Professor Nzegbule Emmanuel C. is a Professor of Plant Ecology with over 22 years of progressive
experience, and core competence in community ecology, environmental management, climate change,
natural resources management, ecosystem benefits and livelihood improvement and gender-responsive
sustainable development; with 16 years of strong involvement in research conception and implementation
and 12 years particularly devoted to research administration in a University setting. The past 8 years were
committed to engaging with Federal, State and Local Government in strengthening policies on
environment, development and communication. He has published over 40 scientific articles and technical
report in natural resources conservation, environmental monitoring, climate change and ecological services.
Supervised eighteen MSc students and six PhD students on aspects of Environmental Management and
Climate Change at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike; Director of Research and
Development, MOUAU from 2010-2014. He has reviewed several publications in natural resources
conservation, environmental management, climate change including the Gender and Climate Change
Toolkit, with over 20 years of promoting environmental stewardship. Prof. Nzegbule has been a fellow and
a consultant to Leadership for Environmental Adviser to Canadian International Development Agency
(CIDA-PSU); participated in the Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with active participation in the negotiation; processed several
grants awarded to various project partners and civil society organization (NGOs) for research and pilot
projects on environment and climate change. He also worked as a member of the Inter-Ministerial
Committee on Adaptation Fund; Coordinator and spokesperson of African NGOs on Environment and
Climate Change in several regional and global meetings on environment and climate change.
He also served at the position of Project Coordinator of the Building Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change
(BNRCC), a multi-million dollar climate change project, sponsored by the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA); led a 3-year development research project of a Climate Change Adaptation
for Africa (CCAA) project implemented at Aba, Nigeria funded by International Development Research
Council (IDRC Canada, 2009-2012) which facilitated 6 community adaptation projects. Worked as
Social/Environmental Impact Specialist in the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Rehabilitation of
the Irrigation Project in Bakilori (near Talata Mafara), in Zamfara State funded by USAID MARKETS
under Chemonics International; served in the implementation team of the multi-year Nigeria-Canada
Climate Change Capacity Development project, supported by the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA); Program Director of Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Study Team (NEST); proven
experience working with International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and various international
donor agencies such as USAID, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), EU and Oxfam.
Prof E. C. Nzegbule is a member of the editorial board of the Journal for Sustainable Agriculture and
Environment, member of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST);
and member of the Governing Council, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (2012-2017).
1. Nzegbule E., Nwajiuba, C., Ujor G., Onyeneke, R., Ogallah, S. and Okali, D. (2018). Sustainability
and the Effectiveness of BNRCC Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Address Climate Change
Impact in Nigeria. Proceeding of the Second Climate Change Conference Ibadan. Climate Change
Handbook 14 – 15 October, 2018.
2. Nzegbule, E., A.Q. Ijoma, M.C. Onyema (2018) Growth and Nodulation of Centrosema pubescens
Benth (Butterfly Pea) in Soils of High Copper Levels in the Humid Zone of Nigeria. Applied
Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 2018, Vol. 6, No. 1.
3. Kalu, M. Igwe C.E., Nzegbule, E.C. and Njoku, K.U. (2016). Community participation in the
management of Ukpom Bende Forest Reserve, Abia State. Journal of Foresyry, Environment and
Sustainable Development (JOFESD) Vol2. (1) 42-53.
4. Kalu, M. Igwe C.E., Nzegbule, E.C. and Njoku, K.U. (2016). Assessment of productivity of
Gmelina arborea and its implication for sustainability in Ukpom Bende Forest Reserve, Abia State.
Journal of Forestry, Environment and Sustainable Development (JOFESD) Vol2. (1) 42-53.
5. Harold K. O. and E. C. Nzegbule (2015) Characterization of copper fractions in soil of a cocoa
plantation treated with Bordeaux mixture at Ajata Bende in the rainforest agro-ecological zone
Nigeria. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment. Vol.16(1) Pp192- 207.
6. Nzegbule, E.C. (2013). The prospects and challenges of carbon marketing for Africa. Lead Paper,
Proceeding of forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN) Conference 6 th -8 th November, 2013, ELibrary
Centre Uyo Akwa Ibom State
7. Nzegbule, E. C. Ndelekwute, S.C. and Onyema, M. C (2013). Plant species richness and soil
nutrient contribution in a 35-year old cashew nut plantation in Isuochi. Nigerian Tropical Ecology
54 (2) pp 205 – 212.
8. Ekpo, F. E. and E.C. Nzegbule (2012) Climate Change impact and adaptation opportunities on
agricultural production in communities around Itu Bridge-head in Itu LGA, Akwa Ibam State,
Nigeria. International Journal of Environmental Sciences. Vol, 2 No 4 2191- 2202.
9. Ngoka, P. C and Nzegbule E.C. (2013) Tourism potentials of Nigerian National Parks by
ecological settings. The challenges of environmental education and sustainability. International
Journal of Applied Research and Technology. Vol. 2 No 6 pp174- 185.
10. Nzegbule, E. C. Ndelekwute, S.C. and Onyema, M. C (2011). Contribution of cashew
(Anacardium occidentale L.) to site quality in Isuochi Abia State. Nigerian Agricultural Journal Vol
42. pp 37 – 44.
- Nzegbule, E.; Ayoade, J.; Folorunsho, R.; O. Olukunle (2011) Climate change Adaptation Strategy
Technical Report- Natural Resources Sector. In NEST and Tegler, B. (Eds.) Climate change
Adaptation Strategy Technical Reports- Nigeria (CCASTR), Building Nigeria’s Response to
Climate Change, Ibadan, Nigeria: Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST) pp71-109.
12. Ogbonna P. C. and E. C. Nzegbule (2009). Germination frequency of woody species in exotic
plantation and bush fallow land area in Umuahia, Abia State. Global Journal of Agricultural
Sciences, Vol 8 No 1. 33 – 37.
13. Ogbonna P. C.; Nzegbule, E; and E. Tembe (2010). Litter quality and soil characteristics of
Gmelina arborea and bush fallow in Umuahia. Proceedings of the 33 rd Annual Conference of the
Forestry Association of Nigeria 25 th – 29 th October 2010 Vol. 1 pp 175 – 180.
14. Onyema, M. C.; Aju, P. C.; Nzegbule, E. C.; Iwara, K.E and. F.O. Abioye (2010) Women in
Resources exploitation in Afi wildlife sanctuary of Cross River State Nigeria. Proceedings of the
33 rd Annual Conference of the Forestry Association of Nigeria 25 th – 29 th October 2010 Vol. 1 pp
175 – 180
15. Nzegbule, E. (2008). Forestry Development and the challenge of climate change in Nigeria. In
Nwajiuba, C (ed.).
16. Nzegbule E. and N. Ikwuo (2009) Fadama project and potentials for integrating climate change
adaptation into its implementation. 3 rd International Conference on Community Based Adaptation
to Climate Change, Dhaka Sheraton 18 th – 24 Feb 2009. Abstract of Proceedings
17. Nzegbule, E. (2008). Climate change adaptation and mitigation in tropical landscape. Proceedings
of the 32 nd Annual conference of Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN). 21- 23 October, 2008. pp
453 – 460.
18. Nzegbule E. C. and P. C. Ogbonna (2007). Quantity and quality of litterfall in pure pine and
pine/Gmelina mixed plantations in Umuahia, Abia State. Global Journal of Agricultural Sciences
Vol. 7 (1) 93 – 96.
19. Nzegbule E. and Nwachi, E. (2008). Soil Seed bank characteristics of Canarium schweinfurthii
(Engl.): Implications for its natural regeneration. FRUITS 63 135 – 143.
20. Ogbonna, P. C. and Nzegbule, E. C. (2007) Recruitment of indigenous woody species within
plantations of exotic species and bush fallow system in Umuahia, Abia State.
21. Onyema M.C.; E. C. Nzegbule and C. O. Akachuku (2010) Effect of organic manure application
on leaf production, height growth and stem girth enlargement in a tropical vine (Cissus striata)
Abia State. Proceedings of Nigeria Tropical Biology Association, University Ibadan August 26,
2010, pp 31 – 36.
22. Kalu, M.; E. C. Nzegbule and E.G.O Ogidi (2009). Effects of industrial activities on composition
and distribution of macrophytes in Aba river wetland southeast Nigeria. International Journal of
Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Research 1 (1) 324 – 330.
23. Nzegbule E. C. and Onyema, C. (2007) Dynamics in soil nutrient status And
macro-organism population following land conversion from fallow to cultivated farm. Journal of
Sustainable Agriculture and Environment.
24. Nzegbule, E. C. and F. Ekpo (2007). The effect of quarrying on soil and
vegetation in Akamkpa Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. Global Journal of
Science Vol. 6 No 2 133 – 137.
25. Nzegbule E. C. (2007) Amelioration of copper toxicity in an aged cocoa plantation in Bende
District. Environment and Ecology 25 (2) 448 – 452.
26. Nzegbule, E. C. and Onyema C. 2006. Changes in the soil and vegetation following oil spillage and
fire outbreak in Isikwuato, southeastern Nigeria. Environment and Ecology pp 671 – 676.
27. Nzegbule E. C. 2006. Pattern of exploitation and valuation of major economic incentives from
some watersheds in Abia State. Proceedings of Forestry Association of Nigeria (FAN) Conference
28. Nzegbule, E. C. and Roy Mbakwe (2001) Effect of pre-sowing and incubation on seed germination
of Garcinia kola. FRUITS. France. Vol. 56 (6) 437 – 442
29. Nzegbule, E.C. 2003. Assessment of copper levels in the soil and the vegetation following repeated
application of Bordeaux mixture to a cocoa plantation in southeastern Nigeria. Nigerian
Agricultural Journal 34: 97 – 101.
- Nzegbule, E.C., R. Mbakwe and M.C. Dike (2001) Vegetation and variability of micro-
environment in a forest reserve in Umudike. Journal of Tropical Forest Resources.
31. Nzegbule, E.C. (2002). Contemporary environmental issues with respect to food production. In:
Nwajiuba Chinedum (ed.), Perspectives on food security in Eastern Nigeria pp 69 – 78.
32. Nzegbule E.C. and O.C. Onwuka (2000). Effect of mining on the composition and population of
plant species with reference to Ohiya kaolin mine in Umuahia, Nigeria. Journal of Sustainable
Agriculture and Environment. Umudike. Vol. 1 (1): 99 – 103.
33. Nzegbule E.C. and R. Mbakwe (2001). Litterfall and nutrient re-cycling in Treculia africana
Decene stand in southeastern Nigeria. Proceedings of the 27 th Annual conference of the Forestry
Association of Nigeria (FAN). Abuja. pp177 – 182.
34. Nzegbule, E.C. (2001). Tomato production using chemical fertilizer and nasute termite mound as
soil amendment. Tropical Agricultural Research and Extension Vol. 4 (1) Sri Lanka.
35. Nzegbule E.C. and R. Mbakwe, P.E. Okorie (2000). Litterfall and nutrient return in Dacryodes
edulis H.J. Lam stand in southeastern Nigeria. 3 rd International Workshop on the Improvement of
Safou and other non-conventional crops Yaounde, Cameroon 3 – 5 October 2000 Pp204-211
36. Meregini A.O.A. and E.C. Nzegbule (2000). Potentials of Mallotus oppositifolius for agroforestry
and land management in southeastern Nigeria. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and
Environment. Umudike. Vol. 2 (1): 55 –61.
37. Nzegbule, E.C. And A.O.A Meregini (1999). Applying indigenous knowledge for the conservation
of biodiversity in Okigwe South, Imo state Nigeria. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and
Environment. Umudike. Vol. 1 (1): 95- 100.
38. Nzegbule, E.C. and R. Mbakwe (1999). The effect of gibberellic acid (GA) on early growth of
Nauclea diderrichii. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment. Umudike. Vol. 1 (1):106
39. Nzegbule E. C. (1998). Improving the contribution of leguminous species to soil fertility in the
traditional cropping systems of south eastern Nigeria. “Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Africa:
Linking Process to progress”. Proceedings of the Eight congress of the African Association for
Biological Nitrogen fixation. Pp 191 – 192.
40. Nzegbule, E.C. And Osodeke, V.E. (1997) Potential of nasute termite mounds as soil amendment
in tomato production on acid sands of southeastern Nigeria. Proceedings of the Regional workshop
on soil fertility management in West African land use systems. 4- 8 March 1997.Niamey, Niger
41. Nzegbule, E. C. and Ogunyemi, S. (2001). Seed germination and root sprouting characteristics of
Chromolaena odorata (L) K. & R. in Southwestern Nigeria. Nigerian Agricultural Journal. Vol. 32
42. Nzegbule, E.C. (1995). Effect of seasonal changes on the composition of solid waste: A Case of
Umuahia Urban. Journal of Agricultural Technology. Vol 4. 38-42.
43. Nzegbule, E.C (1996). Impact of land ownership and use: Implication on biological conservation in
Nigeria. Proceedings of the 5 th annual conference of Nigerian Society for Biological Conservation 6
– 10 Oct. 1996 pp 79-82
44. Chukwu, G.O and Nzegbule, E.C (1996). Assessment of land Proceedings of the 5 th annual
conference of Nigerian Society for Biological Conservation 6 – 10 Oct. 1996 pp 79-82.