Ogunwole, Joshua O.
Joshua O. Ogunwole is a soil scientist with a broad background in sustainable agriculture, soil ecology, soil and water conservation, nutrient cycling and soil carbon sequestration. He is particularly interested in ecosystems services provided by different land use systems. A professor of soil science, Joshua has more than 20 years’ experience in dryland farming, irrigation, and agroecology with research and expertise in soil quality improvement for raising ecosystem productivity and strengthening resilience of rural agrarian communities in North, East and West Africa; how management practices facilitate and enhance resource regeneration and landscape sustainability. He has served as lecturer, researcher and administrator at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Federal University Dutsinma and recently; Federal University Oye-Ekiti in Nigeria. He will be assuming the Vice Chancellorship (President) of Bowen University Iwo, Nigeria from 1st August, 2018.Joshua received in 2004, a Research Merit Award for Sustainable Agriculture from the Schweisfurth Foundation and Support Africa International of Germany. He was a recipient of the CSIR/TWAS Postdoctoral Award to India in 2006/2007; the prestigious J. Williams Fulbright Research Scholar Award in 2009-2010 at Pennsylvania State University, USA. Joshua Ogunwole also secured a TWAS-UNESCO Associate-ship Award (2010-2013) to co-study soil quality changes under the Nile River Basin Challenge Programme at the International Water Management Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was a Regular Associate-ship of the revered Abdu Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste-Italy (several visits between year 2010-2017). He recently concluded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the Leibniz University Hanover, Germany (2014-2015). Joshua has extensive experience in providing academic inputs for the in-Africa delivery of seven Australia Awards Africa Fellowships and Short Courses, including: Dryland Farming (2011-2013); Soil and Water Conservation Agriculture (2014-15); Irrigation and Water Resources Management for Agriculture (2017-2019); in Tunisia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Further, he served twice as Selection Panel Member involved in the assessment, evaluation and recommendation of potential Awardees for final selection under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)-funded Australia Awards Africa Fellowships and Short Courses in Dryland Farming, and Soil and Water Conservation Agriculture.He has published over 60 research papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings in the area of soil & water agriculture, biofuel feedstock agriculture, irrigation and structural stability assessment in soils. He has also taught several courses and led research on legumes and oilseeds-based crops in the drylands.