Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University
Dr. Mustafiz is a professor of Environmental Soil Science, he began his teaching career at the Department of Soil Science of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), a special agricultural university (Central of Excellence for the agricultural education) in Bangladesh. Prior to this, he served as a Senior Scientist at the Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) for a period of 14 years. He has been involved with teaching and research on Soil Chemistry & Soil Fertility, Environmental Pollution Chemistry, Biogeochemistry, and Climate Change aspects. He obtained his BSc. in Agriculture Honors in 1988 and MSc. in Soil Science (Soil Phosphorus Chemistry) in 1993 from Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU). He was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Pesticide Toxicology (Soil Pollution Research) in 2000 from the Laboratory of Pesticide Toxicology of Chiba University, Japan. He was awarded two prestigious fellowships for visiting professorships, as a progressive researcher on “Environmental Soil Scientist and Biogeochemist” at the Institute of Soil Science (ISS) of the Chinese Academic of Science (CAS) for 6 months funded by CAS fellowship from November 2013 to April 2014; and also as an innovative researcher on “Biogeochemistry” at King Abdul Aziz City for Science & Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia, for two months funded by KACST fellowship from February 2015 to March 2015. He has served as soil health environment and arsenic expert/consultant part-time basis for 8 months (Jan 2011 – Aug 2011) in the IRRI arsenic project in the IRRI Bangladesh office funded by IFAD and for 3 years (Nov 2011 – April 2014) in the climate change project entitled “Rice production in drought areas of Bangladesh” funded by World Bank/KGF/BARC.
He attended a number of National and International Symposiums/Conferences in Bangladesh, Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, South Africa, Thailand, USA, etc. where research papers were presented in the area of Environmental Soil Science, Pollution, Biogeochemistry, and Climate Change, etc. He has a vast experience in successfully supervising a number of esteemed research projects on Soil Health Management, Industrial Pollution Assessment & Management, Biogeochemistry (arsenic, salinity), Modelling (climate change, salinity), etc. as a project leader/PI/project director funded by USDA, USAID, DANIDA, TWAS, CIDA, CIMMYT, World Bank-KGF, BENBEIS-MoE of Bangladesh. He has to his recognition for more than 100 research papers in journals and most of them published in the SCI Thomson Reuters journals and 7 book chapters published by Springers. Dr. Mustafiz continually challenges his students and sets high expectations for them. He is recognized as a familiar Ph.D. guide by BSMRAU and another agricultural university in Bangladesh. A total of 25 Ph.D. and 39 MS research scholars have been awarded Ph.D. under his guidance. He is also a motivational speaker and has conducted many workshops on the topics of Soil Health, Biochar Research, Arsenic, and Heavy Metal Pollution Assessment & Mitigation, and Climate change. He is the external thesis examiner of the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM) and other agricultural universities in Bangladesh. Besides he is involved with the editorial board of the Journal of “Journal of Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources”, “Journal of Environmental Science” and “Annals of Bangladesh”.