Benedictus B. G. Freeman

Doctoral candidate
Primary office:
BI, Dyche Hall


Summary

Advisor: Town Peterson
Research interest: My research interests include conservation biology, ornithology, systematic conservation planning, distributional ecology, ecological niche modeling, biodiversity informatics and climate change biology in West Africa.
Hometown: Greenville, Liberia

 

Education:

  • B.Sc. Forestry, University of Liberia, Liberia
  • M. Sc. Conservation Biology, A. P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos, Nigeria

 

Publications

  • Freeman, B., Dami, F. D. and Molokwu-Odozi, M. 2019. Status of globally threatened birds of Sapo National Park, Liberia. - Ostrich 90: 19–24.
  • Freeman, B., Roehrdanz, P. R. and Peterson, A. T. 2019. Modeling endangered mammal species distributions and forest connectivity across the humid Upper Guinea lowland rainforest of West Africa. - Biodivers. Conserv. 28: 671–685
  • Blackburn, E., Burgess, M., Freeman, B., Risely, A., Izang, A., Ivande, S., Hewson, C. and Cresswell, W. 2019. Spring migration strategies of Whinchat Saxicola rubetra when successfully crossing potential barriers of the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea. - Ibis 161: 131–146.
  • Freeman, B. 2018. Distribution and confirmation of residency of Oriole Warbler Hypergerus atriceps in Liberia. - Malimbus: 72–74.
  • Tweh, C. G., Kouakou, C. Y., Chira, R., Freeman, B., Githaiga, J. M., Kerwillain, S., Molokwu-Odozi, M., Varney, M. and Junker, J. 2018. Nest Counts Reveal a Stable Chimpanzee Population in Sapo National Park, Liberia. - Primate Conserv. 32: 12.
  •  Freeman, B., Sunnarborg, J., and Peterson, A. T. 2019. (in press). Effects of climate change on the distributional potential of three restricted-range West African bird species. The Condor. DOI 10.1093/condor/duz012
  •  Blackburn, E., Burgess, M., Freeman, B., Risely, A., Izang, A., Ivande, S., Hewson, C. and Cresswell, W. 2016. An experimental evaluation of the effects of geolocator design and attachment method on between-year survival on whinchats Saxicola rubetra. - J. Avian Biol. 47: 530–539.
  • Blackburn, E., Burgess, M., Freeman, B., Risely, A., Izang, A., Ivande, S., Hewson, C. and Cresswell, W. 2017. Low and annually variable migratory connectivity in a long-distance migrant: Whinchats Saxicola rubetra may show a bet-hedging strategy. - Ibis 159: 902–918.
  • Freeman, B. 2017. The Threatened Birds of Liberia. - Soc. Conserv. Biol. 12.

 

Presentations:

  • Freeman, B. Should tropical rainforest birds worry about climate change? The case of West African birds. Lawrence Public Library. Lawrence, Kansas, USA, May 2019. Oral contribution*
  • Freeman, B. Protected areas and conseration planning in West Africa. Spatial Planning for Area-based Conservation Assessment Meeting. University of Carlifornia, Santa Barbara. Santa barbara, CA, USA, November 2018. Oral contribution*
  • Freeman, B. and Peterson, A. T. 2018. Ecological niche models in local to regional contexts in changing climates: The case of restricted-range species of West Africa. 5th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference, Cape Town, South Africa. June 2018. Oral contribution
  • Freeman, B. and Peterson, A.T. 2018. Completeness of Digital Accessible Knowledge of the Birds of Western Africa and Priorities for Survey and Inventory. American Ornithological Society Annual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona. April 2018. Poster contribution
  • Freeman, B. Endangered species and forest connectivity across Liberia and neighboring countries. Regional Western Chimpanzee Action Planning Process & Workshop, Monrovia, Liberia. December 2017. Oral and poster contributions*
  • Freeman, B. Endangered species and forest connectivity across Liberia and neighboring countries. KU GIS Day. Lawrence, Kansas. November 2017. Poster contribution
  • Freeman, B. Completeness of Digital Accessible Knowledge of the Birds of Western Africa and Priorities for Survey and Inventory. Kansas Ornithological Society Annual Meeting, Junction City, Kansas. October 2017. Oral contribution
  • Freeman, B. Endangered species and forest connectivity across Liberia and neighboring countries. Spatial Planning for Protected Areas in Response to Climate Change (SPARC) Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa, September, 2017. Oral contribution*
  • Freeman, B. Endangered species and forest connectivity across Liberia and neighboring countries. Spatial Planning for Protected Areas in Response to Climate Change (SPARC) Workshop, Cape Town, South Africa, September, 2017. Oral contribution*
  • Freeman, B. The role of buffer zones in the conservation of birds in protected areas: A case study of Sapo National Park, Liberia. 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology. Montpellier, France. August 2015. Poster contribution
  • Sunnarborg, J., Freeman, B., and Peterson, A. T.. 2018. Effects of climate change on the distributional potential of three restricted-range West African bird species. Kansas Ornithological Society Annual Meeting, Lawrence, Kansas. October 6, 2018. Oral contribution

 

Awards and Grant Applications:

  • Freeman, B. 29th International Congress for Conservation Biology Travel Award. $300. 04/17/2019. Funded
  • Freeman, B. Testing the predictability of Ecological Niche Models: The case of the Endangered Sierra Leone Prinia Schistolais leontica of West Africa. Panorama. $1000. 12 mo. 04/05/2019. Funded
  • Freeman, B. American Ornithological Society Diversity and Inclusion Travel Award for 2019 annual meeting. $600. 03/08/2019. Funded
  • Freeman, B. and Peterson, A. T. Science-based research and capacity building toward integrative combating of African Gray Parrot trafficking in Liberia. USFWS. $200,000. 02/19/2019. Not funded
  • Freeman, B. Building Capacity for Biodiversity Data Mobilization and Conservation in Liberia, Global Biodiversity Information Facility.  $24,000. 15 mo. 11/1/2017-03/31/2019. Funded
  • Freeman, B. Using GBIF-enabled Data to Develop Climate-change-robust Priorities for Biodiversity Conservation for Birds, Mammals, and Trees of West Africa. Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).  $5,000. 09/05/2018. Not funded
  • Freeman, B. KU Graduate Studies Summer Research Award. $3180. 05/15/2018. Funded
  • Freeman, B. American Ornithological Society Diversity and Inclusion Travel Award for 2018 annual meeting. $600. 02/19/2018. Funded
  • Freeman, B. and Peterson, A. T. Science-based research toward sustainable livelihood approaches for communities in Liberia, Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund. $ 231,126.92.  10/10/2017. Not funded
  • Freeman, B. Endangered species and forest connectivity across Liberia and neighboring countries, Jana Robeyst Trust Fund. $1800. 08/31/2-17. Not funded

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