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Profile of Prof. Abasiofiok Mark Ibekwe

Prof. Abasiofiok Mark Ibekwe

Prof. Abasiofiok Mark Ibekwe

Abasiofiok Mark Ibekwe Ph.D.

Senior Research Microbiologist andLead Scientist

USDA-ARS-US Salinity Laboratory

450 W. Big Springs Rd

Riverside, CA 92507. USA

Mark.Ibekwe@usda.gov

https://www.ars.usda.gov/people-locations/person/?person-id=2706

Positions and Employment                                                                  

2020 – Present   Lead Scientist and Senior Research Microbiologist: United State Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service, United State Salinity Laboratory, Riverside, CA.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
University of California, Riverside

2017 – 2020        Senior Research Microbiologist: United State Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service, United State Salinity Laboratory, Riverside, CA.

2006-2017           Lead Scientist and Research Microbiologist: United State Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service, United State Salinity Laboratory, Riverside, CA.

1999-2006           Research Microbiologist: United State Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service, United State Salinity Laboratory, Riverside, CA.

1998-1998           Postdoctoral Research Associate (Microbiologist):United State Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service, United State Salinity Laboratory, Riverside, CA.

1996-98         Postdoctoral Research Associate (Microbiologist): Land management and Water Conservation Research Unit, WSU, Pullman, WA.

1990-1995                 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland

EDUCATION/TRAINING

North Carolina A&T State University: BS, 1983; MS, 1984: Agricultural Education

North Carolina A&T State University: MS, 1990:Soil Microbiology

University Of Maryland College Park: Ph.D. Environmental Microbiology.

Honors/special Recognitions

  • California Polytechnic States University Certificate of Merit for Patent Serial No. 07207,592. 2015.
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria Certificate of Merit for outstanding contribution in research “Hazards associated with vegetables grown in irrigated fields treated with organic and inorganic fertilizer”, 2014.
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture Certificate of Appreciation “For invaluable commitment to the specialty crop block grant technical review committee from 2011-2013”, 2014.
  • USDA Certificate of Merit Award. Sept., 1997. For outstanding effort inmolecular analysis of soil microbial communities and air quality evaluations.
  • WHO IS WHO in Science and Engineering, 1998-1999.
  • Editors’s Citation for Excellence in Manuscript Review from the ‘Journal of Environmental quality (JEQ)’, 2004.
  • WHO IS WHO in AMERICA, 2006-2007.
  • WHO IS WHO in Science and Engineering, 2006-2007.
  • Certification of Appreciation by California Department of Food and Agriculture for invaluable commitment to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Technical Review Committee 2012-2014.
  • JEQ:2007-2013: Associate Editor.
  • Chair-elect, ACS 528 Diversity Committee which is committed to enhancing participations of underrepresented students and professionals in the Tri-Societies (2014).
  • Chair, ACS 528 Diversity Committee (2015).

Professional  memberships

  1. American Society of Agronomy
  2. American Society for Microbiology
  3. American Association for the Advancement of Science
  4. Soil Science Society of America
  5. Gamma Sigma Delta
  6. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society.
  7. International Society for Microbial Ecology

 

Professional Activities 

Associate Editor: Journal of environmental Quality (JEQ) (2007-13)

Associate Editor: The Open Microbiology Journal(2007 – 2016)

Associate Editor: Journal of Wastewater Treatment & Analysis – Open Access (2010-2019)

International Scholarly Research NetworkEditorial board member for Soil Sciences (2011-Present).

International Scholarly Research Network Editorial board member for Microbiology (2011-Present).

Academic Editor: Plos One (2011-present);

Associate Review Editor: Frontiers in Microbiology| Antimicrobial, Resistance and Chemotherapy (2015-present).