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OLATUNDE, Kofoworola Amudat 

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PhD University of Reading, Environmental Science 2018
Dissertation: “Soil Characterization using Visible Near Infrared Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy”

MSc Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, 2012
Environmental Management and Protection Thesis: “Effect of Preservation Methods on Trace Metal Concentration and Freshness Quality of Fish”

BSc University of Agriculture Abeokuta, 2008 Environmental Management and Toxicology
Graduated with First Class Honors

Monitoring of environmental pollutants in wetland soil and water Current
• Investigating pollution status of wetland soils
• Estimating ecological risks and health risk of heavy metals in soils, water and plants

Effect of sewerage systems on groundwater quality 2019
• Investigated the potability of groundwater sources located around improperly built septic tanks within a community close to a University.

Soil characterization using visible near infrared diffuse reflectance 2017 spectroscopy,
• Examined the potential of using visible near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for soil analysis with emphasis on soil organic carbon (SOC) and petroleum hydrocarbon.
• Provided evidence that VNIR DRS can be an important analytical approach to soil analysis particularly when and where costs and time are limiting conditions.

Assessment of variability in proximate/anti-nutritive composition 2014 – 2017
and potential of different soil fertility amendments in reducing
oxalic acid accumulation in cocoyam.
• Coordinated a 3-member team with each individual research but all contributing
to a central team of enhancing the potential of Cocoyam as a food security crop.
• Provided data on the proximate composition and anti-nutritive contents of cocoyam available in Nigeria and Uganda.
• investigated the effect fertilizers on Oxalic acid accumulations in cocoyam cormels

Effect of Preservation Methods on Trace Metal Concentration and 2012 Freshness Quality of fish
• Assessed the quality and shelf – life of catfish and tilapia using different processing methods and stored at ambient temperature

Heavy Metals in Sediments of Ogun River, Ogun State, Nigeria 2007
• Assessed the quality status of Ogun River, a major water source to the Abeokuta populace

MASHAV Scholarship 2018
International Foundation of Science Research Grant 2014
Nigerian Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFUND 2012
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta MSc. Scholarship 2009
Vice-chancellors Award for First Class Graduating Student 2008
Best Departmental Graduating Student 2008
AG Leventis Scholarship Undergraduate Students 2004 – 2007

Oyebanji, F. F., James, A. O., Olatunde, K. A., Aremu, O. J. Solid Waste Management Practices and Health Risks Assessment of Heavy Metals in Soils Within Public Healthcare Facilities in Abeokuta, Southwest, Nigeria. The Journal of Solid Waste Technology and Management, 48(2).

Olatunde, K.A., Adekola, M.B., Jimmy, T.A., Koko, O.O., Ekhator, F.O. and Adekunle A.A. (2022). Contamination Status and Ecological Risk Assessment of Heavy Metals in Wetland Soil, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Soil Science, 32(1): 102 – 111.

Olatunde, K.A., Oyebola J.A., Bada, B.S., Taiwo, A.M. and Ojekunle, Z.O. (2021). Assessment of Heavy Metal pollution of Wetland Soils in Ijokodo, Oyo State, Nigeria. Journal of Meteorology and Climate Science, 19: 22-28

Olatunde, K.A (2021): Analysis of Soil carbon using Chemometrics: A Comparison between Mid- infrared and Visible, Near Infrared Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy. African Journal of Applied Ecology 29(2): 1 – 11.

Olatunde, K.A., Towolawi, T., Kolawole, I., Aiyelabola, N., Michael, O., Warrie, E., Oludiran, O. and Awomade, I. (2021). Soil Quality and Metal Distribution around Stone Quarries within Abeokuta, Southwest, Nigeria. Ife Journal of Science, 23(2): 53 – 61.

Olatunde, K.A., Sanni, M., Omodayo, A., Odedeyi, D., Eze, J., Ojo, A., Aje, D. and Oyewole, O. (2021). Assessment of Groundwater Quality and Hydrogeological Profiles within Odeda Local Government, Abeokuta, Southwest Nigeria. Journal of Applied Science and Environmental Management, 25(5): 705- 708.

Taiwo, A.M., Adekola, M.B., Olatunde, K.A., Abdullahi, K.L., Ogunkoya, P.K., Lawal, E.R., Adenekan, A., Osayande J. A., Jimoh, O. and Oladimeji, G. (2021). Human Health Risk Assessment of Essential and Non-essential Metals in Vegetables (Jute Mallow, Onions, Celosia, Spinach and Tomatoes) from Ogun, Lagos and Oyo states, Southwestern Nigeria. Vegetos, 34: 390 – 403.
Olatunde, K.A (2021). Determination of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contamination in Soil using VNIR DRS and PLSR Modeling. Heliyon, 7: e06794.
Olatunde, K.A, Sarumi, M., Abdusalaam, S., Bada, B. and Oyebanji, F. (2021). Effect of Modified Septic Tank on Groundwater Quality around Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, south-west Nigeria. Applied Environmental Research, 43(1):73-89.
Olatunde, K.A, Sosanya, P.; Bada, B., Ojekunle, Z, and Abdusalaam, S. (2020): Distribution and Ecological Risk Assessment of Heany Metals in Soils around a Major Cement Factory, Ibese, Nigeria. Scientific African, 9: e00495. Indexed in Scopus and Scimago. Published by Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Available at
Olatunde, K.A., Adebayo, K., Bada, B.S., Ojekunle, Z.O. and Towolawi, T.(2018). Effect of Different Soil Fertility Amendments on Oxalate Accumulation in Cocoyam. Nigerian Journal of Life Sciences 8(2): 97 – 101
Olatunde, K.A., Adebayo, K., Muhumuza, J. and Bada, B. S. (2018). Assessment of variability in proximate/anti-nutritive composition of cocoyam within Nigeria and Uganda. Journal of Applied science and Environmental Management 22(5): 737 – 739.
Ojekunle, Z.O., Oyebanji, F.F., Olatunde, K.A. Amujo, B.T., Ojekunle, V.O., Sangowusi, O.R. and Taiwo, A.G. (2015). The Effects of Storage on Sachet Water Quality in Ogun State, Nigeria. Journal of Applied Science and Environmental Management 19(2): 183 – 189.
Ojekunle, Z.O., Oyebanji, F.F., Olatunde, K.A., Sangowusi, O.R, Ojekunle , V. O., Amujo, B.T., and Dada, O.E. (2015). Global Climate Change: The Empirical Study of the Sensitivity Model in China’s Sustainable Development, Part 2. Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects 37: 861 – 869.
Olatunde, K.A., Arowolo, T.A., Bada, B.S., Taiwo, A.M. and Ojekunle, Z.O. (2014). Distribution and enrichment of metals in sediments of Ogun River within Abeokuta, south western Nigeria. Journal of Aquatic science 39(1):17-22.
Bada, B. S., Olatunde K. A. and Taiwo, D.A. (2013). Heavy metal content of Soil and Jute Mallow (Corchorusolitorus L.) Collected from Organic and Inorganic Fertilizer Farms. Journal of Agriculture, Forestry and the Social sciences 10(2): 212-217.

Taiwo, A. M., Adeogun, A. O., Olatunde, K. A. and Adegbite, K. I. (2011). Analysis of Groundwater Quality of Hand-Dug Wells in Peri-Urban Area of Obantoko, Abeokuta, Nigeria for Selected Physico-Chemical Parameters. Pacific Journal of Science and Technology 12(1): 527-534.

Journal Articles Accepted for Publication
Olatunde, K.A. Ayinde O.; Towolawi, A.T.; Oyebanji, F.F. Bada, B.S. Potabiliy and Irrigation potential of groundwater within Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta. Journal of Agricultural science and Environment.

Conference Papers


Bada B.S., Oyekunle, J.O. and Olatunde, K.A. “ Air quality and human health assessment in the vicinity of poultry farm”. Proceedings of 6th Annual Conference of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies. June 25 – 27, 2013. pp 61 -68.

Bada B.S., Olatunde, K. A. and Bankole, O. D. “Chemical and physical properties of harvested rainwater from different roofing sheets in Abeokuta, Ogun State”. Proceedings of Hydrological for Disaster Management, Special Publication of the Nigerian Association of Hydrological Sciences, October 22 – 26, 2012. pp 172 – 179


Olatunde K.A and Azeez, K.R, “Knowledge and Practices of Pesticides Use among Beans Traders within Abeokuta, Southwest Nigeria”, Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) Ibadan, Nigeria, 23rd – 25th November, 2021

Olatunde, K.A., White, K. and Collins, C., “Analysis of soil carbon using chemometrics: a comparison between mid-infrared (MIR) and visible, near-infrared (VNIR) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy”. Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter, in Harpenden, UK, September, 3 – 7, 2017

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