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Dr. Ekom Akpan

 

 

Name of Staff:                    Dr Ekom Robert Akpan  

 

Unit of the Institute:         Physical Oceanography Unit

 

Present Status:                  Associate Professor (or Reader)

 

Department/Unit:             Physical Oceanography Unit

 

Contact Details:                             

                 Institute of Oceanography,

                 University of Calabar, PMB 1115, Calabar,  

                 Cross River State, Nigeria;

            E- mail:    ekomrob@yahoo.com

            Mobile phone: +2348023808999

             Dr  Akpan

   


 

Education

  • B.Sc-Chemistry, University of Calabar, Nigeria (1983)

  • PhD-Analytical Chemistry, University of Calabar, Nigeria (1994)

  • MSc-Biogeography & Regional Assessment, University of Saarland, Germany (1990)

  • Post-Doctoral Research at the Niedersachsisches Landesamt fuer Oekologie, Nordeney: Plantological Studies particularly those of the blooms of primnesiophytes along the coastal waters of Lower Saxony within the North Sea (1992)

 

Research Interests:

  • Plankton speciation and  seasonality in estuarine and coastal waters of Nigeria

  • Occurrence and distribution of toxic algal blooms in coastal waters of Nigeria

  • Plankton-Nutrient relationships in coastal waters of Nigeria

  • Elucidation of algal  toxins in sea food from the coastal waters of Nigeria including bonga and shell fishes

 

Current Research

  • Plankton seasonality in the Cross River estuary system of Nigeria

  • Nutrient seasonality in the Cross River estuary system of Nigeria

  • Seasonal blooms of toxic dinoflagelate in the Great Kwa River of South Eastern Nigeria

  • Elucidation of chemical toxins associated with the dinoflagelate blooms from the Great Kwa River of South Eastern Nigeria

 

Graduate Student Supervision

 Post Graduate Diploma

  • Graduate Diploma in Coastal Zone Management, Department of Physical oceanography, university of Calabar

  •  Ikot, Ndueso Udoudo (2002) Effect of inorganic (NPK) fertilizer and chicken manure on the development, growth and diversity of plankton in earthen ponds. Post Graduate Diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, university of Calabar

  •  Leah, Lykowo Carr (2002) Environmental and Health impacts of solid waste disposal in Calabar. Post graduate diploma (PGD) in Environmental Management. College of Environmental Management, Imo State University, Owerri

  •    Edeh, Chikodili Paul (2005) Distribution of heavy metals in surface and sub-surface sediments of the Great Kwa River, Calabar, Nigeria. Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Coastal Zone Management, Department of Physical oceanography, university of Calabar

Master of Science (MSc)

  • Edwin, Ekanem Akpanobong Nyong (2003) Environmental management strategies for creating awareness on deforestation. A case study of Akamkpa LGA of Cross River State. Master of Science Degree in Environmental Management. College of Environmental Management, Imo State University, Owerri

  • Samuel, Ndifon Inyang (2003) Population growth and its impact on forest resources management. A case study of Ikom LGA of Cross River State. Master of Science Degree in Environmental Management. College of Environmental Management, Imo State University, Owerri

  • Awhen, Ogah Charles (2003) The impact assessment of Obudu Dam Project on the immediate environment and the people of Obudu LGA of Cross River State, Nigeria. Master of Science Degree in Environmental Management. College of Environmental Management, Imo State University, Owerri

  • Udiba, Udiba U. (2003) Water quality status of the Calabar River Estuary. Master of Science Degree in Environmental Management. College of Environmental Management, Imo State University, Owerri

  • Effanga, Roseline E. (2002) Assessment of water quality of drinking water sources from five (5) villages in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State. Master of Science Degree in Environmental Management. College of Environmental Management, Imo State University, Owerri

  • Ekpo, Henshaw George (1997) Influence of coastal activities on water quality of Calabar River Estuary (With Prof. U.J. Ekpe). Master of Science Degree in Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemisty, University of Calabar

  • Eni, George Eni (2003) Effect of Nigerian light crude on the reproduction and development of Heterobranchus longifilis. Master of Science degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Department of Zoology, University of Calabar.

  • Coker, Ekaete Maurice (2003) Solid waste disposal and environmental pollution problems in Calabar Municipality. Master of Science Degree in Environmental Management. College of Environmental Management, Imo State University, Owerri

  • Archibong, Emmanuel E. (2005) Nutritional Evaluation of the nut of Nypa fruticans.(With Prof. I. N. Agwunobi). Master of Science Degree in Animal Science, Department of Animal Science, University of Calabar

Doctor of Science (Ph.D)

  •  Okafor, Emeka. M. (1995) Cost-benefit evaluation of fish culture integrated with livestock (piggery) production. (With Prof. A. I. Obiekezie). Ph.D in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Department of Zoology, University of Calabar.

  •   Ibe, Kenneth Abara (2004) Distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) around Mobil Terminal Operation Base, South Eastern Niger Delta, Nigeria. (With Prof. J. O. Offem). Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Calabar.

Honours and Awards

         Cross River State Scholarship (1975-1979): Secondary School Studies at Comprehensive Secondary School, Akai, Akwa Ibom State

         Cross River State Scholarship (1980-1983): University Studies for Bachelor of Science Degree at University of Calabar, Cross River State

         Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarship (1987-1988): University Studies for Master of Science Degree at the University of Calabar, Cross River State

         University of Calabar Staff Development Fellowship (1987-1988): University Studies for Master of Science Degree at the University of Calabar, Cross River State

         German Academic Exchange Abroad (D.A.A.D.) Fellowship (1989-1990): Post Graduate Studies in Biogeography at the University of Saarland, Germany

         German Ministry for Economic Cooperation (BMZ/GKSS) Fellowship (1992): Post Doctoral Fellowship for studies on Coastal Water Management at the Lower Saxony Centre for Ecology (Niedersachsisches Landesamt fuer Oekologie), Germany

         Bibliographic entry: Maquis World Who is Who of Science and Engineering, USA.

         Editor-in-chief: African journal of environmental pollution and health

 

Courses Taught

         POC 2122 Near-shore Currents

         POC 2112 Ocean Waves and Tides

         COC 3111 Marine Biogeochemical Cycles

         COC 3001 Water Sampling and Chemical Analytical Methods

         COC 3002 Sediment Sampling and Chemical  Analytical Methods

         COC 4322 Estuarine Chemistry

         COC 4342 Marine Chemistry and Coastal Management.

         POC 4142 Physical Oceanography and Coastal Management

         EPM 4451 Integrated Coastal Zone Management

         CZM 5011 General Oceanography

         CZM 5031 Coastal Resource Conservation

         CZM 5211 Coastal Field and Laboratory Techniques

         FAQ 5021 Structure and Function of the Marine ecosystem

         POC 5021 Physical and Chemical Oceanography

 

Professional Affiliations

         Member: Chemical Society of Nigeria

         Member: Nigerian Society for Biological Conservation

         Member: Nigerian Environmental Society

         Member: Fisheries Society of Nigeria

         Member: New York Academy of Sciences

         Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science

 

Conferences Attended

         12th Annual Conference of the Chemical Society of Nigeria, Calabar: September, 1987

o   Akpan, E. R. & Nelson, L. O. (1987) Mass balance in Cross River and Qua Iboe River Estuaries

         13th Annual Conference of the Chemical Society of Nigeria, Bauchi: September, 1988

o   Akpan, e. R. & Nelson, L. O. (1988) Distribution of dissolved silicon and nitrogen in the Cross River and Qua Iboe River Estuaries

         29th Annual Conference of the Science Association of Nigeria, Calabar: May, 1988.

o   Akop, A. S., Attah, L. W. & Akpan, E. R. (1988) Phosphate in detergents: Their involvement in our natural water pollution.

         FAO/UNEP/WHO International Workshop on Methodology of Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment of Pollution loads to the coastal and marine environments, Calabar: August, 1991

         100 Years of Helgolandís Biological Station: International Symposium on the Challenges to Marine Biology in a Changing World, Helgoland, Germany: September, 1992

         International Seminar on Studies on the Cross River Basin, National Commission on Museums and Monuments, Calabar: 1997

o   Akpan, E. R. (1997) Possible environmental impacts of channelization and dredging on the ecology of the Cross River Estuary system.

         6th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Biological Conservation, Calabar: 1997

o   Akpan, E. R. (1997) Distribution of photosynthetic pigments in the Cross River Estuary

o   Akpan, E. R. (1997) Spatial and seasonal distribution of phytoplankton in the Cross River Estuary

o   Akpan, E. R., Ekpe, U. J. & Ekpo, H. G. (1997) Seasonal variation in water quality of the Calabar River Estuary: Influence of tidal and coastal activities

o   Ekpo, H. G., Ekpe, U. J. & Akpan, e. R. (1997) Establishment of water quality classification scheme: A case study of Calabar River Estuary

o   Akpan, E. R. (1997) Spatio-seasonal distribution of nutrients in the Cross River Estuary

o   Akpan, e. R. (1997) Spatio-seasonal trends of physico-chemical characteristics in the Cross River Estuary.

o   Akpan, e. R., Ekanem, S. B. & Odaro, J. G. (1997) Toxicity of crude oil to algae

         6th Annual Conference of the Chemical Society of Nigeria, Sokoto: 1991

o   Comparison of chlorophyll a and carotenoids as estimates of phytoplankton biomass in the Cross River System.

         National Conference on Energy, Man and His Environment. Energy, Man and Environment Research Group, Abraka: 1992

o   Etim, L and Akpan, E. R. (1992) Variation of six (6) different metals in tissue of Egeria radiata in the Cross River over 32-month period.

         17th Annual Conference of the Chemical Society of Nigeria, Calabar: 2002

o   Akpan, E. R. (2002) Occurrence and intensity of acid rain in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria

o   Akpan, E. R. (2002) Nutrient-phytoplankton relationships in the Cross River Estuary

         13th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Environmental Society, Yenegoa: 2003

o   Akpan, E. R. & Ebung, G. E. (2003) Preliminary investigations on the biochemical composition of the Nypa fruticans from the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.

         19th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria, Ilorin: 2004

o   Ama-Abasi, D, Akpan, E. R. & Holzlohner, S. (2004) Factors influencing the emigration of juvenile bonga from the Cross River Estuary.

         20th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria, Port Harcourt: 2005

o   Ama-Abasi, D & Akpan, E. R. (2005) Possible bioindicators of environmental variability in Cross River Estuary

         International Conference on Infrastructure, development and the Environment (ICIDEN), Abuja: 2006

o   Asuquo, F. E. & Akpan, E. R. (2005) Pollutant dynamics and distribution in fish and sediments of Cross River Mangrove Ecosystem, Nigeria

o   Asuquo, F. E. & Akpan, E. R. (2005) Physicochemical composition and limiting nutrients of the Cross and Qua Iboe River Mangrove sediments, Nigeria

o   Oboho, I. E,  Asuquo, F. E, Akpan, E. R. & Bassey, E. S. (2005) Mangrove Ecosystem of the Niger Delta: Dynamics and Distribution

         32nd Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production, Calabar: 2007

o   Agwunobi, I. N., Archibong, E. E. & Akpan, E. R. (2007) Nutritional evaluation of nut of Nypa fruticans.

 

Consultancy Services Rendered

         1985: Basic ecological studies of the mangrove swamps of Cross River State for Mobil Producing Nig., Lagos, Nigeria

         1990: Environmental Impact Assessment of Osso Field Condensate and Gas gathering Project for Mobil Producing Nig., Lagos, Nigeria

         1995: Acid rain studies covering Shell Petroleum Development Operational areas in Niger  Delta for Shell Petroleum Development Company, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

         1996: Ecotoxicological testing of crude oil effluents and operational chemicals from Shell Petroleum Development operations for Shell Petroleum Development Company, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

         1996: Environmental Evaluation studies of Agip Oil Company operational facilities in Niger Delta for Nigerian Agip Oil Company, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

         1997: Environmental Evaluation studies of Elf Petroleum operational facilities in the Niger Delta for Elf Petroleum, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

         1998: Siltation studies in Angalelei-Bayelsa State area of Shell Petroleum Development operations for Shell Petroleum Development Company, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

         2000: Environmental Evaluation of Sapele Thermal Power station for National Electric Power Authority of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria

         2003: Environmental Impact Assessment of Iko-Iwuochang Road Project for N.D.D.C., Port Harcourt, Nigeria

         2004: Environmental Impact Assessment of Independent Power Plant Project, Aloji-Aba, Imo State for  ICS, Abuja, Nigeria

         2006: Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment (CIEA) of the Gbaran Integrated Oil and Gas Project (IOGP) for Shell Petroleum Development Company, Port Harcourt

         2006: Environmental Impact Assessment of the Nun River Dredging Project  for Shell Petroleum Development Company, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

         2006: Environmental Auditing of Nigerian Ports for National Council on Privatization, Abuja, Nigeria

 

Publications

         Thesis/Desertations

o   1990: Heavy metal pollution in the Cross River, Nigeria: The use of bivalve molluscs. M.Sc desertation, University of Saarland, Germany    

o   1994: Seasonal Variation in phytoplankton biomass in relation to physicochemical changes in the Cross River Estuary of S. E. Nigeria. Ph.D Thesis, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

         Books/Monographs

o   2005: Introductory Laboratory Course for Marine Chemistry      by E. R. Akpan, F. E. Asuquo, J. Udom  and E. Bassey (unpublished)

o   2005: Preparation of Examination Results: Adapted for the Department of Physical Oceanography, UNICAL by  E. R. Akpan (Unpublished)

o   2004: Selected baseline indicator parameters for environmental description-Prepared for Environmental Resource Protection and Management (EPM 3), University of Calabar by                     Ekom R. Akpan (Unpublished)

         Technical Reports

o   1999: Occurrence and intensity of acidic precipitation in Eket, Esit Eket and Onna Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State for  Eket House Owners Association, Eket, South Eastern Nigeria

o   1999: Studies on Accelerated zinc roof corrosion in Eket and Esit Eket Communities of Akwa Ibom State for Idim Nduasa Development Community, Eket, South Eastern Nigeria

o   2000: Report on Concerns of the Bakassi Local Government Area on the Draft EIA of OPL 230 Field Development Project submitted by Moni Pulo Ltd., Port Harcourt, Nigeria

         Referenced Journal Articles

o   Etim, L. & Akpan, E. R. (1991) Seasonal variation in metals (Hg, Pb, As) in the body tissues of Egeria radiata (Lam) (Bivalvia, Tellinaceae, Donacidae) from the Cross River, Nigeria. Journal of African Zoology 105: 465-467 (Belgium)

o   Etim, L., Akpan, E. R. & Muller, P. (1991) Temporal trends in heavy metal concentrations in the Clam, Egeria radiata (Lam) (Bivalvia, Tellinaceae, Donacidae) from the Cross River, Nigeria. Revue de Hydrobiologie Tropicale 24 (4): 327-333 (France)

o   Akpan, E. R. (1993) Seasonal cycles of phytoplankton and grazing activity in the Cross River of South Eastern Nigeria. Tropical Ecology 34 (2) 143-149 (India)

o   Akpan, E. R. & Offem, J. O. (1993a) Comparison of chlorophyll-a and carotenoids as predictors of phytoplankton biomass in the Cross River system of Nigeria. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences 22: 59-62 (India)

o   Akpan, E. R. & Offem, J. O. (1993b) Seasonal variation in water quality of the Cross River, Nigeria. Revue de Hydrobiologie Tropicale 26 (2): 95-103 (France)

o   Akpan, E. R. & Okafor, N. (1997) On organic fertilization and plankton development in two experimental freshwater ponds in Nigeria. Journal of Aquaculture  in Tropics 12: 147-154 (India)

o   Akpan, E. R. (1999) Spatio-Seasonal trends of physicochemical characteristics of the Cross River Estuary, Nigeria. Progress in Meteorology 13: 127-131(Netherlands)

o   Akpan, E. R., Ekpe, U. J. & Ibok, U. J. (2002) Heavy metal trends in the Calabar River, Nigeria. Environmental Geology 42 (1): 47-51(United States of America)

o   Ekpe, U. J., Ekanem, U. & Akpan, E. R. (1995) Temporal changes in some water quality parameters in Iko and Utaewa Rivers of South Eastern Nigeria. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences 1 (1&2): 63-69 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R. (1998) Possible environmental impact of channelization and dredging on the ecology of the Cross River Estuary system, Nigeria, Tropical Freshwater Biology 7: 53-61(Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R., Ekanem, S. B. & Odaro, J. G. (1998) Toxicity of crude oil to freshwater algae. African Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture 1: 56-61 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R. (2000) Influence of meteorology and hydrographic factors on the water quality of the Calabar River, Nigeria. Tropical Journal of Environmental Research. 2 (1&2): 107-111 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R., Offem, J. O. & Nya, A. E. (2002) Baseline ecological studies of the Great Kwa River, Nigeria 1: Physicochemical studies. African Journal of Environmental Pollution and Health 1 (1): 83-90 (Nigeria)

o   Holzlohner, S., Nwosu, F. M. & Akpan, E. R. (2002) Mangrove mapping in the Cross River Estuary, Nigeria. African Journal of Environmental Pollution and Health 1 (2): 67-76 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R. (2003) Acidic precipitation and infrastructural deterioration in oil producing communities of Akwa Ibom State. A case study of Eket, South Eastern Nigeria. Global Journal of Environmental Sciences. 2 (1): 47-52 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R., Ekpo, H. E. & Ekpe, U. J. (2003) Establishment of water quality classification scheme: A case study of Calabar River Estuary, Nigeria. Global Journal of Environmental Sciences 2(1): 67-71 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R. & Frank, A. I. (2003) Effect of waste engine oil on phytoplankton of the Calabar River Estuary, Nigeria. Global Journal of Environmental Sciences. 2 (2): 112-116 (Nigeria)

o   Eni, G. E., Obiekezie, A. I. & Akpan, E. R. (2003) Effect of water soluble fractions of crude oil on development and hatching success of Heterobranchus longifilis eggs. African Journal of Environmental Pollution and Health 2 (1&2): 35-42 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R. (2003) Water quality status of Qua Iboe River Estuary, Nigeria. Baseline studies. African Journal of Environmental Pollution and Health 2 (1&2): 63-78 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R., Ekpo, H. E. & Ekpe, U. J. (2003) Seasonal variation in water quality of the Calabar River: Influence of tidal and coastal activities. Global Journal of Environmental Sciences 2(2): 106-110 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R. & Umana, U. A. (2004) Occurrence and intensity of acid rain in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. African Journal of Environmental Pollution and Health 3(1): 37-43 (Nigeria)

o   Ama-Abasi, D, Akpan, E. R. & Holzlohner, S. (2004) Factors influencing the emigration of juvenile bonga from the Cross River Estuary. In: Araoye, P. A. (ed.) Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of Fisheries Society of Nigeria, Ilorin: 29th November-3rd December, FISON, Lagos, pp 737-744 (Nigeria)

o   Ibe, K. A., Offem, J. O., Ibok, U. J., Nganje, T. & Akpan, E. R. (2005) Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon flux in the Qua Iboe River System, South Eastern Nigeria. African Journal of Environmental Pollution and Health 4(1): 44-51 (Nigeria)

o   Akpan, E. R. (2006) Nutrient-Phytoplankton relationships in the Cross River Estuary, Nigeria. Journal of the Chemical Society of Nigeria. 31 (1&2) 102-108 (Nigeria)

o   David-Oku, E., Usang, E. E. & Akpan, E. R. (2006) Total hydrocarbons, trace metals and macro-elements in Tilapia species from South Eastern Nigeria. African Journal of Environmental Pollution and Health 5(2): 30-36 (Nigeria)

o   David-Oku, E., Usang, E. E. & Akpan, E. R. (2006) Levels of total hydrocarbons, trace metals and macro-elements in freshwater prawn Macrobrachium vollenhovenii from South Eastern Nigeria. African Journal of Environmental Pollution and Health 5(2): 37-44 (Nigeria)

o   Agwunobi, I. N., Archibong, E. E. & Akpan, E. R. (2007) Nutritional evaluation of nut of Nypa fruticans. In: Agiang, E. A. & Agwunobi, I. N. (eds.) Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production, Calabar: 18th-21st March, 2007, pp 326-328

 (Nigeria)

 

Any other useful information

         National/International Grants

o   2006 Proposal for 60 million Naira-ETF funding of IOC as Centre of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture

         Active Linkages

o   Centre for Environmental Research, University of Saarland, Saarbrueken, Germany

o   Lower Saxony State Department for Ecology, Research Station, Nordeney, Germany

         Other relevant information

o   Date of Birth: 15-11-1961

o   Place of Birth: Etinan, Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria

o   Marital Status: Married with four children

o   Spouseís Name: Theresa Ekomobong Robert

o   Hobbies: Swimming, Gardening, General Maintenance, Internet surfing, Reading

o   Religious affiliation: Christianity

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