Faculties & Schools

Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Management

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Members

Ziblim Abukari Imoro

Senior Lecturer & Head of Department

Conrad Atogi-Akwoa Weobong

Lecturer

Eric Adjei Lawer

Assistant Lecturer

Timothy Khan Aikins

Senior Research Assistant

Godwin Poreku

Senior Research Assistant & Departmental Seminar Coordinator

Gazali Baba Mohammed

Senior Administrative Assistant

 
 

Background

Ghana’s biodiversity continue to dwindle not because we are not aware of the consequences of our actions or the total lack of commitment for conservation but rather because there is inadequate capacity of resource managers with the requisite and up-to-date understanding of conservation and resource management to direct the conservation of our resources. The biodiversity resources of the country are left to resource users without much control on what they do and how they do it. Their actions have caused sometimes irreparable damage to the resource base. In recent times, it has become clear that this lackadaisical attitude towards resource management and use must change. Even though the change must come there is inadequate human resources to meet the challenges posed by the deteriorating resource base.

The Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Management is located on the Nyankpala campus of the University for Development Studies. The department seeks to train the needed manpower to ensure the conservation and management of biodiversity resources in Ghana.

Aims

The department aims to produce graduates with an in‐depth understanding of the underlying principles related to Biodiversity conservation and management. Trainees would be equipped with the skills in rangeland management, zoo management, game ranching, game farming and museum management.

Vision Statement

To be a leading department in teaching and research in the field of sustainable Biodiversity Conservation and Management in Ghana and the world at large.

Mission Statement

To advance and promote knowledge and skills in the fields of range management, wildlife management, zoo management, game ranching, game farming and museum management through teaching, research, outreach/community service and consultancies in response to national and international needs.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

Graduates of this department can progress to the post-graduate level especially for MSc/MPhil and PhD programmes. They can also serve as wildlife officers at the various protected areas in Ghana. Others can work at the rangelands, zoo, wildlife division, game ranches, wildlife farms and biodiversity conservation and management projects run by NGOs. Graduates may also work as research scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency and also teach in senior high schools, agriculture colleges and universities.

Institutional Collaborations

The department is in close collaboration with the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission through the protected areas such as Mole National Park, Gbele Resource Reserve, Kyabobo National Park, Ankasa Resource Reserve in the training of students.

The department also has close relationship with other sister universities including Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and University of Cape Coast on matters of biodiversity conservation, research and training of students.

STAFF

Name: Ziblim Abukari Imoro

Present Position: Senior Lecturer & Head of Department

1. Educational Qualifications

  • 2012- date: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (PhD Candidate, Range Management)
  • 2002 – 2005: University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast (MPhil Land Use and Environmental Science)
  • 1997 – 2001: University for Development Studies, Tamale (BSc Agriculture Technology)

Areas of Teaching Interest

  • Range and Rangeland Resources Management
  • Vegetation/habitat monitoring
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Soil Quality Improvement
  • Forage Science

Current Research Interests

  • Potentials of Indigenous Forage Shrub Species in Farming Systems Management
  • Biodiversity degradation
  • Contribution of Rangelands to food security
  • Soil Nutrient Releasing Potential of range plants (especially Crotalaria juncea)

Academic Publications

1. Ziblim, A. I., Abdul-Rasheed, S and Aikins, T. K. (2015). Forage Species Used By Livestock in the Kumbungu District of the Northern Region, Ghana.UDS International Journal of Development. Volume 1 Issue 1. http://www.udsijd.org

2. Ziblim A.I., Adusei-Boateng J. and Aikins T.K. (2014). Comparison of Soil Fertility

Improvement Ability of Voandzeia subterranea and Arachis hypogea. J. Agric. Res., 52(4)

3. Ziblim A.I., Aikins T.K. and Deo-Anyi E.J. (2013). Exploitation and use of medicinal plants, Northern Region, Ghana. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 7(27), pp. 1984-1993, 17 July, 2013. DOI: 10.5897/JMPR12.489 ISSN 1996-0875 ©2013 Academic Journals

4. Ziblim A.I., Gakpo S.P. and Aikins T.K (2013). Assessing soil amendment potentials of Mucuna pruriens andCrotalaria juncea when used as fallow crops. Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management Vol. 4(2), pp. 28-34, May 2013. ISSN 2141-2391 © 2013

Academic Journals.

5. Ziblim A.I., Aikins T.K and Lawer E.A. (2012). Effects of Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers on Mineral Composition of Cynodon Dactylon. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 2 (7), pp.323 - 328, November 2012. ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals.

6. Ziblim A. I., Aikins T.K and Akaffo P. (2012). Effects of Season on the Mineral (Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium) Levels of Pennisetum Pedicellatum in Northern Ghana. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences ISSN: 2276-7770 Vol. 2 (7), pp. 329-333, November 2012.

7. Ziblim A.I., Okai-Anti D. and Asmah E.A. (2012). Productivity index rating of some soils in the Tolon/Kumbungu district of the Northern region of Ghana. Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management. Vol.3(6), pp. 154-163.

8. Ziblim A.I., Tom-Dery D. and Kwadwo K.A. (2012). Assessment of Soil quality improvement under Teak and Albizia. Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management. Vol. 3(4), pp. 91-96.

9. Tom-Dery D., Ziblim A.I. and Akrasi E. (2011). Effect of Charcoal production on levels of soil nutrients: A case study of a charcoal producing community (Dawadawa No.20 in the Kintampo North District of Ghana. Annual Inter-faculty lectures working papers, 2011, Centre for Continuing Education and Inter-disciplinary Research (CCEIR), University for Development Studies, pp. 27-43.

10. Abarike, E. D. Bagyoase, A. E. Alhassan, E. H., Ziblim, I.A. and Akongyuure D. N. (2014) Potential of Shea leaves as feed for fingerlings of Oreochromisniloticus in earthen ponds. Agric. Biol. J. N. Am., 5(1): 1-9.

Recent Conferences, Seminars and Workshops Attended

1. Ziblim A. I., Korese J.K., Tom-Dery, D. and Bayor H. (2011). Assessing the effects of Storage of Shea Seeds on Germination and Seedling Growth in the Northern Region of Ghana. International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development, Tropentag, 2011. October 5-7, University of Bonn, Germany. Book of Abstracts, pp. 329.

2. Tom-Dery, D. Eckart F. Ziblim A. I. and Korese J.K. (2011). The Role of Tree Planting in Poverty Alleviation of Northern Ghana: A case study in Yinyulanyili. International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development, Tropentag, 2011. October 5-7, University of Bonn, Germany. Book of Abstracts, pp. 257.

3. Awudu A., Korese J.K., Tom-Dery D. and Ziblim A. I. (2011). The “Awudu Heater”: An Appropriate Solution to Brooder House Thermal Environmental Control for Poultry Farmers. International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development, Tropentag, 2011. October 5-7, University of Bonn, Germany. Book of Abstracts , pp. 367.

4. Ziblim A. I., Agyekum E.M., Tom-Dery, D. and Korese J.K. (2013). Firewood Consumption in the Tamale Metropolis: A Case Study in Nyohini Community. International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development- Agricultural Development within the Rural-Urban continuum, Tropentag 2013. September 17-19, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart-Germany. Book of Abstracts, pp. 154.

5. Isaac B. Tom-Dery, D., Korese J.K. and Ziblim A. I. (2013). Effects of Different Treatments on the Germination and Early Seedling Growth of Dawadawa ( Parkia biglobosa) from Northern Ghana. International Research on Food Security, Natural Resource Management and Rural Development- Agricultural Development within the Rural-Urban continuum, Tropentag 2013. September 17-19 , University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart-Germany. Book of Abstracts, pp. 231.

Contact Information

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Name: Conrad Atogi-Akwoa, Weobong

Present Position : Lecturer

Educational Qualification:

 

PhD Endogenous Development

UDS

2016

MSc Environmental Science

KNUST

2001

BSc Natural Resources Management

UST

1994

Areas of Teaching Interest

  • Introduction to Range and Wildlife Management
  • Wildlife Management
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Natural Resources Conflict Management
  • Zoo Management
  • Biodiversity Conservation

Current Research Interest

  • Inventory and assessment of wildlife and wildlife resources in protected and non- protected areas.
  • Climate change and its impacts on wildlife resources and their management
  • Indigenous wildlife management
  • Natural resource conflict management
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Academic Publications

1. Weobong , C. A (2014). “Remaining Resolute in Harsh Environments in Ghana; Wildfire Control Doing the Magic in Zorbogu Community”, International Journal of Development and Sustainability, Vol. 3 No. 11 , pp. 2077-209.

2 . Weobong , C. A and Dovie, D.B. (2014), “UDS meeting the developmental needs of people through research”, International Journal of Development and Sustainability, Vol. 3 No. 10 , pp. 2014-2024.

3 . Weobong , C. A (2014). Interfacing traditional and formal governance amongst the Kassena, northern Ghana. Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (Volume 16, No.5, pp. 74-86) ISSN: 1520-5509.

4 . Obiri-Danso, K., Weobong, C. A. and Jones, K. (2005). Aspects of health-related microbiology of the Subin, an urban river in Kumasi. Journal of Water and Health. 03. IWA Publishing.

5 . Weobong , C. A and Adinyira E. Y. (2011). Operational Impacts of the Tamale Abattoir on the Environment. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology Vol. 3(9), pp. 386-393, 12 September, 2011. Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/jph e. ISSN 2141-2316 ©2011 Academic Journals

6 . Dovie B. D., Weobong C., Obeng F and B. Ampomah (2010). Climate Change, Water and Disasters: Perspectives from Ghana’s Three Northern Regions. WRC-CCA Report Series No. 1. 2010. Water Resources Commission

7 . Weobong, C. A . and Halivor, B (2005). The Use of Wildlife In Rural Nutrition In Tolon- Kumbungu District. T he Savanna Farmer. Vol 6. No. 1. Pg 11.

8 . Obiri-Danso, K., Weobong, C. A. and Jones, K. (2002). Distribution of microbial indicators in Subin, an urban river in Kumasi, Ghana. Society of Applied Microbiology Conference on Pathogens in the Environment and Changing Ecosystems. Nottingham University. July 2002.

9 . Dittoh S., Weobong C.A., Akuriba M. A. and C.K. Nabilse (2014). Community innovations in sustainable land management – lessons from Northern Ghana. In: “Community Innovation: lessons from the field”. Eds. Maxwell Mudhara, SaaDittoh, Mohamed Mahdi, Stephen Muwaya, Mohamed Sessay, William Critchley and S. Di Prima.

Recent Conferences/Seminar/Workshop Attended

1. Deliberative Polling Analysis Workshop fixed for March 24-26, 2014. UDS International Conference Centre, Tamale. West Africa Resilience Innovations Lab (RILab) hosted by the University for Development Studies.

2. Data Analysis Workshop. March 20 to 21, 2014 at the UDS International Conference Centre in Tamale. West Africa Resilience Innovations Lab (RILab) hosted by the University for Development Studies.

3. Weobong, C. A. (2013). Role of Indigenous Knowledge in Resource Sustainability and Disaster Risk Reduction. Beyond Rio + 20: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities, ISSER Conference Hall, University of Ghana, Legon Campus, Accra, Ghana. 20 - 22 November, 2013

4. Weobong, C. A. and KASEI Raymond (2013). Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Resilience. Stakeholder Engagement Workshop on UDS Draft Disaster Resilience Studies, Friday, 8th November 2013, UDS International Conference Centre

5. Contributor: Curriculum for Master of Science in Community Disaster Resilience Studies, UDS.

6. Weobong, C. A. (2013). Harnessing Indigenous Knowledge on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services for Building Disaster Resilient Communities. Faculty Workshop on Disaster Resilience Studies. UDS, International Conference Centre, Tamale; 20th -21st May 2013

7. Contributor: WASCAL Biodiversity Monitoring Workshop, March 04-06, 2013, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

8. Weobong, C. A. (2012). Connecting climate change and renewable natural resources. Ghana Ecological Society lecture series – UDS, 25th February 2011)

9. Weobong, C. A. and Yeboah I. T. (2005). Ostrich farming in Ghana. Programme and Book of Abstracts, 1st COCOBOD conference for the promotion of cocoa products and 24th Biennial conference of the Ghana Science Association, Erata Hotel, Legon. 1st to 4th August 2005. pg 35.

 10. Weobong, C. A. and Aalandong, O. I. (2005). Bushmeat processing in Northern Ghana: A case study in the Damongo-Laribanga area. Conference Proceedings 9-13th May 2005; National Conference on Participatory Agricultural Research. Tamale. Pg 273.

Consulting Assignments

1. Final Evaluation: TREE AID’s Kandema Rural Regeneration Project (2016)

2. Final Evaluation: TREE AID’s Community Self Reliance Project (2016)

3. Ghana’s post 2007 floods and Households Vulnerability: Gender, age and spatial analysis in Northern Ghana (2007).

4. Field evaluation of UNICEF- supported micro-finance schemes in Bawku (2004)

5. Evaluation of Northern Ghana Food and Agro-Enterprise Development Project (FOSADEP) (May 2004)

Contact Information

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Mobile Phone: +233244420526

Name : Eric Adjei Lawer

Present Position : Assistant Lecturer

Educational Qualification :

  • 2012 – 2015: University for Development Studies, Tamale (MSc. Biometry)
  • 2006 – 2010: University for Development Studies, Tamale (BSc. Agriculture Technology)

Areas of Teaching Interest

  • Experimental Design and analysis
  • Research Methods (with applications to natural resources – ie. Wildlife, Range, forestry, and fish ecology studies)
  • Statistics for Natural Resources
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Wildlife population ecology

Current Research Interest

  • Quantitative/Statistical ecology.
  • Spatial population dynamics.
  • Ecology and management of wildlife species

Academic Publications

1. Lawer E. A. (2016). Empirical modeling of annual fishery landings. Natural Resources, 7: 193-204.

2. Luguterah A. and Lawer E.A. (2015). Effect of dietary guild (Frugivory and Insectivory) and other host characteristics on ectoparasite abundance (Mite and Nycteribiid) of Chiropterans. Folia Parasitologica, 62:021 doi:10.14411/fp.2015.021

3. Amoako E.E., Asante W.J., Cobbinah S., Kuuder C.J.W., Adongo R., and Lawer E.A. (2015). Tree tenure and its implications for sustainable land management: The case of Parkiabiglobosa in the Northern region of Ghana. Journal of Natural Resources and development, 5: 59-64.

4. Lawer E.A., Luguterah A. and Suleman N. (2014). Comparison of artificial neural network and binary logistic regression for classification of Chiropteran dietary specializations.International Journal of Statistics and Applications, 4(4): 204-211.

5. Ochire-Boadu K., Lawer E.A. and Opoku R. (2014). Assessing the growth performance of teak (Tectona grandis Linn. f.) coppice two years after clear cut harvesting.International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research, 5(6): 36-41.

6. Ochire-Boadu K., Kusi E. and Lawer E.A. (2014). Occupational hazards and safety practices: A concern among small scale sawmilling industries in Tamale metropolis, Ghana.International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research, 3(10): 234-236.

7. Lawer E.A., Baatuuwie N.B., Ochire-Boadu K. and Asante J.W. (2013). Preliminary assessment of the effects of anthropogenic activities on vegetation cover and natural regeneration in a moist semi-deciduous forest of Ghana. International Journal of Ecosystem, 3(5): 148-156.

8. Lawer E.A., Suleman N., and Kuuder W. C. J. (2013). Forecasting annual patronage by domestic and foreign tourists to Mole national park, Ghana. American Journal of Tourism Management, 2(2): 55-61.

9. Ziblim A. I., Khan A.T., and Lawer E.A. (2012). Effects of organic and inorganic fertilizers on mineral composition ofCynodon dactylon. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 2(7): 323-328.

Recent Conference/Seminars/Workshops Attended

1. Seminar organised by the Department of Forestry and Forest Resources Management on the topic: What determines the forest-savanna boundary?: evidence from the Tropical Biomes in Transition (TROBIT) Project Given by DrElmarVeneendaal (Asso Prof. Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology, Wageningen University) at the Spanish Laboratory, Nyankpala Campus 9th April, 2014.

2. Lawer E.A., Baatuuwie N.B., Ochire-Boadu K. and Asante J.W. (2013). Preliminary Assessment of the Effects of Anthropogenic Activities on Vegetation Cover and Natural Regeneration in a Moist Semi-Deciduous Forest of Ghana. Paper presented at the 2013 Inter–Faculty Lecture Series, Nyankpala Campus, 4–5th September, 2013.

3. Fire Safety Training workshop by Ghana National fire Service. Nyankpala, 4th April, 2012.

Contact Information

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Mobile Phone: +233 246633234

Name: Godwin Poreku

Present Position: Senior Research Assistant (SRA)

Educational Qualifications:

  • March-September 2014: Agriculture University of Iceland, Iceland (Fellowship Certificate) on Advance training and Research in Land Restoration and Sustainable Land Management under a United Nations University Fellowship
  • 1998 – 2002: University for Development Studies, Tamale (BSc Agriculture Technology)

Areas of Teaching Interest

  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Wildlife management
  • Protected area management
  • ·Game ranching

Current Research Interests

  • · Traditional involvement in biodiversity conservation and management
  • · Biodiversity assessment in sacred groves in Tolon & Kumbungu Districts

Academic Publications

1. Aalangdong, O. I., G. Poreku, U. Abdul-Razaq, and A. A. Anchiihe (2010). Community involvement in wildlife conservation in Northern Ghana.165-185 in D. N. Nanang and T. K. Nunifu editors. ‘Natural Resources in Ghana:management, policies and economics’, Environmental science, Engineering and Technology series. Nova Science Publishers Inc. New York. 2010

2. Tom-Dery, D., B. N. Baatuuwie and G. Poreku, 2013. Prevalence of seed-dispersers in a Semi-deciduous Forest of Ghana. Current Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 2013 5(2): 62-69

Recent Conferences, Seminars and Workshops Attended

1. January 2009: Participated in a three day research methodology workshop organized by the Centre for Continuing Education and Interdisciplinary Research (CCEIR), University for Development Studies (UDS).

2. August 2008: Participated in a seminar organized by the PAN-AFRICAN TSETSE AND TRYPANOSOMIASIS EDUCATION CAMPAIGN (PATTEC) on the topic: Multi- national project for the creation of sustainable Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Free Areas in East and West Africa: Ghana Progress Report. Stakeholders Seminar, Wa.

Contact Information

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Name: Timothy Khan Aikins

Present Position: Senior Research Assistant

Educational Qualifications

  1. 2014-2016: University of Ghana, Legon (MPhil. Zoology-Biodiversity Studies)
  2. 2012-2016: University for Development Studies, Tamale (MPhil. Development Studies)
  3. 2006 – 2010: University for Development Studies, Tamale (BSc Agriculture Technology)

Areas of Teaching Interest

  • Wildlife Systematics
  • Taxidermy and Museum Management
  • Wildlife Utilization
  • Field Techniques
  • Wildlife Ecology

Current Research Interests

  • Land Use and Birds conservation.
  • Birds Population Monitoring
  • Species diversity and habitat use of waterbirds in Northern Ghana.
  • Human disturbances and waterbirds responses in conservation sites.
  • Feeding ecology of waterbirds.

Academic Publications

1. Ziblim, A. I., Abdul-Rasheed, S & Aikins, T. K. (2015). Forage Species Used By Livestock in the Kumbungu District of the Northern Region, Ghana.UDS International Journal of Development. Volume 1 Issue 1. http://www.udsijd.org

2. Ziblim A. I., Adusei-Boateng J. and Aikins T.K. (2014). Comparison of Soil Fertility Improvement Ability of Voandzeia subterranea and Arachis hypogea.J. Agric. Res., 52(4)

3. Ziblim A. I., Aikins T. K. and Deo-Anyi E.J. (2013). Exploitation and use of medicinal plants, Northern Region, Ghana. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research Vol. 7(27), pp. 1984-1993, 17 July, 2013. DOI: 10.5897/JMPR12.489 ISSN 1996-0875 ©2013 Academic Journals

4. Ziblim A.I., Gakpo S.P. and Aikins T. K (2013). Assessing soil amendment potentials of Mucuna pruriens andCrotalaria juncea when used as fallow crops. Journal of Soil Science and Environmental Management Vol. 4(2), pp. 28-34, May 2013. ISSN 2141-2391 © 2013 Academic Journals.

5. Ziblim A. I., Aikins T.K and Lawer E.A. (2012). Effects of Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers on Mineral Composition of Cynodon Dactylon. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 2 (7), pp.323 - 328, November 2012. ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals.

6. Ziblim A. I., Aikins T.K and Akaffo P. (2012). Effects of Season on the Mineral (Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium) Levels of Pennisetum Pedicellatum in Northern Ghana. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences ISSN: 2276-7770 Vol. 2 (7), pp. 329-333, November 2012.

Recent Conferences, Seminars and Workshops Attended

Biological Research methodology training at the Wildlife school, Mole National Park, Ghana, Organized by Italian ministry of Foreign affairs and Ghana wildlife commission. 19-22 March, 2013.

Contact Information

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Name: Gazali Baba Mohammed

Present Position: Senior Administrative Assistant

Educational Qualification:

▪ 2011 – 2013: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (BSc. Business

Administration, HRM)

▪ 2006 – 2009: Cape Coast Polytechnic, Cape Coast (HND. Sec. and Management)

Research Interest

Adoption of improved maize farming technologies

Recent Conference/Seminars/Workshops Attended

· One-day training workshop to update administrative staff of Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment on administrative issues at Faculty Board Room, Nyankpala Campus, 2016.

· 62nd Annual New Year School and Conference, held at the University of Ghana, Legon from 9th January to 15th Janunary, 2010.

· Workshop on Peace building in Northern Ghana, organized by CODEYAC, a Tamale- based Non-Governmental Organization.

Contact Information

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Mobile Phone: 0246847820/ 0206401974