Dr Opeyemi Adeyemi


Email: o.adeyemi@ru.ac.za

Opeyemi Adeyemi (Yemi) loves Agriculture, and he would have studied Agriculture but during college, his geography teacher mentioned that “Forest is the mother of Agriculture”. So, he decided to go for the mother. Though he enjoyed the forestry programme (especially the field trip modules) during his bachelor’s degree, he pursued environmental science for a master’s degree. Yemi holds a doctoral degree in Forest Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2020, a master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom in 2016, and a bachelor’s degree in Forestry (First-Class Hons) from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria in 2014. 

Yemi has interdisciplinary and participatory research experience that covers several areas, including food security, forest products utilization, ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, forestry education and land-use science. His research activities centre around understanding the management of human-environment interactions to improve ecosystem management and achieve sustainable livelihoods. He is a recipient of several prestigious scholarships, including Commonwealth Scholarship, NRF-TWAS Doctoral Scholarship, University of Pretoria Research Bursary, Richard Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust Grant, 2020 UNESCO MAB Young Scientist Award, to mention a few.

In addition to his research activities, he has also gained practical experience in international policy and gained multicultural exposures through consultancy jobs, fellowships, internships with the European Forest Institute (EFI), International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Yemi works with Professor Charlie Shackleton, seeking to understand the practice of harvesting or gathering raw biological resources within urban and peri-urban landscapes.


Onatunji, A. B., Owuor, J. A., Rodriguez-Piñeros, S., Babalola, F. D., Akello, S. and Adeyemi, O. (2021) Building a Successful Forestry Career in Africa: Inspirational Stories and Opportunities. International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Vienna, Austria. 120 p

Chaikaew, P., Adeyemi, O., Hamilton, A.O. and Clifford, O. (2020) Spatial characteristics and economic value of threatened species (Khaya ivorensis). Scientific Reports10(1), pp.1-8.

Adeyemi, O., Chirwa, P.W., Babalola, F.D. and Chaikaew, P. (2020) Detecting trade-offs, synergies and bundles among ecosystem services demand using sociodemographic data in Omo Biosphere Reserve, Nigeria. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 23(5), pp.7310-7325.

Chirwa P.W., Adeyemi O. (2019) Deforestation in Africa: Implications on Food and Nutritional Security. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds) Zero Hunger. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69626-3

Adeyemi, O and Ajayi, B (2018) Investigation of Properties of Paper-Plastic Composite Made from Kraft Paper and Plastic Wastes. Pro lingo, 14 (2), pp. 53-58

Adeyemi, O. (2017) Analysis and prediction of land cover change of a Biosphere Reserve using geospatial tools: a case study of Omo Biosphere, Nigeria. OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 10(4); 35-48


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