Research seminar – Conservation ecology of West Africa’s montane forest habitats – seed dispersers and their substitutes.
You are cordially invited to a research seminar on Friday 13th January at 1300 in NW205.
Dr Hazel Chapman, Associate Professor at the University of Canterbury (UC) New Zealand, will be visiting the University of Northampton to talk about the Nigerian Montane Forest Project (NMFP), introducing the NMFP and presenting research aimed at understanding how seed dispersal processes are changing in response to forest fragmentation and hunting.
NMFP is a conservation and biodiversity research program founded on a field station located on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, run out of the University of Canterbury. The Project is aimed at understanding the ecology of Nigeria’s montane forest fragments for informed management of this fragile ecosystem. The research focus is predominantly plant-animal mutualisms and forest restoration.
Hazel lectures in evolutionary ecology and she is the Founder and Director of the NMFP. Her research focus is tropical forest conservation. Since 2004, the Project has seen a stream of international and Nigerian postgraduate students enrolled at UC doing their field research in Nigeria. In addition the NMFP trains undergraduate Nigerian students in conservation biology, and works with local schools and the community. The Project is run almost entirely by the local community. It is home to a 20ha Smithsonian CTFS Forest Geo Plot.