O. John Idowu

John Idowu
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Research area: Soil Quality; Soil Tillage; Applied Soil Management


  • Ph.D.: Land Management, Cranfield University, UK.

  • M.S.: Agronomy, University of Gottingen, Germany.

  • B.S.: Agriculture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Previous Experience:

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2004-2009)

Research Associate & Soil Health Project Coordinator:

  • Coordinated a multi-state research initiative on soil health and reduced tillage.

  • Worked on the development of the soil health laboratory at Cornell University.

  • Developed the framework, interpretations and the software for the Cornell Soil Health test currently being used for field assessment of soil quality in the Northeastern USA.

Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Ibadan Nigeria(1997-2003)

Research Fellow & Head of Statistics and Computation Unit:

  • Worked on tillage management, soil and nutrient losses, fertilizer management, land use effect on soil properties and soil variability.

  • Supervision of graduate and undergraduate students

  • Supervised and managed statistical aspects of agricultural research of the Institute, including experimental designs and data analysis.

  • Coordinated the support for the statistical and computational need for research applications.

Research Interest: Major area of research interest include reduced tillage management in irrigated agriculture for soil quality improvement; soil quality assessment and management in the desert Southwest; cover cropping techniques for soil management and the use of near infra-red spectroscopy for rapid soil health assessment.