Professor Donald D. Adams
Expert of Environmental Sciences
Geochemist and member of the African Academy of Sciences with doctorate in oceanography, masters in chemical oceanography and bachelors in chemistry/physics; expert in climate change, greenhouse gases, petroleum and geothermal exploration utilizing specialized gas geochemical techniques, ocean/lake/reservoir/river/coastal zone studies, sediment interstitial water and gases, and water/air pollution; past 30 years teaching at five universities (Old Dominion Univ., Norfolk, VA; Wright State Univ., Dayton, OH; State University New York–SUNY, Plattsburgh, NY and Dept. Geology, Univ. Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya and Moi University’s School of Environmental Studies, Eldoret, Kenya) and presently CEO of 3 companies in East Africa: East African Consultancy for Energy and Minerals, Ltd., Nairobi and Eldoret, Kenya, Renewgreen Rwanda, Ltd., Kigali, Rwanda, and GOLD (Green Organic Lake Deposits) Group Ltd., Kampala, Uganda; last 20 years research/education in reservoir and lake sediments as well as climate change and greenhouse gases; conducted extensive sediment studies on oceans [off west Africa with Ocean Drilling Program, reservoirs and lakes worldwide (reservoirs – Europe, Chile and Brazil; lakes – 17 countries)], developed research proposal for mineral/petroleum exploration on the Kenyan Continental Shelf for Dept. Mines and Geology; numerous tender bids including geothermal exploration in Bugarama for EWASA, Rwanda; advised Presidential Committee on extension of the Kenyan Continental Shelf; assisted in discovering oil (2005-2006) for first time in East Africa on southern basin of Lake Albert UG in 2005; working with the Ministry of Energy on petroleum exploration in Kenya and consultant to the petroleum industry and agricultural programs in Uganda and Rwanda in the manufacturing of natural green “climate smart” fertilizers for East African farmers.
Service to the university and the global community for the past 40 years as an educator and climate change specialist, working in the area of greenhouse gases, water quality and earth geochemistry, has resulted in a high level of scholarly productivity, educational activities and efforts in capacity building and technology transfer. These activities were favorably recognized by the State of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, a Max Planck fellowship award, a prestigious Fulbright Research Fellowship and a peer-reviewed decision to honor me as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. As a Fulbright Specialist I represented the United States to the world as a service ambassador for education and science from 2003 to 2008. In addition, there have been continuous international invitations for service, education and research in my area of specialty on the reservoirs, rivers and lakes, dealing with sediment sampling, water quality and greenhouse gases. These invitations have come from Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Finland and the Netherlands in Europe and Japan, New Zealand and Russia at other global sites outside of Europe. What is especially worthwhile has been my increased level of activities in developing countries, with climate change, pollution abatement and sediment global climate change programs in Chile, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. In 2009 I was invited to submit my credentials for peer review as a potential membership in the prestigious African Academy of Sciences; I was awarded membership in 2010. During 2003-2006 I was invited as an international peer-reviewer and participant in a 4-institution program on carbon and greenhouse gas cycling in Brazilian reservoirs; this program involved over 40 scientists and students resulting in three research trips each year to Brazil to help colleagues. An increased level of scholarly publications has culminated with editing a third book (published in September 2003) in the Archiv für Hydrobiologie (Advances in Limnology), an important hydrological series. There has been a distinguished service activity, stemming from when I was a Max-Planck Scholar (1985-86) and a NATO Senior Scientist (1987) to the present time. I would like to provide a listing below of the most important accomplishments in the area of global service and scholarship in the past few years. Some achievements that reach beyond recent events, which are most noteworthy, will also be listed in this review to show a continual, high commitment to a distinguished service record, both in teaching and scholarship, to the university and especially to the global community.