Agronomy, Soil Science, Risk Assessment, Crop Nutrition, Composting, Land Management
Dr. Gaius Eudoxie is an advocate for soil and senior lecturer of Soil Science at the University of West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) with responsibility for teaching and research in sustainable soil management and crop nutrition. Additionally, he serves as Deputy Dean, Outreach and Internationalization, Faculty of Food and Agriculture. He has a keen interest in organic waste management, specifically composting and its use as a soil quality enhancer. To this effect he has developed and delivers the only campus wide course on composting and compost use. Dr. Eudoxie has over 20 years teaching and research experience in soil management with a significant part of that focus dedicated to soil quality management. He has a strong passion for teaching and learning and utilises several techniques aligned to students’ learning styles. He has graduated 3 PhD and 6 MPhil candidates and currently supervises 7 graduate students (3 PhD + 4 MPhil) researching various aspects of sustainable soil management, crop nutrition, composting, agronomy of vegetable crops and remediation of contaminated soils.
Dr. Eudoxie has consulted in several Caribbean countries on sustainable soil and land management, composting, crop nutrition and much more…. He is grounded in the scientific method but pragmatic in approach, separating academic from developmental objectives and realities. He is energised by outreach activities and is dedicated towards Caribbean development. While regional outreach has mainly been centred on training and development, he has coordinated and participated in regional projects aimed at assessing soil quality, reducing vulnerability, increasing resilience and enhancing adaptation to changing climate and its impacts on soil and water resources. In this capacity Dr. Eudoxie has collaborated with national, regional and international developmental agencies, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, CARDI, IICA, FAO, IAEA and other substantive players in the agricultural and land management sector.
Advocacy has led to association and membership in groups, societies and organizations that share a common respect and desire to sustainably manage soil. Dr. Eudoxie is a Vice President of the Latin America and the Caribbean Soil Partnership (ASLAC) with responsibility for implementation of the five core pillars in the English-speaking Caribbean. He has taken the responsibility of showcasing soils as more than “dirt” through media articles and commentaries. He also serves as a representative of the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) and Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Working Group on drought under the UNCCD and as Science Advisor the Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Soil Management (PISLM). He also serves a member of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils under the Global Soil Partnership, FAO. While Dr. Eudoxie recognises the importance of research he acknowledges the role of policy and governance in the sustainability framework. He is dedicated to improving the weak policy and institutional arrangements currently governing soil resource use and management.
Dr. Eudoxie is not all work oriented, but also enjoys many of the services provided by soils, including sporting activity (football enthusiast), agriculture and nature exploration. What will we do without soil?