Nsalambi Nkongolo, Ph.D.
Professor of GIS & Environmental Sciences
307 Founders Hall
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 681-5397

  • PGCert., Ecol. Survey Tech., Oxford University, UK
  • Fellow (Charles Bullard), Harvard University, MA
  • Fellow (PostDoc), Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Fellow (PostDoc), National Agricultural Research Center, Japan
  • Ph.D. Geography, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa  
  • Ph.D. Soil Science, Laval University, Canada
  • M.S. Geography - GIS, University of North Dakota, ND
  • M.S. Agriculture, Alcorn State University, MS
  • Dipl. Ingenieur, Fac. Inst. of Agronomy (IFA), Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dipl. Gradue, Fac. Inst. of Agronomy (IFA), Democratic Republic of Congo
Research Focus:
  • Greenhouse Gases Emissions
  • Soil and Plant Science
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Science


Nsalambi Nkongolo is a Professor and Manager of the Center of Excellence Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab in the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. He was a Research Affiliate at the Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis and a Fellow of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University. He teaches courses in geographic information systems, cartography and environmental data analysis. His research primarily focuses on global climate change, with a focus on cropping systems and CO2, CH4 and N2O emissions from soil in agricultural fields and forests. Nkongolo has been the PI and Co-PI in many research projects funded by the USDA-NIFA, USDA-NRCS, NSF, DOD, NASA and Smithsonian and has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, proceedings and abstracts. Nkongolo is serving as the Lead Author/Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II and is presently an expert member of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the Global Soil Partnership program of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He has reviewed grants and projects for NASA Earth System Education, NSF and the Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES). Associate Editor for several open-access journals, Nkongolo has also served as a reviewer for high-impact scientific journals, such as Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, HortScience and many more. Nkongolo has given several talks and is actively involved in research collaboration, both nationally and internationally at the Institut Facultaire des Sciences Agronomiques (IFA) de Yangambi in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Haruna, S. and N. V. Nkongolo (2015). Effects of tillage, rotation and cover crop on the physical properties of a silt-loam soil. International Agrophysics, 29(2): 137-154. DOI: 10.1515/intag-2015-0030

  • Haruna, S. I. and N. V. Nkongolo (2015). Cover crop management effects on soil physical and biological properties. Procedia  Env. Sci., 29: 13 -14.  DOI: 10.1016/j.proenv.2015.07.130

  • Panday, D. and N.V. Nkongolo (2015). Effect of soil air and water on greenhouse gases emissions in a corn-soybean rotation, Procedia  Env. Sci,  29: 293 - 294. DOI: 10.1016/j.proenv.2015.07.222

  • Nkongolo, N.V. and S. I. Haruna.(2015). Effect of tillage and cover crop on corn and soybean yields in a silty-loam soil. Procedia  Env. Sci.,  29: 15 - 16. DOI: 10.1016/j.proenv.2015.07.131

  • Panday, D. and N.V. Nkongolo (2015). Soil water potential control of the relationship between moisture and greenhouse gases fluxes in corn-soybean field. Climate 3(3): 689-696 DOI.:10.3390/cli3030689

  • Zengeni, R., Kakembo V. and  N.V. Nkongolo (2014).  Historical rainfall variability in selected rainfall stations in Eastern Cape, South Africa. South African Geographical JournalDOI: 10.1080/03736245.2014.977811

  • Kladivko E. J., Helmers M. J., Abendroth L. J., Herzmann D., Lal R., Castellano M. J., Mueller D. S., Sawyer J. E., Anex R. P., Arritt R. W., Basso B., Bonta J. V., Bowling L. C., Cruse R. M., Fausey N. R., Frankenberger J. R., Gassman P. W., Gassmann A. J., Kling C. L., Kravchenko A., Lauer J. G., Miguez F. E., Nafziger E. D., Nkongolo N. V., O'Neal M., Owens L. B., Owens P. R., Scharf P., Shipitalo M. J., Strock J. S., and Villamil M. B. (2014). Standardized research protocols enable transdisciplinary research of climate variation impacts in corn production systems. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 69 (6): 532 - 542.  DOI: 10.2489/jswc.69.6.532

  • Haruna, S. I. and N. V. Nkongolo. (2014). Spatial and fractal characterization of soil chemical properties and nutrients across depths in a clay-loam soil. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 45(17): 2305 - 2318. DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2014.932371