Africa Director and Assistant Adjunct Professor, Center for Tropical Research, UCLA
Kevin Njabo is the associate director and Africa director for the UCLA Center for Tropical Research. Njabo also holds a joint faculty position at both the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability as well as the Fielding School of Public Health. His current research interests are examining the link between biodiversity and human health. His previous research focused on infectious tropical diseases and biodiversity and health, where he worked with a team investigating the effects of deforestation on the prevalence of blood-borne pathogens in African rainforest birds and vectors. Additionally, he currently supervises a team on the National Institutes of Health research project to study the spill-over dynamics of avian influenza in both Cameroon and Egypt. Njabo also serves as a visiting professor to the National University of Rwanda and to the Higher Institute of Environmental Sciences in Yaounde, Cameroon.
A native of Buea, Cameroon, Njabo serves on several professional bodies including global vice president of the Society for Conservation Biology, council member of the Pan African Ornithological Congress Committee, member of the International Association for Impact Assessment, and member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also is a reviewer for the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) student awards, a mentor for the SCB’s Africa Section Communications/Mentoring Program and an invited reviewer for numerous journals including Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Ostrich: Journal African of Ornithology, African Journal of Ecology, IBIS International Journal of Avian Science, the International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, Parasitology and Vector Biology, and Climate Change.
Njabo earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Ife, his master’s degree from the University of Ibadan and his Ph.D. from Boston University.