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Dr Benjamin Betey Campion

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Lecturer

Phone: Cellular +233 262 579785+233 262 579785
Email:  bbcampion.frnr[at]knust.edu.gh
Department: Fisheries and Watershed Management
Office: Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, Room 124
Office Hours: 0800-160008.00-16.00
Address: Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi, Ghana

Brief Info

I have a very diverse academic upbringing. I have traversed botany, aquatic ecology, resources management (with emphasis on forest resources) to climate and vegetation geography. This upbringing has diversified my areas of work and research interest. I have been working on the characterisation of water and soil resources (quantity and quality); hydrological modelling and applications of hydrological models in water resources management; temporal and spatial distributions and variations in water resources; effects of land use and climate change on groundwater recharge, quality of ground and surface waters; soil degradation and sustainable managements of soils;

Community water and sanitation issues have been one of the biggest challenges in Ghana. In this area, I have been working on community-water relationships: coping strategies and customs and conflicts related to the variations and alternative uses of water); community environmental decision making processes; water resources and poverty alleviation; water resources and climate change; ecological and cultural sustainability of urban environments. To this end, I am currently exploring and experimenting with models and empirical research as a fundamental means of achieving these goals.

As fallouts from my PhD studies, I continue to work on urban ecology, bioremediation, ecology and management of streams, lakes, coastal water bodies (estuaries and lagoons) and wetlands associated with urban environments. I am interested in the state of human influence, hydrology and nutrient cycling; effects of anthropogenic activities and climate change on wetland and stream ecology. Possible restoration measures, management and relations with policy and interventions.

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Teaching

Undergraduate Courses:

  • FSA 152 Aquatic Weed Control
  • FSA 156:  Environmental Physiology of Fish
  • FSA 264: Hydrology and Sediment Dynamics in Fluvial Systems
  • FSA 359: Watershed Management

Peer Reviewed Publications

    • Acheampong, E. & Campion, B. B. (2013). Socio-economic impact of biofuel feedstock production on local livelihoods in Ghana. Ghana Journal of Geography, 5: 1-16  
    • Campion, B. B. & Acheampong, E. (2014). The Chieftaincy Institution in Ghana: Causers and Arbitrators of Conflicts in Industrial Jatropha Investments. Sustainability, 6(9): 6332-6350; doi:10.3390/su6096332
    • Acheampong, E. & Campion, B. B. (2014). The Effects of Biofuel Feedstock Production on Farmers’ Livelihoods in Ghana: The Case of Jatropha curcas. Sustainability, 6: 4587-4607; doi:10.3390/su6074587
    • Campion, B. B. & Antwi-Bediako, R. 2013. The seed fuel wars of Africa: Biofuel conflicts in Ghana and Ethiopia. The Broker Online 1-4. Available at http://www.thebrokeronline.eu/Articles/The-seed-fuel-wars-of-Africa
    • Campion, B. B. & Owusu-Boateng, G. 2013. The Political Ecology of Wetlands in Kumasi, Ghana. International Journal of Environment and Bioenergy, 7(2): 108-128
    • Abobi, S. M, Ekau, W., Wolff, M., Blay, J. & Campion, B. B. 2013. Catch per unit effort and water level variations in the lower reaches of the White Volta River at Yapei, Ghana. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 8(23): 2870-2876
    • Campion, B. B. & Essel, G. 2013. Environmental impact assessment and sustainable development in Africa: A critical review. Environment and Natural Resources Research, 3(2): 37-51
    • Campion, B. B., Essel, G. & Acheampong, E. 2012. Natural resources conflicts and the biofuel industry: implications and proposals for Ghana. Ghana Journal of Geography, 4: 42-64
    • Campion, B. B & Venzke, J. -F. 2012. Rainfall variability, floods and adaptations of the urban poor to flooding in Kumasi, Ghana. Natural Hazards, 65(3): 1895-1911
    • Campion, B. B. & Odametey, S. N. L 2012. Can the wetland vegetation in Kumasi Metropolis be used to describe pollution patterns? The case of Dakodwom and Kaase Wetlands. Journal of Environment and Ecology, 3(1): 185-202.
    • Campion, B. B & Venzke, J. -F. 2011. Spatial patterns and determinants of wetland vegetation distribution in the Kumasi Metropolis, Ghana. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 19(5): 423-431
    • Mahama, C & Campion, B. B. 2011. Housing tenure, residential moves and children’s educational performance in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Science and Technology, 31(1): 65-75

Books

  1. Campion, B. B. (2013). Urban wetland ecology and floods in Kumasi, Ghana. Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-3-659-40425-2