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Samuel Temidayo Osinubi

Postdoctoral Fellow and Avian Behavioural Ecologist, University of Cape Town

Dayo would describe himself as being primarily an avian behavioural ecologist interested in bird behaviour relative to their environment. For his MSc research, he assessed differences in territorial and foraging behaviour in open-savanna resident bird species, and for his PhD, he explored habitat effects on the behaviour and individual condition of the yellow-breasted boubou (Laniarius atroflavus). Between his MSc and PhD, he worked for BirdLife International in Kenya and Ghana, supporting the development of a toolkit for Important Bird Area (IBA) conservation in Africa. After his PhD, he again worked with BirdLife International as the Coordinator of the UN Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) African Eurasian Migratory Landbird Action Plan (AEMLAP). He enjoys teaching and the interaction with students. Dayo joined the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology in July 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow working between the FitzPatrick Institute and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). His research is focused on migration connectivity in and the effects of global change on intra-African migrant landbirds, particularly cuckoos, kingfishers and bee-eaters with a range across western, eastern and southern Africa.


  • –present
    Post doctoral fellow and avian behavioural ecologist, University of Cape Town