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Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Graduate Program (M.Sc.) - Global Change Ecology

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Ejiet John Wasige: Curriculum Vitae

Specialist in Land Degradation and Drought monitoring, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation with a focus on land restoration, sustainable land management (SLM), resilience building for food security and sustainable environmental management. Strong expertise in the agricultural, environmental, water and forestry sector, but also in cross-sectoral approaches such as ecosystem and landscape approaches and relations between ecosystem services and human well-being. Upto 15 years experience, main focus on land productivity & soil-vegetation-climate modelling using geospatial tools (R, python, QGIS, TIMESAT, GEE, AarcMap, Erdas, crop models (DSSAT, EPIC). Was involved in  global projects for UNCCD, UNDP, FAO & USAID implementation. More than 10 years’ experience in proposal development as well as Project Management.

Research Statement: I am motivated by a fundamental curiosity as to how the Global Earth System works and a belief that we must understand the consequences of human-caused changes to the earth system, the way the earth’s living systems function,  and how to control the negative consequences. To achieve this, I am guided by the following;

  • To study World Biomes/ Ecosystems at landscape, regional and global scales and make fundamental use of geographic information systems, satellite imagery, airborne data and, surface observations, ground measurements and agent-based, dynamical, process-based, and geo-statistical modeling to address large-scale ecosystem dynamics and land-climate interactions, elucidate how these complex systems respond to external and internal stressors, perform regional risk/ scenario analysis and forecasting of coupled natural-human systems
  • Advance understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of integrated human-natural systems and enhance the usability of scientific knowledge in supporting responses to global change
  • By using advanced theories of applied systems analysis, new information technologies and integrated biophysical, social and economic modeling techniques to develop rational, realistic and science-based regional, national and global strategies for the production of food, feed, fiber, that sustain ecosystem services and safeguard food security.
  • To teach and mentor the next generation leaders who are able to critically assess, develop, and promote sustainable futures for life on Earth.

Professional Preparation

 EAWAG/ ETH-Zurich, Switzerland   Food Security Early Warning systems PostDoc., 2016

Lund University                          Climate & Ecosystems health Modelling         PostDoc., 2014

ITC, The Netherlands        Earth Observation & Agricultural Sciences                Ph.D., 2013

Makerere University                                   Agriculture                                   B.S., 1998

Makerere University                                   Soil Science                                 M.S., 2004

Appointments (List academic and professional appointments in reverse chronological order)

2017-2018: Associate Programme Officer in-charge; automating big data acquisition & Analysis at UNCCD Bonn, Germany,

2014 Upadate: Research Fellow at Makerere University

2002 – 2014: Graduate Researcher, Makerere University, Uganda

2005:  FAO-Uganda Conservation Agricultural (CA) Project (Part-Time)

2004: Research Assistant International Food Policy Research Instute (IFPRI) Uganda

1999 –2002: Agriculture Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries & Fisheries


Publications with peer review process

  1. Kabirigi, M., F. K. Ngetich, K. K. Mwetu, P. Rushemuka, E. J. Wasige, Vicky M. Ruganzu, and N. L. Nabahungu, 2017. Implications of tillage practices, management of soil surface and fertilizer application on sustainable dryland agriculture: A case study of Eastern Rwanda. African Journal of Agricultural Research. Vol. 12(31), pp. 2524-2532. DOI: 10.5897/AJAR2017.12289
  2. Sakirat M. Shuaibu, John A. Ogbodo, Ejiet J. Wasige, Sani A. Mashi, 2016. Assessing the impact of agricultural drought on maize prices in Kenya with the approach of the SPOT-VEGETATION NDVI remote sensing. Journal for Food, Agriculture and Society, Vol 4, No 3: 8-18
  3. Kassim Ssekabira, Twaha Ali Basamba, Simon Peter Okurut, John Wasige, Ann Tumushabe, 2016. Carbon Sequestration for Enhanced Soil Quality in the Lake Victoria Crescent of East Africa. International Journal of Ecological Science and Environmental Engineering, 3(1): 32-36.
  4. Wasige, E.J., Groen, T.A., Rwamukwaya, M.B., Tumwesigye, W., Smaling, E.M.A., Jetten V., 2014. Contemporary land use/land cover types determine soil organic carbon stocks in south-west Rwanda. Journal of Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 100:19-33. DOI (10.1007/s10705-014-9623-z)
  5. Wasige, E. J., Groen, T. A., Smaling, E., Jetten, V., 2013. Monitoring Basin-Scale Land Cover Changes in Kagera Basin of Lake Victoria Using Ancillary Data and Remote Sensing. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 21, 32–42.
  6. Sliuzas, R.V., Lwasa Shuaib, Jetten, V.G., Petersen, G., Flacke, J., Wasige, E.J. Searching for flood risk management strategies in Kampala. In: Planning for resilient cities and regions: proceedings of AESOP-ACSP joint congress, 15-19 July 2013, Dublin, Ireland. 10 p
  7. Bamutaze, Y., M. M. Tenywa., M. J. G. Majaliwa., V. Vanacker., F. Bagoora., M. Magunda., J. Obando., and J. E. Wasige., 2009. Infiltration characteristics of volcanic sloping soils on Mt. Elgon, Eastern Uganda. Catena xx: xxx–xxx.doi:10.1016/j.catena.2009.09.006
  8. Wasige, E.J., Tenywa, M.M., Byalebeka, J.B., Majaliwa, M.J.G., Lufafa, A., 2002. Evaporation measurement and validation of meteorological models. MUARIK bulletin 5, 88-91. ISSN 1563-3721.
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