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Prof. Anthony Effiong Akpan






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About Prof. Anthony Effiong Akpan

Professor Anthony E. Akpan is a seasoned and erudite scholar, innovative consultant and astute administrator, who is well-grounded in both theoretical and Applied Geophysics, Physics and Administration. He has, over the years, acquired unique skills and capabilities in planning, equipment deployment, data acquisition, modelling and geological interpretation of geophysical data. Prof. Anthony Akpan is endowed with rare entrepreneurial spirit that enables him to identify opportunities and consequently, creates great economic benefits from them. Prof. Akpan was awarded a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physics by the University of Calabar in 1994, M.Sc. degree in Exploration Geophysics from University of Benin, Benin City in 1997 and Ph.D degree in Geophysics from the University of Calabar, Calabar in 2009. Finally, he holds a certificate in C and C++ Programming from Promac Computer Institute, Secunderabad, India. He joined the services of University of Calabar in 1999 as Assistant Lecturer. He rose through the ranks and was promoted Professor of Geophysics in October, 2016. Since joining the University, he has been teaching, mentoring and contributing to the graduation of students in the University at all levels. He has successfully supervised and co-supervised over ten graduate students comprising six M.Sc. and six Ph.D students. His major research areas include electrical resistivity, electromagnetic (magnetotelluric) induction, environmental radioactivity, geomagnetism and potential field techniques, and their applications in investigating wide range of environmental, groundwater and mineral investigations in different environments. Other include renewable energy (wind, geothermal and solar), modelling and interpretation of geophysical data, earthquake investigation, machine assisted learning using artificial neural network technique and instrumentation. Prof. Akpan has served as Acting Head, Department of Physics (2015-2017) and is presently serving the University as Director, Information and Communications Technology since December, 2017. He has also served the University in many Committees including Examinations Officer, member, Committee on Business Premises on Campus, member, Senate Examination Results Vetting Committee, Chairman, Department of Physics Post Graduate Coordinator, member, University of Calabar Post UTME Screening Committee, Secretary, Steering Committee on Unical Solar Power Project, member, Senate Committee on Ranking and Visibility, amongst others. He has authored/coauthored over forty peer reviewed journal articles spread across both local and international peer reviewed journals. Prof. Akpan has been serving many local and international peer reviewed journals as reviewer. He has served as External Examiner in many Universities. Prof. Anthony Akpan is a Consultant to many Organisations in groundwater, environmental and mineral investigations. Tony Akpan, as he is fondly called by his peers, has participated in many local and international conferences where he made presentations. He is a beneficiary of the prestigious CSIR-TWAS Post-Doctoral Fellowship that took him to the famous National Geophysics Research Institute, Hyderabad, India in 2011. Prof. Akpan also received the Institution-based Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) grant in 2014. He is also a recipient of many other awards including Mr Donald Etiebet’s prize for best graduating student in Physics Department (1993/1994), best graduating Physics student (1993/1994) and NMGS/Dr Muslim Idris Prize for 2017. He is presently working on the offshore wind energy resources of the Gulf of Guinea, the hydrocarbon potential of the Calabar Flank and saltwater-fresh water interface mapping in the coastal parts of Nigeria. Prof. Akpan’s achievements cut across several fields including Academics, Environment, Consultancy and Public Service. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Physics and Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society. Professor Akpan is married with four children.

S/N Qualification School Atttended Started Finished
FSLCSacred Heart School, Ikwen, Obot Akara Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State19761982
Senior Secondary School CertificateSt Columbanuss’ Secondary School, Ikwen Obot Akara Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State19821988
B.Sc. (Hons) PhysicsUniversity of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State19891994
M.Sc. Exploration GeophysicsUniversity of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria19951997
PhD GeophysicsUniversity of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria20022009
Post Doc TrainingCSIR-TWAS Post Doctoral Fellowship, National Geophysical Research Institute, Uppal Road Hyderabad, 500007, India20102011
C++ CertificatePromac Computer Training Institute 12-13-15, Street No. 5, Tarnaka, Secunderabad -500 017, India20112011

S/N Publication
Ekwok, S. E., Akpan, A. E., & Ebong, E. D. (2019). Enhancement and modelling of aeromagnetic data of some inland basins, southeastern Nigeria. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 155, 43-53.
Akpan, A. E., Ibanga, J. I., George, N. J., & Ekanem, A. M. (2019). Assessing seismo-ionospheric disturbances using Vanuatu and Honshu earthquakes of March 25, 2007, employing DEMETER and GPS data. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 1-10,
Akpan, A.E., Ekwok, S.E., Ebong, E.D., George, A.M., & Okwueze, E.E. (2018). Coupled geophysical characterization of shallow fluvio-clastic sediments in Agwagune, southeastern Nigeria. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 143, 67-78,
Akpan, A. E., Ugbaja, A. N., Okoyeh, E. I. & George, N. J. (2018). Assessment of spatial distribution of contaminants and their levels in soil and water resources of Calabar, Nigeria using geophysical and geological data. Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences,
George, N. J., Akpan, A. E., & Akpan, F. S. (2017). Assessment of spatial distribution of porosity and aquifer geohydraulic parameters in parts of the Tertiary, Quaternary hydrogeoresource of south-eastern Nigeria. NRIAG Journal of Astronomy and Geophysics, 6(2), 422-433.
Ibanga, J.I., Akpan, A.E., George, N.J., Ekanem, A.M., & George, A.M. (2017). Unusual ionospheric variations before the strong Auckland Islands, New Zealand earthquake of 30th September, 2007. NRIAG Journal of Astronomy and Geophysics.
Ebong, E.D., Akpan, A.E., Emeka, C.N., & Urang, J.G. (2017). Groundwater quality assessment using geoelectrical and geochemical approaches: case study of Abi area, southeastern Nigeria. Applied Water Science, 7(5), 2463-2478.
Akpan, A.E., Paul, N.D., & Uwah, E.J. (2016). Ground radiometric investigation of natural radiation levels and their radiological effects in Akpabuyo, Nigeria. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 123, 185-192.
George, N.J., Akpan, A.E., & Ekanem, A.M. (2016). Assessment of textural variational pattern and electrical conduction of economic and accessible Quaternary hydrolithofacies via geoelectric and laboratory methods in SE Nigeria: A case study of select locations in Akwa Ibom State. Journal of the Geological Society of India, 88(4), 517-528.
George, N.J., Obiora, D.N., Ekanem, A.M., & Akpan, A.E. (2016). Approximate relationship between frequency-dependent skin depth resolved from geoelectromagnetic pedotransfer function and depth of investigation resolved from geoelectrical measurements: A case study of coastal formation, southern Nigeria. Journal of Earth System Science, 125(7), 1379-1390.
Akpan, A.E., Ekwok, S.E., & Ebong, E.D. (2016). Seasonal reversals in groundwater flow direction and its role in the recurrent Agwagune landslide problem: a geophysical and geological appraisal. Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences 75(5), 1-17.
George, N.J., Akpan, A.K., & Evans, U.F. (2016). Prediction of hydraulic pore pressure gradient differentials for hydrodynamic assessment of hydrogeological units using geophysical and laboratory techniques. A case study of the coastal sector of Akwa Ibom State, Southern Nigeria. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, doi: 10.1007/s12517-016-2337-6.
Okoyeh, E.I., Akpan, A.E., Egboka, B.C.E., Okolo, M.C., & Okeke, H.C. (2015). Geophysical Delineation of Subsurface Fracture Associated with Okposi-Uburu Salt Lake Southeastern, Nigeria. International Research Journal Environment Science, 4(2), 1-6.
Akpan, A.E., Ilori, B., & Essien, N.U. (2015). Geophysical investigation of Obot Ekpo landslide site, Cross River State, Nigeria. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 109, 154-167, doi: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2015.05.015.
Akpan, A.E., Ebong, E.D., & Emeka, C.N. (2015). Exploratory assessment of groundwater vulnerability to pollution using geophysical and geological techniques in Abi-Nigeria. Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 187(4), 1-18.
Akpan, A.E., Akinpelu, O.O., & Menkiti, A.I. (2014). Assessment of wind speed variation pattern and estimation of wind power density in Calabar, Nigeria. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 9(1-2), 23-38.
Ebong, E.D., Akpan, A.E., & Onwuegbuche, A.A. (2014). Estimation of geohydraulic parameters from fractured shale and sandstone aquifers of Abi (Nigeria) using electrical resistivity and hydrogeologic measurements. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 96C, 99-109, doi: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.201403.026.
Okoyeh, E.I., Akpan, A.E., Egboka, B.C.E., & Okeke, H.I. (2014). An assessment of the influences of surface and subsurface water level dynamics in the development of gullies in Anambra State, Southeastern Nigeria. Journal of Earth Interactions, 18, 1, 24, doi:
Akpan, A.E., Ebong, E.D., & Ekwok, S.E. (2014). Assessment of the state of soil and groundwater salinity in Abi, Cross River State, Nigeria. Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s12665-015-4014-6.
Akpan, A.E., Ebong, E.D., Ekwok, & S.E., Sackey, J. (2014). Geophysical and geological study of the spread and industrial quality of Okurike Barite deposit. American Journal of Environmental Sciences, 10(6), 569-577, doi: 10.3844/ajessp.2014.569-577.
Akpan, A. E., Ekanem, A.M., Sunday, A.A., & Ekine, A.S. (2013). Determination of aquifer parameters distribution pattern from surficial geophysical measurements in Obot Akara Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. International Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences 8(1-2), 83-91.
Akpan, A.E., George, N.J., & Ugbaja, A.N. (2013). Integrated geophysical and hydrogeological investigation of shallow groundwater resources in parts of the Ikom- Mamfe Embayment, Southeastern Nigeria. Journal of Environmental Earth Sciences, 70, 1435-1456, doi:10.1007/s12665-013-2232-3.
Akpan, A.E., Narayanan, M., & Harinarayana, T. (2013). Estimation of subsurface temperatures in the Tattapani geothermal field, central India from limited volume of magnetotelluric data and borehole thermograms using a constructive back propagation neural network. Earth Interactions, 18, 24, doi:
Obianwu, V.I., Chimezie, I.C., Akpan, A.E., & George, N.J. (2011). Surficial geophysical deduction of the geomaterial and aquifer distribution at Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State, southeastern Nigeria. Central European Journal of Geosciences, 3(4), 368-374, doi: 10.2478/s13533-011-0033-3.
Akpan, I.O., Amodu, A.E., & Akpan, A.E. (2011). Elemental analysis of limestone samples from Obajana and Mfamosing Limestone deposits, Nigeria, using nuclear techniques. Journal of Applied Radiation and Isotope, 69, 1355-1358, doi:10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.03.038.
Akpan, A.E., Ukwang, E.E., & Esu, E.O. (2011). Investigating the state of some engineering materials in parts of Akamkpa area of the Precambrian Oban Massif, southeastern Nigeria. Journal of Mining and Geology, 40(2), 113-119.
Obianwu, V.I., Chimezie, I.C., Akpan, A.E., & George, N.J. (2011). Estimation of aquifer secondary parameter distributions from surficial geophysical measurements of primary parameters. A case study of Ngor- Okpala area of Imo State, Nigeria. Journal of Applied Physics Research, 3(2), 67-80.
Akpan, I.O., Amodu, A.E., & Akpan, A.E. (2011). An assessment of the major elemental composition and concentration in Limestones samples from Yandev and Odukpani areas of Nigeria using nuclear techniques. Journal of Environment Science and Technology, 4(3), 332-339, doi: 10.3923/jest.2011.332.339.
George, N.J., Obianwu, V.I., Akpan, A.E., & Obot, I.B. (2010). Lubricating and cooling capacities of different SAE 20W 50 engine oil samples using specific heat capacity and cooling rate. Archives of Physics Research, 1(2), 103-111.
George, N.J., Obianwu, V.I., Akpan, A.E., & Obot, I.B. (2010). Assessment of shallow aquiferous units and their coefficients of anisotropy in the coastal plain sands of Southern Ukanafun local government area, Akwa Ibom State, Southern Nigeria. Archives of Physics Research, 1(2), 118-128.
George, N.J., Akpan, A.E., George, A.M., & Obot, I.B. (2010). Determination of elastic properties of the overburden materials in parts of Akamkpa, southeastern Nigeria using seismic refraction studies. Archives of Physics Research, 1(2), 58-71.
Evans, U. F., George, N. J., Akpan, A. E., Obot, I. B., & Ikot, A. N. (2010). A Study of Superficial Sediments and aquifers in Parts of Uyo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, Southern Nigeria, Using Electrical Sounding Method. E-Journal of Chemistry, 7(3), 1018-1022.
Akpabio, G.T., George, N.J., Akpan, A.E., & Obot, I.B. (2010). Thermal response of some selected wood samples for a passively cooled building design. Archives of Applied Science Research, 2(2), 267-278.
George, N.J., Akpan, A.E., & Obot I.B., (2010). Resistivity study of shallow aquifers in parts of southern Ukanafun local government area, Akwa Ibom State. E-Journal of Chemistry, 7(3), 693-700.
Akpan, A.E., George, N.J., & George A.M. (2009). Geophysical investigation of some prominent gully erosion sites in Calabar, southeastern Nigeria and its implications to hazard prevention. Disaster Advances, 2(3), 46-50.
Afahide, C.E., Udosen, C.E., George, A.M., & Akpan, A.E. (2008). Geophysical studies of the continental sediments in relation to flooding in Akpa Utong village, Ibesikpo/Asutan local Government area, Akwa Ibom State using electrical resistivity method. Integrated Journal of Sciences and Engineering, 7(1), 68-77.
George, A.M., Okwueze, E.E., Akpan, A.E., & Uchegbu, C.J. (2008). Comparative VES studies for the determination of fracture orientation using azimuthal square array and Schlumberger array in Awi within the Oban massif, SE Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Physics, 20(1), 136-144.
George, N.J., Akpan, A.E., Obot, I.B., & Akpanetuk, N.J. (2008). Geoelectrical investigation of erosion and flooding using the lithologic compositions of erosion and flood stricken road in Ukanafun local government area, Akwa Ibom State, southern Nigeria. Disaster Advances, 1(4), 46-51.
Obot, I.B., George, N.J., Ikot, A.N. Akpan, A.E., & Obi-Egbedi, N.O. (2008). Phytochemical and antimicrobial properties of leaves alchonea cordifolia. E-Journal of Chemistry, 7(3), 1071-1079.
Agha, S.O., Akpan, A.E., & Okwueze E.E. (2006). Assessment of the strength of foundation materials in some parts of Afikpo, Nigeria using seismic refraction method. Nigeria Journal of Physics, 18(1), 33-38.
Akpan, F.S., Etim, O.N., & Akpan, A.E. (2006). Geophysical studies of the groundwater potential of parts of Etim Ekpo local government area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Nigeria Journal of Physics, 18(1), 39-43.
Udo, S.O., & Akpan, A.E. (2002). Band models approach in Atmospheric transmission function calculation. Global Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, 8(3), 371-380.

S/N Grant Currency/Amount Grantor Date
University of Calabar Institutional-based TETFUND Research Grant on ‘Geophysical modelling of the Agwagune Landslide site and the groundwater potential of the proposed Agwagune Relocation site, Biase Local Government Area, Cross River State, Nigeria’.NRN 1955000University of Calabar Institution-based Tetfund Research 2014-11-05

S/N Conference Description Started Finished
27th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institute of Physics (NIP) Hosted by Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna, Nigeria.A paper was presented on Simulation Results of Monitoring and Acquisition System2004-09-152004-09-18
29th Nigeria Institute of Physics Conference held in AkureNigerian Institute of Physics Conference2006-08-162006-08-19
Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society Conference held in Owerri March, 2009A paper was presented 2009-03-092009-03-13
22nd EMI Workshop held in Wiemar, Germany A paper was presented2014-08-232014-08-30
52nd Annual NMGS International Conference and Exhibitions at Kwara Hotels, IlorinA paper was presented2016-03-132016-03-18
53rd Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society Conference held in International Conference Centre, AbujaPapers were presented and an award was received2017-03-262017-03-31