Afromontane Research - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Welcome to the Nigerian Montane Forest Project

New scholars announced

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Arubemi Agaldo and Yadok Biplang Godwill as our TY Danjuma PhD Scholars.

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Simthsonian Tropical Research Plot

Smithsonian plot

A donation by T.Y. Danjuma has been made for the establishment of a long-term, large-scale forest research plot at Ngel Nyaki. Read more

We welcome your support

Help us continue to grow the Project by donating to support the research and community at Ngel Nyaki. Read more.


Community projects

We are active in supporting the local community, with a focus on education and conservation. Read more

Ivy at forestGEO workshopForestGEO structure and dynamics workshop

ForestGEO plot manager and current UC PhD student Ivy Abiem recently attended the Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) Workshop on “Integrating functional, phylogenetic and genetic components of diversity for an improved understanding of forest structure, dynamics, and change” in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The workshop included 64 participants from 18 countries spanning North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.Smithsonian Institue Forest GEO Ngel Nyaki

Ngel Nyaki ForestGEO Plot

The Smithsonian Institute created a video of the conservation and research efforts going on at Ngel Nyaki.Check it out here: Taking the Pulse of Our Planet’s Forests: ForestGEO Ngel Nyaki

Beyond Bees

Our current community project 'Beyond Bees', is aimed at developing a win-win scenario. The bees have somewhere to live and increase in number, while the honey they produce underpins a business for the local community of Yelwa. We are currently fund raising to establish a honey processing facility as providing economic security for the local people improves the Forest Reserves’ security and long term prospects. More information or Donate via our webpage

2016 Annual Report

View this years bumper report features our research, capacity building, forest conservation and community initiatives and more. Within its 26 pages we celebrate our combined achievements from past 12 months, all of which reflect the energy and dedication of our staff and students. Download the 2016 Annual Report now

Nigerian Montane Forest Project - YouTube videoCheck out our video

See us in living colour on YouTube. Great footage of the field station and Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve. The Smithsonian Institute employed a documentary maker Ben Elekwachi to film the TY Danjuma CTFS ForestGEO Plot for CTFS ForestGEO website. Ben used a drone to capture amazing aerial images of the forest and neighbouring grassland and at the same time made us a promotional video.

Funding for an outreach centre and arboretum

MFATSeptember 2016. A new outreach centre will be established at the Ngel Nyaki field station to enhance the ability of the Project to connect with the community and visitors thanks to a grant from New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). They have also funded an arboretum within the grounds to help showcase some of the rare, unique and important species of plant found in the forests of this biodiverse area.

Ngel Nyaki features on Smithsonian website

At the Smithsonian’s forest monitoring plot at Ngel Nyaki, Smithsonian is joining with local communities and the Nigerian Montane Forest Project to better understand and conserve montane forests. Now that the forest site has been established, long-term research projects are monitoring forest dynamics and forest restoration. Students from Nigerian universities and research institutes will join scientists from the University of Canterbury and the Smithsonian Institute, plus others, to engage in multi-national collaborative research. See full article

Nigerian Montane Forest Project Facebook groupJoin us on Facebook

Our very active Facebook group will keep you updated on our activities and allow you to interact with our field station staff and researchers.

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