Mr Gabriel Yesuf

Research project: Modelling range-shift gaps in a biodiversity hotspot: a case study of critically endangered plants in Madagascar


Recent studies indicate that climate and land cover change are driving a major reorganization of terrestrial biotic communities, each playing critical roles in determining future species composition. Important questions remain about the response of plant communities to individual and synergistic effects of climate and land cover change, with particular uncertainty in Madagascar (and tropical Africa). The high rate of endemism in Madagascar – 85% of plants are endemic  – makes tropical forests especially vulnerable to climate and land cover change. However, we have little or no empirical data on plant responses to feedbacks between future climate and land cover change in Madagascar. Considering that the biodiversity housed in many Madagascan habitats are a vital ecosystem service—that directly influences the livelihood and well-being of millions of people in the country's highly forest-dependent rural communities —there is an urgent need to understand how plants will respond to climate and land cover change in these forests. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Modelling range-shift gaps in a biodiversity hotspot: a case study of critically endangered plants in Madagascar
  • Research supervisor: Dr Kerry Brown
  • Other research supervisor: Professor Nigel Walford


Environmental scientist with over 8 years experience in research, teaching and project execution in land-use/land-cover modelling, environmental impact assessment and master plan updates.

Currently, I'm interested in developing solutions for biodiversity conservation through the application of empirical techniques for landscape assessment and constructing species distribution models.

I have worked in the area of disaster management, specifically through the application of remote sensing and GIS to emergency response to flooding in West Africa.

Areas of research interest

  • Range-shift gaps
  • Land-use/land-cover change
  • Species distribution modelling
  • Remote sensing of tropical forests
  • Landscape prioritisation assessment
  • Statistical modelling


  • M.Tech, Federal University of Technology Akure
  • BSc, University of Maiduguri

Funding or awards received

  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing studentship, Kingston University, London


Brown, K., Farris, Z., Yesuf, G., Gerber, B., Rasambainarivo, F., Karpanty, S., Kelly, Marcella., Razafimhaimodison, J., Larney, E., Wright, P. and Johnson, S. (2016). Modelling co-occurrence between toxic prey and naïve predators in an incipient invasion. Biodiversity and conservation, 25(13), pp.2723-2741.

Fabiyi, O., and Yesuf, G (2013). Dynamics and characterization of coastal flooding in Nigeria: Implication for local community management startegies, Ife Research Publications in Geography 12(2013), pp 45-61.

Number of items: 3.


Yesuf, Gabriel, Brown, Kerry A. and Walford, Nigel (2019) Assessing regional-scale variability in deforestation and forest degradation rates in a tropical biodiversity hotspot. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 5(4), pp. 346-359. ISSN (online) 2056-3485

Brown, Kerry, Farris, Zach J., Yesuf, Gabriel, Gerber, Brian D., Rasambainarivo, Fidisoa, Karpanty, Sarah, Kelly, Marcella, Razafimahaimodison, Jean Claude, Larney, Eileen, Wright, Patricia and Johnson, Steig E. (2016) Modeling co-occurrence between toxic prey and naive predators in an incipient invasion. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25(13), pp. 2723-2741. ISSN (print) 0960-3115

Book Section

Brown, Kerry A., Gordon, Adam, Carvalho, Fabio and Yesuf, Gabriel (2018) Madagascar protected area prioritization : a road map for conservation. In: Goodman, Steven M. , Raherilalao, Marie Jeanne and Wohlhauser, Sebastien, (eds.) The terrestrial protected areas of Madagascar: their history, description, and biota. Antananarivo, Madagascar : Association Vahatra. pp. 1693-1705. ISBN 9782953892390

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Conference papers

Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Wavelength Conference', Kingston University London, 13th – 15th March 2017. Habitat Connectivity in a Fragmented Tropical Landscapes

 ‘British Ecological Society Annual Meeting', Liverpool, ACC, 11-14th December 2016. Assessing habitat availability and connectivity in a fragmented landscape: A case study of protected areas in Madagascar

‘British Ecological Society - Conservation Special Interest Group'. Early career event at Mappin, ZSL, London, March 4th, 2016

‘Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society - Wavelength conference', Newcastle upon Tyne, March 30th – April 1st, 2015. Newcastle University. Quantification of forest degradation along the South-East forest corridor of Madagascar