NWAJIOBI, BENSON PhD
Dr. Benson Nwajiobi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from the University of Benin, Edo State, a Master of Science degree (MSc) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Forestry and Environmental Management from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umuudike (MOUAU), Abia State, Nigeria. He did his one year National Service (NYSC) as the Biology Teacher of Okiti Mixed Secondary School Ubulu-Okiti, Delta State in 2005 where his commitment to community service via the Peer Education Training Project earned him Commendation from the National Youth Service Scheme. He worked as the Operations Manager of Obari-Nasemi GB Company Ltd., and the Manager of Chidelavie Resources, Port Harcourt before proceeding on a full time Master of Science (MSC) degree programme in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU). He got appointment from the University as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Management after his Masters degree programme, and later completed his doctorate degree in the same specialty and from the same Department. He has served in several positions besides his teaching, research and students supervisory responsibilities in the University. He has also participated in several local and international conferences and workshops; and has several publications in conference proceedings and reputable journals. He is a member several professional bodies including Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN), Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON), Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST) and the Community African Forum on Urban Forestry (CAFUF).
His research interest is in developing environmentally friendly technologies for forestry and agricultural crop production systems, application of silvicultural techniques including molecular biotechnology in tree crop production and forest management for various purposes such as environmental conservation, enhanced fruit production and carbon sequestration. He has received several awards and commendations from reputable institutions and organizations.
Publications and Creative Works
Thesis and Dissertation
- The effects of salinity on the germination, growth and development of Sphenostylis stenocarpa (Hochst Ex A. Rich) HARMS (African Yam Bean). B.Sc. Project, University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State. Pp. 51. 2003. November, 2003.
- Assessment of environmental management practices in Umuahia (Abia State) and Port Harcourt (Rivers State) in the Niger Delta of Nigeria. M.Sc Thesis, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State. Pp. 107. September, 2011.
- Ecology, silvicultural requirements and carbon sequestration potentials of three indigenous forest tree species in Abia State, Nigeria. Ph.D Dissertation, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia State. Pp. 216. August, 2021.
- Nwajiobi, B., Mbakwe, R., and Nzegbule, E.C. (2020). Germination characteristics and carbon sequestration potentials of Afzelia africana (Sm), Brachystegia eurycoma (Harms), and Milicia excelsa (Welw.) C.C. Berg. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of the College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (CNREM), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State. 9th – 10th March, 2020. Pp. 69 – 76.
- Nwajiobi, B., Nzegbule, E.C., Mbakwe, R., Asawalam, D., Mejeha, R., Chukwu, G.O. and Ezenwa, L.I. (2019). Effects of legume-based compounded organic fertilizers on growth, nutritive value, and biomass yield of Amaranthus hybridus (Linn) in Umudike, Nigeria. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of the College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (CNREM), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State. 9th – 10th March, 2020. Pp. 61 – 68
- Nwajiobi, B.; Nzegbule, E.C.; Mbakwe, R.; Asawalam, D. O; Mejeha, R.; Chukwu, G.O.; and Ezenwa, L.I. (2016). Building Resilience in Crop Production System through Improved Fertilization using Rice Husk and other Local Materials in Nigeria. Conference of the Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST) on Agricultural Resilience and Security in Nigeria held at Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State. 25th – 26th October.
- Nwajiobi, B., Ndelekwute E.K.,and H.O. Uzegbu (2013). Climate change impact on forestry, agriculture and human health in developing nations. Proceedings of International Conference on Culture, Science and Sustainable Development, Held in the Conference Hall, British Council, Accra, Ghana from 11th – 14th November, 2013. P. 83 – 92.
- Nwajiobi, B., Ezenwa L.I., Nwobodo, K.A., and L. O. Ikwa (2013). Effective waste management for sustainable development in Nigeria. Proceedings of the 36th Conference of the Forestry Association of Nigeria, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria, from 4th – 9th November, 2013. P.766 – 771.
- Mbakwe, R. and Nwajiobi, B. (2013). Impact of litter fall on forest soil in the humid
Tropics of Nigeria: opportunity in climate change mitigation. Proceedings of the 35thConference of the Forestry Association of Nigeria, Held in Sokoto, Sokoto State Nigeria, from 11th – 16th February, 2013. P. 309-319
- Nwajiobi, B., Nzegbule, E.C., Mbakwe, R., Asawalam, D., Mejeha, R., Chukwu, G.O. and Ezenwa, L.I (2020). Growth and nutrient content of selected legume species in Humid Tropical Forest of Southeastern Nigeria. The Nigerian Agricultural Journal, 51 (3) 168-177. http://www.ajol.info/index.php/naj
- Nwajiobi, B., Nzegbule, E.C., Mbakwe, R., Asawalam, D., Mejeha, R., Chukwu, G.O. and Ezenwa, L.I (2020). Strategizing to improve agricultural fertilization system using local materials in Southeastern. Nigeria. The Nigerian Agricultural Journal, 51 (3) 264-272.
- Nwajiobi, B., Nzegbule, E.C., Mbakwe, R., Asawalam, D., Mejeha, R., Chukwu, G.O. and Ezenwa, L.I (2018). Effect of compounded composts on the growth of Maize (Zea mays L). Nigerian Agricultural Journal, 49 (2): 114-121. http://www.ajol.info/index.php/naj
- Ubuoh, E. A; Nwajiobi, B. (2018). Implications of different household cooking energy on indoor air quality in urban and semi-urban settlements in Imo, South Eastern Nigeria. Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, 22 (5): 725-729. www.
- Nwajiobi, B. and G. C. Mgbeze (2017). Effects of Salinity on Germination and Growth of Sphenostylis stenocarpa (Hochst. Ex. A. Rich.) Harms (AFRICAN YAM BEAN). Taraba Journal of Agricultural Research, 5 (2): 77-87.
- Nwajiobi, B. and Samson, E.O. (2016). Effects of different rates of poultry manure on germination and early growth of Afzelia africana. International Journal of Agricultural Innovations. 6(1): 25-29.
- Nwajiobi, B; Ezenwa L. I; Nwobodo, K.A; and L. O. Ikwa (2016). Effective waste management: a critical pathway to greening economy of developing nations. International Journal of Agricultural Innovations. 6 (1):59-67.
- Nwajiobi, B., Ndelekwute, E.K., Uzoegbu, H.U. (2013). Climate change impact on forestry, agriculture and human health in developing nations. International Journal of Innovations in Environmental Science and Technology 3(2):92 – 99, 2013.
- Ogbonnaya, S and Nwajiobi, B. (2012). Public participation: veritable option for effective environmental management practice in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. International Journal of Research and Advancement in Environmental Science. 2 (1):71-74.