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. In 2016, I left South Africa for Harvard University where I completed a Harvard University Herbaria postdoctoral fellowship in collaboration with Charles Davis and Don Pfister, on new uses of herbarium specimens for ecology and evolutionary biology.
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.