Federal University of Lafia (FULafia)

Staff Profile

Lecturer I, Plant Science and BioTechnology, Faculty of Science

Dr. Gbenga Festus Akomolafe

Research Interest

Pteridology, plant ecology, plant invasions, biodiversity conservation, ecophysiology of plants (Plant Stress Physiology), spatial ecology, molecular plant ecology, phytoremediation and effects of microgravity on plants. 


Dr. Akomolafe is a dynamic, enthusiastic, and seasoned Environmental Botanist / Plant Ecologist. He started his academic career as a pioneer Lecturer in the Department of Botany which later metamorphosized into the Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology at the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Botany from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

He was awarded the Nigerian Government Postgraduate Scholarship for an M.Sc. degree in 2011. He also obtained his Ph.D. degree in Botany at the Universiti Sains Malaysia through the TETFund Academic Staff Training and Development (ASTD) Scholarship Grant.

His current researches include assessment of plant diversities, plant community ecology, spatial ecology, phytoremediation potentials of plants, invasion ecology of plants, effects of over-exploration of mineral resources on the soil, and plant diversities, and responses of plants to microgravity using simulated microgravity conditions. Some of these researches have been funded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund).

For several years now, he has been actively involved in baseline Botanical studies including assessment and inventory of plant diversities and ethnobotanical values of plants in Nasarawa State, Nigeria.

Dr. Akomolafe is highly skilled in GIS, spatial analysis using ArcGIS and QGIS, species distribution modeling, Statistical Data Analysis using R, SPSS, PAST, PRIMER7, iNEXT and EstimateS software packages. He is also well-grounded in the application of molecular techniques in solving ecological and taxonomical problems (i.e. genomics and bioinformatics). He has exceptional ability to initiate, manage and provide research leadership and direction to projects across national and international borders.

He has published several peer-reviewed articles in reputable journals both home and abroad and contributed papers to national and international conferences. He is currently a reviewer of manuscripts for reputable journals such as the African Journal of Ecology, Central European Journal of Biology, Journal of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences, and so-on. He holds membership of some professional associations such as the Botanical Society of Nigeria, Botanical Society of America, Nigerian field society, and Nigerian Conservation Foundation.

Since 2017, Dr. Akomolafe has been serving as a Volunteer Mentor, Biodiversity Information for Development (BID) funded projects, Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) supported by the European Union. Also, he is currently the Representative of Federal University Lafia at Joint Management Committee of North Central Zonal Biotechnology Center at the University of Jos, Nigeria.

Selected Publications in Scientific Journals