Meet NDIMELE PRINCE EMEKA, an Academic Staff of Lagos State University.


Assoc Prof






Old Faculty of Science Block

Visiting Hour

Tuesdays - Thursdays (10:00am -1:00pm)

Awards & Prizes

  1. Tertiary Education Trust Fund Institution based research grant for 2019. Project Title: The Ecological Effects of Sand Mining on the Fisheries of Lagos Lagoon Complex ---- 2019
  2. American Geophysical Union Centennial Grant, 2019. Project Title: Taking Disaster Management to Schools and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps ---- 2019
  3. International Travel Grant to attend 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting held between 11th – 16th February, 2018 in Portland, Oregon, United States of America. ---- 2018
  4. 2017 Global Outreach Initiative of Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). Project Title: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in the Communication of Ecosystem Services of Lagos Lagoon Complex to its Local Dependants. ---- 2017
  5. International Travel Grant to attend 2016 Society of Wetland Scientists Meeting held between 29th May – 3rd June, 2016 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA. ---- 2016
  6. Research Fellowship in Institute for Marine Remote Sensing, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL, USA. - 2016 ---- 2016
  7. 2016 Ecologists in Africa Grant of British Ecological Society Project Title: Socio-Economic Mapping and Modelling of Nigerian Aquatic Ecosystems: A case study of Akwa-Ibom State, South-south, Nigeria. ---- 2016
  8. University of Granada (Spain) Travel Fellowship to Attend Association for Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Conference in Granada, Spain between 22nd and 27th February, 2015. ---- 2015
  9. Lagos State Research Development Council (LRDC), 2014 Project Title: Developing Protocol for Breeding and Hatchery Fry of Silver Catfish Chrysichthys nigrodigitatus [OBOKUN] ---- 2014
  10. Lagos State Research Development Council (LRDC), 2014 Project Title: Managing Wetland Ecosystem Services (WES): Towards sustainable developmental plan in Lagos State. ---- 2014
  11. Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) grant for attending international conferences, August, 2013 – (Attended 5th World Conference of Society for Ecological Restoration, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America, 6th – 11th October, 2013). ---- 2013
  12. Fellow, Europe-Africa Marine Earth Observation Network (EAMNet) in University of Cape Town, South Africa, December, 2012 – February, 2013. ---- 2013
  13.  Federal Government of Nigeria Post-Graduate Scholarship, 2002-2003 (M.Sc.) ---- 2003
  14.  Best-Graduating Student, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University, 1998/99 session ---- 2000


# Certificate SchoolYear
1 Ph.D University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria 2008
2 M.Sc University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria 2003
3 B.Sc. Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State, Nigeria 2000


The aim of my research program is to provide managers of aquatic resources with information and tools that will enable them to become better administrators of healthy and sustainable ecosystems. Solutions to real-world natural resource problems typically require an understanding of basic ecological patterns and processes. Ecology provides new knowledge of the interdependence between people and nature that is vital for food production, maintaining clean air and water, and sustaining biodiversity in a changing climate. Management of natural resources stems from the fact that they are limited. As the human population is increasing rapidly, the demand for resources increases also. Thus, proper management of these resources can ensure that they last for generations to come. Consequently, my research strives to combine studies of basic ecological questions with applied research. Although, my research program spans the continuum from basic to applied ecological and statistical questions, it focuses mostly on the conservation of biological diversity particularly fresh and brackish water fish species and providing a strong scientific basis for aquatic resource management decisions. Thus, my overall research program is applied in orientation and is driven largely by the resource information needs of local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations whose focus is on conservation.

Goals and Philosophy
My research and teaching philosophy is to raise students that will expand the frontiers of aquatic, ecological, biostatistical and fisheries knowledge through cutting edge researches that will address fundamental and critical human needs.
The goals of my research program are as follows: • develop a diverse and productive research program in applied ecology, biostatistics, ecotoxicology and quantitative fisheries science, • provide a strong scientific basis for aquatic resource conservation decisions, and • train graduate and undergraduate students in research and aquatic resource conservation.

Research Progress
I have background in Fisheries and my research interest spans different areas of fisheries including aquatic ecology, ecotoxicology, statistical modelling, fisheries biology and ecological restoration. Over the years, I have done some researches in environmental toxicology (acute toxicity tests of insecticides and petroleum on fish species, monitoring heavy metal content of water, sediment and fish species in industrial areas of Lagos, Nigeria) and ecosystem restoration, which involves testing the efficacy of water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) (a supposed noxious aquatic weed) as well as other aquatic macrophytes, and biostimulants (fertilizers) in restoration of oil-polluted aquatic ecosystems. In addition and very importantly too, I have attempted to model crude oil spills as well as their effects on the aquatic ecosystems. The benefit of this to my current and future research is that the model would help to state perhaps in clearer terms, the effects a given quantity of spilled crude oil would have on the ecosystem and the monetary value that should accrue to the indigenes because of damages to their environment and sources of livelihood.

Future Research Interests
My future research plan would focus on the following areas:
i. Modelling the impacts of anthropogenic stressors (emerging contaminants of global concern like plastics, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides, herbicides and endocrine disrupting compounds) on man and his environment;
ii. The impacts of climate change on sustainable livelihood in coastal communities as well as their vulnerability and adaptation strategies using scientific and indigenous knowledge;
iii. The use of ecometabolomics (knowledge of the metabolic mechanisms underlying the responses of organisms, communities, and ecosystems to environmental shifts) to understand the functioning and processes in aquatic ecosystems and how this knowledge can be used in combination with satellite technology for sustainable management of our water bodies.

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