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Professor Johnson Masaka

Soil Science

Midlands State University



Johnson Masaka is a Professor of Soil Science in the Department of Land and Water Resources Management at the Midlands State University in central Zimbabwe. He has been a faculty member since 2002. Johnson was the Chairperson of the Department of Land and Water Resources Management for six years and is now the Deputy Dean of the Faculty. He teaches soil fertility and plant mineral nutrition, environmental planning and implementation (MSc programs), land use planning, and resource survey methodology (BSc programs) modules.

He holds a PhD in greenhouse gas emissions from fertilized wetlands under cropping from the University of Zimbabwe, and MSc and BSc degrees in Agronomy from the Kuban Agrarian State University, Russia. His research interests lie in the area of soil fertility and plant nutrition, greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural sources, land cover change detections and remote sensing for land inventory. He has collaborated actively with researchers at Witwatersrand University, South Africa, and Ben-Gurion University and Tel Aviv University in Israel on related disciplines of agriculture.

Johnson has published 34 peer-reviewed research articles in high impact journals published by Springer, Taylor and Francis, and Elsevier. He is the current the Editor-in-Chief of the Midlands State University Journal of Science, Agriculture and Technology. He is also on the article reviewer panel for journals published by Springer, Taylor and Francis, and Elsevier, in which he has reviewed 21 manuscripts.

He is married to an agricultural economist with three children. Prior to becoming a proud and obsessed dad, Johnson enjoyed playing (poorly) and watching soccer, and enjoying good food and beer. He regularly visits his local Christian church for prayers.