Dr. Churchill Okonkwo

Professor of Environmental Mission
Geostatistics Specialist
International experience:
  • Nigeria
  • United States


Doctor of Philosophy, Atmospheric Science, Howard University, Washington, DC, US
Master of Science, Environmental Science, American University, Washington, DC, US
Master of Science, Geology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, NG
Bachelor of Science, Geology/Physics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, NG


Dr. Churchill Okonkwo served as a researcher in climate studies related to water systems, assistant program manager of a metropolitan water and sewer authority, and a college professor. He carried out diagnostics of land use land change anomalies that contributed to drought in a region of Africa; developed solutions to complex problems related to energy, climate change, and environmental design in a major US city; and researched various aspects of climate studies, measurement, remote sensing, analysis and validation to advance knowledge of drivers of climate variability. At multiple US universities, Dr. Okonkwo has taught biology, environmental science, earth system science and global climate change. He served as a collaborator and fellow at the National Aeoronautics and Space Administration University Research Center (NASA URC). Dr. Okonkwo has published articles in academic journals such as: Environmental Research Letters, Advances in Meteorology, Cogent Geosciences, The Scientific World Journal, Environmental Hazards, Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, International Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Journal of Environmental Studies, International Journal of Remote Sensing, and the African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. Academic presentations have been given for the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and the Joint Conference of National Society of Black Physicists and National Society of Hispanic Physicists. Dr. Okonkwo and his family live in Maryland, US.