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Dr. Ambrose Anoruo

Professor, Environmental Science and Forest Ecology

Ambrose O. Anoruo (a.k.a. Amby) is a Professor of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences in the Department of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Human Sciences, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. Anoruo was Associate Vice President for Research and Dean, College of Graduate Studies at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Before his appointment at Texas A&M University, Prof. Anoruo was Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, Delaware State University. And prior to his appointment at Delaware State University in 2005, Dr. Anoruo was a tenured Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of the Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA.

Prof. Anoruo has made significant contributions to higher education in the Unites States in the fields of agriculture, the environment and ecology. He initiated the National Conference on Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation and Management at Delaware State University. He was a member of the State of Delaware Governor’s Council on Forestry. He served on the Delaware State University Innovative Technologies Committee. As Professor at South Carolina State University, Dr. Anoruo founded the Savannah River Environmental Sciences Field Station which later became a USDA Center of Excellence in Environmental Sciences Education and Research. He secured the Delaware State University’s membership at the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit. His idea of a Center for Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation at the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, Delaware State University gave birth to the Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER – see Prof. Anoruo is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Restoration ( He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sustainable Forestry. Dr. Anoruo has won many United States of America national awards including Who’s Who Among America’s Professors, The National Harmer Award from the Office of the Vice President of the United States, and The Government Seamless Award from the United States Forest Service. Dr. Anoruo serves on the Leadership Council of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He was a member of the Science and Technology Committee of the Experimental Station Council on Organization and Policy (ESCOP) of the Board of Agriculture Assembly (BAA).

Dr. Anoruo started his post secondary education at the Federal College of Forest Technology, Ibadan, Nigeria where he completed his undergraduate education in 1980. In 1982, he left Nigeria for the United States on Federal Government of Nigeria Postgraduate Scholarship for MS degree in Forestry at Yale University. He also holds a second MS degree in Environmental Science from Southern Connecticut State University. In 1985, Prof. Anoruo returned to the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for the Doctor of Forestry degree in Plant Physiological Ecology. Prof Anoruo has authored many peer reviewed scientific journal articles and book chapters. He has also attracted well over $20 million dollars of externally funded projects in personal and collaborative research efforts. Prof. Anoruo belongs to several professional organizations including Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society of America, Yale Chapter; Botanical Society of America; Organization of Biological Field Stations; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Society of Wetland Scientists; and the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Dr. Anoruo has three children including Dr. Chinma Anoruo (MD), Mr. Uchenna Anoruo (Software Engineer), and Ms. Nnenna Anoruo (Ph.D. Candidate in mathematics, Johns Hopkins University).


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Dr. Ambrose Anoruo