Dr. Esther Oluwafunmilayo MAKINDE

Associate Professor


Dr. Esther Oluwafunmilayo MAKINDE (Nee: OMODANISI) is currently an Associate Professor and Researcher in the Department of Surveying and Geoinformatics, University of Lagos, Akoka. 


Her area of specialty includes: artificial intelligence- remote sensing application, Geospatial techniques and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in assessing climate patterns, climate change and climate models. She also applied these techniques studying the environment, health, ecology; environmental and social impact of oil spill on the ecosystem; Land use Land cover disturbances and dynamics; ecology and environmental monitoring and management.


She is a Commonwealth Postdoctoral Fellow (UK); a Senior Visiting Research Fellow (Spain) and the Pioneer in Nigeria of the Soapbox Science public engagement event for Women in STEMM, which is based in the United Kingdom. 

She is currently a facilitator/trainer at the University of Lagos’s Sustainable Procurement, Environment and Social Standards Centre of Excellence (UNILAG-SPESSCE), a World Bank Project. She was involved in a Research Collaboration/Networking on the Africa Strategic Research and Education Partnerships Funds with Imperial College London in 2023.


She was a member, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing’s IC WG IV/III: Global mapping: updating, verification and interoperability, Germany. (2017).

She was  a member of the Implementing Nigeria Team 1 Member, USGS, CLISS, AGRHYMET Regional Center Project on Mapping Land Use Land Cover and Best Practices for the West Africa Region, (2011-2016). 

She was a Facilitator/Trainer, African Monitoring for Sustainable Development (AMESD) in the ECOWAS region, African Union Commission, ECOWAS and AGRHYMET Regional Center Project, (2010-2012). She was Group Coordinator, Edo State Project for DSI Integrated Service Ltd. on Needs Assessment & GAP Analysis of Master Plan-Plan-Based Project in the Niger Delta Region. Client: Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. (2010)