Ostrich: Best Student Research

Posted 14 March 2019 by under Announcements & Notices • Journal: Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology
Ostrich: Best Student Research

The best student paper published in Ostrich in 2018 was awarded to Bukola Braimoh for her paper examining human disturbance of birds in Amurum Forest Reserve, Nigeria, and its surrounding habitats, the results of which inform disturbance management.

Her paper was selected as the best from a field of 14 papers, which were a showcase of high-quality African ornithology. The paper was a collaborative effort with authors representing Universities of Jos and Lagos (Nigeria), Universities of Stirling and St Andrews (UK), and University of Cape Town (South Africa). 

Bukola Braimoh is a passionate, smart, hardworking and dedicated Nigerian scientist in her early thirties. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Jos, Nigeria. She was introduced to the fascinating world of ornithology at the A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI) where she obtained a Master of Science degree in Conservation Biology graduating with distinction and as the best student of the 2013/2014 set. 

She is currently focusing on her doctoral research at UCT on the breeding ecology of the African Black Oystercatcher on Robben Island, Western Cape, South Africa. She hopes that her findings will increase the understanding of how the oystercatcher on Robben Island is impacted by climate change, the timing of breeding, the strategies the birds employ to cope with heat stress and the current factors underpinning the breeding success of the species. 

Her paper, published in Ostrich is available to read for a limited free access period here

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The paper was wonderfully laid out and rapidly published
- Author- Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology
Perhaps the most important change, in terms of bringing the Journal to a wider audience, has been its publishing in collaboration with the NISC (Pty) Ltd.
- Stan Pillar, Editor of the African Journal of Marine Science (1996-2013)
The NISC partnership has benefited the Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology by bringing sustainability, additional branding and marketing, a wider reach through its websites, and the added value of expertise in the very competitive world of publishing.
- Chris Stones, IPJP Editor-in-Chief since 2003
The review process is quick and is being done within the reasonable time. After acceptance, NISC is also quick enough to send proofs and is very efficiently publishes the accepted paper online before its print version.

- Author - Southern Forests: A Journal of Forest Science
The editorial experience was excellent: the reviewers were timely and their feedback was generative. The co-editor of the special issue was proactive about communicating information to me. In latter stages, the staff that shepherded the essay through the copy-editing stages was also very helpful and in good contact.
- Author - Eastern African Literary and Cultural Studies