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Department of Plant And Ecological Studies

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Plant And Ecological Studies

The Department of Plant and Ecological Studies was created and raised to the status of a Department from the old Botany Unit of the then Department of Biological Sciences (now Faculty of Biological Sciences) when it was split in 2004/2005 session. The defunct Department of Biological Sciences is one of the Departments that the present University of Calabar inherited from the Calabar Campus of the then University of Nigeria, Nsukka, set up during the 1973/1974 academic session.

Our programmes are optimally structured to impact knowledge, experience and skills needed for the attainment of your career goals and achieve your dreams. We run both theory and practical courses that will lead to the award of B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in a wide range of fields in Plant and Fungal Biology to successful students. PES Department is equipped with high-grade state-of-the-art equipment required to support your studies thus, guaranteeing rewarding practical and research experience, skill acquisition and interest. The Department has formalized several university-industry collaborative arrangements to boost training, skill acquisition and experiences. Our unique approach is designed to transform our graduates into global icons and solution providers in a globalized world. Thus, our alumni, our proud ambassadors, are having fulfilling careers in various fields in both government and private sectors like teaching, environmental, research, entrepreneurship, industry and bio-business.

Our programmes at PES are powered by experienced and committed team academic staff led by ten staff at the professorial cadre and cream of other staff. This team is supported by a group of support staff comprising technical and administrative staff members of the Department. The administrative team is headed by a Secretary and other support staff that will make you feel at home. Thus, while at PES department, be rest assured that you will get all the help and support needed to be at home away from home. Consider recommending our Department to that trusted friend of yours so that he study plants within PES and apply the knowledge, you will live long to become a hero that shall change the world!

We will strongly appreciate you for spending your quality time sharing your feedback, questions and suggestions with us because they may be useful in refining our processes and activities.

Thank you for visiting our site, and we hope to meet you soon.


Dr Joseph K. Ebigwai

Head of Department


Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective

Mission

Our vision is to conduct innovative research, teaching, and outreach on the patterns and processes of life with a focus on plants and their environments and to produce graduates who can provide solutions to the needs of our immediate and broader society through their knowledge of plant and plant products.


Vision

To have a first-rate department with a crop of qualified intellectuals with a knack for cut-edged researches that will bring honour to the nation and the University of Calabar in particular.


Philosophy

The urgent need in Nigeria for undergraduate, postgraduate, research development and in-service training is self-evident. Human beings' primary necessities, namely; food, shelter, and clothing, are dependent on the science that deals with plants' study.

Our programmes are optimally structured to impact the knowledge and skills needed to attain your career goals and achieve your dreams. We run both theory and practical courses that will lead to the award of B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees in a wide range of fields, including plant ecology/environmental management, biosystematics/conservation and taxonomy, plant physiology/biochemistry, Phytopathology / Mycology /Plant Virology and palynology/forensic science. P.E.S. Department is well-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment required to support your studies, thus guaranteeing rewarding practical and research experience and interest. Some of the unique equipment are GC-MS, UHPLC, A.A.S., Infra-red spectroscopy, clinometer, colony counter and laminar flow. Our unique approach is designed to transform our graduates into global icons and solution providers in a globalised world. Thus, our alumni, our proud ambassadors, are having fulfilling careers in various fields in both government and private sectors. Specifically, the Department trains students and researches how to identify bacteria, fungi, virus, mushroom, ferns, micro and macrofossils, timber species, and other flowering plants.  We apply the identified taxa on using; (1) Plants around a crime scene for criminal investigations and dens delineation. (2) Fossils found within crude oil migratory pathways to identify source rocks and reservoirs for oil exploration. (3) Seed physiological processes to establishing Seed Bank (4) Plant genomic information in creating genetically modified foods and diseased-resistant varieties (5) Woods in the manufacturing of paper, pulp and sanitary wares (6) Plant active ingredients for the preparation of herbal recipes and their purified isolates as precursors for drug, herbicide and pesticide production (7) Fossilized and extant taxa in modelling paleo-ecological and paleo-climatic changes (8) Pathogenic microbes to understanding the epidemiology of public health pandemics (9) Pollution indicator species in determining contaminated sites (10) Plant wastes in producing renewable energy (11) Pollen and spores in determining past habitats, honey quality and allergenic responses (12) Construct greenhouse for growing crops at optimal conditions. (13) toxins in understanding plant disease variability (14) IUCN criteria to categorise plant taxa (15) Plants in landscape design and construction (16) Flowers in perfume and lipstick production


Objective

To have a first-rate department with a crop of qualified intellectuals with a knack for cut-edged researches that will bring honour to the nation and the University of Calabar in particular.

History

Plant and Ecological Studies, formerly Botany programme, had existed as a unit from the establishment of the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Nigeria, Calabar campus in 1973/1974 academic session. The Plant and Ecological Studies programme continued as a unit within the Department of Biological Sciences with the University of Calabar's establishment on October 1, 1975. In April 2001, the Department of Biological Sciences was split into four autonomous departments, Plant and Ecological Studies, Genetics and Biotechnology, Microbiology and Zoology/Environmental Biology.

The Department is made up of academic, technical, administrative, non-academic or supporting staff. The Department of Plant and Ecological Studies offers a 4-year B.Sc. degree programme to students admitted through the University Matriculation Examination (UME) or pre-degree science placement and a 3-year duration for those admitted via Direct Entry (D.E.) mode. The Plant and Ecological Studies programme is designed to achieve excellence in research and training in all activities relating to the use of plants and the environment. The department also offers postgraduate programmes in various areas of Plant and Ecological Studies. Departmental research interests are in the following areas of specialisation:

1.      Phytopathology (Mycology/Plant Virology option)

2.      Plant Physiology/Plant Biochemistry

3.      Plant Ecology

4.      Biosystematics and Conservation

5.      Palynology/Forensic Science

Contact Us

Address: Department of Plant And Ecological Studies, University Of Calabar.
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