I studied Biochemistry and Chemistry Technology for my first degree in the University of Port Harcourt where I graduated in the top three in my class with second class honours upper division (2.1). Within my stay in the university I interned in International Energy Services Limited (IESL) Nigeria and after my graduation, I was called back to the company to serve as an environmental field/ laboratory analyst. This gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the environmental field and laboratory skills. Within this, I held an assignment where I served as an environmental consultant to TOTAL E&P Nigeria. As I consultant, I supervised on environmental quality monitoring (air and water quality and geology of ground water) to study the effects of a gas explosion in Egi community of Rivers State, in 2012. My desire to develop my knowledge of environmental science led me to seek for admission to study for my master’s programme in Applied Environmental Science in University College Dublin which I concluded in 2014 with a second-class upper degree (2.1). During this study, I gained vast knowledge in developing and interpreting various laboratory and environmental data as it has to do with environmental issues as well as building self-reliance on research skills.
My thesis studied; The Contribution of Headwaters to the Macroinvertebrate Biodiversity of River Catchments, within which I concentrated on the Ephemeroptera-Plecoptera-Trichoptera groups where I learned how to identify the species available in the area. This study was carried on Slieve Bloom Mountains in county Offaly/Laois in the Republic of Ireland. It involved me 5- 20seconds kick samples from three points of a river; 1.5km, 3km, and 6km from the source. The choice of rivers for the study was made by picking the rivers with the best water quality by EU standards in order to eliminate external pressures affecting the results. I sorted and identified the EPT groups that were found in the samples. For data analysis, I studied the community structure and assemblage for each point on each river and compared the different points to each other to statistically and visually observe the contribution of the headwaters to the downstream reaches of the river. This was carried out with the use of STATISTICA and PRIMER software; ANOSIM and CLUSTER analysis was performed for visual analysis. I was supervised by Dr Jan-Robert Baars and was advised by Dr Mary Kelly-Quinn. This research gave me great experience in fluvial geomorphology and ecosystem functions and an affinity for freshwater biology and freshwater ecology.
After my studies, I decided to further develop my skills so I applied for a European Join Master’s Degree in Water and Coastal Management in 2015. I was fortunate and privileged to be found worthy to be awarded a full scholarship by the European Union for this Erasmus Mundus program which is ongoing and is scheduled to be concluded in 2017. This has broadened my knowledge and cultural experience as my studies involves University of Bologna in Italy and the University of Cadiz in Spain. I concluded my master´s studies with a thesis that studied the “the effect of CO2 leakage due to Carbon Capture and Storage on Marine Benthic Communities”. In my research, I succeeded in making a case for Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) of coastal areas, and the use of biotic indexes, such as AMBI software, to assess the health of the sediment. This is a Novel research and I am about to conclude the research paper for publication in a scientific journal. I also worked with Chamellea gallina which is of a high economic value in Europe among the bivalve species, with which I am preparing another research paper to be published on “the economic and ethical impact of a possible catastrophe of CO2 leakage due to Carbon Capture and Storage of the survival of Chamellea gallina”. I chose to write on economics and ethics because most none-scientists cares more about the economic impact of things and how it could affect their personal income.
I was the student body president of National Association of Laboratory Science Students (NASTES) University of Port Harcourt Chapter while in my undergraduate studies. I am a fast learner on hands-on duties and I give my best to produce the best result needed. I am innovative in my duties to produce high efficiency, I am a good leader and a great follower. My laboratory and field experiences in general environmental sciences, together with my education, exposure and research experiences put me on a great stand to be considered for a position in your establishment