2018 African Graduate Student Research Fund Award - Yadok Biplang Godwill

Yadok Biplang Godwill is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). His work is focused on understanding the seed-dispersal effectiveness of African giant pouched rats (Cricetomys sp.) in an Afromontane forest in his home country of Nigeria using a combination of camera trapping, live trapping, and seed-removal experiments. Yadok will use funds from his award to purchase camera traps and associated hardware. Results from his ambitious field study will provide useful information for the management of large-seeded tree species that have lost their large-bodied primary seed dispersers (chimpanzees in this case).