Old Faculty of Science Block
Tuesdays - Thursdays (10:00am -1:00pm)
|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.
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.