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Amobichukwu Chukwudi Amanambu


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Country of Origin: Nigeria

Degree Program: PhD

Entered Program: Fall 2018

Expected Graduation: Spring 2022

Dissertation Topic: Drought, Dam, and Dredging Impacts on the upper Apalachicola River and Floodplain

Research Statement: My interest in studying the Apalachicola watershed is to assess how physical and anthropogenic factors affect the drying (drought) and wetting (floods) of the river given the legal battle between Alabama, Georgia and Florida on water resources use in the ACF basin. Specifically, my overarching research question will be focused on how the construction of the 1954 dam—in the upper part (Chattahoochee) of the Apalachicola river basin—has impacted floodplain inundation and exacerbated hydrological drought as well as the river morphology. I will further examine the role of dredging in influencing inundation and drought while mapping the extent of dredging in the river using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). This research is fundamental since rivers and their floodplain provide essential benefits to ecosystems and society. The study is expected to advance an analytical framework with the result that is useful for policy formulation.

Adviser: Dr. Joann Mossa

Educational Background

  • M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Management, Loughborough University, United Kingdom, 2021
  • M.Sc. in Geography, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 2014
  • B.Sc. in Geography, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 2009