James Peter Egonyu
Egonyu James Peter (B.Sc., MSc., PhD)
Lecturer, Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Makerere University, P.o.Box 7062 kampala
Tel.: +256 772 464766
Dr. Egonyu James Peter obtained BSc (Agriculture) and MSc (Crop Science) from Makerere University Kampala (Mak) in 2004 and 2008, respectively, and PhD (Agricultural Entomology) from University of Nairobi Kenya in 2013. He conducted his PhD research at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), focusing on insect morphology, biology and chemical ecology. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at icipe (2013-2016), focussing on mediation of behaviour of an insect pest by odour from conspecific insects, the host plant and a symbiotic fungus.
James teaches the following undergraduate courses: (i) Principles and Practices of Pest and Vector Management, (ii) Introduction to Entomology, (iii) Research Methods and (iv) Commercial Entomology. He teaches the following masters courses: (i) Insect Physiology, (ii) Pesticides Application Technology and Toxicology, (iii) Principles and Practices of Pest and Vector Management and (iv) Insect Pathology.
He served as Research Officer (Crop Entomology) at the National Coffee Research Institute, Uganda from 2008 to 2015. He was an Agricultural Inspector at the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries, Uganda from 2005 to 2008. He serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science (2018-2020). He is a peer review in a number of journals & an external examiner of graduate theses. He won an award for contributing new knowledge to science during the 2nd international e-conference on agricultural biosciences in 2009. He is the Chairperson of the Research and Development Committee of the Entomological Association of Uganda.
James is a trainer in a short course on “Safe Pesticides Handling and Application” offered to technicians, traders, manufactures and applicators. This course is a prerequisite by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries for licencing pesticides dealers in Uganda.
James’ research interests are on all aspects of entomology and associated disciplines such as pest management, chemical ecology, biological control, entomophagy, biodiversity conservation and pollination. He was a member of the Technical Working Committee of the Consortium for Enhancing Universities Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development, hosted at Mak with funding of US$ 2 million (2013-2015) by DANIDA under Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa. He was a Co-Investigator with the Integrated Pest Management Collaborative Research Support Programme (IPM-CRSP) at Mak, with support of US$ 1.5 million from USAID (2012-2015). James has supervised 6 MSc and 1 PhD students. He has published 16 peer reviewed papers.