Chemistry BS, 1999: University of Zimbabwe; Environmental Science PhD, 2009: Portland State University, Portland, OR,


Dr. Mukome has expertise in the areas of sustainable agriculture and environmental chemistry. He has researched soil amendments such as biochar, organic fertilizers and biosolids with his work resulting in multiple journal publications, several book chapters and a national biochar database.

Why Jessup

Teaching at Jessup offers me the opportunity to combine my career and vocation. I feel privileged to be able to speak into the next generation and share my passion for my area of study. The student to instructor ratio offers a unique university experience and enables me to not only teach but also relate on a personal level with each of my students. Through this, I get to develop meaningful relationships that enable me to understand them better and learn their passions and goals and thus can speak appropriately into their lives.

Favorite Class to Teach

Anything with Chemistry in it

My Inspiration

I’m delighted to be able to combine my passions for the environment and Chemistry - “the central science”. It’s great to be able to bring my God given passion to a subject typically perceived as challenging and help students discover the beauty and role of chemistry in all things around us. I love the challenge and the opportunity to help students realize “Chemistry is in everything” and give them a fresh perspective. I also revere the opportunity to be used by God to transform and shape lives of the students at Jessup whose experiences here will significantly impact their roles as tomorrow’s parents and teachers.

Recent Work/Scholarship

Manuscripts and Reports

Pereira, E. I. P., Suddick, E. C., Mukome, F. N. D., Parikh, S. J., Scow, K. M. and Six, J. (2015) Biochar alters nitrogen transformations but has minimal effects on nitrous oxide emissions in an organically managed lettuce mesocosm. Biol Fertil Soils 51:573–582

Wang, D., Mukome, F. N. D., Scow, K. M., Yan, D., Wang, H. and S.J. Parikh. (2015) Phenylurea herbicide sorption to biochars and agricultural soil. J. Env. Sci. and Health Part B Pesticides Food Contaminants and Agricultural Wastes 50(8):544-551

Silva, L. C. R., Pedroso, G., Doane, T. A., Mukome, F. N. D. and Horwath, W.R. (2015) Beyond the cellulose: Oxygen isotope composition of plant lipids as a proxy for terrestrial water balance. Geochem. Persp. Let. 1, 33-42.

Gwenzi, W., Chaukura, N., Mukome, F. N. D., Machado, S., and Nyamasoka, B. (2015) Biochar production and applications in sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities, constraints, risks and uncertainties. J. Environ. Manage. 150: 250-261

Mukome, F. N. D., A.L.D. Kilcoyne, and S.J. Parikh. (2014) Alteration of biochar carbon chemistry during soil incubations: SR-FTIR and NEXAFS investigation. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. J. 78:1632-1640. Parikh, S.J., F. N. D. Mukome, and X. Zhang. (2014) ATR-FTIR Spectroscopic Evidence for Biomolecular Phosphorus and Carboxyl Groups Facilitating Bacterial Adhesion to Iron Oxides. Colloids Surf. B, Biointerf. 119:38-46.

Mukome, F. N. D., Zhang, X. E., Silva, L. C. R., Six, J. and Parikh, S. J. (2013). Use of chemical and physical characteristics to investigate trends in biochar feedstocks. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry 61, 2196-2204.

Mukome, F. N. D., Six, J. and Parikh, S. J. (2013). The effects of walnut shell and wood feedstock biochar amendments on greenhouse gas emissions from a fertile soil. Geoderma 200-201, 90-98.

Mukome, F. N. D., Doane, T. A., Silva, L. C. R., Parikh, S. J., and Horwath, W. R. (2013). Developing testing protocols to assure the quality of fertilizer materials for organic agriculture. California Agriculture 67(4), 210-216.

Book Chapters

Mukome, F. N. D., and Parikh, S. J. Chemical, Physical, and Surface Characterization of Biochar (2015) In book: Biochar: Production, Characterization, and Applications, Publisher: CRC Press, Editors: Yong Sik Ok, Sophie M. Uchimiya, Scott X. Chang, Nanthi Bolan
Parikh, S.J., A.J. Margenot, F. N. D. Mukome, F. Calderon, and K.W. Goyne (2014) Soil Chemical Insights Provided through Vibrational Spectroscopy. Adv. Agron. 126:1-148. Webpage

Mukome, F. N. D., Emberson, L. and Parikh, S. J. (2013). UC Davis Biochar Database