Julius Adewopo - 2013 Alec Courtelis Award Recipient
Julius Adewopo, a national of Nigeria, obtained his Bachelors degree from Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, his Masters degree in Forest Resources from University of Arkansas-Monticello, and currently a PhD candidate (CGPA 3.81) in the Soil and Water Science Department at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). His research is focused on the impact of management intensification on soil carbon and the findings are important for promoting long-term ecological sustainability. In 2012, he emerged as one of the recipients of a competitive USDA-graduate student grant in support of his research. He was awarded as one of the top-three oral presenters at the southern-region ASA-CSSA-SSSA Professional meeting, and was later sponsored by ETH-Zurich to present his research at a global meeting of Soil Science leaders in Switzerland.
Julius has actively engaged in several environmentally-focused international processes. He has served as focal point delegate and coordinated side-event at high-level UN processes such as UNFCCC-COP16 at Cancun, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) 8th and 9th session at Manhattan (NY), UNFF Major Group Meeting at Ghana. He recently led a team of scientists and students (enlisted from different Universities across the U.S.) in an unprecedented initiative to identify top priority research questions for soil science in the 21st century.
Julius acts both globally and locally. He has served on campus as President of Mayors’ Council, inducted membership on presidential Housing committee, Graduate Student Advisory Council, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Teaching and Research Awards Committee in CALS. His outstanding accomplishments and contributions in these roles have earned him numerous recognitions including Marilyn Little award from Altrussa International, induction into honorary for campus leaders by UF Housing, Scarborough-Maud Fraser award from UFIC, William Robertson award from his department, and 2012 most outstanding organization leader from Graduate student council.
Last Fall, Julius Adewopo received the Alec Courtelis Award based on his academic excellence and outstanding contributions to the university community.