Position: Professor (of Ecology)
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Professor Faustino Lataru Orach-Meza, an ecologist, is a highly qualified and experienced scientist and researcher with specialization in natural resources development and management in addition to public administration and organizational frameworks. Born on 20th October 1941 in Gulu, Uganda, where his parents had moved to from Moyo in Uganda, he had his primary and secondary education in St. Joseph Primary School and St. Joseph Junior Secondary School respectively in Gulu from 1948 to 1955 before proceeding to St. Aloysius College, Nyapea, in the then Arua District in Uganda for his Senior Secondary School education. He went to the United States of American in 1963 after having been in training courses for dispensing of medical drugs, for stenography, and for public administration from 1960. He obtained his B.Sc. in 1967 in Zoology with specialization in fisheries biology and biostatistics, MSc. in 1975 in Animal Science with specialization in nutrition and biostatics, and PhD in 1978 in Biological Oceanography with specialization in ecology while simultaneously serving as a Research Associate. His service experience included working in the fisheries sector where he rose in rank from position of Fisheries Officer to that of the Commissioner for Fisheries between 1967 and 1997, conducting research on sustainable management of renewable natural resources, managing development projects that included the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Programme (LVEMP) in which he played a major role in the proposal and eventually serving as the National Executive Secretary of LVEMP from 1997 to 2006. He later joined his current career in academics in 2006 where he rose in positions from Senior Lecturer to Professor and was Head of Department of Natural Resources for three years and Dean of the School of Sciences for seven years. His aspiration, which is also the focus of many of his publications, is to ensure sustainable development and utilization of the available natural resources through adaptive technology for the benefit of mankind.