Dr, Mayowa Johnson FASONA

Dr. Mayowa Fasona is a specialist in Remote Sensing & GIS, Natural Resource Management and Environmental Change.  He is a proud alumnus of the University of Lagos where he obtained his B.Sc. degree in Geography & Planning with Second Class Upper in 1996 and M.Sc. in Geography (with specialization in Remote Sensing and Hydrology) in 1999. He completed his doctoral thesis on land degradation and environmental change in the coast of Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria in 2007.  He acquired postdoctoral training in Climate Change Modeling and Adaptation from the Climate Systems Analysis Group (CSAG), University of Cape Town, South Africa as an African Climate Change Fellow in 2009-2010.


Dr. Fasona also attended specialized  training on Interdisciplinary Science of Global Climate Change facilitated by the ICTP/GFDL/NOAA at the Faculty of Science, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2007; African Climate Change Fellowship Programme Writing Retreat at the  Carter Conference Center, Millwood, VA, USA,  in 2012; Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI)  on  Climate Change and its Impacts at Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, in 2012;  IRDR/START Advanced Institute on Data for Coastal Cities at Risk at the  IRDR International Center of Excellence, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan in 2012; and the International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change (IRIACC) Training and Collaboration workshop on Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR) in  Dusit Thani Manila Hotel, Makati, Manila, The Philippines, in 2013.


Dr. Fasona is a winner of the University of Lagos Vice Chancellor’s Award for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in 2007 and two-time Faculty Best Researcher for the Faculty of Social Sciences in University of Lagos Annual Research Conference and Fair in 2007 and 2012. Over the years he has conducted research on areas including: Patterns of terrestrial ecological imprints and feedbacks and their implications on climate change adaptation in the wooded savannah of Nigeria; Landuse and Landcover change for Erosion and Watershed Management in South-East Nigeria; Community-Based Management of Ecosystems and Natural Resources for the Improvement of Rural Livelihoods and Food Security in the Nigerian Savannah; Vulnerability of Settled Fulani Agro-Pastoralists' Livelihoods to Climate Change and Emerging Innovations for Adaptation and Land Accessibility in Southwest Nigeria; The Lagos Coastal City at Risk - Building Adaptive Capacity for Managing Climate Change in Coastal Megacities (as part of the Vancouver, Bangkok, Manila and Lagos Coastal Cities at Risk Project (CCaR); Analysis of Slum Conditions in Selected Communities in Lagos Metropolis; Palynological and GIS Modeling of Climate and Land cover changes around the Lagos Coastal Environment; and Land Use Change and Carbon Emissions in Southwest Nigeria.


Dr. Fasona has mentored several students many of which have studied (or are currently studying) for Master and Ph.D. degrees in top universities in Nigeria and around the world, while others are upward mobile in the public and private sectors. He is well travelled – across Africa, and from Brazil and Argentina in South America to Australia, and from the Islands of Taiwan and the Philippines to the west coast of the US.  He is a member of several professional associations and networks including the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), Past Global Changes (PAGES), International Geospatial Society (IGS), Association of Nigerian Geographers (ANG), and International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC), and International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS); among others. He has over 50 publications (and still counting) including book, journal articles, chapters in books and refereed proceedings. He has managed four research grants as Principal Investigator and four others as a Co-investigator.

Research Area

B.Sc. (Hons); M.Sc.; Ph.D.