Badru is a Ugandan conservationist interested in identifying and finding solutions to human threats on biodiversity. He holds two M.Sc. Biology qualifications, a PGD in International Wildlife Conservation Practice, and a BSc. Forestry. His research focuses on measuring the level of threat human activity poses to biodiversity. He particularly focuses on the effects of bushmeat poaching, habitat degradation and human wildlife conflict on medium-to-large mammals in human dominated landscapes.His goal is to understand the interactions between human activity and wildlife, and how this knowledge informs wildlife conservation in the increasingly human dominated world.
He has held leadership positions on globally novel biodiversity conservation initiatives such as the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) network (www.teamnetwork.org). He led the establishment of and was the principal researcher for Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Bwindi) TEAM site. He advised and trained researchers during the establishment of TEAM’s new site in the Virunga massif (spanning the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda).
He also played advisory and training roles on the 2015 mountain gorilla census in the Virunga massif. He is well published and the impact of what his research team accomplished has contributed significantly to the field of conservation biology, wildlife conservation and biodiversity monitoring in Africa.
His specific skills and experience include; establishing protocols for biodiversity assessment and long-term monitoring, training, fundraising, Geographical Information System, ecological and statistical modelling, and Remote satellite sensing.