Larry Awosika

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Member of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). Professor Lawrence (Larry) Awosika is a Marine geophysicist and former Director with the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) Lagos. He holds a BSc in Geology from Howard University Washington DC., USA; MSc Geology with specialty in geophysics from George Washington University Washington DC., USA and PhD in Applied Geophysics from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife Nigeria. At NIOMR he was in charge of the geological/geophysical survey of the Nigerian Continental shelf as well as Coastal erosion and ocean dynamics capital projects. Prof. Awosika has over 36 years of national and International experience in Marine geological/geophysical and ocean/coastal surveys, EIA, project management, and marine environmental issues. Prof. Awosika has been a member of the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental shelf (CLCS) since 1997 (five Commissions so far) and was the past Chairman of the CLCS from August 2012 to June 2017. He has chaired and served in many subcommissions of the CLCS. He is a member of the Nigerian maritime working group of the United Nations Mixed Commission for the Nigeria/Cameroon boundary established to implement the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He is presently a member and Technical Adviser in the High Powered Presidential Committee on the Nigeria Continental shelf project. He also served as the Nigerian expert in the maritime boundary negotiations between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea; Nigeria and Sao Tome; Nigeria and Benin and Nigeria and Ghana. He is also an Emeritus member in United Nations Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP). Prof. Awosika has received merit awards from several national and International agencies and government some of which include: Commander - Federal Republic of Equatorial Guinea; Merit award (NOBEL PEACE PRIZE) from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Award of Excellence to Ocean Science by Fisheries Society of Nigeria; from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO Paris - a medal of excellence in oceanography. He has published over 72 national and International papers on marine/ ocean issues and continental shelf. He has edited nine publications in the areas of marine geology/geophysics and ocean/coastal dynamics.

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