Bright Obeng Kankam (PhD)

Professional background

Ph.D. in Primatology  - 2010 University of Calgary, Department of Anthropology, Calgary, AB, Canada

M.Phil. in Wildlife and Range Management - 2002 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

B. Sc. in Natural Resources Management - 1997 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Research Interests

The focus of my research is on Primate population dynamics, Wildlife ecology, Animal behavior, Ecosystem management, Restoration of ecosystem types, Environmental change effects (e.g., habitat destruction, non-native species effects, climate change).

Current Area of Active Research

My current research projects include studies of: Primate ecology, Mining effect on wildlife, Wildlife monitoring and Conservation, Wildlife Ecology and Habitat restoration.

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Kankam, B. O., Saj,T. L. and Sicotte, P.  (2013). Short-term variation in forest dynamics: Increase in tree density in Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Ghana. Ghana Journal of Forestry 29: 19-33.

Kankam, B.O. and Sicotte, P. (2013). The effect of forest fragment characteristics on abundance of Colobus vellerosus in the forest-savanna transition zone of Ghana. Folia Primatologica 84:74-86.

Kankam, B. O. and Oduro, W. (2012). The effect of frugivory on postdispersal seed removal and germination in the pantropical forest tree Antiaris toxicaria Leschenault. African Journal of Ecology 50: 21-28.

Kankam, B.O. and Oduro, W. (2011). The effect of frugivory on postdispersal seed removal and germination in the pantropical forest tree Leschenault. African Journal of Ecology. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2028.2011.01288.x

Kankam, B. O., Saj. T. and Sicotte, P. (2010). How to measure “success” in community-based conservation projects: The case of the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in Ghana. In: Puplampu, K. P. and Tettey W. J. (Eds.), The public sphere and the politics of survival in Ghana. Woeli Publishing Services, Accra, Ghana.

Kankam, B. O. and Oduro, W. (2009). Frugivores and fruit removal of Antiaris toxicaria (Moraceae) at Bia Biosphere Reserve, Ghana. Journal of Tropical Ecology 25:1- 4.

Beier, P., Drielen, M. and Kankam, B.O. (2002). Avifauna collapse in West African forest fragments. Conservation Biology 16(4): 1097-1111.

Chapter in a refereed book

Kankam, B. O., Saj, T. and Sicotte, P. (2010). How to measure “success” in community-based conservation projects: The case of the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary in Ghana. In: Puplampu, K. P. and Tettey W. J. (eds.), The public sphere and the politics of survival in Ghana. Woeli Publishing Services, Pp. 115-141. ISBN 978-9988-626-28-0

Non-Peer-Reviewed Contributions

Siaw, D.E.K.A., Daniel, O., Kankam B. O., Peprah T. and Cobbinah, J.R. (2004) Exploration, germplasm collection and survey of indigenous knowledge on Allanblackia floribunda in southern Ghana. Submitted toInternational Council for Research in Agroforestry (I.C.R.A.F).

Kankam, B.O., Blay, E. T., Tachie, O., Koomson, B. B. and Cudjoe, A. A. (2003). Draft Report on Broussonetia papyrifera and Chromolaena odorata.  GET Project - Removing Barriers to Invasive Plant Management in Africa. Pilot Surveys in Ghana.

Kankam, B.O. (2003). Dossier for Broussonetia papyrifera (in Ghana). GET Project - Removing Barriers to Invasive Plant Management in Africa. Pilot Surveys in Ghana.

Oduro, W. and Kankam, B.O. (2002). Environmental and public health hazards of traditional grasscutter (Thryronmys swinderianus) hunting In: Atta-Agyepong and Weidinger (Eds), Promoting Grasscutter production for poverty reduction in Ghana.  Paper presented at the National Workshop for the Production of Grasscuter in Sunyani, Brong-Ahafo Region from 16th – 18th October 2002. Pp 19-22.

Taylor, D.A.R., Kankam, B.O. and Wagner, M.R.  (2000). The role of fruit bat, Eidolon helvum, in seed dispersal, survival, and germination Milicia excelsa, a threatened West African hardwood, In: Cobbinah and Wagner (Eds) Research Advances in restoration of Iroko as a commercial species in West Africa. Paper presented at the International Workshop 15-16 November, 2000. FORIG, Kumasi, Ghana. Pp. 29-39.

Cobbinah, J.R. and Kankam, B.O. (2000). Rearing of the Giant African Snail for food. Actesdu séminaire International Sur l'Elevage Intensif de Gibier à But Alimentaire en Afrtique; Libreville 23-24 Mai. Pp 89-97.

Edited Research Reports

Kankam, B.O. (2014). Baseline ecological survey: Akyem Mine Reforestation plot off Mamang River Forest Reserve. Submitted to Newmont Golden Mining Company-Akyem, Ghana.

Kankam, B.O. (2014). Reforestation Action Plan for Newmont. Submitted to Newmont Golden Mining Company-Akyem, Ghana.

Kankam, B.O., Boateng, C. O. and Agyeman, V. K. (2012). Akyem Gold Mining project at Ajenjua Bepo Forest Reserve: Wildlife Survey, Capture and Translocation of Key Wildlife Species (prior to Forest Clearance phase). Submitted to Newmont Golden Mining Company-Akyem, Ghana. 40 pp. CSIR-FORIG/TR/BOK,COB,VKA/2012/64

Kankam, B.O., Boateng, C. O. and Agyeman, V. K. (2012). Akyem Gold Mining project at Ajenjua Bepo Forest Reserve: Wildlife Survey, Capture and Translocation of Key Wildlife Species (Forest Clearance phase). Submitted to Newmont Golden Mining Company-Akyem, Ghana. 27 pp.CSIR FORIG / TR/ BOK, COB,VKA/2012/63

Kankam, B.O., Boateng, C. O. and Agyeman, V. K. (2012). Akyem Gold Mining project at Ajenjua Bepo Forest Reserve: Wildlife Monitoring plan. Submitted to Newmont Golden Mining Company-Akyem, Ghana. 7 pp. CSIR-FORIG/ TR/ BOK, COB,VKA/2012/61

Kankam, B.O., Boateng, C. O. and Agyeman, V. K. (2012). Akyem Gold Mining project at Ajenjua Bepo Forest Reserve: Wildlife Management guideline. Submitted to Newmont Golden Mining Company-Akyem, Ghana. 5 pp CSIR-FORIG/ TR/ BOK, COB,VKA/2012/62

Kankam, B. O. and Cobbinah, J. R. (2003). Stocking density and aestivation studies on the giant African snail Achatina achatina (Linne, 1758) in snail village settings. Submitted to Centre for Biodiversity Utilisation and Development (CBUD). 10 pp. CSIR-FORIG/ TR/ BOK, JRC/2003/66

Kankam, B. O. and Cobbinah, J. R. (2002). Framework for monitoring invasive tree species in Ghana. Final Report, submitted to the Darwin Initiative for the survival of species (U.K. Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Ref: 162/9/019. 23 pp. CSIR-FORIG/ TR/ BOK, JRC/2002/67

Theses

Kankam, B. O. (2010). Ph.D. Thesis. Colobus population dynamics and forest change in a fragmented habitat in Central Ghana.

Kankam, B.O. (2002). M.Phil. Thesis. Seed dispersal germination and seedling recruitment of Antiaris toxicaria Leschenault (Moraceae): The role of primates in Bia Biosphere Reserve.

Kankam, B.O. (1997). B.Sc. Thesis. The population of Black-and-white Colobus (Colobus polykomos) and the Mona monkeys (Cercopithecus mona) at the Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary and surrounding villages.

Award

1999: UNESCO/MAB Young Scientist Award Winner Research Topic: “Primatesas effectivedispersers of Antiaris toxicaria seeds: Effects on seed germination in Bia Biosphere Reserve (Ghana)”.

Training of trainers and end-users

Kankam, B. O. (2012). Wildlife Capture and Restraint Training for Newmont Golden Ridge Limited -Akyem staff. 18 -20th April 2012, Newmont Akyem mine site, Eastern region, Ghana. CSIR-FORIG/TR/BOK/2012/65