjePresident
Independent Researcher, Environment & Forestry, Africa
Cameroon
Term ends on 31 December 2020

Israel Borokini,   
 President-Elect, SCB Africa section
Secretary, SCB Chapters committee
Africa representative, SCB Awards committee
PhD candidate, University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV

Israel is the President-Elect of SCB Africa section. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno, where his dissertation focuses on ecological modeling, community diversity studies and population genetics of neoendemic plants in the Great Basin desert. He is on study-leave from the National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Ibadan, Nigeria, where he manages the country’s native biodiversity.
LinkedIn | Google Scholar
Term ends on 31 December 2023

Fola Babalola, PhD
Membership and Nomination Officer, SCB Africa Section
Lecturer and Researcher, University of Ilorin, Nigeria


Fola Babalola obtained his PhD (Forest Economics) from the University of Ibadan in 2011 and specialises in forest socio-economics. He is currently a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow and Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
LinkedIn | Facebook
Term ends on 31 December 2018

Margaret Awuor Owuor, Education and Science Officer 
South Eastern Kenya University
Kenya
 

Margaret is a scholar and environment scientist  focusing on aquatic ecosystems and ecosystem services. She Lecturers in the School of Water Resources Science and Technology, South Eastern Kenya University. She completed her PhD (2017) from the University of Cadiz, Spain. She has carried research on enhancing community involvement and participation in conservation through education and tree planting.

LinkedIn | Twitter
Term ends on 31 December 2020
 

Michelle Fasona, Financial Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Ph.D candidate, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Fasona Michelle is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Her dissertation focuses on landscape ecology modelling, landscape genetics and habitat connectivity for Large mammals in selected forest reserves in South-West, Nigeria. She is currently the Financial Monitoring and evaluation Officer
Term ends on 31 December 2021
 
Janette WallisMember-at-large #1
Lecturer, Environmental Studies Program, University of Oklahoma
United States and Uganda

Janette serves as the SCB-Africa Section’s Member at Large #1 and is tasked with re-energizing the Young Women in Conservation Biology network. She has worked in education, research, and conservation projects throughout Africa, including in Tanzania, Gabon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, and Uganda. Janette currently directs the Kasokwa Forest Project in a network of forest fragments in Uganda. Research at the site focuses on primate behavioral ecology, reproduction, conservation, and human-wildlife interactions. Janette earned her Ph.D. in zoology, psychology, and anthropology from the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches wildlife conservation courses.
Term ends on 31 December 2020


 
Badru Mugerwa  
Member-at-large #2
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford & Insitute of Tropical Forest Conservation, Mbarara University of Science and Technology
United Kingdom and Uganda


Badru trained in wildlife ecology and conservation at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, University of Oxford, UK, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda, and Makerere University, Uganda. He is a research associate at the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) in Uganda. Badru’s research focuses on human impacts on biodiversity and protected area management in human dominated landscapes.
Term ends on 31 December 2020

Benis N. Egoh  PhD 
Member-at-Large #3
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
South Africa
 

Egoh has an MSc in conservation biology from the University of Cape Town and a PhD in zoology from Stellenbosch University. Her key competencies are in ecosystem services, conservation planning, restoration ecology and invasion biology. Before joining the CSIR, Egoh worked for the European Commission and contributed to various policy implementation tasks on biodiversity and ecosystem services. She is lead author of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
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Term ends on 31 December 2018