I am Serge Alexis Kamgang from Cameroon in Central Africa. A few months after my graduate studies at the University of Dschang as a Forest and Wildlife Engineer, I worked for World Wild Fund for Nature as a mammal survey consultant in Lobeke, Campo-Ma’an, Bouba-bek and Nki National parks between 2008 and 2009. I am currently an employee of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, and a teacher at Garoua Wildlife School where I supervise student internship and teach the following courses: Species Monitoring and Conservation, Estimating Animal Abundance and Occupancy, and Primatology. I am particularly interested in the conservation of great apes in Cameroon. My expectations from the course are to obtain new skills (species modeling, presence/absence) that could allow me to update my teaching, master R software for statistical data analysis, and scientific paper writing.
October 2020 Update
I specialize in biodiversity conservation and capacity building in Africa. With an interdisciplinary conservation science background, I have focused on great apes and carnivore ecology, human-wildlife conflict, management of protected areas, sustainable development and education development. I have almost 15 years of experience in protected and conserved areas management. My career is a mix of science and management, reflecting a combination of academic competence with intercultural networking, communication, leadership, and management skills.
I defended my Ph.D. in June 2019 focusing on the ecology of Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti) and relation with the local population in Mbam-Djerem National Park, Cameroon.
For 5 years I have been working on chimpanzee ecology in Mbam-Djerem Nationa Park, and lion conservation, particularly in the North, Far North and recently in the Center Regions of Cameroon. Currently employed by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (Garoua Wildlife College) and research affiliate at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), I have authored many scientific publications, co-author of the book “Etat des Aires protégées d’Afrique Centrale” 2020 edition and mentored more than 125 wildlife specialists/protected areas specialists across Africa and Europe. I am also a National Coordinator of BEDD, a local NGO acting for biodiversity conservation and environment sustainability in Cameroon.