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Mintesinot Jiru (PhD Applied Biological Sciences, Gent University) is an Associate Professor and current chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at Coppin State University. He has over 20 years of teaching and research experience in areas of climate change and environmental systems. Dr. Jiru has done extensive work on land degradation, food security, and water management issues in Africa and Asia.
Dr. Jiru’s current research focuses on understanding the socio-environmental and bio-physical issues encompassing water quality in watersheds of Baltimore city drinking water supply system. This study, in addition, attempts to investigate the impacts of various contaminants and hormones on aquatic life.
Dr. Jiru is a co-principal investigator for a multi-institution study (funded by NASA) focusing on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Pedagogy (STEP) of climate change. This project aims at developing a customized module on climate change which is to be used to train pre-service and in-service teachers.
Dr. Jiru currently serves as the chief editor for the American Journal of Experimental Agriculture. He also serves as a resource expert on the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland. Dr. Jiru served on various panels and taskforces including Governor’s taskforce (MD) that was charged to write a white paper to develop graduate programs in alternative energy in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.