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Kevin Njabo

Kevin Njabo, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Professor


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Environmental Health SciencesJoint Appointment
Contact Information

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Box 951456
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496

Areas of Interest: 

Ecology and Evolution of Tropical Diseases

Biodiversity Management and Conservation

My main objective as a conservation biologist is to work for more sustainable and equitable global development. While environmental change and extinction of species are natural processes, human activities are also threatening all things wild, both plants and animals. We are the only species capable of consciously modifying our behavior and environment. As caretakers of the planet, it is our responsibility to respect and manage the Earth's natural resources, including human population itself. My research investigates the influence of mosquito vectors on the evolution and ecology of avian malaria parasites and attempts to show that human-induced habitat alteration could impact on feeding preferences of these vector mosquitoes. This research is both extremely important and timely, not only in terms of these vector species, but also in the wider context for the number one killer disease of the African continent. This research is expected to highlight the critical role of biodiversity and host community ecology in the transmission of vector-borne zoonotic diseases that in turn has important consequences for human health.

PhD, Biology, Boston University
MSc, Plant Ecology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Selected Publications: 

Kevin Y. Njabo, Anthony J. Cornel, Camille Bonneaud, Erin Toffelmier, R.N.M. Sehgal, G. Valkiunas, A.F. Russell and T.B. Smith. 2010. Non-specific patterns of vector, host and avian malaria parasite associations in a Central African rainforest. Molecular Ecology,

Kevin Y. Njabo, Anthony J. Cornel, R.N.M. Sehgal, C. Loiseau, W. Buermann, R. Harrigan, J. Pollinger, G. Valkiunas, and T.B. Smith. 2009. Coquillettidia (Culicidae, Diptera) mosquitoes are natural vectors of avian malaria in Africa. Malaria Journal 8:193, doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-8-193

Kevin Y. Njabo and Michael D. Sorenson. 2009. Origin of the endangered Bannerman’s turaco (Tauraco bannermanni) in relation to historical climate change and the distribution of montane forests. Ostrich, Journal of African Ornithology 80 (1).

Kevin Y. Njabo, Rauri C.K. Bowie, M.D. Sorenson. 2008. Phylogeny, biogeography and taxonomy of the African wattle-eyes (Aves: Passeriformes: Platysteiridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48(1), 136-149.

Njabo, K.Y. and Nana, C.N. 2005. The Developing World: Beneficiary of the Global Knowledge-Society in the 21st Century. Award Winner: World Science Forum, Budapest. Online Publication World Science Forum: d.pdf

M. Languy, K.S. Bobo, F.M. Njie, K.Y. Njabo, J.M. Lapios, R. Demey. 2005. New bird records from Cameroon. Malimbus 27, 1-12.

Njabo, K.Y. 2001. The Cameroon Ornithological Club and the Important Bird Area Process in Cameroon. Proceedings of the International Seminar for the Study of Bird Migration in Latrun Israel. April 29-May 11, 2001.

Bobo, K.S., Njabo, K.Y., Anye, D.N., Languy M. 2001. The status and distribution of the Bamenda Apalis, Apalis bamendae in Cameroon. Ostrich 15:110-113.

Demey, R., Njabo, K.Y. 2001. A new sight record in Cameroon of the distinctive race crossensis of Green-throated Sunbird Nectarinia rubescens. Malimbus 23 (1) 66-67.