Gannon University Biology Department Hosts “Wildlife Management In Africa: A Contrast of Styles”

Posted: March 30, 2016

Erie, Pa The Gannon University biology department will present two internationally prominent experts in wildlife ecology in a lecture, “Wildlife Management In Africa: A Contrast of Styles,” on March 31 at 7 p.m. in Room 104 of the Zurn Science Center, 143 W. Seventh St.

The lecture is free and the public is invited.

Mordecai Ogada, Ph.D. is a carnivore ecologist who has been involved in conservation work for the last 16 years in Kenya and other African nations, mainly on human-wildlife conflict mitigation and carnivore conservation.

His scholarly work focuses on studies of lions, hyenas, cheetahs, African wild dogs and otters. Ogada’s professional work has included research and teaching but has mainly been in the area of community based conservation, wildlife policy and wetlands ecology. From 2009-2011 Ogada developed cheetah conservation strategies for Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Uganda as the regional coordinator for WCS cheetah conservation program. He was the executive director of Laikipia Wildlife Forum in his native Kenya from 2011 to 2014 where his work focused on the perceptions of conservation and how these influence communities and practitioners in the field of natural resource management. Ogada is currently the executive director of Conservation Solutions Afrika where he focuses on the perceptions of conservation and how these influence communities and practitioners in the field of natural resource management. He is currently co-authoring a book on the history, politics and ethical challenges currently facing conservation practice in Kenya.

Thomas L. Serfass, Ph.D. is chair and professor of wildlife ecology at Frostburg State University, and adjunct professor at the Appalachian Laboratory – University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. His research and conservation activities have focused on the design, implementation and evaluation of wildlife restoration programs and recovering wildlife populations—particularly mesocarnioves. He shares with Ogada an interest in otters, and has conducted research evaluating the fates of river otters reintroduced in western New York as well as assessing the natural history and conservation value of spotted-necked otters and other wildlife at Rubondo Island National Park on Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Serfass conceived and coordinated the successful Pennsylvania River Otter and Fisher Reintroduction Projects, and has authored more than 40 journal, proceedings, popular articles, and book chapters dealing specifically with river otters, fishers, and wildlife reintroductions. He is the North American Coordinator of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Otter Specialist Group.