Julian Ijumulana | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Julian Ijumulana | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

University of Dar es Salaam | Tanzania

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Julian Ijumulana's academic journey began with a strong foundation in secondary education at Rubya Seminary, Kagera, Tanzania, where he earned his Certificate of Secondary Education and Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education. He pursued Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, English, Kiswahili, Civics, and History. He continued to develop his scientific knowledge and analytical skills, focusing on Physics, Geography, and Advanced Mathematics at the advanced level. He then obtained a BSc in Geomatics from the University of Dar es Salaam, at the then University College of Lands and Architectural Studies (UCLAS), Tanzania. His undergraduate studies encompassed a wide range of subjects including Engineering Surveys, Geodesy, Cartography, Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), and Basics in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Ijumulana started his professional career as a Tutorial Assistant at the University of Dar es Salaam from 2006 to 2010. During this time, he was involved in teaching undergraduate students across various engineering and technological disciplines. From 2010 to 2022, he served as an Assistant Lecturer, further enhancing his teaching repertoire and engaging more deeply in research activities. In 2022, Dr. Ijumulana was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam. His responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses in Civil Engineering, Geomatics, Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Mining Engineering, Engineering Geology, and Agricultural Engineering. He also conducts research on land and water resources, focusing on issues such as natural contaminants in drinking water using advanced geospatial methods and technologies.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Ijumulana's research primarily addresses land and water resource challenges. He has contributed significant insights into well-known problems, particularly natural contaminants in drinking water sources. His approach utilizes advanced geospatial methods and technologies, including spatial statistics, geostatistics, GIS, and machine learning methods. His work is part of the DAFWAT project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), through which he conducted research on characterizing and modeling geogenic contaminants in groundwater in Tanzania. Additionally, Dr. Ijumulana provides consultancy services for land and water-related issues using multidisciplinary approaches. He also offers professional development programs (PDP) to public and private sector employees and NGO staff in GIS, remote sensing, photogrammetry, spatial analysis, and spatial modeling for decision-making purposes.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his academic and professional career, Dr. Ijumulana has been recognized for his contributions to the field of geospatial sciences and water resource management. His educational journey has been marked by prestigious scholarships and research grants, including those from Sida. His research has been acknowledged for its practical implications in addressing environmental challenges and improving resource management strategies.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Ijumulana has made a considerable impact through his research on groundwater contamination and land resource management. His work has provided new perspectives and solutions to environmental problems in Tanzania and beyond. By leveraging advanced geospatial technologies, he has contributed to the development of more accurate and effective models for understanding and mitigating natural contaminants in water resources. His teaching and consultancy efforts have also influenced many students and professionals in the field, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle complex environmental challenges. His interdisciplinary approach has fostered collaboration and innovation in both academic and practical settings.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Ijumulana's legacy is characterized by his dedication to improving land and water resource management through education, research, and practical solutions. His work continues to inspire and inform future generations of engineers, researchers, and environmentalists. Looking ahead, Dr. Ijumulana is expected to further advance his research and teaching, integrating new technologies and methodologies to address emerging environmental issues. His ongoing commitment to professional development and consultancy ensures that his contributions will have a lasting impact on both the academic community and society at large.

 

Notable Publications

Spatial modeling of the occurrences of geogenic fluoride in groundwater systems in Tanzania: Implications for the provision of safe drinking water 2024

Arsenic and other geogenic contaminants in global groundwater 2024 (11)

The natural magnesite efficacy on arsenic extraction from water and alkaline influence on metal release in water 2023 (5)

Optimization of fluoride removal using calcined bauxite: Adsorption isotherms and kinetics 2023 (11)

Geogenic contaminants and groundwater quality around Lake Victoria goldfields in northwestern Tanzania 2022 (14)

 

 

 

Jian Ping Tan | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr. Jian Ping Tan | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Xiamen University Malaysia | Malaysia

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Jian Ping Tan embarked on his academic journey with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) in 2013. Subsequently, he pursued a Ph.D. in Chemical and Process Engineering, completing his doctoral studies at UKM in 2017.

Professional Endeavors

Dr. Tan holds various esteemed positions and affiliations, including Committee Member for Malaysian academic research on palm oil sustainability (ARPOS) since 2022, Graduate Engineer of Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), and Associate Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers (ICHEME). He also serves as the Industrial Training Coordinator for Chemical Engineering at Xiamen University Malaysia since 2020.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Tan's research interests span a wide array of fields, including biochemical engineering, bioeconomy, fermentation, biorefinery, biofertilizer, and biotechnology. As a Principal Investigator, he has spearheaded numerous active research projects funded by reputable organizations like the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia (MOSTI) and the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MoHE). His contributions extend to guest editing prestigious publications and securing patents for innovative methodologies in sustainable biomass utilization.

Accolades and Recognition

Dr. Tan's pioneering research has garnered significant recognition, including patents for methods to produce crystallized organic acids from renewable biomass sources. His contributions are further underscored by his role as a co-author of impactful book chapters focusing on sustainable technologies for the oil palm industry and the production of succinic acid from biomass.

Impact and Influence

Through his multifaceted roles and research endeavors, Dr. Tan has made a profound impact on the fields of biochemical engineering and sustainability. His efforts in securing substantial research grants and publishing influential works underscore his commitment to advancing knowledge and addressing pressing environmental challenges.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Jian Ping Tan's legacy is marked by his dedication to pioneering research, sustainable innovation, and academic leadership. His ongoing contributions promise to further enhance our understanding of biochemical processes and drive advancements in sustainable biotechnology, leaving a lasting imprint on the field and inspiring future generations of researchers.

Notable Publications

Fermentable sugar recovery from durian peel by using ultrasound-assisted chemical pretreatment 2024

Nickel-iron doped on granular activated carbon for efficient immobilization in biohydrogen production 2024 (1)

Bio-based succinic acid production from durian husk: A rising Southeast Asia agricultural waste 2023

Biotechnological enhancement of lactic acid conversion from pretreated palm kernel cake hydrolysate by Actinobacillus succinogenes 130Z 2023 (1)

Kinetic study and model of fermentation parameters affected growth and xylitol production in bioreactor by Kluyveromyces marxianus ATCC 36,907 2022 (3)

Cicelin Rakotomahazo | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Cicelin Rakotomahazo | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines | Madagascar

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Early Academic Pursuits

Cicelin Rakotomahazo, born on February 25, 1987, in Antsenavolo/Mananjary, Madagascar, is a dedicated marine conservation enthusiast. He holds a BSc in Fisheries and Aquaculture (2010), an MSc in Applied Oceanology (2013), and recently earned his PhD in Marine Science and Fisheries (2022) from the Institut Halieutiques et des Sciences Marines, University of Toliara, Madagascar.

Professional Endeavors

Rakotomahazo's professional journey has been deeply intertwined with marine conservation. Since 2012, he has been associated with Blue Ventures Conservation Madagascar. His roles evolved from a Seaweed Farming Technician to a pivotal position as the Mangrove and Blue Carbon Coordinator, demonstrating adaptability and commitment.

Contributions and Research Focus

Cicelin's contributions extend beyond his employment. He has authored impactful publications, exploring topics like payment for ecosystem services (PES) schemes for mangroves and community perceptions of PES projects. His work reflects a focus on participatory planning, socio-economic science, and the communication of mangrove carbon projects.

Accolades and Recognition

Rakotomahazo's dedication has earned him notable recognition. In 2017, he received the Australian Award Fellow on the Blue Economy, and in 2018-2019, he was granted by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Symposium (WIOMSA) through the Marine Research Grant I (MARG I).

Impact and Influence

Cicelin's impact is evident in his role as Mangrove and Blue Carbon Coordinator, overseeing community-led mangrove carbon projects. His engagement in training workshops, conferences, and the Blue Economy Fellowship showcases his influence in the marine science and conservation domain.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Rakotomahazo's legacy lies in the sustainable management of marine ecosystems, especially mangroves. His multidimensional expertise in marine biology, fisheries, blue economy, and community-based conservation positions him as a driving force in the field. With an impressive track record, he is poised to contribute significantly to future marine policies, governance, and conservation efforts.

Notable Publications

Exploring the policy and institutional context of a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) scheme for mangroves in southwestern Madagascar 2023 (4)

Community Perceptions of a Payment for Ecosystem Services Project in Southwest Madagascar: A Preliminary Study 2021 (5)

Participatory planning of a community-based payments for ecosystem services initiative in Madagascar's mangroves 2019 (26)

Mangrove Carbon Stocks and Ecosystem Cover Dynamics in Southwest Madagascar and the Implications for Local Management 2017 (52)

Influence of environmental factors and farming technique on growth and health of farmed Kappaphycus alvarezii (cottonii) in south-west Madagascar 2014 (47)

 

 

Hassan Esmaeilzadeh | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Hassan Esmaeilzadeh | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Shahid Beheshti University | Iran

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Hassan Esmaeilzadeh's academic journey has been marked by a commitment to Geography and Urban Planning. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Tabriz University, his Master's from Tarbiat Modarres University, and his Doctorate degree from Shahid Beheshti University. His primary fields of expertise include sustainable ecotourism, environmental studies, and spatial planning.

Professional Endeavors

Since 2012, Dr. Esmaeilzadeh has been serving as an Assistant Professor at the Geography and Urban Planning Department of Shahid Beheshti University. Prior to this, he held academic positions at Payame Noor University and Azad Islamic University. His professional journey also includes roles as a researcher at various institutions and consultancy companies, contributing to urban and rural development, environmental planning, and sustainable global city initiatives.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Esmaeilzadeh's expertise lies in sustainable ecotourism, environmental studies, and spatial planning. His extensive research portfolio covers diverse areas, including the spatial impacts of lifestyle changes, adaptation to climate change, and the sustainability of ecotourism in protected areas. His contributions extend to grants from various institutions and refereeing for reputable journals in environmental sciences and tourism management.

Accolades and Recognition

Throughout his academic career, Dr. Esmaeilzadeh has been recognized for his academic excellence. He secured the first rank in the national master's entrance exam in 2001, was the top student of the M.A course at Tarbiat Modarres University in 2003, and received the Distinguished Ph.D. Student of the Year of Iran award in 2009.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Esmaeilzadeh's impact extends beyond academia, as evident from his executive responsibilities, consultancy roles, and managerial positions in various organizations. His expertise in ecotourism, environmental planning, and urban management positions him as a key influencer in shaping sustainable urban development and environmental policies.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With an impressive record of courses taught, advisory roles, and supervisory positions for M.A. and Ph.D. candidates, Dr. Esmaeilzadeh is contributing to the development of future scholars and practitioners in the field. His continued research, grant projects, and editorial positions showcase a dedication to leaving a lasting legacy in the realms of environmental planning and sustainable urban development.

Notable Publications

Waterless wetlands, as a new source of wind erosion: Developing remediation strategies for the Hamoon Wetland in Iran 2023 (1)

Evaluating the ecological security of ecotourism in protected area based on the DPSIR model 2023 (1)

Land potential for ecotourism development and assessing landscape ecology in areas on protection of Iran 2023 (4)

Assessing Changes in Land Use/Land Cover and Ecological Risk to Conserve Protected Areas in Urban–Rural Contexts 2023 (4)

Prioritizing Water Resources for Conservation in a Land of Water Crisis: The Case of Protected Areas of Iran 2022 (2)

 

Dr. Li Yang | Environmental Science | Young Scientist Award

Dr. Li Yang | Environmental Science | Young Scientist Award

Key Laboratory of the Evaluation and Monitoring of Southwest Land Resources, Ministry of Education, Sichuan Normal University | China

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Early Academic Pursuits

Dr. Li Yang embarked on an academic journey marked by a strong focus on environmental sciences. Having obtained a Ph.D. from the College of Architecture and Environment at Sichuan University in 2022, Dr. Yang's academic foundation laid the groundwork for specialized research in environmental remediation and safe plant cultivation.

Professional Endeavors

As an assistant researcher at the Key Laboratory of the Evaluation and Monitoring of Southwest Land Resources, Ministry of Education, situated at Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, China, Dr. Yang actively engages in cutting-edge research. Their position underscores a commitment to evaluating and monitoring land resources, particularly in addressing heavy metal pollution in soil and promoting the safe cultivation of medicinal plants.

Contributions and Research Focus

Dr. Yang's current research is centered around the crucial areas of remediating heavy metal pollution in soil and ensuring the safe cultivation of medicinal plants. This specialized focus highlights a dedication to addressing environmental challenges and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

Accolades and Recognition

While specific accolades and recognition details may not be provided, Dr. Yang's contributions and commitment to research in the domains of environmental remediation and safe plant cultivation likely contribute to their growing recognition within the academic and scientific community.

Impact and Influence

Dr. Yang's work in addressing heavy metal pollution in soil and promoting safe planting practices holds significant potential for impact. By mitigating environmental hazards and ensuring the safety of cultivated medicinal plants, their research can influence agricultural practices and contribute to environmental sustainability.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Dr. Yang's legacy may be defined by their contributions to the understanding and implementation of remediation strategies for heavy metal pollution in soil. Their ongoing research in promoting the safe cultivation of medicinal plants is poised to contribute to sustainable agricultural practices. Their future contributions may extend to shaping policies and methodologies aimed at environmental remediation and safe agricultural practices, leaving a lasting impact on environmental and agricultural sciences.

Notable Publications

Differential responses of polysaccharides and antioxidant enzymes in alleviating cadmium toxicity of tuber traditional Chinese medicinal materials 2022 (6)

Foliar application of flavonoids (rutin) regulates phytoremediation efficiency of Amaranthus hypochondriacus L. by altering the permeability of cell membranes and immobilizing excess Cd in the cell wall 2022 (12)

Selenium alleviates toxicity in Amaranthus hypochondriacus by modulating the synthesis of thiol compounds and the subcellular distribution of cadmium 2022 (22)

Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Esraa Elmarakby | Best Researcher Award - Award Winner 2023

Esraa Elmarakby | Environmental Science

Esraa Elmarakby, congratulations on receiving the prestigious Best Researcher Award! Your dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to advancing the understanding of environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development are truly commendable. This recognition not only celebrates your remarkable achievements but also acknowledges the depth of your research contributions to shaping sustainable urban landscapes. Your relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovative approaches undoubtedly sets a benchmark for excellence in academia and inspires us all to reach greater heights in research and scholarly endeavors.

Esraa, your relentless pursuit of knowledge and groundbreaking research in exploring the intricate relationship between urban development and environmental sustainability is nothing short of exceptional. Your commitment to unraveling the complexities of Urban Heat Islands and non-exhaust emissions within Transit-Oriented Developments is not just commendable—it's pioneering. This award stands as a testament to your profound impact on academia and your invaluable contributions to the field. Your passion, diligence, and vision for a more sustainable future resonate deeply, and your achievements serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring researchers worldwide. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

Early Academic Pursuits

Esraa Elmarakby embarked on her academic journey with a Bachelor's in Urban Planning and Design from Ain Shams University, Egypt. Her pursuit continued with a Master's degree focusing on the Urban Heat Island Phenomenon in Cairo's residential areas, emphasizing morphological impacts.

Professional Endeavors

She transitioned into the realm of remote sensing, acquiring a Diploma as a Certified Remote Sensing Specialist and delving into various certifications such as Remote Sensing Specialist, Professional, and Solution Developer.

Contributions and Research Focus

Esraa's research predominantly centers on the intersection of urban development and environmental sustainability. Her published works explore the impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Islands (UHI) and non-exhaust emissions (NEE) in transit-oriented developments, showcasing her expertise in climate change, spatial analysis, and environmental impact assessment.

Accolades and Recognition

Her achievements include winning the UOS Three-Minute Thesis competition and receiving an Associate Fellow designation from Advance Higher Education in the UK.

Notable Publication

Spatial Morphology and Urban Heat Island: Comparative Case Studies 

Workers’ Satisfaction vis-à-vis Environmental and Socio-Morphological Aspects for Sustainability and Decent Work  1 February 2022

Impact of urban morphology on Urban Heat Island in Manchester's transit-oriented development 6 December 2023

Impact and Influence

Esraa's work as a Project Officer at the University of Salford's CRUISE Project demonstrates her commitment to managing research initiatives, while her roles as a lecturer, ambassador, and vice president of the UOS's CIB Student Chapter highlight her dedication to knowledge exchange, academic facilitation, and community engagement.

Legacy and Future Contributions

With a promising trajectory, Esraa aims to complete her Ph.D., focusing on advancing environmentally smart Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Her vision seems to be deeply rooted in merging research, practical application, and academic mentorship, poised to leave a lasting impact on the fields of urban planning and environmental sustainability.

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