Dr. Francis Emmanuel Awortwi


Research Areas/Interests

i. Ecological dynamics of primary producers in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.ii. Water quality and ecotoxicological studiesiii. Trophic cascades ...~more

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Positions Held & Hold


At KNUST, Kumasi, A/R

1. Assitant Examinations Officer, Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology: September 1st, 2020 – date.

At the University Colleg of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES), Bunso, E/R

1. Acting Rector: March 14th – April 7th 2014; November 1st – November 2nd, 2016; January 6th, 2017; April 24th, 2017; June 20th – June 24th, 2017; September 3rd – September 8th, 2017; August 8th – August 10th, 2017; May 4th, 2018 (University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies, Bunso, E/R)
2. Dean of Students (UCAES): September, 2012 to July, 2020.
3. Head of Department, Environmental Science: August, 2011 to July, 2015
4. Member, Board of Allied Programmes: September 29th, 2015 to July, 2020.
5. Member, Search Committee for UCAES’ Rectorship, December 27th 2016
6. Member, Admissions Board: November 29th, 2011 – July, 2020.
7. Member, Examiners Board: November 29th, 2011 – July, 2020.
8. Member, Faculty Board: November 29th, 2011 – July, 2020.
9. Chairman, Workshop on Curriculum Development for Beekeeping Programme at UCAES, Bunso, 21st – 23rd February, 2018 at Bunso Cocoa College, Bunso, E/R.
10. Acting Coordinator, School of Allied Programmes (UCAES), Bunso, September 2018 to present
11. Acting Dean, Faculty of Environment and Conservation (UCAES), Bunso, July, 2018 to present
12. Lecturer, UCAES: August 2011 – July, 2020.
Courses taught: Principles of Biochemistry, Ecology of Inland Waters, Limnology, Introductory Oceanography, Environmental Toxicology, Introduction to Climatology, Climatology and Biogeography, Environment and Development, Forest Biomes and Vegetation Analysis, Wildlife Resources and Conservation, Basic Microbiology, Principles of Law, etc
13. Teaching and Research Assistant at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi (National Service): July, 2003 – August, 2004.

1. PhD Thesis research: Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, KNUST, Kumasi- August 2004-January, 2009. “Spatio-temporal variability of phytoplankton community Species composition, biomass and primary productivityof Lake Bosomtwe,Ghana”.
2. Collaborative research training: Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada- February 2007 to August, 2007 and February 2008 to August, 2008. Training in analytical procedures of water samples in the laboratory, data analysis and software applications, library research in support of thesis write up under the supervision of Prof. R. E. Hecky and R. I. Hall and sponsored by the Government of Canada Commonwealth Graduate Student Award Programme and National science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.
3. Training in the identification, isolation, and culturing of cyanobacteria from natural waters, June 2007 by Hedy Kling, algal taxonomist from Winnepeg, Canada and sponsored by the Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
4. Lake Bosomtwe (Ghana) Drilling Impact Assessment (Ghana) by the Inter-Continental Drilling Programme (ICDP). May to September, 2004. Pre-drilling assessment conducted with Dr Piet Verburg of University of Santa Barbara, California, USA) and Prof. Dan Livingston (Duke University, North Carolina, USA). Post-drilling assessment was conducted with Prof. R. E. Hecky (University of Minnesota, USA) and Dr. Greg Silsbe (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada).
5. Participant - Multidisciplinary Research Project on Lake Bosomtwe (Ghana): Linking meteorology, hydrology, sedimentology, and the dynamics of aquatic organisms in a model for the interpretation of one million years sediment record of climate variability in tropical Africa and to validate other Global Climatic Models (GCMs) - 2004 to 2009. Financed by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.
6. Limnological Reconnaissance Training on Lake Bosomtwe (Ghana):Field training in water sampling, launching and recovery of water profilers, lightmeters, thermisters, sediment traps, meteorological station, etc. 10th – 24th September, 2004; May 2005; July 2006 under the supervision of Prof. R. E.Hecky(University of Minnesota, USA), Prof. R. I. Hall and Dr. Greg Silsbe andDr. Megan Puchniak (University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) onLake Bosomtwe, Ghana.
7. Script writer at ‘Prof’ Quarm’s Publications, Ghana.: March 2010-July 2011
8. Teaching assistant at Asanteman Secondary School, Kumasi: Nov. 1996 - October 1997 (National Service)

i. Resource person, Inauguration of the Exhibition of Atewa Range Forest Reserve, on the theme, “” – January, 2019, British Council Auditorium, Accra.
ii. Member, Interview Panel for the appointment of Researchers into the Plant Genetic Resources Research Institute (PGRRI), Bunso, of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana – (January, 2019), Bunso, E/R
iii. Resource person, 2017 World Environment Day Celebrations Symposium on the sub-theme “Connecting people from Cape Three Points to Bawku” – May 2nd – 5th 2017, Kyebi, E/R
iv. Supervision of undergraduate student projects – seven from 2015 -2019.
v. Reviewer for the following peer-review journals: Ghana Science, International Journal for Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Reviews (IJBMBR)International Research Journal of Environmental Sciences and Studies (IRJESS) Community educator, Lake Bosomtwe (Ghana) ecosystem management education programme for riparian communities – September – December, 2007, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for students in development programmes
vi. Resource person, seminar on “Sustainable fishing practices in Lake Bosomtwe (Ghana)” organized by Friends of the Earth, an environment NGO, September 12th, 2005.

i. Technical Upskilling Training Programme on Oil Palm, 6th – 10th January, 2020 at Fumesua, A/R.
ii. Technical Upskilling Training Programme on Cashew, 10th – 14th February, 2020 at Sunyani, B/R.
iii. Technical Upskilling Training Programme on Mango, 17th – 21st February, 2020 at Somanya, E/R.
iv. Workshop on Legal Awareness for Effective Advocacy and Engagement of State Agencies at Accra, 7th – 8th May, 2019 at Coconut Groove Regency Hotel, G/R.
v. Workshop on Curriculum Development for Beekeeping Programme at UCAES, Bunso, 21st – 23rd February, 2018 at Bunso Cocoa College, Bunso, E/R.
vi. Training Workshop for CSOs and Networks of Advocacy, Lobbying, and Influencing at Kyebi, E/R, 23rd – 24th January, 2018.
vii. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) International Training Workshop – 18th – 22nd March, 2018, organized by the Shared Resources Joint Solutions (SRJS) Ghana.
viii. 7th KNUST Summer School on the theme “Technology, Manpower Training, and Development” at KUNST-Kumasi campus, 21st -25thAugust, 2017.
ix. Landscape Governance Assessment Workshop – 19th – 20th July, 2017, organized by the Shared Resources Joint Solutions (SRJS) Ghana.
x. Electronic Library Resources Training workshop on TEAAL and AGORA for Ghana, July 11th-13th, 2016 organized by Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) and Cornel University’s Mann Library with UCAES.
xi. United Nations International Network on Water, Environment, and Health (UN-INWEH) conference on the theme “Assessing, monitoring, and setting targets – the work of the UN in freshwaters” at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 5th, 2007.
xii. Workshop on cyanotoxins in natural water bodies at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, April 19th – 23rd, 2007.
xiii. Field Summer Institute workshop on environmetrics at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, July 17th -19th, 2007.
xiv. 30th Congress of the International Association for Limnologists (SIL), Montreal, Canada, August 18th, 2007.
xv. InterContinental Drilling Programme (ICDP) Conference on the drilling of Lake Bosomtwe, Ghana, September 13th – 17th, 2004.

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