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School of Community Health & Policy

Omowali Makari

Dr. Omowali Makari (formerly Alexander Wooten)

Assistant Professor, School of Community Health & Policy

Office: Portage 207
Phone: 443-885-4518

George Mason University
Ph.D. Environmental Science and Public Policy

American University
M.S. Environmental Science

University of the District of Columbia
B.S. Environmental Science

A.A.S. Water Quality and Marine Science

B.A. Philosophy


As a "dyed-in-the-wool" Environmental Scientist my principle areas of research interest are: urban soil pollution and remediation research, byproduct utilization, urban water quality, and constructed wetlands. My dissertation research focused on the use of low cost, environmentally "safe" industrial, municipal and agricultural byproducts to remediate lead (Pb) contaminated urban soils. I have conducted and participated in research at various national laboratories, e.g., U. S. Forest Service Fernow Experimental Forest, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Savanna River Ecology Laboratory, as well as the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. My future plans are to continue research in the above listed areas and to continue teaching and inspiring young African American students to pursue careers in the environmental sciences.

My personal teaching philosophy is based on four core pedagogical concepts. First, I recognize and appreciate that students have different levels of preparation and rigor of the sciences in their various academic backgrounds and I must have the willingness to respond effectively to that reality. Second, I must continually develop and maintain a personal willingness and commitment to positively engage and encourage students to exert themselves to acquire the requisite knowledge, habits, and skills needed in the attainment of a quality science education. Next, as an academician and scientist, I must be, and I am, committed to the unrelenting pursuit of truth, to understand nature as it exists beyond my subjective appreciation. Finally, I am and must be committed to the uncompromising maintenance of a high quality of instruction and maintain high expectations of my students in the development of their critical thinking skills as eventual informed, college graduates.

My research philosophy is very simple: Interests: The only way that we can hope for a sustainable future on this planet is that we must engage in the unending search to understand how nature works, how the ecosystems of this planet affects us and how we affect them, and use that understanding to develop better techniques and technologies that enable us to work with nature so as not to despoil the very systems we are completely dependent upon for our continued existence. This philosophical orientation has lead me to two board areas of research interest: Urban soil contamination remediation and constructed wetland biochemistry. My interest in soil contamination remediation is based on the idea of finding ways to use different "waste" by-products and turned them into resources that can help remediate urban soil pollution problems that continue to negatively impact the health of city dwellers. My interest in constructed wetland biogeochemistry is based on the idea of finding different ways to design and build artificial wetlands that clean different types of contaminated water cheaply and sustainability.


Wooten, A. (formerly Alexander Wooten), Codling, E.E., 2013. Effects of agricultural municipal and industrial byproducts on bioaccessible lead (Pb) in Pb contaminated urban soils. Meeting Abstract (Abstract Only). Poster presented on 3/17/13

Wooten, A. (formerly Alexander Wooten), Codling, E.E., De Monsabert, S. 2012. Effects of byproducts amended lead contaminated urban soils on carrot yield and lead uptake (Abstract Only). ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting Abstracts. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International meeting.