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  • Lecturer II
    Botany,Faculty of Science

Mr. Gbenga Festus Akomolafe

    Mr. Akomolafe is a seasoned Environmental Botanist and a pioneer Lecturer of Botany at Federal University 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 M.Sc. degree in 2011. He is currently studying for a PhD degree in Botany at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

    His current researches include assessment of plant diversities, plant community 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 Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund).

    For the past four years, 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.

    Mr Akomolafe is highly skilled in GIS, spatial analysis, distribution modeling using ArcGIS, Statistical Data analysis using SPSS, PAST, iNEXT and EstimateS software packages. He is also well grounded in 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 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 Central European journal of Biology, Journal of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences and so-on. He holds membership of some professional associations such as the British Ecological Society, Botanical Society of Nigeria, Nigerian field society and Nigerian Conservation Foundation.

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

Selected Publications in Scientific Journals (See the Links for complete list)

  1. Oloyede, F.A., Akomolafe, F. G., Oladipo, O.T. (2011). Comparative foliar Anatomical and Morphological studies of Nephrolepis biserrata and Nephrolepis undulata in Nigeria. Journal of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. 31 (2): 1-10

  2. Oloyede, F. A., Adu, B., Akomolafe, F. G. (2011). Spore germination, Gametophyte morphology and Gametangial development in a Tropical Fern, Cyclosorus striatus  (Schum.) Ching. (Thelypteridaceae). Nigerian Journal of Botany. 24 (2): 239-244.

  3. Fajuke, A. A., Makinde, A. M., Oloyede, F. A. and Akomolafe, G. F. (2012). Evaluation of the method of resistance and recovery of selected Mosses to desiccation at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife campus. Nigerian Journal of Botany. 25 (1): 23-33

  4. Oloyede, F. A., Akomolafe, F. G. and Makinde, M. A. (2012). Effect of arsenic on growth and spore viability of Pteris vittata L. and P. ensiformis Burm. F. in Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Botany. 25 (2): 309-319

  5. Oloyede, F. A., Akomolafe, G. F. and Odiwe, I. A. (2013). Arsenic hyperaccumulation and phytoremediation potentials of Pteris vittata and p. ensiformis (Ferns) in Nigeria. Acta Botanica Hungarica, 55(3–4): 377–384, DOI: 10.1556/ABot.55.2013.3–4.12

  6. Dedeke, O. A. and Akomolafe, G. F. (2013). Influence of Salinity on Soil chemical properties and surrounding vegetation of Awe salt mining site, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. 7(12): 1070-1075, DOI:10.5897/AJEST2013.1600

  7. Dedeke, O. A. and Akomolafe, G. F. (2014). Soil Seeds Bank and Floristic Diversity as affected by Spent Engine Oil. Universal Journal of Environmental Research and Technology. 4(2): 100-108

  8. Akomolafe, G. F., Oloyede F. A. and Fajuke A. A. (2015). Gametophyte Morphology and Sexual Development in Pteris vittata L. ARPN Journal of Science and Technology 5(12): 612-615.

  9. Akomolafe, G. F., Dedeke, O. A., and Omojola, J. (2016). Early growth performances of different cultivars of Triticum aestivum (wheat) as influenced by microgravity condition. Academia Journal of Biotechnology 4(11):360-364

  10. Kwon-Ndung E. H., Akomolafe G. F., Goler E. E., Terna T. P., Ittah M. A., Umar I. D., Okogbaa J.I., Waya J.I. and Markus M. (2016). Diversity Complex Of Plant Species Spread in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 8(12):334-350

  11. Akomolafe, G. F., Omojola, J., Joshua, E. S., Adediwura, S. C., Adesuji, E. T., Odey, M. O. and Labulo, A. H. (2016). Growth and Anatomical Responses of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) under Microgravity and Normal Gravity Conditions. FULafia Journal of Science and Technology 2(1):27-31

  12. Terna, T. P., Kwon-Ndung, E. H., Akomolafe, G. F., Goler, E. E., Okogbaa, J. I., Waya, J. I. and Markus, M. (2016). Some Ethnobotanical uses of Plant Resources in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. FULafia Journal of Science and Technology 2(2):86-91

  13. Akomolafe G. F. and Onwusiri K. C. (2017). Assessment of Microalgae Diversity and Water Salinity of a Salt mine, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Journal of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences 10: 78-83

  14. Akomolafe, G.F., Oloyede, F. A. and Onwusiri, K.C. (2017). Impact of Arsenic Stress on Leaflets and Stipes (Frond Petiole) Anatomy of Pteris vittata Linn. and P. ensiformis Burm. International Journal of Plant and Soil Sciences 17(2):1-9

  15. David, O.A., Osonubi, O., Olaiya, C.O., Agbolade, J.O., Ajiboye, A.A., Komolafe, R.J., Chukwuma, D.M. and Akomolafe, G.F. (2017). Anatomical response of Wheat cultivars to drought stress.  Ife Journal of Science 19(2): 323-331

  16. Onwusiri, K.C., Aguoru, C.U. and Akomolafe, G.F. (2017). Effect of spent engine oil on germination and growth parameters of fluted pumpkin (Telfairia occidentalis Hook F.) in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. Journal of Research in Forestry, Wildlife & Environment, 9(4): 1-8

  17. Akomolafe, G.F. and Nkwocha, O.P. (2017). Assessment of Distribution of Aquatic Macrophytes in Lafia and Doma Metropolis, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Journal of Research in Forestry, Wildlife & Environment, 9(4):56-65

  18. Akomolafe, G.F., Ombugadu, A. and Joseph, F. (2017). Angiosperms species diversity in three riparian habitats influenced by anthropogenic activities in Lafia, North-Central, Nigeria. Journal of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences, 13:1-8

  19. Akomolafe, G.F., Oloyede, F.A. and Chuku, A.K. (2017). Proximate Composition and Preliminary Allelopathic effect of a tropical fern, Cyclosorus afer on Oryza sativa. Scientia Agriculturae, 20(3): 81-85

  20. Akomolafe, G. F. and Okogbaa, J.I. (2017). Preliminary Toxicity Evaluation of Soil Contaminated with Petroleum derivatives on some Crop Plants. Fulafia Journal of Science and Technology 3(1): 59-63

  21. Terna, T.P., Akomolafe, G.F., Avwhoro M., Okogbaa J.I. and Omojola J. (2017). Responses of different Tomato varieties to Disease Stress under different Conditions of Gravity. Fulafia Journal of Science and Technology 3(1): 69-75

  22. Mshelmbula, B.P., Jingi, S., Akomolafe, G.F. and Okogbaa, J.I. (2018). Mutagenic effect of Carboxylic acid on the Growth and Yield of two Varieties of Pepper grown in Mubi, Adamawa State. International Journal of Plant and Soil Science 21(5): 1-8 DOI: 10.9734/IJPSS/2018/35135

  23. Akomolafe, G.F. and Sulaimon, A. (2018). Taxonomic Survey of Occurrence, Diversity and Ethnobotany of Pteridophytes in some parts of Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Fern Gazette 20(7): 269 - 279.

  24. Okogbaa, J.I., Akomolafe, G.F., Terna, T.P., Kwon-Ndung, E.H. and Amaobi, H. (2018). Preliminary Botanical Assessment of Production Challenges of Cashew (Anacardium occidentale L.) in Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. International Multidisciplinary Research Journal 8:26-31

  25. Akomolafe, G.F. and Rahmad, Z.B. (2018). A Review on Global Ferns Invasions: Mechanisms, Management and Control. Journal of Research in Forestry, Wildlife and Environment 10(3): 42-54

  26. Akomolafe, G. F., Dedeke, O. A. and Sirajo, S. A. (2013). Tolerance mechanisms in pteridophytes (ferns) and their use as remediators of heavy metal contaminated sites. Proceedings of 37th Annual Conference of Genetics Society of Nigeria, Lafia. Eds.: E.H. Kwon-Ndung, D. M. Ogah and A. Yakubu, 20-29.

  27. Kwon-Ndung, E. H., Goler, E. E., Akomolafe, G. F., Terna, T. P., Okogbaa, J. I., Waya, J. I. and Markus, M. (2016). Ethnomedicinal Assets of Plants collected from Nasarawa State, North Central Nigeria. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Research Conference of Federal University Lafia, Nigeria. Eds.: Dugga, V. S., 181-191.

  28. Kwon-Ndung, E. H., Akomolafe, G. F., Terna, T. P., Goler, E. E. and Okogbaa, J. I. (2016). Evaluation and Conservation of Plant species diversity in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. A Tetfund sponsored project submitted to Research, Linkages and Advancement committee, Federal University Lafia.

  29. Omojola, J., Akomolafe, G. F., Adesuji, E. T., Joshua, E. S., Adediwura, S. C., Labulo, A. H. and Ode, M. O. (2016). Plants Response and Synthesis of Nanomaterial in a Simulated Mocrogravity Condition. A Research work supported by TETFUND Grant, Federal University Lafia.

  30. Omojola, J., Akomolafe, G. F., Joshua, E. S., Adesuji, E. T., Adediwura, S. C., Dedeke, O. A., Labulo, A. H., Ode, M. O., Ikebuaku, S. and Falaiye O. A.  (2015). Plant Response to Microgravity using Simulated Microgravity Condition. Annual Technical Report, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) under Zero Gravity Instrument Project (ZGIP). 

  31. Akomolafe, F. G. and Oloyede, F. A. (2011). Gametophyte morphology and sexual development in Pteris vittata L. Proceedings of the 20th annual conference of the Botanical Society of Nigeria, June 2011 (Abstract).

  32. Akomolafe, G. F. and Oloyede, F. A. (2012). Effects of arsenic on growth and spore viability of Pteris vittata L. and P. ensiformis Burm. F. – phytoremediation potential of the plants in Nigeria. Proceedings of the 21st Annual conference of the Botanical Society of Nigeria, June 2012 (Abstract).

  33. Akomolafe, G. F. and Oloyede, F. A. (2012). Arsenic Phytoremediation Potential of Pteris vittata L. and P. ensiformis Burm. F. (Pteridophytes) in Nigeria. Proceedings of the 5th Nigerian University Research and Development Exhibition Fair (NURESDEF), 8th – 12th October, 2012. 

  34. Akomolafe, G. F. (2012) Arsenic Phytoremediation Potential of Pteris vittata L. and P. ensiformis Burm. F. (Pteridophytes) in Nigeria, presented at the National Education Innovations Exhibition, November 2012.

  35. Kwon-Ndung, E. H., Terna, T. P., Akomolafe, G. F., Goler, E. E., Okogbaa, J. I., Waya, J. I. and Markus, M. (2016). Ethnobotanical uses of Plant Resources in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Research Conference of Federal University Lafia, Nigeria, February 2016 (Abstract).

  36. Kwon-Ndung, E. H., Akomolafe, G. F., Goler, E. E., Terna, T. P., Waya, J. I. and Markus, M. (2016). Plant Species Diversity Distribution in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Research Conference of Federal University Lafia, Nigeria, February 2016 (Abstract).

  37. Kwon-Ndung, E. H., Goler, E. E., Akomolafe, G. F., Terna, T. P., Waya, J. I. and Markus, M. (2016). Ethnomedicinal Assets of Plants collected from Nasarawa State, North Central Nigeria. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Research Conference of Federal University Lafia, Nigeria, February 2016 (Abstract).

  38. Akomolafe, G. F., Omojola, J., Joshua, E. S., Adediwura, S. C., Adesuji, E. T., Odey, M. O., Dedeke, O. A. and Labulo, A. H. (2016). Growth and Anatomical Responses of Lycopersicon esculentum (Tomatoes) under Microgravity and Normal Gravity Conditions. Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Research Conference of Federal University Lafia, Nigeria, February 2016 (Abstract).

  39. Kwon-Ndung, E. H., Akomolafe, G. F., Goler, E. E., Terna, T. P., Waya, J. I. and Markus, M. (2016). Plant Species Diversity Distribution in Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON), University of Ibadan, Nigeria August 2016 (Abstract).

The Federal University Lafia is a recently established University situated in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State in 2010 by the Goodluck Jonathan administration as one of the nine new Federal Universities established in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

The University commenced academic activities by September 2012 with new students that made up the first set of students to be trained by the University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ekanem Ikpi Braide. - Read More

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