Ayodele's Story

Originally from northern New Jersey, I have always been a champion for the outdoors and helping others. Though this site is based on academics, education is so multifacet that it needs to be acknowledged. Using traditional routes of education, Ayodele obtained her Bachelor's from Franklin Pierce University, moved on to get her Masters from University of Massachusetts, and finally working towards her PhD.

She has a passion for all things science, asking questions, and finding answers.

Currently my research focuses on translational ecology, and coproduction. How can we work together for the greater good of a project's goal? I specifically work with federal and state agencies, and community partners to access and contribute to the North American Bat monitoring program (NABat). Bats are still widely misunderstood animals. We do not know a lot about their behavior. After the spread of White Nose syndrome (WNS) caused by Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), there was more of a push to study these animals and thus created a program across North America that serves as an umbrella for anyone who wants to contribute and use the database.

Personally, I want to better understand the importance of national programming related to the monitoring of species populations, and how people utilize and value these efforts. Further understand bat habitats using remote sensing and machine learning, to depict suitable habitat using satellite imagery. Finally, working with local partners to sample using the NABAT framework for long term status and trends of bat populations.

My Mission:

My mission is to be a compassionate advocate for people, wildlife, and the environment. I focus on speaking up for underrepresented groups, neurodivergent communities, and the stewards of the land. My commitment is to foster inclusivity, empathy, and support, making a positive impact on the world by standing up for those who need it most. Through mentorship and a dedication to helping others navigate spaces, I aim to create a more connected and compassionate global community

My Vision:

My vision is a world where every individual, regardless of their background or neurodivergent identity, feels valued, heard, and empowered. I envision a thriving ecosystem where people, wildlife, and the environment coexist harmoniously, with respect and care for the interconnectedness of all living beings. I aspire to be a beacon of compassion, leading by example and inspiring others to join me in creating a more equitable and sustainable world. Together, we strive to build bridges, break down barriers, and foster a community where mentorship is not just a service but a way of life—ensuring that no one journeys alone.

Fieldwork, Outreach, Exploring

I personally do not have a fieldwork season, but I have been invited to participate in fieldwork. I also participate in outreach programing which are posted here!