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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.   

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. Section members receive an email about the open positions and the start of the election process.

Current Board Members

Israel Borokini, President, SCB Africa Section 
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States

David H Smith Conservation Research Fellow (2021-2023)
 

Israel is the President of SCB Africa Section. He is currently a Postdoctoral scholar in the University and Jepson Herbaria, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the spatial phylogenetics of the North American vascular flora with conservation implications. He is also a fellow of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Sustainable Use of Wild Species assessment. Israel earned his PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. His broad research interests include plant ecology and biogeography, spatial phylogenetics, ecological modeling, and conservation biology. He has also worked for the Nigeria's National Center for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, managing the country's native flora.
Term ends on 31 December 2022
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Badru Mugerwa, President-elect, SCB Africa Section and ICCB 2021 Steering Committee Chair
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford & Institute 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 2022
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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. 
Term ends on 31 December 2021
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Michelle Fasona, Financial Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
University of Lagos, Nigeria

Fasona Michelle completed her Ph.D. at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Her dissertation focused 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
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Tahiana Ramananantoandro, Information Officer
School of Agronomy
University of Antananarivo
Madagascar

Tahiana is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the School of Agronomy (ESSA), University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. She is also a visiting Professor at the Ecole Supérieure du Bois in Nantes, France. She obtained her PhD in Process Engineering from the Ecole des Mines of Saint-Etienne, France (2005). Her research activity focuses on tropical timber identification, wood technology and forestry products valorization. Her ultimate goal is to make a significant contribution to the efficient and sustainable use of forest resources in tropical regions. She is a member of various professional organizations, as well as Secretary of SCB Madagascar Chapter, Deputy Coordinator of the wood and fiber quality division of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations and Vice Chair of the membership committee of the Society of Wood Science and Technology.
Term ends on 31 December 2021
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Janette Wallis, Member-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 2021 
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Alain Senghor K. Ngute, Member-at-large #3
Ph.D Candidate
University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Alain is a PhD Candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia), where he seeks to provide research that will identify and quantify the resilience and recovery of tropical forests following disturbance. Linked to the new, long-term, pantropical, Forest Restoration and Climate Experiment (FoRCE), his work focuses on the relationships and trade-offs between lianas and trees, and their interactions with biodiversity, climate and soil quality in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania, globally significant biodiversity hotspot. Alain is currently serving as Member-at-large #3, where he supports SCB Africa Section’s visibility and publication efforts. He is also acting as Assistant Editor of the African Conservation Telegraph (ACT). 
Term ends on 31 December 2021
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James Watuwa, Membership and Nominations Officer
Zoo/wildlife veterinarian, Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre
Founder, Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization Uganda


Dr. James Watuwa is a wildlife veterinarian and conservationist. He earned his bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine at Makerere University Uganda. In 2018, Dr. James Watuwa earned a Veterinary-track scholarship under the Wildlife Conservation Network Scholarship Program and this saw him complete his Master’s Degree of science in wildlife health and management of Makerere university. Throughout his five years of veterinary school, he donated his time to the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (Entebbe -Zoo). He reprised this role helping to care for endangered mountain gorillas and other wildlife when he served as wildlife Veterinarian at Conservation Through Public Health in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park , and  Uganda Wildlife Authority. In 2018, he started working with the International Gorilla Conservation Program  and currently works as a zoo/wildlife veterinarian at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre. Dr. James Watuwa is a founder of Elgon Wildlife Conservation Organization, Uganda’s first organization dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation.
Term ends on 31 December 2022. 
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Frowin Becker, Member-at-Large
PhD Candidate, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand

Frowin is an early career conservation scientist from Namibia, busy completing a PhD in Conservation Biology at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Over the years, his research has focused on conservation technology, and he is currently concentrating his efforts on using sound (particularly avian sound) to monitor environmental changes. Since 2016, Frowin has been working for the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness as a field technician and data scientist, helping the project collate a biodiversity baseline for the Okavango River basin. He is a Member-at-Large of the SCB Africa Section Board and is tasked with conference organization and social media management.
Term ends on 31 December 2021. 
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