Head of Department


Name: Dr. Otobong B. Iren
Email: irenotobong@unical.edu.ng

Dr. Otobong B. Iren graduated from the University of Calabar, Nigeria in 1994 [B. Agric.-Soil Science (2nd Class Upper)] and 2003 (M. Sc –Soil fertility and plant nutrition). She received her Ph.D (Soil Fertility/Fertilizer Technology) degree from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Nigeria in 2009.

Dr. Otobong B. Iren joined the University of Calabar as Graduate Assistant in the Department of Soil Science in 1996 and has risen to the rank of Senior Lecturer, currently the Ag. Head of Department. She has served the University System as:

  • Academic Adviser for year 4 students in 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 sessions
  • Member of Departmental Examination Malpractice Committee
  • Registration officer for the Department - 2007/2008 - 2009/2010
  • Faculty Representative to Faculty of Science - 2008/2009 - 2009/2010
  • Faculty Representative to Faculty of Law – 2010/2011 - 2011/2012
  • Faculty Representative to Faculty of Education – 2012/2013 – 2013/2014
  • Examination officer for the Department from 2010/ 2011 – 2014/2015
Dr. O. B. Iren has published extensively (over 40 articles mostly in peer-reviewed, globally recognized journals) and her work is frequently cited in journals and research work of students on Soil Science, Soil fertility, Plant nutrition, Fertilizer technology and waste management. Her current research interest is on composting, waste management and remediation of petroleum polluted soils.