Adesola Olutayo OLALEYE simply called 'Tayo' presently carries the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Soil Science & Resource Conservation, The National University of Lesotho, Southern Africa. He has over 20 years of experience within the Research & University sectors. His full time teaching and research duties are complemented by a consulting affiliation with several organizations. Tayo earned his B.Sc. (Hons) in Soil Science & M.Sc. Agronomy (Soil/GIS option) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1990 and 1992 respectively. Immediately after this, he was awarded the prestigious fellowship by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 1993 to pursue his PhD in Soil Science (Natural Resources Management (Wetland Management/Water Resources) in the same University. He finally graduated in 1998. Tayo' specializes in the field of Wetlands Utilization and Management. His research and consulting interests include Anthropogenic pressures on wetlands, land evaluation, water quality, land-use changes, implementation and applications of GIS in water resources management in wetlands.
Tayo has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications in the above field of interests. He has served as principal investigator (PI) for several research grants/projects totaling several thousands of dollars. He has received numerous professional awards. He has experiences in the Western & Southern Africa. Tayo currently teaches Soil Science courses, Water Quality& Management of a Natural Resource Management at the undergraduate & post-graduate levels. The focus of this work is on optimal use of scientific information to develop and implement the most sustainable policies and management strategies for wetland ecosystems in the sub-Saharan Africa. His research addresses ways in which ecosystems are distributed in landscapes and how communities and ecosystems respond to various landscape-scale stressors. Often, finer-scale questions are addressed in the context of integrated watershed management.
Tayo is a recognized scholar and teacher and has held the positions of the Head of Department (two years), Sub-Dean Post-Graduate studies (five years). He has short stint as a consultant to the Food & Agriculture Organization, Regional Office for Africa (FAO-RAF), Accra Ghana working on the Manual for the Sustainable Management of Wetlands in SSA. He has also served in other administrative positions at the University as well as Senate Member in one of the Universities in Nigeria. Tayo has high personal integrity and have worked effectively with a broad range of actors irrespective of status, culture, gender or religious differences. I am articulate, confident, passionate, determined, decisive, self-motivated, flexible and facilitative team-builder.He is a member of the following associations: American Metrological Association. Soil Science Society of America, Association of American Geographers, Ecological Society of America, International Union of Hydrological Scientists (IAHS).