Chima Iheaturu

PhD Student

Unit Land Systems and Sustainable Land Management

+41 31 684 59 09
Postal Address
Universität Bern
Geographisches Institut
Hallerstrasse 12
CH-3012 Bern

Chima Iheaturu is a PhD Researcher at the Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland. He holds an MSc (2018) in Geospatial & Mapping Sciences from the University of Glasgow, UK and a bachelor’s degree (2014) in Surveying & Geoinformatics from Imo State Univerisity, Nigeria.

His research focuses on multi-scale modelling of Spatio-temporal dynamics of forest patches in the agricultural landscapes within west Africa.

Multi-scale modelling of Spatio-temporal dynamics of forest patches in the agricultural landscapes within west Africa.


Tropical forest areas under pressure: dynamics, functions and sustainable management in agricultural landscapes of the West African forest and savanna zones (SUSTAINFORESTS)


Field experience

Nigeria, Scotland, and Niger



English, Igbo and Yoruba


Gbopa, A., Ayodele, E., Okolie, C., Ajayi, A., & Iheaturu, C.J (2021). Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Three-dimensional Mapping and Change Detection Analysis. Geomatics And Environmental Engineering, 15(1), 41. doi: 10.7494/geom.2021.15.1.41



Iheaturu C.J., Ayodele E.G., Okolie C.J. (2020). An Assessment of the Accuracy of Structure-from-Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry for 3D Terrain Mapping. Geomatics, Land management and Landscape, no. 2, 2020, 65-82.



Emeribe A.C & Iheaturu C.J. (2016). Land Use/ Land Cover Dynamics and Urban Sprawl Movement (A Case Study of Owerri, Imo State Nigeria). International Journal for Research in Emerging Science and Technology, 3(3), p54-60.



Emeribe A.C & Iheaturu C.J. (2015). Digital Mapping Techniques: A Vital Tool for Updating Topographic Maps in Nigeria (A Case Study of Okigwe Local Government Area in Imo State). International Journal of Science and Research, 4(11), p1382-1388.

Emeribe A.C & Iheaturu C.J. (2015). Mapping of Potential Soil Erosion Risk Areas in IMO State Using the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE), Remote Sensing (RS) and Geospatial Information System (GIS) Techniques. International Journal for Research in Emerging Science and Technology, 2(10), p36-44.


Magazine article

Iheaturu, C. J., Ayodele, E. G., & Okolie, C. J. (2021). SfM Photogrammetry for 3D Terrain Mapping. GIM International - 2021, 35(4).


Conference Proceeding

Iheaturu C.J., Ayodele E.G. & Okolie C.J. (2019). 3D Terrain Mapping Using Structure-from-Motion (SfM) Photogrammetry. IN Faculty of Engineering International conference, University of Lagos, 15th – 18th October 2019, Lagos, Nigeria.

Emeribe A.C & Iheaturu C.J. (2016). Assessment of The Impacts of Climate Change on Land Use/Land Cover in The South Eastern Geopolitical Region of Nigeria for A Sustainable National Development: IN CASLE conference proceeding 21st - 23rd April 2016 Abuja, Nigeria. p153-165.



Petrie E.J & Iheaturu C.J. (2019). Testing a low-cost methodology for 3D documentation of long-term GNSS sites. IN EGU General Assembly, 7th – 12th April 2019 Vienna, Austria.


  • 2021-11-01 to present | PhD in Geography and Sustainable Development. University of Bern: Bern, Switzerland.
  • 2017-09-11 to 2018-09-11 | Masters  (Geospatial and Mapping Sciences). University of Glasgow: Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
  • 2009-09-20 to 2014-09-20 | Bachelor of Science  (Surveying and Geoinformatics). imo State University: Owerri, Imo, Nigeria.


Work Experience

  • 2020-10-01 to 2021-10-22 | GIS & Database Manager. Wildlife Conservation Society: Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria.
  • 2019-01-19 to 2020-09-27 | GIS Specialist (GIS). Envi Geospatial Limited: Abuja, FCT, Nigeria.
  • 2018-12-17 to 2018-12-20 | Assistant Surveyor. cbec eco-engineering UK Ltd: Sterling, Scotland, UK.
  • 2016-04-04 to 2017-04-03 | NYSC-Graduate Surveyor  (Development Control (AMMC). National Youth Service Corps: Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.
  • 2013-07-10 to 2014-02-28 | Intern (Research Planning and Documentation (PRD). Office of the Surveyor-General of the Federation: FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.


Awards and Distinctions

  • 2018-11-27 | Best MSc project in Geospatial and Mapping Sciences, 2018 (Geospatial and Mapping Sciences). University of Glasgow: Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
  • 2018-02-10 | Runner up in THSiS essay Competition  (Geospatial and Mapping Sciences). University of Glasgow and The Hydrographic Society in Scotland: Glasgow, Glasgow, GB.
  • 2017-10-09 | African Excellence Award Scholarship. University of Glasgow: Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
  • 2014-09-21 | Governor's Prize for Best graduating student (Surveying and Geoinformatics). Imo State University: Owerri, Imo, NG.