I was born in Nigeria where I obtained my BSc from University of Jos in 2007. I later joined for my Master’s and PhD at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
As a first-generation college and PhD graduate, African-born, and having traveled across the world and experienced a diversity of cultures, I bring a unique perspective into my research, teaching and outreach.
Additionally, I lead a collaborative research program in the field of biodiversity research and conservation science with particular expertise in phylogenetics, genomics, and niche modeling, and often involves numerous labs and institutions. I have published more than 33 papers in top peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, which have been cited more than 440 times (see my Google profile). I take pride in the diversity of my group of collaborators and co-authors.