Africa Center Map

The Africa Center at CSU: Projects and Partnerships

This interactive map shows the variety of CSU projects in Africa. Browse through the thumbnails, or click on the map for more information on each project!

Do you have a project to add to the map?  If so, please contact Renée.

The Africa Center's Research Fellow Dr. Matthew Luizza Offered Prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship!

Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Luizza on receiving a coveted AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship in Washington D.C. with Fish and Wildlife Service International- Africa Branch. Matt is a recent PhD graduate from CSU's Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and a current Research Fellow with the Africa Center. 

Photo credit: Dr. Matthew Luizza

Check out this interesting article about Africa's Migratory Songbirds from The Conversation, "There’s a reason why Africa’s migratory songbirds sing out of season".

Photo credit: Photo obtained from The Conversation

The Africa Center's Director Dr. Kathleen Galvin speaks about Africa and the Center on "The Sustainablity Hour" radio show, which is sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainabiliy.

We recommend the podcast: Bionic Planet: The Podcast of the Anthropocene. Click this link to listen to The 40,000-Year-Old-Question/Part One. In this podcast you will hear how Tanzania's Hadza people are both adapting to and combating climate change -- and how we can all learn from them.

Clement Lenachuru successfully defends his dissertation at CSU!

Congratulations to Dr. Clement Lenachuru who recently completed his PhD in CSU’s Department of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship advised by Dr. Maria Fernandez-Gimenez.

Recently Clement shared details about his research with the Africa Center.  Click Read More to see pictures and read about his work in Kenya.

Dr. Laurie Marker, Cheetah Conservation Fund

We are delighted to share Dr. Laurie Marker's talk from her spring 2016 visit to CSU.  The speaking engagement was hosted by The Africa Center and The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University.

We recommend the Journal of Applied Ecology blog post 'Showing the way for carnivore conservation: lions can survive without fences with the help of Community Conservancies'.  In this post Sara Blackburn discusses her paper Human–wildlife conflict, benefit sharing and the survival of lions in pastoralist community-based conservancies‘, which highlights how Community Conservancies are helping lions survive in Africa. 

Photo Credit: Obtained from the Journal of Applied Ecology

TED Talk: The fractals at the heart of African designs

We recommend the TED Talk:  The fractals at the heart of African designs by Ron Eglash.

'I am a mathematician, and I would like to stand on your roof.'  That is how Ron Eglash greeted many African families he met while researching the fractal patterns he’d noticed in villages across the continent.

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Drought is an extremely serious crisis in Africa. To learn about the current conditions, we recommend this article from The GuardianDrought and rising temperatures 'leaves 36m people across Africa facing hunger', by  and .  

In the photo: A maize plant among other dried maize in a field in Hoopstad in the Free State province, South Africa. The country suffered its driest year on record in 2015. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Photo obtained from The Guardian

Have you seen us in the Source?  Our recent Africa Center talk that featured NPR's Jason Beaubien is highlighted in the article, "NPR’s Jason Beaubien talks Ebola, Zika March 22".  

The Africa Center's director Dr. Kathleen Galvin recently traveled to Rwanda to join the Smart Village Minigrid Team, led by CSU's Dan Zimmerle.  The purpose of her visit was to confirm a partnership through a memorandum of understanding (MOU)  The MOU outlines plans for research and education exchanges between the Rwandan government, the University of Rwanda and CSU. The partnership was seeded by a two-year-old project led by researchers from the CSU Energy Institute and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES)/Africa Center.

To learn more about the project please read this article from CSU's Source, "It’s official: CSU, government of Rwanda are partners in smart, sustainable development".

In the photo we see Dr. Galvin speaking to government officials in Rwanda.

You might be inclined to dance after reading this article by Robyn Sassen, "African dance festival that’s been one step ahead through the decades".  In it Sassen describes how the Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg is helping contemporary dance grow in popularity, and provides an overview of the festival’s successes. 

In the photo to your left The Tribhangi Dance Company performs Circles and Squares at the South African Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg.

Photo Credit: EPA/John Hogg, obtained from The Conversation

In the article, "Bacteria From the Sahara Desert Found on Swiss Glaciers" authored by Nellie Van Driska, we learn how bacteria has traveled many miles through extreme conditions.  

Photo:  Example of dust plume from North Africa over the Mediterranean Sea.  Obtained from Glacier Hub.

Photo credit:  Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Responses Team, NASA GSFC

We recommend this recent article from CSU's Source, "Unique outreach builds African conservationists’ skills" written by Rob Novak.  Novak explains how CSU’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources recently provided training for more than 200 conservationists, protected area managers and academics.

Photo credit: Source

The Zika virus is a concern for many, but even more so for those living in Africa.  We recommend you read this recent article from The Conversation, "Why Africa can't afford to have an outbreak of the Zika virus" by , Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Malawi.  Muula explains the destruction the Zika virus would cause if it were to break out across Africa.

Photo credit: Shutterstock, obtained from The Conversation

"As we shine a renewed spotlight on food security it helps to remember that poverty reduction, rather than increased food production, is its primary driver"; Sonja Vermeulen analyzes how we should address food security and poverty in a changing climate in her recent article, "Looking for food security? Follow the money" published by Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Secruity (CCAFS).

Photo: A handful of yellow beans at a market in Kampala, Uganda. There are many factors beside the quantity and quality of foods determining a household's nutrition quality.

Photo credit: N. Palmer (CIAT), obtained from: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Dhaval Vyas, Ph.D. student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology shares his African research experience

Dhaval Vyas, Ph.D. student in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology shares his past research from Africa with the Africa Center.   




Sexually dimorphic developmental patterns of chemosensory behaviors in African elephants 

Research location:  West Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Shifra Goldenberg studying the effects of ivory poaching on female elephant society

Shifra Goldenberg is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology through the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. With her advisor Dr. George Wittemyer and through the organization Save the Elephants in Kenya, Shifra is studying the effects of ivory poaching on female elephant society. The work will contribute to our understanding of the long-term consequences of overharvest and the ability of this important species to recover.


Tewodros T. Wakie publishes two articles

Tewodros T. Wakie a Ph.D. Candidate in the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU recently published two articles.  Dr. Paul Evangelista, a member of the Africa Center Leadership Team worked with Tewodros as a co-author for both publications.  Click 'Read more' to access PDF copies of the articles.  


Africa & Ale :: A Successful Africa Center Event!

This video highlights our Africa & Ale event, which was held October 22, 2015 at SoGES in Johnson Hall.  The event was a terrific success, with members of the CSU community coming together to discuss current events, education, and research related to Africa.  Horse & Dragon Brewing Company of Fort Collins donated the southern African-inspired beer, which was created specifically for the Africa Center!!!  

Kathleen Galvin, Director of the Africa Center was in Paris the week of November 23 to attend a couple of UNESCO sponsored meetings. The first was a meeting on ‘Knowing our Changing Climate in Africa’ with community partners from east and west Africa. 

Ismael from Uganda is standing with Kathy at UNESCO with the Eiffel Tower in the background (photo taken by Beth Holland).

Learn how climate change impacts Africa in "Adaptation is key if Africa is to tackle climate change" by  and .  

Photo credit: Reuters/Stephanie Mahe; obtained from The Conversation

Innovation is happening in Nigerian schools - read more in Hadassah Egbedi's article, "At this Nigerian school, all they do is build robots".  

Photo: A demonstration with secondary school students and an ACI instructor

Photo credit: Obtained from, originally posted on ACI's Facebook page

The Northern Rangelands Trust: Rangelands Video

From The Northern Rangelands Trust YouTube page: "In Northern Kenya, the vast majority of people earn a living through livestock, and have done so for centuries. But this is a harsh world, frequently beset by unpredictable weather and drought. Furthermore, the rapidly increasing population has led to greater pressure on natural resources, and overgrazing has rendered many rangelands unfit for both livestock and wildlife.

This article, "Recycling old tyres into shoes is one of the latest innovations in Uganda", by Emmanuel Odunmorayo highlights a "trash to treasure" innovation in Uganda.

Photo credit: Obtained from Ventures Website

Internship in Benin, West Africa

Check out this page to learn about an Internship opportunity in West Africa. 

Africa-focused Courses at CSU

CSU students can gain knowledge on Africa through many courses offered across academic disciplines.  Click on this page to see current CSU courses that relate to Africa. Additionally, if you are aware of other courses that are missing from this list, please feel free to contact Renée at

CSU Professor Dr. William M. Timpson and Africa Center Research Assistant Renée Harmon presented "The Amahoro Project: Curriculum Reform for Building Peace from Post-Genocide Burundi" for the Council of International Higher Education at the Association for the Study of Higher Education annual conference, which was held in Denver November 4-7, 2015.

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