Prof. Francis Emile Asuquo
Prof. Francis Emile Asuquo is a full Professor of Chemical Oceanography with specialization in Marine Biogeochemistry, Toxicology and Pollution at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. His working experiences include serving as a Director, Institute of Oceanography and Pioneer Dean, Faculty of Oceanography, University of Calabar, Nigeria. He is the immediate past Coordinator/ Desk Officer, U6+ Consortium of African Universities University of Calabar (UNICAL) and Desk Officer, Association of West African Universities (AWAU) UNICAL. He is presently the Director, Marine Atmosphere & Coastal Ocean Research Network, UNICAL of the Faculty of Oceanography, UNICAL. He received his professional training on Marine Pollution monitoring of trace organics/ impacts on sea and fisheries and Integrated Coastal Zone management at the Institüt für Meeresforchung, Bremerhaven, Germany (1985) and International Centre for Marine Sciences and Technologies/CNR, Venice, Italy (1993) respectively. He also attended a Regional Training Course on Marine Nutrient Chemistry and Monitoring in Tunis, Tunisia sponsored by IAEA in 2010. In 2017, he received professional training on the use of ocean gliders for the monitoring of essential ocean variables (EOVs) and ocean contaminants at PLOCAN, Spain. Prof. Asuquo is a POGO Finance Committee Member and ISAB member (International Scientific Advisory Board), World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Coastal Resilience (ACECoR), University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is passionate about ocean education/literacy, coastal protection and management. His main research interests include marine environmental chemistry, water quality/ pollution, marine toxicology, fate of pollutants especially endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), ecosystem health and climate change.