Portfolio of Projects

Université de Dschang in Dschang, Cameroon
Université de Dschang in Dschang, Cameroon

The following is a portfolio of current and proposed research projects by CAI members and a variety of partners. These projects focus on conservation, agriculture, research partnerships, and capacity-building. Some of our activities take place in Central Africa, while others focus on networking and student training in the United States.

Contact us to learn more about individual activities.

cameroon africa mapMitigating environmental impacts and human-wildlife conflicts in Cameroon’s “Pipeline Parks”

This project, led by Dr. Josh Garoon, will aim to achieve three objectives related to Cameroon’s Mbam et Djerem and Campo Ma’an national parks, created in 2000 as environmental offsets for the Chad-Cameroon Pipeline Project, which featured the construction of an oil pipeline running from Chad’s Doba oilfield to Cameroon’s Kribi port.

Anticipating change and resilience in coupled human-ecological forested landscapes

Considering the forested landscapes of Southern Cameroon as complex systems submitted to planned as well as unplanned change, this research, led by Dr. Chimère Diaw, will identify and characterize major proximate drivers of change, mitigation and resilience in two Model Forest landscapes of Southern Cameroon.

WhiteNosed.GueganAcademic Collaboration with CRSN

CAI and CRSN are currently partnering to promote the advancement of biodiversity research at this historically significant research station in Lwiro, a village located in the southern Albertine Rift in the eastern DRC.

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elephant1_caitlin-williamsonStudent Research and the Smithsonian Gabon Biodiversity Program

The CAI and UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute have partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to send several Environmental Conservation graduate students to research with the Gabon Biodiversity Program.

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Lake TanganyikaConservation and Ecology of Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is global hotspot of both biodiversity and fishery productivity. In collaboration with colleagues from the Tanzanian Fisheries Research Institute and The Nature Conservancy, this team from UW-Madison studies the ecology of Lake Tanganyika, and how it is being changed by climate warming, overfishing, and sedimentation.

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Central Africa countriesBuilding capacity via information sharing

We seek first to support the existing capacity, skills, and expertise among students and teachers in Central Africa by sharing information about calls for grant proposals, online educational materials, and other opportunities. Check out our resources page and stayed tuned for our new Small Grants Program, coming this fall.

Bio-banking to conserve endangered wildlife species in central Africa

UW Madison researchers in this project seek to create a storage bank of samples and genomic information from endangered species in the region by collecting samples from groups of phylogenetically related, conservation-relevant, animal species and subspecies.

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Cacao treeRisks of cross-species pathogen transmission

The goal of this project will be to investigate ecological drivers of pathogen transmission and emergence.  Specifically, we will focus on ecological drivers related to habitat disturbance affect rates and patterns of disease transmission among non-human primates, rodents, bats, and people.

Camp Ma'an Model Forest in eastern CameroonBuilding capacity for local and regional policy making via enhanced geospatial resources

The ecologically rich forests of Central Africa are under increasing pressure from population increases, accelerating changes in land use, and resource extraction. This project will share strengths in remote sensing and geospatial analysis at UW-Madison with African partner institutions to help make strategic assessments and plan development activities.  

Monitoring wildlife diseases to prevent human disease in areas of high biodiversity and low food security

Bushmeat is an important nutritional, economic and cultural component of life in many rural areas of Africa. Although consuming wildlife can benefit human health, bushmeat hunting threatens wildlife conservation and increases the risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks and transmission.