Prof. Ifeanyi Charles Okoli


Prof. Ifeanyi Charles Okoli

Professor

DVM., MSc., PhD
Email: ifeanyi.okoli@futo.edu.ng

Biography

Ifeanyi Charles Okoli is a Professor of animal production and health at the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Nigeria. He is the coordinator of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) supported consortium on Nigerian Poultry Feeds Research and Development (NIPOFERD). He holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from University of Ibadan, MSc. in Animal Production and PhD in Animal Management from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria. He is a Science Technology Innovation (STI) facilitator, academic journals publisher, and tropical animal health and production consultant. He participated in the training course on Computer Application to the Analysis and Management of Natural Resources: GEOMATICS; organized by the United Nations University-Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) at Yaounde, Cameroons from 18th August – 9th September 2005. He served as a United Nations Volunteer Veterinarian under the UNDP supervised USAID Multi Donor Project on HPAI control in Nigeria, at Bauchi and Gombe states, Nigeria, from August 1, 2007 to February 16, 2008. He was a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture from June 2017 to May 2018.

Prof. Okoli’s current research interests are centered on sustainable natural resources management for animal and human benefits and researcher/industry knowledge exchange for the promotion of “best fit” good agricultural practices. He has made tremendous research inputs towards utilization of locally available natural resources such as browses, twigs/shrubs, biomass wastes, plant ashes, and biochar/activated charcoal among others in rural and intensive animal production systems. Through these research activities, he has published more than 235 scientific articles in high impact academic journals and his publications have received more than 3,986 citations, 31 h-index and 77 i10-index in Google Scholar and more than 135,000 reads on Research Gate by 7th May 2023. He has made several presentations at national and international scientific meetings. Prof Okoli has successfully graduated 16 PhD and 19 MSc students, and currently supervising seven M.Sc. and three PhD students.

Prof. Okoli served as the coordinator of departmental weekend program, chaired several committees both at school and departmental levels and had 14 years of industrial experience before joining FUTO in 1998. He belongs to several professional associations including the World Poultry Science Association (WPSA) and Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA). He writes regularly on the ResearchTropica blog, an open-source information platform for communicating tropical research findings to non-science individuals.