Prof Damian Okwudiri Asawalam

Prof Damian Okwudiri Asawalam

Prof Damian Okwudiri Asawalam

Dean

Biography

Damian Okwudiri Asawalam

Dean, College of Crop and Soil Sciences

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

PMB 7267, Umuahia, Abia State

d.asawalam@gmail.com

(+234) (0) 703-711-1223; (+234) (0) 803-969-5157

SUMMARY

  • Over 15 years of experience in agricultural research within multi-disciplinary team in West Africa.
  • Significant contributions to knowledge in Soil Fertility Management, including Integrated Soil Fertility Management Practices, as demonstrated by 37 scholarly publications in peer reviewed journals as well as 28 publications in book chapters, conference proceedings and technical reports.
  • Successfully mentored many undergraduate and graduate students as demonstrated by over 50 B. Agric., 17 M. Sc., and 11 Ph.D students. Served as external examiner to 5 Universities.
  • Practical experience with Research Methodologies, project implementation, monitoring and wide-ranging experience in working with farmers, NGOs and other stakeholders.
  • Experience, working in National and International Agricultural Research Centers; hence familiar with multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent skills in Statistical tools for database management and statistical computing.

PERSONAL DATA

NAME: Damian Okwudiri Asawalam

NATIONALITY:  Nigeria                     

MARITAL STATUS:  Married

NUMBER OF CHILDREN & THEIR AGES:  Four (14, 12, 10, & 5 years)

DEPARTMENT:  Soil Science and Meteorology

SPECIALIZATION:  Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

RESEARCH INTEREST: Integrated Soil Fertility Management; Faunal Activities and Nutrient Management; Climate Variability and Soil Fertility Management.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED WITH DATES

1980 – 1985    University of Nigeria, Nsukka

1986 – 1988    University of Nigeria, Nsukka

1994 – 1997    University of Nigeria, Nsukka

ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION WITH DATES

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Soil Science (emphasis: (Soil Fertility), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria - 1997

Master of Science  (M.Sc), Soil Science (emphasis: Soil Survey and Land Evaluation), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria - 1988

Bachelor of Agriculture (B.Agric.) (Hons) in Second Class Upper Division -  1985

CERTIFICATE COURSES

2013    Certificate in Statistics and Statistical Computing with SAS, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria.

2012    Certificate in Research Methodology and Statistical Computing, FUTA, Nigeria.

2012    Certificate, IFDC workshop, Decision Support Tools for Agricultural Production, Fertilizer Recommendations and climatic variability, Arusha, Tanzania.

2011    Certificate, IFDC workshop, Assessing indigenous fertilizer production opportunities in Africa, Arusha, Tanzania.

2010    Certificate in Strategic Management Training for University Administrators.

2009    Certificate in Social Analysis Systems (SAS) Tools.

2007    Certificate in Research Methodology, University of Pretoria, S/Africa

2006    Certificate in Advanced Digital Appreciation program-Tertiary Training

2000    Certificate in Crop – Weather Modeling, Bet Dagan, Israel

1996    Certificate in Effective Leadership, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria

1995    Certificate in Agricultural Research Management, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria

1995    Certificate in Statistical Computing with SAS and GENSTAT, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria

1995    Certificate in Proposal Development, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria

1994    Certificate in GENSTAT 5 statistical program, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria

WORK EXPERIENCE

PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE MOUAU

1994 – 1997    Research Fellow, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)/German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Ibadan, Nigeria

Ph.D. research focused on the role of earthworm fauna in sustaining soil fertility and crop production under tropical conditions.

1991 – 1994    Research Associate, IITA/GTZ, Ibadan, Nigeria

Plan, organize, and supervise  IITA/GTZ special project on “Impact of fallow management system and cropping intensity on nutrient movement and ground and surface water quality”. Develop quantitative description of nutrient and pesticide transformations and transport out of the soil-plant system with emphasis on ground  and surface water quality. Adapt quantitative simulation models to predict the effect of intensified tropical cropping systems on ground and surface water quality.

Interface with smallholder farmers to provide crop-soil-water management information and support. Prepare and present soil-plant system outreach, speeches, seminars

1989 – 1991    Research Officer, Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria (RRIN), Benin, Nigeria                    

Head of Soil and Plant Nutrition Division. Research focused on:

Characterization of Soils of the Nigerian rubber ((Hevea brasiliensis) production belt,

Soil fertility management for Rubber production,

Development and extension of rubber based farming systems to smallholder plantation farmers, Administration of the Soil and Plant Nutrition Division.

WORK EXPERIENCE IN MOUAU

2009 – Present:          Professor

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria

Teach graduate and undergraduate Soil Science courses.

Design and implement research projects that focus on the Integrated Soil Fertility, Plant Nutrient Management, elemental transformations, mobility, transport and uptake among and between the air, soil, water and biota.  Coordinate and supervise graduate and undergraduate student research.

2006 – 2009:   Associate Professor

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria

Teach graduate and undergraduate Soil Science courses.

Design and implement research projects that focus on the Integrated Soil Fertility, Plant Nutrient Management, elemental transformations, mobility, transport and uptake among and between the air, soil, water and biota.  Coordinate and supervise graduate and undergraduate student research.

2003 – 2006    Senior Lecturer

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria

Teach graduate and undergraduate Soil Science courses.

Design and implement research projects that focus on the Integrated Soil Fertility, Plant Nutrient Management, elemental transformations, mobility, transport and uptake among and between the air, soil, water and biota.  Coordinate and supervise graduate and undergraduate student research.

1998 – 2003    Lecturer 1

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria

Teach undergraduate Soil Science courses.

Design and implement research projects that focus on the Integrated Soil Fertility, Plant Nutrient Management, elemental transformations, mobility, transport and uptake among and between the air, soil, water and biota. Coordinate and supervise undergraduate student research.

HIGHER DEGREE SUPERVISION

Chukwu, L.I. 2002. Effect of poultry manure and NPK fertilizer on soil properties and maize performance. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Co-Supervisor)

Onwuka, M. I. 2003. Comparative effects of different animal manures on soil physical properties and yield of maize on an Ultisol in southeastern Nigeria. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology,  Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Co-Supervisor)

Uba, F. A. 2004.  Sulphur status and its effect on growth and yield of soybean in some soils of Abia state. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Co-Supervisor)

Wokocha, C. C. (2004). Application of remote sensing techniques in mapping soils of Ikot Ekpene area of Akwa – Ibom State, Nigeria. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Nottidge, D.O. 2005. An investigation into the use of leguminous crop residues and wood ash for improving soil conditions and productivity of maize in southeastern Nigeria. Ph.D thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Co-Supervisor)

Ndukwu, B. N. (2005). Potassium chemistry of two soils of contrasting parent materials, in Abia State. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Onwudike, S. U. (2005). Complementary effects of cow dung and mineral fertilizer on soil properties, nutrient uptake and yield of sweet potato on two Ultisols in southeastern Nigeria. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Onyegbule, U. (2005). Influence of some local liming materials and organic manure on some soil properties and performance of maize. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Sorunke, A. (2005). Sesquioxides, organic matter fractions and aggregation of soils modified by termites and earthworms. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Ubani, J. C. (2006) Effect of NPK fertilizer and Agrolyser micronutrient on the yield of Okra in selected locations in southeastern Nigeria. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Co-Supervisor)

Etteng, E. (2006). Influence of parent materials on total and extractable forms of micronutrient elements. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Ezekiel, P. O. (2007). Effect of palm bunch ash on soil nutrient dynamics, growth and yield of cassava. Ph.D thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Co-Supervisor)

Abam, P. O (2008). Extractable iron, zinc, anganese, and copper in cubitermes mounds  in selected farmlands in  southeastern Nigeria. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Iren, O. B. (2008). Complementary effects of organic and inorganic manures on soil properties, nutrient uptake and yield of Amaranthus. Ph.D thesis, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Udoh, Alfred Udo (2008). Response of Cocoyam to Manure, Rice Husk and Potassium Fertilizer in a Tropical Ultisol in Uyo, Southeastern Nigeria. Ph.D Dissertation, Department of Agronomy, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Co-Supervisor)

Umana, Peter Ebong (2008). Density, Sowing Time and Varietal effects on the productivity of vegetable cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L) Walp) and Maize (Zea mays L.) Intercropping System. (Co-Supervisor)

Idigbor, M.C. (2009). Phosphorus forms and sorption capacity of fauna modified soils of southeastern Nigeria. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Etteng, E. (2010). Determination of some micronutrients (Cu, Zn, Fe, and Mn) requirement of maize in soils of southeastern Nigeria. Ph.D dissertation, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Onunka, N. A. (2011). Effect of soil amendment with Poultry Manure and inorganic Fertilizer on soil properties and Yield of Sweet Potato in an Acid Ultisol of Southeastern Nigeria.  Ph.D dissertation, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (C0 - supervisor).

Lifu, M. I. (2012). Micronutrients (Cu and Zn) status of some cocoa growing soils in Abia State, Nigeria. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Adiele, A. (2012). Effects of organic amendments on soil Potassium fractions and yield of sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L. Lam). M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Nwaogu, E. N. (2012). Impact of organic and inorganic amendments on potassium dynamics, uptake and field performance of sweet potato in an Ultisol in southeastern Nigeria. Ph.D dissertation, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Akpan, U. S. (2012). Application of remote sensing and geographic information system to soil survey and land suitability evaluation for crop production in Ini LGA of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.  Ph.D dissertation, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Co - supervisor).

Iyawa, P. O. (2012). Evaluation of Cubitermes Mound Soil for Sustainable crop Production. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Chikere-Njoku, Chinyere (2014). Characterization, Classification and Lad Suitability Evaluation of Selected Wetland Sols in Ideato North Local Government Area, Imo state, Nigeria. Ph.D dissertation, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Co - supervisor)

Ezeakolam, Chidinma Susan (2014). Effect of poultry manure and sawdust on soil properties and yield of cooyam (Xanthosoma mafaffa) at Umudike, Southeastern Nigeria. M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Udomah, Grace Hogan (2014). Impact of Soil depth Limitation on root growth, Nutrient uptake and yield of Maize (Zea mays). M.Sc. Thesis, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major supervisor).

Onwudike, Stanley Uchenna (2014). Effect of Agro-wastes on soil physic-chemical properties, soil carbon sequestration, growth and yield of cocoyam and maize in Owerri, southeastern Nigeria.   Ph.D dissertation, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. (Major Supervisor)

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

Eteng, E. U., Asawalam, D. O. and Ano, A. O. 2014. Effect of Cu and Zn on Maize (Zea mays L.) yield and nutrient uptake in Coastal Plain Sands Derived soils of Southeastern Nigeria. Open Journal of Soil Science, 4: 235 – 245

Eteng, E. U., Asawalam, D. O. and Ano, A. O. 2014. Total and Available Micronutrients in soils of contrasting Parent materials in southeastern Nigeria. Journal of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Ecology, 7 (2): 1 - 16

D. O. Asawalam and A. L. Akinmutimi 2013.  Sesquioxides, organic matter and aggregation of some soils modified by termites and earthworms. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment, 14 (1 &2): 79 – 95

Nwaogu, E. N., D. O. Asawalam and V. E. Osodeke 2012. Effect of organic amendment on soil potassium status of an Ultisol in South Eastern Nigeria grown with sweet potato. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 22(2): 270 – 281

Hauser, S., Norgrove, L., Asawalam, D. O. and Schulz, S. 2012.  Effect of Land Use Change,  Cropping Systems and Soil Type on earthworm cast production in West and Central Africa. European Journal of Soil Biology 49: 47 – 54

Onunka, N. A., V. E. Osodeke, D. O. Asawalam and C. N. Ebeniro 2011. Effect of fertilizer mixture and time of application on crop establishment and root yield of sweet potato in an Ultisol of South Eastern Nigeria. Agro-Science Journal of Tropical Agriculture, Food, Environment and Extension, 10(3): 22 – 27

Asawalam, D. O. and Onwudike, S. U. 2011.  Complementary use of cow dung and Mineral fertilizer: Effect on soil properties, growth, nutrient content and yield of sweet potato (Ipomea batatas). Production Agriculture and Technology Journal, 7(1): 36 – 48

Iren, O.B., Asawalam, D. O., and Osodeke, V. E. 2011. Effect of time and method of Pig manure application on growth parameters and yield of Amaranthus cruentus in a rainforest Ultisol in Nigeria. Production Agriculture and Technology Journal, 7(1): 103 – 116 .

Onunka, N. A., Osodeke, V. E., Asawalam, D. O. 2011. Effect of Poultry Manure on soil chemical properties and root yield of sweet potato (Ipomea batatas)(L) grown in a tropical Ultisol. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, vol. 21 (2): 35 – 44 

Onunka, N. A., Osodeke, V. E., Asawalam, D. O. 2011. Effect of NPK Absorption and root yield of sweet potato (Ipomea batatas)(L) (Lam) in a tropical Ultisol. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, vol. 21 (2): 134 – 141 

Chikezie I.A., Eswaran H, Asawalam D.O., and Ano, A.O. 2010. Characterization of Two Benchmark soils of contrasting parent materials in Abia State, southeastern Nigeria. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, vol. 16 (1): 23 - 29

Asawalam D.O and Onyegbule U. 2009. Effect of some local Liming materials and organic manure on some soil properties and growth of maize. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, vol. 19 (2): 71 – 76 

Ezekiel, P. O., Ojeniyi, S. O., Asawalam, D. O. and Ano, A. O. 2009. Effect of Oil palm bunch Ash on Soil NPK and Root Yield of bitter Cassava, Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 19: 1 – 5.

Ezekiel, P. O., Ojeniyi, S. O., Asawalam, D. O. and Ano, A. O. 2009. Root growth, Dry Root Yield and NPK contents of Cassava as influenced by Oil palm Bunch Ash on Ultisols

of Southeast Nigeria, Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 19: 6 – 10.

Idigbor C.,  Asawalam D.O., E. U. Onweremadu and B. N. Ndukwu (2009). Potassium Quantity – Intensity Relations of Soils modified by termites and earthworms. International Journal of Sustainable Agriculture 1 (2): 49 - 52

Idigbor, C.M., Asawalam D.O. and Agbede, O. O 2008. Phosphorus forms and P sorption capacity of fauna modified soils of southeastern Nigeria. Production Agriculture and Technology Journal, 4(2): 195 – 210 .

Nottidge, D. O., S. O. Ojeniyi, and D. O. Asawalam 2008. Effect of different food leguminous residues on some soil chemical properties in an acid Ultisol of southeast Nigeria, Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 18: 54 – 59

Nottidge, D. O., S. O. Ojeniyi, and D. O. Asawalam 2007. Effects of different levels of wood ash on nutrient contents of maize (Zea mays L.) and grain yield in an acid Ultisol of southeast Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 17: 98 – 103.

Asawalam, D. O. and S. Johnson 2007.  Physical and chemical characteristics of soils modified by earthworms and termites. Communications in soil and plant analysis. 38 (3&4): 513 – 521

Onwerenmadu, E. U., D. O. Asawalam and A. E. Ibe 2007. Changes in soil properties following application of composted sludge on an Isohyperthemic Kandiudult, Research Journal of Environmental Toxicology, 1 (2): 62 - 70

Nottidge, D. O., S. O. Ojeniyi, and D. O. Asawalam 2006. Effect of different levels of woodash on soil chemical properties in an acid Ultisol of southeast Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 16: 109 – 114

Asawalam, D. O., A. O. Ano and K. O. Iroegbulam 2006. Effect of methods of application and optimum rate of soil ammendment with termite mound on fruit vegetable production. Journal of Applied Chemistry and Agricultural Research, 9: 128 – 133.

Onwuka M. I and D. O. Asawalam 2006. Comparative Effect of Animal Manure on some physical properties of an Ultisol in in southeast Nigeria. Journal of the Science of Agriculture, Food technology and the Environment, 6: 53 - 59

Asawalam, D. O. and E. Okonkwo 2006. Properties of some rice growing soils in southeastern Nigeria. Nigerian Agricultural Journal. Vol. 37: 91 – 97

Asawalam, D. O. 2006. Effect of shading and frequency of cast removal on the surface cast production of tropical earthworm Hyperiodrilus africanus. Journal of Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Research. Vol. 17: 102 – 106.

Asawalam D. O.  (2006). Influence of cropping intensity on the production and properties of earthworm casts in a leucaena alley cropping system.  Biology and Fertility of Soils, 42: 506 - 512.

Nottidge D. O., S. O. Ojeniyi and D. O. Asawalam 2005. Comparative effect of Plant Residues and NPK fertilizer on nutrient status and Yield of Maize (Zea mays L.) in a humid Ultisol. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 15: 1 – 8.

Nottidge D. O., S. O. Ojeniyi and D. O. Asawalam 2005. Comparative effects of plant residues and NPK fertilization soil properties in a humid Ultisol. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 15: 9 – 13.

Asawalam D. O., W. O. Enwezor, N. N. Agbim and S. Hauser 2004. Biological Activity of surface casting Tropical Earthworms in relation to nutrient cycling and soil fertility. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 14: 56 – 63.

Asawalam D. O., W. O. Enwezor and N. N. Agbim 2003. Effect of Dactyladenia barteri (Hook. F. ex Oliv.), Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit, Gliricidia sepium (Jacq.), and Senna siamea (Lam.) mulches on earthworm activity  and nutrient turnover in casts. Nigerian Agricultural Journal, 34: 27 – 35.

Asawalam D. O., W. O. Enwezor and N. N. Agbim 2003. Mulching effect of Dactyladenia barteri (Hook. F. ex Oliv.), Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit, Gliricidia sepium (Jacq.), and Senna siamea (Lam.) leaves on soil temperature, moisture regime and yield of maize. Nigerian Agricultural Journal, 34: 36 – 43.

Asawalam D. O. and S. Hauser 2001. Effect of Earthworm Casts on Crop Production. Tropical Agriculture, (Trinidad), 78: 76 – 81.

Begho, E. R. and D. O. Asawalam 1999. Influence of some soil chemical properties on VAM spoe density in mature rubber plantations. Indian Journal of Natural Rubber Research, 12 (1&2): 100 – 102.

Asawalam, D. O., V. E. Osodeke, O. J. Kamalu, and I. K. Ugwa 1999. Effect of termites on the physico-chemical properties of the acid sandy soils of southern Nigeria. Communications in Soil Science and plant Analysis, 30: 1691 – 1696.

Hauser, S. and D. O. Asawalam 1998. Effect of fallow system and cropping frequency upon the quality and composition of earthworm casts. Zeitschrft fur pflanzenemahrung und Bodenkunde (Journal of plant nutrition and Soil Science), 161: 23 – 30.

Hauser, S. and D. O. Asawalam 1998. A continuous Sampling technique to Estimate surface cast production of tropical earthworm Hyperiodrilus africanus. Applied Soil Ecology, 10: 179 – 182.

Hauser, S., D. O. Asawalam, and B. Vanlauwe 1998. Spatial and temporal gradients in earthworm casting activity in alley cropping systems. Agroforestry Systems, 44: 127 – 137.

Asawalam, D. O. K. and I. K. Ugwa 1993. Some Soils of Northern Bendel State of Nigeria and their Suitability for rubber production. Indian Journal of Natural Rubber Research, 6 (1&2): 137 – 142.

Osodeke, V. E., D. O. K. Asawalam, O. J. Kamalu, and I. K. Ugwa 1993. Phosphate Sorption characteristics of Soils of the Rubber belt of Nigeria. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 24 (13&14) 1733 – 1743.

Book Chapters

Asawalam, D. O., Okocha, P. I. and Okorie, P. E.   2011. Extension of Improved Rice Production Technologies to Rural Farmers - Nigeria. In: Sharing Innovative Experiences, Volume 17 – Experiences in Developing Capacity for Sustainable Development.  a TWAS – UNU / IAS – UNDP  Publication.

Asawalam D. O. 2004. Focus on Agriculture and Fishing. In: Enoch E. Okpara (ed). Post Rio Realities of Sustainable Development in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. Ihem Davis Press Ltd, Owerri, Nigeria. Pp 145 – 166.

Ijioma M. A . and  Asawalam D. O. 2004. Poverty, Population and Food Security. In: Enoch E. Okpara (ed). Post Rio Realities of Sustainable Development in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. Ihem Davis Press Ltd, Owerri, Nigeria. Pp  167 – 194.

Asawalam D. O. 2002. Soils and Food Production. In: Chinedum Nwajiuba (ed.) Perspectives on food security in Eastern Nigeria. Farming and Rural Systems Economics edited  by Werner Doppler and Siegfried Bauer, Margraf Verlag, Germany. Pp 51 – 59.

Asawalam, D. O. and G. O. Chukwu 2000. Environment, Agricultural Sustainability and poverty alleviation in southeastern Nigeria. In: Nwosu, A. C., C. U. Nwajiuba and J. Mbanaso (ed.) Agricultural transformation in Nigeria. Novelty publishers, Owerri, Nigeria. Pp 197 – 203.

Hauser, S., B. Vanlauwe, D. O. Asawalam and L. Norgrove 1997. Role of Earthworms in traditional and improved low input agricultural systems in West Africa. In: Lijbdert Brussard and Ronald Ferrera-cerrato (Editors): Soil Ecology in Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Advances in Agroecology 1. Lewis  Publishers, Boca Raton, pp113 – 136.

Conference Proceedings

Obasi, M. N., V. E. Osodeke and D. O. Asawalam 2012. Combined use of NPK fertilizer and zinc on growth and yield of cocoyam in an Ultisol of southeastern Nigeria. Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria, held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 12 – 16 March, 201. PP140 – 149

Chukwu, L. I., A. O. Ano and D. O. Asawalam 2012. Effect of Poultry manure and NPK fertilizer on soil properties and nutrient uptake of maize (zea mays L) plants grown in an Ultisol. Proceedings of the 36th annual conference of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria, held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 12 – 16 March, 201.

Ukaegbu, E. P. and Asawalam, D. O. 2007. Influence of Land Use on the variation in properties of an Ultisols in southeast Nigeria. In: Olufajo, O. O., Omokore, D. F., Akpa, G. N and Sanni, S. A. (Eds). Reviewing Agriculture for Sustainable National Growth and Stable Democracy.  Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at Institute of Agricultural Research, Samaru, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, October 22 – 26, 2007.

Asawalam, D. O. 2006. Extension of improved rice production techniques to rural farmers in Afikpo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. Proceedings of international workshop on promoting best practices for capacity for sustainable development, Triest, Italy,10 –13 October, 2006.

Asawalam D. O. and C. I. Eke 2006. Trace metal concentrations in soils used for waste disposal around Owerri, Nigeria. In: G. N. Asomugha, A. O. Olojede, J. G. Ikeorgu, A. O. Ano, and U. Herbert (Editors). Repositioning Agriculture for Sustainable Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria, pp 427 - 430. Proceedings of the 40th Annuala Conference of Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Nigeria, October 16 – 20, 2006.

Onunka, N. A., V. O. Osodeke, D. O. Asawalam, and E. Nwofia 2006. Effect of time of soil Amendment on root size and marketability of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.)) in southeastern Nigeria. In: G. N. Asomugha, A. O. Olojede, J. G. Ikeorgu, A. O. Ano, and U. Herbert (Editors). Repositioning Agriculture for Sustainable Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria, pp 396 - 401. Proceedings of the 40th Annuala Conference of Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Nigeria, October 16 – 20, 2006.

Onwuka, M. I. and D. O. Asawalam 2006. Influence of Animal manure amendments on soil aggregate stability and organic matter contentof an Ultisol at Umudike, Abia State. In: G. N. Asomugha, A. O. Olojede, J. G. Ikeorgu, A. O. Ano, and U. Herbert (Editors). Repositioning Agriculture for Sustainable Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria, pp 431 - 434. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, Nigeria, October 16 – 20, 2006.

Asawalam D. O. and Iheaka G. N.  2005. Effect of dispersion techniques on particle size distribution and role of aggregating agents in fauna modified soils. In: A. M.Urheruata, S. O. Nwokoro, M. T. Ajayi, A.T. Adekunle and G. N. Asomugha (Eds.).  Agricultural Rebirth for Improved production in Nigeria. Proceedings of Agricultural society of Nigeria conference held at University of Benin, Benin City, October 9 – 13th, 2005.

Asawalam, D.  O. 2002. Earthworm Activity and Cycling of nitrogen and organic carbon in alleys formed by multupurpose trees. In: M. U. Iloeje G. E. Osuji, U. Herbert and G. N. Asomugha (Eds.). Agriculture, A basis for poverty eradication and conflict resolution. Proceedings of Agricultural society of Nigeria conference held at the Federal University of Technology Owerri, October 20 – 24, 2002.

Chukwu, G. O. and D. O. Asawalam  2001. Land capability of Ikwuano local government area of Abia State for Agricultural development. In: O. Babalola, U. Omoti and A. E. Isenmila (Eds.). Management of Soil resources of Nigeria for sustainable agricultural production in the 21st century. Proceedings of Soil Science Society of Nigeria conference held at Benin City, November 21 – 29, 1999.

Onyekwere, I. N; Akpan-Idiok, A. U; Amalu, U. C; Asawalam, D. O. and P. C. Eze 2001. Constraints and opportunities in agricultural utilization of some wetland soils in Akwa Ibom State. In: S. O. Ojeniyi, I. E Esu, U. C Amalu, F O. R. Akamigbo, I. J. Ibanga, and B. A. Raji (Eds.).  Management of Wetland soils for Sustainable Agricultural Development & Environment.  Proceedings of Soil Science Society of Nigeria conference held at University of Calabar, November 5 – 9, 2001.

Asawalam, D. O. 2000. Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture in smallholder Farming. In: Nokoe, S. (ed.), Biometry and Quality of life, SUSAN- IBS Meeting, 23 – 27 August, 1999, Ibadan Nigeria.  pp 174 – 179.

Hauser, S., B. Vanlauwe and D. O. Asawalam 1994. Role of earthworms in low input agricultural Systems. Transactions, 5th World congress of Soil Science, Acapulco, Mexico, vol 4a pp 55 – 56.

Asawalam D. O. K. 1991.  Site Selection and Land preparation for rubber nursery establishment. Proceedings of National Workshop on Fruits /Tree crop seedling production, NAELS, ABU, Zaria, pp 80 – 90.

Asawalam D. O. K. 1991. Soil fertility improvement in immature rubber fields. Proceedings of National Workshop on Fruits /Tree crop seedling production, NAELS, ABU, Zaria, pp 110 – 115.

Asawalam, D. O. K. 1989. The human element in Soil erosion and the campaign for hunger in southern Nigeria. Proceedings of Soil Science Society of Nigeria conference on “Soil Management for Erosion and Pollution Control” held at Nsukka, pp 50 – 55.

Technical Reports

Asawalam D. O., Ano A.O. and Geteloma C. O. 2005. Soil and Water Conservation Handbook for Extension Workers. Victor O Chude (Ed). Federal Department of Agricultural Land Resources in collaboration with National Special Programme for Food Security, Abuja, Nigeria.

Okocha, P. I. and Asawalam D. O. 2004. Continuing Provision of Inputs and Extension Support for Rice farmers in Isuochi (Abia) and Afikpo (Ebonyi) states of Nigeria. Project funded by Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja, Nigeria.

Okorie, P. E., Okocha, P. I., and Asawalam D. O. 2002. Multiplication and Distribution of Rice seeds of Recommended variety to target areas and training of Bountiful harvest Farmers, Afikpo. Project No. 33 of Accelerated Disseminationof Improved Agricultural Technologies in Nigeria, funded by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria.

Amadioha, A. C., Osodeke, V. E., Muoneke, C. O., Asawalam, D. O., Ononuju, C. C., and Meregini, A. O. 2000. Changing Land Use Pattern, Land Capacity and Soil Degradation in Communities where UNDP Activities are taking place.  Project funded by UNDP, Abia State, Nigeria.

Asawalam, D.O., Onyebinama, U.A.U., Madu, T.U., Chukwu, G. O., Nzeagwu, O.C., Chinaka, E.C., Okeke, A.I., Osigwe, D.I. 2011. Gender Dimensions and Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Adaptation to Climate Change in southeast Nigeria. Project funded by Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

IFDC international workshop on “Decision Support Tools for Agricultural Production, Fertilizer Recommendations and climatic variability” held in Arusha, Tanzania, from 3 – 10 October 2012.

IFDC international workshop on “Assessing Indigenous Fertilizer Production Opportunities in Africa” held in Arusha, Tanzania, from 5 – 9 December 2011

International Joint conference of GSA-SSSA-CSSA-ASA-GCAGS on “Celebrating the Planet Earth” held in Houston Texas, from 5 – 9 October 2008.

International conference on “Achieving The Millennium Development Goals: The Role of Biometrics” organized by the Sub-Saharan African network (SUSAN) of the International Biometric Society (IBS) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, 24 – 27 July, 2007

International workshop on promoting best practices for capacity building for sustainable development, held at Trieste, Italy, 10 –13 October, 2006.

International Workshop on “Southern Perspectives on the European Union’s External Dimensions Strategy” organized by IIED, Inwent and RING, held at Maputo, Mozambique, June 7 – 8, 2004.

International conference on “Balanced Nutrient Management Systems” for the moist savanna and humid forest zones of Africa” held at Cotonou, Benin Republic, October 9 – 12, 2000.

International conference on “Biometry and Quality of Life” organized by the Sub-Saharan African network (SUSAN) of the International Biometric Society (IBS) at IITA, Ibadan, August 23 – 27, 1999.

International Workshop and Colloquium on “Soil Erosion and Land Clearing techniques” held at the Center for Rural Development and cooperatives, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, February 2 – 12, 1987.

Third All African Soil Science Society conference on “Rehabilitation and Management of African Soils for Sustainable Productivity and Environment Protection” held at the University of Ibadan, August 19 – 26, 1995.

LEARNED SOCIETY CONFERENCES

SSSN conference on “Soil Science, Environmental Management and Food Security” held at Nasarawa State University, Lafia, 11 – 15 March 2013.

SSSN conference on “Soil Resources Management, Global Climate Change and Food Security" held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 12 – 16 March 2012.

SSSN conference on “Emerging Challenges to Soil Resources in times of Global Climate change and Food Crisis” held at IAR &T, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, 22 – 26 March 2010.

SSSN conference on “Management of Nigerian soil resources for enhanced agricultural productivity” held at University of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, 9 – 13 March, 2009.

SSSN conference on “Soil and Water Resources Management for Sustainable Environment and Economic Empowerment” held at Federal University of Technology, Yola, Adamawa State, 10 – 14 March 2008.

Agricultural Society of Nigeria conference on “Agricultural Rebirth for Improved production in Nigeria” held at the University of Benin, October 9 – 13, 2005.

SSSN conference on “Land degradation, Agricultural productivity and Rural poverty: environmental implications” held at National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, November 3 – 7, 2003.

Agricultural Society of Nigeria conference on “Agriculture: A Basis for Poverty eradication and Conflict Resolution” Held at Federal University of Technology, Owerri, October 20 – 24, 2002.

SSSN conference on “Management of Wetland Soils for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment” held at the University of Calabar, November 5 – 9, 2001.

Agricultural Society of Nigeria conference on “Enhancing Agricultural Resource base for Youth Employment, Industrial Development and Export “ held at University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, September 16 – 18, 2001.

SSSN conference on “Soil organic Matter: the key to sustainable Agriculture” held at the University of Ibadan, October 30 – November 3, 2000.

SSSN conference on “Management of the Soil Resource s of Nigeria for Sustainable Agricultural Production in the 21st Century” held at Benin City, November 21 – 25, 1999.

SSSN conference on “Land Use Planning and Management for sustainable Agriculture” held at the University of ILorin, November 15 – 19, 1992.

SSSN conference on “Soil and the Environment” held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, November 17 – 22, 1991.

National workshop on “Fruits / Tree Crops seedling Production” held at Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR), Benin, August 14 – 17, 1990.

SSSN conference on “Soil Management for Combating Desertification and improving productivity” held at the University of Maiduguri, November 25 – 29, 1990.

Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) conference on “Soil Management for Erosion and Pollution Control” held at Nsukka, October 17 – 22, 1989

Annual conference of Agricultural Society of Nigeria held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, August 31 – September 3, 1987.

ENVIRONMENT / CLIMATE CHANGE ACTIVITIES

Participant in Green Deal Nigeria Project of Henrich Boel Foundation, May – June, 2013.

Participant In A Closure Workshop For Climate Change Adaptation For Africa (Ccaa) –Supported Project In Abia State, Gado Hotels, Umuahia, 24th August, 2012.

Participant at the NEST-CCAA platform /Envisioning and reflection meeting held at Oweri-nta in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State on 28th May 2010

Team Leader in NEST sponsored study on “Gender Dimensions and Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Adaptations to Climate Change in the Southeast Agroecological zone of Nigeria. 2009 – 2010. Project executed by WACDI as part of building Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change.

Consultant to Tubali Development Initiative on the project “Climate and Food Security” being implemented in partnership with Henrich Boel Foundation, 2010 - 2012

Platform Facilitator in Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) Project funded by IDRC and executed by NEST in Abia State.

Participant at Climate Change Training Workshop for BNRCC Pilot Project  Partners held at Top View Hotel Abuja, 15 – 20 March, 2010.

Participant at a training Workshop for project facilitators on NEST-CCAA project held at NEST – CCAA project Office, Umuahia from 11 to 12 February 2010.

Participant at the Inception workshop on the project “Inciting Rural –Urban interactions to cope with climate Change: An Adaptation Experiment in Aba and its region, South Eastern Nigeria” held at Binez Hotel , Aba; 23 – 24 September 2009.

Trade Network Initiative (TNI) workshop on Climate Change, Agriculture and Trade, held at Nugget Hotels, Abuja, June 24, 2009. Presented invited paper on “Impact of Climate Change on Nigerian Agriculture.

National Stakeholders’ Workshop on Nigeria’s State of the Environment Report, organized by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Valencia Hotels, Abuja, May 28, 2008.

Participant at the Information workshop for pre-qualified proponents of Building Nigeria’s Response to climate research projects, 15 July, 2008, at Ibadan, Nigeria.

Team Leader NSPFS Project on Soil and Water Conservation Handbook for Extension Workers. National Special Programme for Food Security, Abuja, Nigeria. 2005.

Principal Researcher in NEST Sponsored project on “Coping Strategies for climate change and sustainable development: a case study of Okigwe south district, Imo State”. 2003.

Principal Researcher in NEST Sponsored project on “Vulnerability Assessment and  Adaptation to climate change: Agriculture, Forestry, Land degradation and Biodiversity”. 2003.

Principal Field Researcher in NEST – GERA project on Environmental Impacts of Multinational Corporation Activities on Sustainable Livelihoods of Rural Women in Akwa Ibom state, Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria. 2001 – 2002.

Participant at the Methodology Training Workshop organized by NEST 21 – 23 January 2002 at Ibadan for the NEST – GERA project.

NEST workshop on “Energy Systems and Climate Change” held at Zaranda Hotel , Bauchi, from November 26 – 29, 2003.

NEST workshop on “Eco-regional workshop on Gap filling in inventory, mitigation, vulnerability and adaptation activities to Climate Change” held at Metro Hotel, Uyo from December 15 – 18, 2002.

Global strategies International Inc. and NEST regional stakeholders workshop on “Climate Change” held at Niger Delta wetlands Center, Port Harcourt, January 25 – 27, 2001.

NEST workshop on “NGOs, Popular participation and Environmental Management” held at Maharaji Hotels Kaduna, October 25 – 28, 1999.

NEST workshop on “Informal Sector and the Nigerian Environment” held at BINEZ hote, Aba, October 26 – 29, 1998.

NEST Seminar on Energy Policy and CO2 Emissions” held at the University of Ibadan, October 27, 1995.

Nigeria Environmental Study / Action Team (NEST) workshop on “Promoting Environmental Awareness” held at Paradise Hotel, Calabar, June 4 – 7, 1995.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

DEANSHIP/HEADSHIP

Head, Soil and Plant Nutrition Division, Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria, Benin City, Edo State, 1989 – 1991.

Head, Department of Soil Science and Agroclimatology, MOUAU, 2004 – 2006.

Head, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, MOUAU, 2008 – 2012.

Research Program Leader – Soil Agro-climatology and Environment program, 2009 - date

Editor – in – chief, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment (JSAE) Published by Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike; July 2011 – May 2014

Deputy Editor – in – Chief, Nigerian Journal of Soil Science (NJSS) published by Soil Science Society of Nigeria; June 2011 – present

Dean, College of Crop and Soil Sciences, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, November 2012 - Present

MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES

  1. Member, College Postgraduate Committee, 1999 – date.
  2.  Member, departmental Postgraduate Committee, 1999 – date.
  3.  Chairman, College UGC committee, MOUAU/CCSS/020/Vol.III/113 of Nov. 27, 2000
  4.  Departmental Seminar Coordinator, 1999 – 2004
  5. College Seminar Coordinator, 2005 – date
  6. Member, Oil Palm Project Implementation Committee, FUAU/R/PERS/15/Vol. 1 of  March 19, 1999
  7. Leader, College Project on Plantain and Banana,  MOUAU/CCSS/ 020/ III/151 of February 12, 2001
  8. College Representative in CNREM College Board,  MOUAU/CCSS/020/III/159 of May 10, 2001
  9.  Member, departmental committee for PGD Programme, FUAU/AG/03/47 of September 2, 1999
  10. Member, departmental committee on Short Certificate Courses,  FUAU/AG/01/33 of August 13, 1999
  11. Member, College Crop Museum committee,  MOUAU/CCSS/020/III/111 of August 21, 2000
  12.  Member, College Academic Curriculum committee, 2001
  13. Chairman, Departmental Accreditation Committee, 2005
  14. Member, College Accreditation Committee, 2005
  15. Member, University Accreditation Committee, 2005
  16. Member, University Senate, October 2004 – September 2006 ; 2008 to date
  17. Member, Senate Examination Malpractice committee. MOUAU/R/SEN/70/vol. 1 of 7/6/06
  18. Member, Senate Business Committee. MOUAU/R/SEN/26A/vol. iv of 3/5/06
  19. Member, Senate panel of investigation on alleged mutilation /alteration of examination results, 2005. N/71/vol. 1 of 11/10/05
  20. Acting Head, Department of Soil Science and Meteorology, October 2004 – September 2006; 2008 to date.
  21. Member, University Research Team Collaborating with Bountiful Harvest Farmers Group at Afikpo, 2001 – 2004
  22. Member, University Research Team Collaborating with Agricultural rejuvenation Project, Isuochi, 2001 – 2004
  23. Research Programme Leader for University research programme on Soils, Agroclimatology and Environment, July 1, 2009 – date
  24. Member, committee to review Postgraduate prospectus. MOUAU/PGS/P.016/vol. vii/59.
  25.  Member, Committee on successor generation of farmers. Letter of 28/5/05
  26. Member, University Staff Disciplinary committee. Letter of 22/06/09
  27. Member, investigation panel into alleged acts of impropriety. MOUAU/R/PASM/20/vol. 1 of 21/5/09.
  28. Member, panel of investigation on the allegation of improper supervision and unwelcome sexual advances. MOUAU/R/PASM/20/vol. 1 of 20/8/08
  29. Member, committee on development of the Niger Valley Basin project. Letter of 6/5/06
  30. Chairman, panel of investigation of alleged missing examination scripts of four students in the Department of Agricultural economics. Letter of 29/1/2009.
  31. Member, Senate committee on project commissioning. MOUAU/R/SEN/83/vol. 1 of 6/1/2009.
  32. Member, committee on petitions.  MOUAU/VC/222/1 of April 13, 2006.
  33. Member, committee to investigate allegations of poor supervision and incompetent project management and wrong doings by the staff of the physical planning and works services department. MOUAU/VC/260 of January 15, 2008.
  34. Chairman, panel of investigation of alleged leakage of MTH 112 by Mr. Emmanuel Okereke (College of Natural and Applied Sciences). Letter dated December 2, 2011.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

Member, Soil Science Society of America

Member, Soil Science Society of Nigeria

Member, Agricultural Society of Nigeria

Member, International Biometrics Society

Member, Nigerian Environmental study/Action Team.

OTHERS

COMMUNITY SERVICES

RESEARCH EXTENSION WORK

Member, University extension team collaborating with Bountiful Harvest Farmers, Afikpo, Ebonyi State. 2001 – 2004.

Member, University extension team collaborating with Agricultural Rejuvenation project, Isuochi, 2001 – 2002.

Lead Researcher on the project “Gender Dimensions and Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Southeast Agroecological zone of Nigeria” funded by NEST, 2009 – 2011.

SERVICES ON PUBLIC BODIES

Member / Director, University Choir, MOUAU

Patron, Young Catholic Students, Umuahia Diocese

Patron, Young Catholic Students, Owerri Eclesiastical Province

Patron, Sacred Heart of Jesus Society, St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy, MOUAU.

Chairman, 2009 Harvest Planning committee, St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy, MOUAU.

Chairman, 2010 Harvest Planning committee, St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy, MOUAU.

External Examiner to Imo State University in 2007. IMSU/REG/EST/0083 of 29/1/2007

External Examiner to Imo State University in 2008.  IMSU/FAVM/83/Vol.2/32 of 1/1/2008

External Examiner to Delta State University for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 sessions. 

External Examiner to Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), 2012

External Examiner to Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki 2011/201; 2012/2013

External Examiner to University of Nigeria, Nsukka 2014

MEMBERSHIP OF SOCIO-CULTURAL GROUPS

Member, Catholic Men Organization (CMO), St. Thomas Aquinas Chaplaincy, MOUAU

Member, Choral Society, St. Michael’s Catholic Parish, Ugwunchara, Umuahia

Member, Umunumo Town Union, Umuahia Branch.

EDITORSHIP OF LEARNED SOCIETY JOURNAL

Land Degradation, Agricultural Productivity and Rural Poverty: Environmental Implications (S. O. Ojeniyi, A. O. Ano, D. O. Asawalam and G. O. Chukwu, Editors). Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria held at NRCRI, Umudike, 4 – 7 November, 2003.

Editor,  Soil Science Society of Nigeria Newsletter, 2010 - date

Deputy Editor – in – Chief, Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 2011 - date

Editor – in – Chief, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment, 2011 - 2014

INVITED PUBLIC LECTURES

Damian O. Asawalam, 2009. Quality Cocoa and Wealth Creation. Invited Paper presented at the 5th National Cocoa Day held at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, April 16, 2009.

Damian O. Asawalam, 2006. The Role of Young Catholic Students in Modern Evangelization and Apostleship. Invited paper presented to Young catholic Students of Nigeria, Owerri Ecclesiastical Province at their 2006 convention held at Girl’s Secondary School, Ekwereazu, April 1 – 5, 2006.

Damian O. Asawalam, 2009. Impact of climate change on sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria. Invited paper presented at a round table on climate change and agriculture held at Nugget Hotels, Abuja, June 24 – 25, 2009 by Trade Network Initiative.

Damian O. Asawalam,  2005. Energy policy and carbon dioxide emissions: an agricultural view point. Invited paper presented at NEST Seminar on Energy Policy and CO2 Emissions” held at the University of Ibadan, October 27, 1995.

SERVICES TO LEARNED & PROFESSIONAL BODIES

Member and Chairman, Publications sub-committee, Local Organizing Committee of Annual conference of the Nigerian Society for Plant Protection (NSPP) on “Plant Protection Strategies for Emerging Risks in Agriculture” held at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, 10 – 14 March, 2013.

Secretary, Local Organizing Committee of Annual Conference of Nigerian Soybean Association on “Soybean for Poverty Eradication and Employment Generation in Nigeria” held at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, 14 – 18 October, 2001

Member, Local Organizing Committee of Annual Conference of the Weed Science Society of Nigeria on “Weed Management in the Next Millennium”  held at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, 14 – 16 November, 1999

Secretary, Local Organizing Committee of Annual Conference of Soil science Society of Nigeria on “Land Degradation, Agricultural Productivity and Rural Poverty: Environmental Implications” held at National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, 4 – 7 November, 2003

Member, Local Organizing committee of Agricultural Society conference, held at National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike, October 16 – 20, 2006.

National Assistant Secretary, Soil Science Society of Nigeria, March 2010 - date

EXTRA CURRICULAR

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