Gandura Abagandura | Soil health | Women Researcher Award

Dr Gandura Abagandura | Soil health | Women Researcher Award

Post-Doctoral Researcher at  University of Nebraska Lincoln, United States

Dr. Gandura Abagandura is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, specializing in sustainable agriculture, soil health, and greenhouse gas emissions. He earned his Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Sciences from Clemson University in 2016, with a minor in Statistics. Prior to his current position, he worked as a Soil Scientist in Libya and held roles such as Arabic Tutor and Research Assistant at Clemson University.

 

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Education:

Ph.D., Clemson University, South Carolina, United States, 2016 Plant and Environmental Sciences 🌱 Minor in Statistics, Clemson University, South Carolina, United States, 2016
Mathematical Science 📊 Higher Diploma in English, Amal Institution, Libya, 2008 Linguistic Excellence 📚🇱🇾 M.S., Omar Almukter University, Libya, 2007 Department of Soil and Water Sciences 💧🌍 B.S., Omar Almukter University, Libya, 2004 Department of Soil and Water Sciences 🌱📈

Expertise:

 Sustainable Agriculture: Implementing practices like rotational grazing, no-till, cover crops, and integrating livestock to optimize environmental integrity 🌱🌾 Soil Health: Evaluating and enhancing soil health and microbial activity for resilient agricultural systems 💧🌱 Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Specialized in studying and mitigating CO2, CH4, and N2O emissions for sustainable environmental practices 🌍🔍 Carbon, Methane, and Nitrogen Cycles: Understanding and managing essential elements in the agricultural ecosystem 🔄🌾 Water Quality: Assessing and optimizing water quality in agricultural settings 💦🌾 Logistic Models: Utilizing mathematical models for predictive analysis and decision-making 📊🔍 Spatial Modeling: Employing spatial modeling techniques for effective land management 🗺️🌾 Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis: Applying robust methodologies for accurate research findings 📈🔬

Employment History:

2008-2010: Soil Scientist, Agricultural Research Center, Libya 🇱🇾 2013-2014: Arabic Tutor, Clemson University, South Carolina, United States, English Department 📚🗣️ 2015-2016: Research Assistant, Clemson University, South Carolina, United States, Plant and Environmental Sciences 🔬🌱 2017 (July)-2019 (December): Post-Doctoral Researcher, South Dakota State University, South Dakota, United States, Department of Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science 🌾🔍 2020 (January)-Present: Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska, United States, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture 🌽🔬

Research Skills:

Dr. Abagandura’s extensive skill set includes expertise in sustainable agriculture techniques, greenhouse gas flux measurements, soil and water sampling, and precision agriculture using GIS and UAVs. His proficiency in data analysis with JMP, SigmaPlot, and R Software reflects his commitment to producing robust research findings.

Research Focus:

Passionate about environmental issues, Dr. Abagandura’s research revolves around sustainable agriculture practices, soil health enhancement, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. His expertise spans a wide range of areas, including carbon cycles, water quality, and logistic models.

citations:

All-time Metrics (Since Start of Career):

  • Citations: 327
  • h-index: 12
  • i10-index: 14

Metrics Since 2019:

  • Citations: 322
  • h-index: 12
  • i10-index: 14

Dr. Gandura Abagandura’s impactful research has garnered 327 citations throughout their career, demonstrating a consistent scholarly influence. Since 2019, their work has been cited 322 times, reaffirming the sustained relevance and significance of their contributions to the scientific community. The h-index and i10-index, both standing at 12 and 14 respectively, reflect the depth and breadth of their scholarly impact. 📚🔍

 

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Kwaku Onwona-Hwesofour Asante | Soil Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr Kwaku Onwona-Hwesofour Asante: Soil Science |  Best Researcher Award

Research Scientist at  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI), Ghana

Kwaku Onwona-Hwesofour Asante, a Ghanaian researcher and development professional, holds a Ph.D. in Social Forestry and Environmental Governance. With a diverse educational background in agriculture, sustainable development, and governance, he has accumulated nearly 18 years of professional experience since completing his BSc in Agriculture in 2005. As a Research Scientist and Head of Section for Cassava and Related Value Chains at CSIR-Crop Research Institute, Kwaku specializes in Agroecology, Social Forestry, and Environmental Governance. His expertise extends to areas such as forest science, climate science, agroecology, non-timber forest products, and environmental policy.

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👩‍🎓 EDUCATION:

  1. Ph.D. in Social Forestry and Environmental Governance
    • 🏫 University of Energy and Natural Resources
    • 📚 Fields: R&D in Environmental Management and Resource Governance
    • 📆 Aug 2017 – Dec 2022
    • 🎓 Certificate Awarded: PhD in Social Forestry and Environmental Governance
    • 📘 Thesis Title: Promoting Ecosystem Services: The Role of Extractive Resource Governance and Agroecological Land-Use Management
  2. Master of Philosophy in Agronomy
    • 🏫 University of Education’s College of Agriculture
    • 📚 Fields: Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
    • 📆 Aug 2015 – Oct 2019
    • 🎓 Certificate Awarded: Master of Philosophy in Agronomy
    • 📘 Thesis Title: Influence of different rates of inorganic fertilizer and biochar on the growth, yield, and nutritional qualities of carrots in the Forest-Savanna Transitional Zone of Ghana
  3. Master of Arts in Governance and Sustainable Development
    • 🏫 University of Cape Coast (UCC)
    • 📚 Fields: Environment and Sustainable Development
    • 📆 Jun 2012 – Aug 2013
    • 🎓 Certificate Awarded: Master of Arts in Governance and Sustainable Development
    • 📘 Project Topic: Food Systems Transformation for Health and Sustainable Development
  4. BSc. Agriculture
    • 🏫 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
    • 📚 Fields: Agriculture and Rural Development
    • 📆 Aug 2001 – May 2005
    • 🎓 Diploma Awarded: BSc. Agriculture
    • 📘 Project Title: Effect of Neemazal in the Control of Root Knot Nematodes of Tomatoes
  5. Certificates in Languages
    • 🏫 Ghana Institute of Languages
    • 📚 Fields: Languages – French, Spanish, and German
    • 📆 Jan 2003 – Apr 2004
    • 🎓 Certificate Awarded: Certificates in French, Spanish, and German
  6. Senior Secondary School Certificate of Education
    • 🏫 Tamale Secondary School
    • 📚 Fields: General Agriculture, Horticulture, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Integrated Science
    • 📆 Sep 1997 – Dec 2000
    • 🎓 Certificate Awarded: Senior Secondary School Certificate of Education

Kudos to Kwaku for this remarkable academic journey! 🌟📖

📚 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Current Position:

  • 🎓 Research Scientist (Agroecology, Social Forestry, and Environmental Governance)
  • 🚀 Head of Section, Cassava and Related Value Chains

Key Qualifications:

  • 📜 PhD in Social Forestry and Environmental Governance
  • 🌾 MPhil Agronomy
  • 🌍 MA Governance and Sustainable Development
  • 🌾 BSc. Agriculture with emphasis on degraded ecosystem restoration and ecosystem management

Years of Professional Experience:

  • 📅 Approximately 18 years (Since the completion of BSc Agriculture in May 2005)

Kwaku’s journey is a testament to his dedication and expertise in cultivating sustainable solutions for agroecology and environmental governance. 🌿🌍

🔬 AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS:

  1. FAO Best Practice Award:
    • 🏛️ Recipient Institution: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Crops Research Institute (CSIR-CRI)
    • 🏅 Awarding Institution: FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
    • 🏆 Award Description: Won the overall best practice for the proposal “Soil Carbon Initiatives Towards Enhancing Nutrient and Water Cycling for Ecosystem Services (SCIENCES)” in the competitive Call: Good Practices Towards Sustainable Management of Soil and Water.
    • 📅 Date: 5th December 2023
  2. Best Teacher Award:
    • 🏛️ Recipient Institution: Ghana Education Service
    • 🏅 Awarding Institution: Ministry of Education, Ghana
    • 🏆 Award Description: Best Teacher Award for the National Service Category
    • 📅 Date: 5th December 2023
    • 🌟 Endorsements: Endorsed by the President and Minister of Education

Kwaku’s recognition in both scientific and educational realms showcases his versatility and excellence! 🌐🏅

Research Focus 🌱🔬:

Kwaku’s research spans diverse domains, from the impact of circular economy-based innovations on cassava yield and nutrition in mining-degraded landscapes to the intricate dance between different rates of fertilizer and biochar on carrot growth in the Forest-Savannah Transitional Zone. His exploration extends to the nutritional quality response of carrots to inorganic fertilizer and biochar. Additionally, he delves into the crucial realm of extractive resource governance, offering insights into enhancing practices amidst fragmented policy landscapes. Kwaku’s holistic approach includes studying the effects of gypsum amendment on soil quality, fruit characteristics, and toxicological responses of cucumbers in mining areas, contributing significantly to sustainable agriculture and environmental governance. 🌍🌿

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