Temitope is a Nigerian-born and an advocate of sustainable forest and nature management with over four years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Technology in (Forestry and Wood), from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and she is currently enrolled for her master’s degree in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town South Africa.
Temitope focuses on improving community restoration and conservation outcomes through quantitative, qualitative, and experimental research. She has her Interest in research that will contribute to theories and knowledge to improve socio-ecological interactions, environmental policies, decision making, education for behavioral change, conservation management, and livelihood development programs. She is interested in theoretical concepts around functional ecology, priority effects, and resilience to understand ecological behavior in response to restoration practice. She works across relevant nature management practices and ecosystems such as drylands, rangelands, wetlands, and savannas. Her current MPhil. research is focused on understanding the pied crow population and breeding success in the arid areas of Karoo regions, and their predation impacts on plover’s species in the Berg River estuarine area of South Africa.
Temitope has her passion in scaling up the implementation of conservation projects and restoration knowledge through project management, engagement, education, research, and communication. With hands-on experience and field exposures, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) for her National Youth Service, Project Coordinator at World Ecological Concept Ltd, cofounder/Program manager for the EdenWorld Initiative (edenworld.org.ng), volunteered with the Global Landscape Forum as the Social Media Ambassador, and an intern with IUCN forest on Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework related to Forestry, Agriculture, and Sustainable development at Washinton DC.
Previously, Temitope served as the Vice President of the International Forestry Student Association of her school and won the best essay on “How Africa and African Student Benefitted from Networking in Forest Education” from the IUFRO.
Outside the workspace, Temitope enjoys graphics, photography and editing, videography and editing, and content writing.
As part of her study program and sponsorship for her study through the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program, Temitope is expected to do an internship which is part of her course curriculum. Hence, she is seeking a conservation organization to intern within 2022.
My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. I obtained a PhD on capacity development for conservation and work as Community Manager at WildHub and as a Lecturer in Conservation Social Science at DICE, University of Kent.