Prof. Jude Julius Owuor Odhiambo is a Professor of Soil Science in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. He holds a BSc (Hons) Agriculture and MSc Agriculture (Soil Science) degrees from the University of Nairobi, Kenya and a PhD degree in Soil Science from The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked for over 33 years in the higher education sector. Prof Odhiambo is a C2 NRF rated researcher and his specialization is in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition. He has published extensively in peer reviewed and accredited journals and among his recent publications are:
1) Ogola, J.B.O., Macil, P.J. & Odhiambo, J.J.O. (2021). Biochar Application and Rhizobium Inoculation Increased Intercepted Radiation and Yield of Chickpea in Contrasting Soil Types. Int. J. Plant Prod. 15, 219–229.https://doi.org/10.1007/s42106-021-00141-9
2) Rötter, R., Scheiter, S., Hoffmann, M., Pfeiffer, M., Nelson, W., Ayisi, K., Taylor, P., Feil, J.-H., Yazdan Bakhsh, S., Isselstein, J., Linstaedter, A., Behn, K., Westphal, C., Grass, I., Odhiambo, J., Twine, W., Merante, P., Bracho-Mujica, G., Bringhenti, T., Lamega, S., Abdulai, I., Lam, Q., Anders, M., Linden, V., Weier, S., Foord, S., Erasmus, B.F. (2021): Modelling the multi-functionality of African savanna landscapes under global change. Land Degradation and Development 32(6):2077-2081 DOI:10.1002/ldr.3925
3) Lusiba SG, Odhiambo JJO, Adeleke R and Maseko ST. (2021). The potential of biochar to enhance concentration and utilization of selected macro and micronutrients for chickpea (Cicer arietinum) grown in three contrasting soils. Rhizosphere Journal https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rhisph.2020.100289
Prof Odhiambo has also presented his research work at several national and international conferences and supervised several Honours, Masters and PhD students. Prof Odhiambo is the former Dean of the former School of Agriculture, having also served as a Vice Dean of the former School for a period of 8 years and former Head of the Department of Soil Science. He is currently the Interim Chair for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Agriculture at the University of Venda. Prof Odhiambo is an active researcher and a reviewer for several journals, and an external examiner and assessor for several universities and organizations, both nationally and internationally. He is the current president of the Soil Science Society of South Africa (SSSSA), a member of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), and a registered natural science practitioner (Soil Science) by the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).