Zoology and Environmental Biology
Dr. Alafia, Azeezat Oyindamola is Lecturer in the Department of Zoology and Environmental Biology. She obtained her PhD degree in Applied Entomology from the University of Lagos, Akoka. She has served as the Sub Dean of the Faculty of Science, Lagos State University, Ojo and she is the current Desk officer, Needs Assessment Intervention for Lagos State University.
Alafia's research interest includes on insects of forensics, ecological, agricultural and medical importance, with particular interest in the field of environmental protection, on which she has been working for more than ten years, with expertise in insects of the orders Diptera and Odonata. She is one of the foremost entomologist in the area of forensics in Nigeria.
Her interest in insects lies in the fact that they represent the largest percentage of world known species, hence a very good candidate for such study. Protecting the environment is also an important component of the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDG) and part of the mission and vision statement of the Faulty of Science, of Lagos State University. To align with these goals, her researches, which involves both field and laboratory-based studies, are substantially channeled towards SDG's, 2 (Zero hunger), 3 (good health and wellbeing), and 11 (sustainable cities and community).
She has carried out research on the use of plant based products, such as oils extracts and powders to protect stored grains against losses incurred from insect infestation, identified some plants which can effectively prevent infestation thereby reducing losses, use of chemical insecticides and the deleterious effects they have on man and the environment.
Her research pursuit has also included digitizing more than three hundred species of odonatan collected from Southwestern Nigeria. Proper Identification of the Odonatans and their diversity which serve as assistance to global efforts towards documenting biodiversity of Odonatans worldwide. Her future research includes development of appropriate formulation for laboratory rearing of butterflies which are rapidly declining in population as a result of human activities.
She has presented papers in both Local and International conferences and she is a reviewer for Journals of international repute. Dr. Alafia is a member of many national and international learned societies including; Entomology Society of Nigeria (ESN), Nigerian Biosafety Association (NibSA), Society for Forensic and Analytical Scientists, Nigeria (SFASN), Society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation (SETPOM), Worldwide Dragonfly Association (WDA).