Prof. Odemari Stephen Mbuya is a professor of Agricultural Sciences, Director of the Center for Water Resources at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Director of Florida Climate Institute at FAMU and a Courtesy Professor of Agronomy at the University of Florida/IFAS, where he teaches Statistical Research Methods, Plant and Soil Sciences. With broad and extensive knowledge in agriculture, life sciences and sustainable ecosystems for the past thirty years, Prof. Mbuya leads the faculty effort in integrating all concepts of sustainability in innovative research and teaching at FAMU. With his extensive education and research career he has trained undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers.
He has worked as a research scientist in Tanzania, a visiting researcher at the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) in Colombia, a consultant and volunteer representing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and FAMU in South Africa and India, and a delegate of Institutions of Higher Learning from United States to the Netherlands. Prof. Mbuya holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida (USA), and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Crop Science from Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania).
Prof. Mbuya have served in academia in the United States for over 25 years, of which he has continued to receive research funding, totaling over $10 million. He has received funding form the following agencies to mention a few: US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Forest Service, US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), USDA-CSREES, USDA-NIFA, USDA-SARE, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and US Department of Energy. He has served in numerous national and international committees representing water, climate change, agricultural production, ClimateSmart Agriculture and biofuels. His employment and professional experience includes; i) Faculty Director - FAMU Sustainability Institute, ii) Director - Center for Water Resources-FAMU, iii) Director - Florida Climate Institute at FAMU, iv) Director - Center for Water and Air Quality at FAMU, v) Program Leader, Agronomy, Soil and Water Sciences-FAMU, vi) Chair, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) Minority Committee, USA, vii) Faculty Senator - FAMU Faculty Senate, viii) President - Southeastern Region Soil Physics Group, USA, ix) Academic Director - School of International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont-USA, and x) Head Bean Research Agronomist, Tanzania Agricultural Research Organization.
Prof. Mbuya is the recipient of the following awards; i) Distinguished Scholar Award by the European Journal of Scientific Research, ii) Teaching Excellence Award at FAMU, iii) Research Excellence Award at FAMU, iv) Research Mentor’s Award at FAMU, and v) Paul Robin Harris at the University of Florida in recognition of outstanding quality in agronomic research reflecting concerns for the environment.
Prof. Mbuya has i) co-authored three book chapters. In: Soil Science: Step-by-Step Field Analysis, SSSA (2012) and Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Florida’s Agriculture (2017); ii) co-authored a book on ClimateSmart Agriculture (2018); iii) reviewed more than 50 research/teaching proposals for NSF, USDA/NIFA and EPA; iv) worked with USAID and the National Council for Climate Change, Public Leadership and Sustainable Development (NCCSD) in India where he trained 5,000 farmers on ClimateSmart Agriculture and related disciplines in 2017/2018, and v) he is currently partnering with the Federal University of Technology-Minna in Nigeria to develop a Center of Excellence for Mycotoxin and Food Safety through a Word Bank Grant.