OKORO IKWUAKONAM GEORGE

OKORO IKWUAKONAM GEORGE

ASSISTANT LECTURER

Biography

PERSONAL DATA

 Name:                          Okoro    Ikwuakonam    George

 Nationality:                 Nigerian

 Contact Address:                    Department of Soil Science and Meteorology.

College of Crop and Soil Sciences

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.

P.M.B 7267 Umuahia,

Abia State. Nigeria

 

 Primary Research Area: Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry

 Research Interest:

  • The role of biochar in bioremediation and phytoremediation of contaminated soil.
  • Beneficial plant-microbe interactions in phytoremediation,
  • Soil microbial ecology, linking diversity with function, microbes involved in contaminated soil and water remediation

Current Research

·         Ameliorating effects of biochar on soil microbial properties of Palm Oil Mill Effluent in acidic Ultisol of Southeast Nigeria.

EDUCATION BACKGROUN

  2013                                   M.Sc (Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike                     

 2008                            B.Agric in Soil Science and Agro-Climatology (2nd class honors upper division), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike.  

2002                                  SSCE, Government   College Umuahia, Abia State.

1995                                  First school leaving certificate, Ahmadu Bello University Staff School Samaru Zaria, BZ Annex. Kaduna State.

EXPERIENCE

2014-Present:  Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike

Position:           Assistant Lecturer  

Courses taught from 2014-date

SSA 212          Principles of soil science                     2 units

SSA 321          Soil chemistry and microbiology        2 units

SSA 511          Soil and Plant Analysis                       2 units

SSA 523          Soil Chemistry and Microbiology       2 units

SSA 500          Undergraduate Project                        4 units

Students Supervised (2014 to date)

·         B.Sc:  ( 4 completed, 1 current )

 

NYSC discharge certificate  (Government Science Secondary School)

          (Billiri, Gombe state)                                                                       2010

Leadership Skills And Administrative Positions

 2016 – date     Secretary to Committee on International Year of Soil at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike.

2016 – date     Secretary to Committee on Curriculum review of Department of Soil Science and Meteorology.

2015 – date     Treasurer Welfare Association, College of Crop and Soil Sciences.

2015 – date     Assistant Seminar Coordinator of Department of Soil Science and Meteorology.

2015 – date     Assistant Seminar Coordinator of College of Crop and Soil Sciences.

2015 -  date     Member Local Organising Committee, Girl and women in Agriculture, G-WIN, at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike.

Other skills

Computer Skill:   Micro soft doors, Microsoft windows, Microsoft excel, Microsoft   powerpoint, SPSS, GENSTAT.

Personal Skills:  Analytical, can-do-spirit, passion for excellence, can work under pressure.

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Ø  International Union of Soil Science                                                                2011

Ø  Member soil science society of Nigeria                                                          2010

Ø  Member Biochar intiative of Nigeria                                                              2015

 

 CONFERENCES ATTENDED/PAPERS

 

Ø  35th Annual Conference of soil science society of Nigeria.

Theme: Soil Resources Management, Global Climate

Change and Food Security.   FUT MINNA                                                2011

 

Ø  37th Annual Conference of soil science society of Nigeria.

Theme: Soil Science, Environmental Management,

And food security. Nassarawa State University.                                                       2013

 

Ø  38th Annual conference of soil science society of Nigeria.

Theme: Nigerian Agricultural Transformation Agenda:

Soil as a key to National Development. UNI. OF UYO                               2014

Ø  Climate Impact Research Capacity and leadership Enhancement.

(CIRCLE)                                                                                                         2016

 

Papers Presented

Ø  37th Annual Conference of Soil Science Society of Nigeria. Effect of Aspergillus niger on the chemical properties of spiked agricultural polluted soil with crude oil.

 

Papers Published

Okoro, G. I, Osodeke, V. E, Nwokeh, U.J.(2014). Degradation of crude oil polluted soil using Aspergillus niger and Penicillium spp. Nigerian Journal of Soil and Environmental Research. Vol. 12, pp 147 – 153.

 

GRANTS /SCHOLARSHIP

Ø  Postgraduate Scholarship (Masters) programme. Federal Scholarship Board. Ministry of Education Abuja. Nigeria.           (2011 -2013)

 

VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATION

Ø  Assistant Secretary, Special Marshals (Federal Road Safety Corps).

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Scientific researching, Meeting people, Sports

 

REFEREES

 Professor Damian .O. Asawalam

Lecturer, Dept of soil science and Meteorology

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike

Abia State. Nigeria

 

  Professor Victor .E. Osodeke

Lecturer, Dept of soil science and Meteorology

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike

Abia State. Nigeria

 

Dr.  Olayinka  Nwachukwu

Lecturer, Dept of soil science and Meteorology

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike

Abia State. Nigeria

Email: yinkachukwu@yahoo.co.uk