Julius Babatunde Adewopo
Julius Babatunde Adewopo was born in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria on May 5th, 1985 and was raised in a family of 7, including his Father, Shadrack Adebisi Adewopo, a retired detective, and his mother, Rebecca Mojirade Adewopo, a teacher.
In 2006, he completed his Bachelors degree in Forestry with honors at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and later served the Federal Government of Nigeria for one year (2007-2008) under the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. During the NYSC period, he volunteered as a UNICEF Peer Educator Trainer (PET) and represented Society for Family Health (USAID funded) at the International Student Week, Ilmenau (ISWI) in Germany. His unflinching passion for sustainability of natural resources motivated him to pursue a Masters’ degree in Forest Science at the University of Arkansas-Monticello where he completed two outstanding projects under the supervision of Dr. David W. Patterson (Emeritus Professor), with a final output of three peer-reviewed journal publications. Julius’ desire to acquire more in-depth understanding of the long-term ecological impacts of forested ecosystems informed his research interest for his Ph.D. Upon completion of his M.Sc. Degree, he was awarded the prestigious Graduate Alumni Fellowship by the Soil and Water Science (SWS) department at the University of Florida, under the supervision of Dr. Maria Silveira.
Julius has participated in many international and professional conferences across 6 countries, including United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 16 in Cancun-Mexico, and has twice been a delegate to the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) at the U.N headquarters in New York. He has received merit-based awards including best graduate student oral presentation (3rd place) at the Society of American Foresters Conference, best graduate poster presentation (runner-up) at the International Forest Products Society Conference, SWS William K. Robertson Fellowship, and UF International Center (UFIC) Scarborough Maud-Fraser Award. In 2012, Julius was inducted into the Florida chapter of the Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society and was honored by the Graduate Student Council as the best graduate student organizer. Some of his leadership records include, his current position as the President-elect of U.F Mayors’ Council, and past responsibility as Liaison Officer with the Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA), Focal point with UNFCCC, President of Graduate Student Association at University of Arkansas-Monticello, and Head of sub-commission and sub-region with the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA).
Julius has acquired cross-disciplinary skills, trainings, and certifications, including geospatial applications (GIS, geostatistics, and remote sensing), process-based modeling, and sustainable resource management, and he hopes to integrate and apply these skills to address issues related to natural resource sustainability. His ongoing doctoral research project is focused on the assessment of soil carbon dynamics across three subtropical ecological systems, including native rangeland, silvo-pasture (forested system), and improved pasture systems. His research will address fundamental knowledge gaps in the understanding of CO2 efflux and allocation of below and above ground processes under subtropical ecological management systems.