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Professor Margaret E. Bassey is a Professor of Bio-Systematics in the Department of Botany and Ecological Studies, University of Uyo. She obtained her B.Sc from the University of Benin, M.Sc from the University of lbadan and Ph. D from the University of Port Harcourt.

She was trained by Seasoned Taxonomists like the Late Prof L.S. Gill and Dr Joyce Lowe. She did extensive biosystematic investigations of ferns of the family Adiantaceae for her Ph.D under Professor B. L. Nyananyo and Professor B. Okoli and she has maintained her interest in ferns since then.

The University of Uyo Herbarium which she oversees has a good collection of ferns of Akwa lbom State from all the 31 Local Government Areas.

She is author of the book, About Seed Plants, Introductory Pteridology and has many articles in national and international journals, many of which can be accessed on this knowledgebase.

She enjoys identifying unknown plants and is happily married to Pastor Emmanuel Bassey of the The R.C.C.G and together, they have been blessed with 4 wonderful children.

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ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


UNIVERSITY OF BENIN------------------------- 1981 – 1984

UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN ---------------------- 1985 – 1986

UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT------------ 1991 -- 1995



B.Sc. ----------------------------------1984

M.Sc. -----------------------------------1986

Ph.D. ---------------------------------- 1995



Best graduating M.Sc. student of class of 1985

WORK EXPERIENCE WITH DATES

WORK EXPERIENCE BEFORE PRESENT APPOINTMENT

  •  N.Y.S.C

    BIOLOGY TEACHER, GIRLS GRAMMER SCHOOL

    ABAKPA- NIKE, ENUGU. 1984-1985 

  • LECTURER

    SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCE, UYO.
    1986-1988 

  • PRACTICAL INSTRUCTOR

    PART-TIME REMEDIAL PRACTICAL INSTRUCTOR, UNICROSS
    1987-1988 

WORK EXPERIENCE IN THE UNIVERSITY

COURSES TAUGHT WITH DATES


Undergraduate Courses


Remedial Biology BIO 001 - 1988

Introductory Botany 1 BOT 111 - 1991

Introductory Biology BIO 111 - 1998

Seedless Plants BOT 211 - 1991 -1998

Seed Plants BOT 221 - 1991-2015

Systematics of Non Flowering Plants BOT 212 - 1989 - 1990

Habitat Ecology BOT 222 - 2006 - 2008

Genetics 2 BIO 311 - 1999/2000

Comparative Anatomy BOT 312 - 1998 - 2010

Algology, Bryology & Pteridology BOT 315 - 2006- 2018

Plant Systematic BOT 311 1988-2017 Plant Ecology BOT 321 2001-2003

Mycology BOT 322 2004/2005

Nigerian Forests BOT 412 2005- 2007

Project BOT 421 1988- 2018


Postgraduate Courses


Molecular Systematics of Plants BBT 711. Click here for a description
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Systematics and phylogenetic and elucidation of evolutionary process that generates biological diversity in respect of characters, morphological and phytochemical.

The use of DNA replection site and sequence variation, application in the study of relationship and evolution molecular biology, stride improvement and charges in plant systematics.



Experimental Methods in Plant Taxonomy BBT 712. Click here for a description
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A course surveying how the fields of anatomy, genetics, phytochemistry, phytogeography, multivariate analysis may be applied with advantage to taxonomy with in-depth consideration of one or more areas. Emphasis on working with living materials, sometimes under experimental growth conditions, and on methods for the objective recognition of taxa independent of previously accepted views



Plant Taxonomy BOT 516 2010/2011

Taxonomic data processing & Presentation BBT 611 2012

Advanced Herbarium Studies BBT 612 2012

Chemotaxonomy of Medicinal Plants PCG 605 2008


RESPONSIBILITIES


• Head of Department 2009- 2015

• Exam Officer 2005/2006- 2010/2011

• Taxonomist / Herbarium Curator, 2005 till date

• Internal Examiner for M.Sc Ed. and M.Sc. Pharmacognosy

• Supervision of Postgraduate projects (MSc. / Ph.D)

• Supervision of postgraduate diploma projects

• Deputy Director, Pre-Degree Studies 2015—2017

• Director, School of Basic Studies 201-2018

COMMITTEES/ COMMUNITY SERVICE WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY


• Senate Representative on the Development Committee

• Member Faculty Committee on movement to the permanent site

• Member, University Panel 0f investigation of fire incident in the Department of Physics

• Member, University Panel of investigation on threat to Dr S. Utibeabasi

• Member, Faculty finance committee for WOCAST, 2012

• Member, Panel of investigation on the allegation of sabbatical without authorization, 2014

• Member, Academic Committee, School of Continuing Education 2009-2015

• Secretary, Organisation of Women in Science for the Developing World, UniUyo Chapter (OWSD-UUC) 2010- 2015

• Chairperson, Souvenir Sub-Committee for the 24th Convocation of the University of Uyo.--2018 

NATIONAL / STATE / COMMUNITY SERVICE OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY 


• Women Co-ordinator, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Uyo District.2010- 2015

• Member coordinating ministers of Akwa Ibom Women Prayer Project(AKWOMP) 

RESEARCHES UNDERTAKEN WITH DATES

The Cucurbitaceae of Akwa Ibom State
- 1988

Leaf epidermal studies in some Lagenaria from Akwa Ibom State
- 1990

Foliar anatomical studies in varieties of an edible gymnosperm
- 1997

Epidermal studies in some edible cocoyams from South Eastern Nigeria
- 1997

Morphological studies in varieties of Heinsia crinita
- 1997

Morphological investigations of ethnovarieties of Lasianthera
- 1999

Foliar anatomical investigations of the Genus Piper
- 1999

Stomatal structure and ontogeny in 2 varieties of Heinsia crinita
- 2000

Foliar anatomy and palynology of some common ferns
- 2001

Plant Diversity
- 2004

Nutritional and phytochemical screening of some local vegetables
- 2003-2009

Ethnobotanical surveys and documentation of indigenous Knowledge
- 2006

Biosystematic investigations in Ferns

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES 

• The Nigerian Society of Biological conservation (NSBC)
• The Botanical Society of Nigeria ( BOSON)
• International Association of Pteridologists (IAP)
• The Nigerian Field Society
• Organisation of Women in Science for the Developing world (OWSD)  
• Society for Conservation Biology