Dr. Joseph Ikechukwu Nwachukwu

Dr. Joseph Ikechukwu Nwachukwu

lecturer I

BSc., MSc., PhD
Email: joseph.nwachukwu@futo.edu.ng


An Environmental Scientist/Chemist with strong passion for sustainable management of environmental resources, monitoring and generation of accurate chemical datasets for effective environmental policy making on contaminants control and exposure risk reduction. I have the capacity to plan, execute and coordinate multi-disciplinary environmentally-based research projects, with expertise in processing of environmental samples and analysing chemical datasets with good precision and accuracy. I have vast experience in teaching in the wide-ranging areas of Environmental Management and Technology, with proficiency in the use of Microsoft office, statistical and geospatial software. Besides, I have foundation knowledge of Reactive Transport Modeling in Porous media using Geochemist Workbench, and can proactively organize research-led teaching activities to quality standards in the areas Environmental and Social Standard, Hydro-geochemistry, Soil science, etc. I am committed to using interdisciplinary approach to solve complex environmentally-based research challenges; promote data-driven policy making that would guarantee a large-scale sustainable development in a multifaceted urban and rural environments, and stimulate research-based teaching and learning that keep students abreast of innovations and challenges that drives sustainable policy-making. I have been involved in university administrative duties and belong to professional bodies including the International Society of Exposure Sciences (ISES), and Nigerian Environmental Society (NES).

Academic Qualification

2015-2019             Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Division of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, All Saints Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

2009-2010             Master of Science (Pollution control) Department of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria – Dissertation advisor

1998-2003             Bachelor of Technology (Pollution control) Department of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria

2023                      Environmental and Social Standard Certificate, Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Procurement, Environmental and Social Standards, FUTO/World Bank

2017                      Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Advanced Training Certificate in Soil science, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

2004                      Contractor Employee HSE Training Level 3 Certificate, Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria

2002                      Ordinary National Diploma (OND), Department of Accountancy, Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri.



  • European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) Early Career Science Ambassador
  • Geological Society of America (GSA) International Travel Award

2017          Manchester Metropolitan University Conference / workshop grant to European Association of Geochemistry Conference, Paris, France

2017          5 day residential advanced training course in soil science fully funded by

 NERC, Cranfield University, British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) and Soil Security Programme (SSP) at Cranfield University campus, UK.

2015    TETFUND Post graduate Fellowship to the United Kingdom for PhD (2015-2019)




Courses Assigned to Teach


I have been a full-time lecturer at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Imo State, Nigeria since 2011 and have taught courses across various theme mostly related to water resource management, sustainability science For example, I have also been involved in teaching courses in B.Sc. programmes such as Storm Water Management, Sediment transport, Water resource management, and Geo-environmental hazard Modules, Surface water and Groundwater quality management, Environmental Geophysics, Environmental chemistry, as well as,  Municipal and Industrial Waste Management and Control, Land Use and Land Suitability Analysis, Environmental and Resource Economics at post graduate levels. With my engagement as module leader, my colleagues and I have always ensured timely and satisfactory delivery of module contents (teaching and students’ assessment). Interestingly too, I had been an academic adviser, which gave me the opportunities to mentor over 100 students. I gained additional teaching experience working severally as part-time course demonstrator (Inorganic chemistry); during my Ph.D. studies (2015-2019) at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), UK. Furthermore, building on the experience I gained while teaching in Nigeria (prior to my Study Fellowship), as well as the experience acquired from the NERC/BSSS/ SSP sponsored advanced training on soil analysis at the Cranfield University, I contributed to practical teaching for B.Sc. students in general soil analysis, under a lead Tutor- i.e. during my extended stay as a Visiting Research Fellow at MMU in 2019. Also, as Faculty Research Coordinator in the School of Environmental Sciences, FUTO, I have occasionally organized and actively participated in training workshops for post graduate students on how to use various research tools; aimed at updating students’ research skills. Generally, my teaching experience has included topics in environment (air, water and soil), and geospatial analysis, water science and management.  I employ diverse teaching and learning techniques to communicate knowledge and skills during teaching, in ways that stimulate students’ interest in learning. In addition to physical teaching where I demonstrate topical issues, present materials in interdisciplinary-typical ways, and juxtapose theoretical materials with real life situations, my classes are sometimes interactive to aid in-depth understanding of each subject matter by students. My adoption of interactive learning is targeted at assisting students in building outstanding skills in problem identification/solving (analytical and quantitative research), research presentation/communication, team work, time management, information/data handling, articulation of arguments, self-awareness/management and peer review/feedback. All these techniques have also enhanced independent learning skill among students, which is very essential for graduate studies. Professionally, I have sound experience in water quality assessment and analysis, air quality monitoring, Pre-drilling geophysical survey for water development using the Schlumberger configuration (Vertical Electric Sounding), Geospatial analysis (ArcGIS) and sustainability studies

Research Interest

My research interest is in the application and incorporation of trans-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research approach in solving complex environmental problems. It criss-crosses the broad subject areas of geochemistry, environmental and analytical chemistry.  My research  integrates technical details that traverses various techniques used in environmental analyses drawing on theoretical and methodological insights from fields such as Spectrometric data processing and analysis,  Environmental evaluation and Sustainability studies, Climate action, Biogeochemistry, Environmental/social standard, Exposure & Health risk analysis, Pollution control, and Geospatial technology (ArcGIS)


2023    Nwachukwu, M. A., Nwachukwu, J. I., Anyanwu, J., Emeka U., Okorondu J., Acholonu C. Model Centre for Sustainability Education with Partnership to Achieve SDGs in the sub-Saharan Africa. The Journal of Sustainability Education, Vol. 28, March 2023 ISSN: 2151-7452.


2023    Chinedu Emeka Ihejirika.,Uwakwe Angelbert Orji., Peter Ndu Okeke., Ejeagba Okorie Imo., Joseph Ikechukwu Nwachukwu. Dynamism in plankton species occurrence and diversity of an impacted aquatic ecosystem, Southeastern Nigeria International Journal of Environmental Quality, Vol. 53:21-34.


2023    Okorondu, J.N., Izunobi, L., Okorondu, S.I., Nwachukwu, J. I., and Selegha, Abrakasa. Forecasting the rate of Biostimulated Bioremediation using Biodegradation Models. International Research Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry, vol.24, issue 1, page 27-35.


2022    Nwachukwu, J.I., Clarke, L.J., Symeonakis, E. and Brearley, F.Q., 2022. Assessment of Human Exposure to Food Crops Contaminated with Lead and Cadmium in Owerri, South-eastern Nigeria. Journal of Trace Elements and Minerals (Elsevier)


2022    Nwachukwu, M. A; Gilbert, C; Nwachukwu J. I; Nwachukwu, A. N. Composite filter for treatment of hydrocarbon contaminated waters “International Journal of Innovative Science and Research Technology, Vol. 7, Issue 9.


2022    Nwachukwu, M.A., Nwachukwu, J., Anyanwu J., Babatunde, A., Ekweogu C, and Nwachukwu, A.N. Geospatial Intelligence Training Concept for Terrorism Surveillance, Nigeria to Infusive sub-Saharan African Countries. American Journal of Geospatial Technology, vol.1, Issue 1. ISSN: 2833-8006.

2022    Nwachukwu, C.S., Anyanwu, J.C., Njoku, P.C and Nwachukwu, J.I. Impact of gas flaring on air quality in Ebocha Community, Rivers State. International Journal of Advanced Academic Research, vol.8, Issue 2.. 

2021    Okorondu, J. N., Owhoeke, E., Diagi, B.E., Nwachukwu, J. I., and Izunobi, L.C. Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination in Sea Bed Sediment of the Bight of Bonny, Southern Atlantic Coast of Nigeria Using Index Model Analysis. Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 9,286-298.


2021    Ngoka, K. E., Akhionbare, S.M.O and Nwachukwu, J. I. Study of Physico-Chemical Parameters and Heavy Metals Distribution on Surface Water Sediments in Okpoka Creek, Port Harcourt Rivers State, Nigeria. Quest Journal of Research in Environmental and Earth Sciences, volume 7~Issue 12, pp.: 32-40. ISSN (Online): 2348 – 2532.


2021    Nwachukwu, J.I., Verla, E.N. and Verla, A.W. Speciation, bioavailability, and ecological health risk of transition metals in wetland soils at Oguta Lake, Nigeria. Quest Journal of Research in Environmental and Earth Sciences, ISSN (Online): 2348 -2532, vol. 7, Issue 9, Series1, Pages No.: 34 -46.

2021    Verla, E.N., Nwachukwu, J.I., Ugwuoke, C. L and Verla, A.W. Water Quality Index and Human Health Risk Assessment of Class B Swimming Pools in Owerri Municipal, Nigeria. World News of Natural Sciences, EISSN: 2543 – 5426, Volume-38, Pages 60 -82.


2014    Chukwuma, M.C., Mgbeahuruike, L.U., Nwachukwu, J.I., Njoku-Tony, R.F., and Ahukaemere, C.M Copper Availability in Relation to Selected Soil Properties in a Crude oil polluted EutricTropofluent. Global Journal of Current Research (GJCR) Vol.2 No.3.


2014    Ihejirika, C.E, Njoku-Tony R.F, Nwachukwu, J.I., Enwereuzoh, U.O, Ashiegbu, D.C, Uche, C.C, Ojiaku, A. A.Impact of Climate Change on the Influx of Hydrocarbon and Heavy Metals into a Fresh Water System. British Journal of Applied Science & Technology 4(21): 3012 – 3018.Science Domain international.


2014    Nwachukwu, J.I., Mgbeahuruike, L.U., Dike, M.U, Tony-Njoku, R. F. Spatial Distribution of Heavy Metals in Sediments from Imo River Owerrinta Environs Imo State Nigeria. Global Journal of Current Research Vol.2 No.3. ISSN:2320-2920.


2014    Mgbeahuruike, L.U., Nwakamma, H., Nwachukwu, J.I., Dike, M.U, and Enwereuzoh, U. Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME): A Sustainable Resource for Rural Dwellers in Imo State, Nigeria. Research Journal of Biology, 2: 60 – 65.


2012    Ogbuagu, D. H, J.D. Njoku, Uzoije A. P, Nwachukwu, J.I. and Ebe, T. ECorrelates in Groundwater Quality Parameters and Textural Classes of Soils in a Peri-industrial District of the Nigeria Delta Region. Journal of Environment and Earth Science. ISSN 2224-3216 (Paper) ISSN 2225 – 0948 (Online) Vol. 2.


2012    Mgbeahuruike, L.U, Njoku-Tony, R.F, and Nwachukwu, J. I. Impact of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon concentration and its effects on soil around asphalts producing facility in Obinze Owerri. Nature and Science Vol. 9

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