Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Samuel Temidayo Osinubi


     Dr Samuel Temidayo Osinubi

     PhD (Christchurch)

     John Day Building Room 2.15
     Tel: +27 21 650 3619
     Cell: +27 62 441 6103
     Fax: +27 21 650 3295

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Dayo would describe himself as being primarily an avian behavioural ecologist interested in bird behaviour relative to their environment. For his MSc research, he assessed differences in territorial and foraging behaviour in open-savanna resident bird species, and for his PhD, he explored habitat effects on the behaviour and individual condition of the yellow-breasted boubou (Laniarius atroflavus). Between his MSc and PhD, he worked for BirdLife International in Kenya and Ghana, supporting the development of a toolkit for Important Bird Area (IBA) conservation in Africa. After his PhD, he again worked with BirdLife International as the Coordinator of the UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) African Eurasian Migratory Landbird Action Plan (AEMLAP). He enjoys teaching and the interaction with students.

Dayo joined the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in July 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow working between the FitzPatrick Institute and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). His research is focused on migration connectivity in and the effects of global change on intra-African migrant landbirds, particularly cuckoos, kingfishers and bee-eaters with a range across western, eastern and southern Africa.

Current Students

Abigail Ramudzuli: Flight feather moult patterns and stable isotope analysis in the Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis) (Co-supervisor: Peter Ryan)

Graduated Students


Umarfarooq Adavudi Abdulwahab (2017) Artificial food patch utilisation by granivorous birds in Amurum Forest Reserve: An indication of habitat quality. AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, Jos, Nigeria. MSc Conservation Biology Student Project.

Fatima James Ramzy (2016) Anti-predatory behaviour in African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus) and Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus): a comparative analysis of mobbing and alarm calls. AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, Jos, Nigeria. MSc Conservation Biology Student Project.

Shadrach Kerwillian (2015) Developing a communication strategy for NGOs to better engage with corporate in addressing land-use challenges. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. MPhil Conservation Leadership Placement Project.

Bitrus Kwanye Zain (2013) Body condition and sperm quality of some bird species in Amurum Forest Reserve. AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, Jos, Nigeria.  MSc Conservation Biology Student Project.

Recent peer-reviewed publications

Osinubi, S.T., Hand, K., Van Oijen, D.C.C., Walther, B.A. and Barnard, P. 2016. Linking science and policy to address conservation concerns about African land use, land conversion and land grabs in the era of globalization. African Journal of Ecology, 54 (3): 265-267.

Osinubi, S.T. 2016. The Birds of Ghana: an Atlas and Handbook. Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology 87(2): 197-198.

Osinubi, S.T., Vugeh, Y., Briskie, J., Ottosson, U., Brown, J.A. and Chapman, H.M. 2014. Association with riparian fragment by yellow-breasted boubou (Laniarius atroflavus) indicates need for wider-scale forest matrix conservation. Malimbus: Journal of West African Ornithology  36 (1) 47-57.

Ajagbe, A.A., Osinubi, S.T., Ezealor, A.U. & Ogunsesan, A. 2009. Range extension of the Ibadan malimbe (Malimbus ibadanensis). Malimbus: Journal of West African Ornithology 31(2): 121-122.

Osinubi, S.T. 2008. Preliminary ecological succession study within the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) Lekki Nature Reserve. Roan: The Journal of Conservation 4 (1) 54-59.

Osinubi, S.T. & Agboola, B. 2006. Rufous scrub robin, Cercotrichas galactotes, at Fusa Hills, Plateau State, Nigeria. Malimbus: Journal of West African Ornithology Vol. 28 (1) 46-47.

Other recent publications

Osinubi, S.T. 2016. Sights are set on understanding bird movements across Africa. The Conversation,

Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. 2014. African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Action Plan (AEMLAP). African-Eurasian Migratory Landbirds Working Group (AEML-WG).

BirdLife International. 2008. Toolkit for Important Bird Area conservation in Africa (eds. Arinaitwe, J. & Osinubi, S.T.), pp 1-40; 66-69; 76-80. BirdLife International.