Dr. Idowu Kolawole Odubote (Kola) obtained Ph.D. in Animal Science at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. In addition to training received in Animal breeding and genetics, he was trained in Biometrics and data management both at International Livestock Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. This proved very valuable in his research and teaching assignments which include livestock production, management of different classes of livestock, Animal genetic resources characterization, and improved utilization. He has long and wide experience in the management and characterization of Animal Genetic Resources. Dr. Odubote comes with a wealth of experience as an accomplished Scientist. He is a Fellow of the Zambia Academy of Sciences, Agricultural Institute of Zambia, and a member of the Herdbook Society of Zambia. His research over the years and in concert with other researchers has led to the publication of more than twenty (20) refereed journal articles, with at least fifteen as lead and or single authors Dr. Odubote joined the School of Agricultural Sciences of the Zambian Open University as a Senior Lecturer and was appointed Dean of the School and member of the Senate. He launched the BSc Animal Sciences degree program at the University in 2017. He led a CTA (EU-ACP agency) funded research on Climate Smart Agriculture for cereal and livestock farmers in Zambia. He was a part-time lecturer in the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zambia. He worked as an Independent Livestock Development Consultant and Short Term Expert on GIZ funded dairy milk value chain project in Zambia. He also consulted for the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock on the Climate Resilient Livestock Management project in the Northern and Muchinga provinces of Zambia. Currently, he is a National Consultant (-dairy cattle) in the development of Tier 2 GHG emissions in Zambia.
Dr. Kolawole Odubote's research interests are Livestock production; Animal Breeding and Genetics; Characterization of Animal Genetic Resources; Livestock production systems.