Meet the Faculty

Dr. Nsalambi NkongoloNsalambi Nkongolo

Professor of GIS & Environmental Sciences
307 Founders Hall
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 681-5397


  • Fellow (Bullard), Harvard University, MA
  • Fellow (Post-Doc), Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Fellow (Post-Doc), National Agric. Res. Ctr., Japan
  • Ph.D. Nelson Mandela Metro.U., South Africa  
  • Ph.D. Laval University, Canada
  • M.S. University of North Dakota, ND
  • M.S. Alcorn State University, MS
  • Dipl. Ingenieur, Fac. Inst. Agronomy (IFA), Congo
  • Dipl. Gradue, Fac. Inst. of Agronomy (IFA), Congo

Research Focus

  • Greenhouse Gases Emissions
  • Soil and Plant Science
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Science

Nsalambi Nkongolo is an Associate Professor and Manager of the Center of Excellence Geographic Information Systems (GIS Lab) in the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science. He is a Research Affiliate at 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 PI and Co-PI in many research projects funded by 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 Lead Author/Reviewver for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II and has reviewed grants and projects for NASA Earth System Education, NSF and the Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES). Associate Editor for the International Journal of Soil Science, International Journal of Agricultural Research, Research Journal for Environmental Sciences and Research Journal of Forestry (Open access), 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.


  • Nkongolo, N.V. (2011). Quantifying greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4 and N2O) fluxes from soil in a pasture. InGIS Applications in Agriculture: Nutrient Management for Energy efficiency, Clay, D & J. Shanahan(eds.), Taylor & Francis. pp 277-299. DOI:10.1201/b10600-18
  •  Nkongolo, N.V., M. Yamada and I. Nakagawa. (2011). Effect of polyethylene mulching on the spatial variability of soil physical properties and growth parameters of taro (Colocasia esculantum). J. Hortic. For. 3(12): 358-365
  • Nkongolo, N.V., R. Hatano and V. Kakembo. (2010). Diffusivity models and greenhouse gases fluxes from a forest, pasture, grassland and corn field in northern Hokkaido. Pedosphere 20 (6):747-760. DOI:10.1016/S1002-0160(10)60065-3
  • Nkongolo, N. V., S. Johnson, F. Eivazi and K. Schmidt. (2010). Greenhouse gases fluxes and soil thermal properties in a pasture in central Missouri. J. Env. Sci. 22 (7): 1029-1039. DOI:10.1016/S1001-0742(09)60214-X
  • Nkongolo, N.V. and C.J. Plassmeyer. (2010). Effect of vegetation type on soil properties at Lincoln University Living Laboratory. Res. J. For. 4(1): 1-13. DOI:10.3923/rjf.2010.1.13