Associate professor - Expert on land surface processes and environmental change

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Dr. Adegoke is an award winning environmental scientist whose research focuses on understanding the relationships between changing land surface processes and diverse indicators of environmental change. He uses climate diagnostic tools, satellite remote sensing, and regional climate models to investigate these interactions at local and regional scales. Dr. Adegoke is a faculty member in the Department of Geosciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where he conducts research in the Laboratory for Climate Analysis and Modeling (LCAM) and teaches courses in physical climatology, satellite remote sensing, environmental science and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Dr. Adegoke is a member of several professional societies including the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Association of American Geographers (AAG), and American Meteorological Society (AMS). He is a Council Member of the African Association for Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) and serves on the Technical Advisory Board of the UNESCO crosscutting project on the Application of Remote Sensing for Ecosystem and Water Resources Management in Africa. His recent work focuses on societal impacts of environmental change, including air pollution studies in rapidly changing mid-latitude urban areas, climate impacts on water resources, and coastal ecosystem dynamics in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Dr. Jimmy Adegoke

Jan 22 2009

Thanks for your comment and for posting your very impressive bio. Yes, we should conenct and explore ways to collaborate. I just returned from Nigeria where I testified before the House of Representatives Commitee on Climate Change. It looks like the Nigerian government wants to get serious about climate change and our complementary expertise should be leveraged to help that process move forward. My lab can also assist with the climate and satellite remote sesing aspects of the Lesotho Wetlands project. In fact, I am teaching a graduate class this semester on satellite climatology and this can be a good course project for a couple of students to generate some preliminary results.

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Dear Dr. Adegoke,
Good to read about your profile. We would be interested in collaborating with you. Below is my brief profile.

I hold a B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc.(Agronomy) and Ph.D. Agriculture with a bias in Soils & Natural Resources Management with over 10 years within the University systems and over six years in research.I have taught diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate (diploma and M.Sc.) courses. See the attached CV for the list of these courses. I have taught pedology, soil fertility & plant nutrition, as well as fundamentals of Soil Science to Agricultural students (1998- 2005 & 2007 - till date). In addition, I have inspired these students and sown in them a passion for excellence. Contact and details of some of these students both in the Africa, the United Kingdom, and Canada could be provided upon request. In addition, I have inspired and mentored younger colleagues who are now making waves in research and development. I have worked as a research fellow within two of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)- the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA) for five years. While in these institutes, I had been equipped with the ability/skills to be a team player, work in multicultural environment, and meet tight deadlines. In addition, I have been trained in the technicalities and details of research planning, conceptualization, coordination execution using results-based approach. In addition, I have been schooled in the art of communication (written and oral) and have good presentation skills. I have the ability to draft research and technical documents. I have also worked within the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Accra, Ghana a CGIAR member during my one year sabbatical leave where we conducted research on water use/irrigation and rice in selected wetlands of Nigeria. I have a brief stint (approx. 12 months) within the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Regional Office for Africa as a consultant in Accra, Ghana. There, I helped to develop Guidelines for Sustainable Management of Wetlands in sub-Saharan Africa. I have very strong networking and team working skills and can motivate and inspire functional groups to forge ahead and achieve set goals in the past years. Also, I have encouraged colleagues and team members to set challenging goals. I have the ability to delegate responsibility, clarify expectations, and give staff autonomy in important areas of their work and involve others in decision-making. This has been achieved by showing appreciation and encouraging others to set challenging goals and obtain results related to their area of responsibility. I have been attracting funding for scientific research. I have been trained to meet target deadlines and can also work under pressure.

In terms of scientific writings, I have copious amount of internationally related journal articles: book chapters (5), peer reviewed articles (21), monographs, reports & extension publications (7) and published conference proceedings (15). Details of these are itemized in the attached curriculum vitae (CV). I have presented oral and poster scientific papers locally and internationally. I have just been awarded a traveling fellowship to present one of the lead papers at the oncoming International conference on plant-soil interaction at low soil pH, China, April, 2009.

The abstract of our proposal is pasted below:
There is sparse information on the wetlands of Lesotho. The last soil inventory in the country was conducted in June, 1979 (almost 29 years ago). Currently, since the country is located on the plateau, it is experiencing the impact of climate change than any other countries in Africa. Rainfall has become inconsistent, and drought is the order of the day. Most of the wetlands in Lesotho is either used for a livestock watering and drinking especially in the rural areas. There is an urgent need to be able to ascertain how much of this wetlands has been lost in the past 29 years. Lesotho has a big dams- Mohale & Katse- which are trans-boundary as this water is used by Republic of South Africa and Namibia benefits from. However, there is this problem of drought, and erratic rainfall that has not been consistent in the past four years. Thus there is an urgent need to be able to study the impact of these changes on wetlands of Lesotho. This study will be divided into: (i) climatic modelling, (ii) socio-econmic surveys, (iii) soil & hydrological studies of these wetlands, (iv) studying of changes in the wetlands of Lesotho between 1979-1989 and then between 1989 and 1999 and between 1999 and 2009 using remote sensing/GIS techniques.

Olaleye, A.O, PhD
Associate Professor, Soils & Natural Resources,
The National University of Lesotho.
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