AquaFish has supported more than 500 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic ecology, economics, engineering, and many other disciplines. Some of our students who are or have been supported are featured below.

Gifty Anane-Taabeah Attu

Status: Current Student
Nationality: Ghana
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Virginia Tech University
  • Major Professor: Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Supported through: 2012
  • Thesis Title: Harnessing Opportunities and Overcoming Constraints to Widespread Adoption of Cage Aquaculture in Ghana
Degree: PhD
  • Institution: Virginia Tech University
  • Major Professor: Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong
Biography:

Gifty earned her Masters degree in Fisheries Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with AquaFish support in 2012, and is now pursuing a PhD. Her research involved cage aquaculture development in Volta Lake, Ghana. Gifty surveyed and interviewed current farmers, potential adopters of cage farming, and cage farmers that have left the trade, to better understand the main barriers to cage aquaculture. Upon the completion of her Masters, Gifty worked as an assistant lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), her Bachelors’ alma mater. At KNUST, Gifty taught Ichthyology and Taxonomy of Fishes, Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics, and Fish Processing and Marketing, while also serving as an academic advisor.

Jimi Reza

Status: Alumni
Nationality: Bangladesh
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • Major Professor: Dr. Abdul Wahab
  • Supported through: 2014
Biography:

Jimi received his Bachelor’s in Fisheries Science from Sylhet Agricultural University in Bangladesh in 2013. He recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Fisheries Science from Bangladesh Agricultural University, and he desires to continue contributing to aquaculture development in Bangladesh.

Jimi was recently hired as a Research Assistant for WorldFish, where he is working on developing small-scale aquaculture as an alternative livelihood option for fishers engaged in the Hilsa fishery in Bangladesh that experiences periodic fishing bans. Jimi attributes his graduate education with AquaFish toward helping him prepare for his work with WorldFish. 

John Walakira

Status: Alumni
Nationality: Uganda
Degree: PhD
  • Institution: Auburn University
  • Major Professor: Dr. Joseph Molnar
  • Supported through: 2013
Biography:

John received his PhD in from Auburn University in 2013, after completing his dissertation on low-cost breeding and hatching technologies for the African Lungfish. John, now with the National Fisheries Resource Research Institute (NaFIRRI), Uganda, works with AquaFish as a Host Country Co-PI.

Luis Arturo Dorantes Lopez

Status: Alumni
Nationality: Mexico
Degree: Bachelor's
  • Institution: Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco
  • Major Professor: Dr. Wilfrido M. Contreras-Sánchez
  • Supported through: 2002
  • Thesis Title: Masculinization of fry and embryos of Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus
Biography:

Luis Arturo Dorantes López studied the masculinization of fly and embryos of Nile tilapia for his Bachelor's at the University of Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco under the support of Aquaculture CRSP. He is currently working with government programs to support tilapia and shrimp aquaculture producers in Tabasco, Mexico.

Morgan Chow

Status: Alumni
Nationality: USA
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Oregon State University
  • Major Professor: Dr. Hillary Egna
  • Supported through: 2015
  • Thesis Title: Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management: A Focus on Aquaculture and Fishing Communities in the Philippines
Biography:

Morgan recently completed a Masters degree in the Marine Resource Management program at Oregon State University. She now works as Professional Faculty at the AquaFish Innovation Lab, where she helps with outreach efforts, such as AquaNews and EdOpNet, and works on gender issues for the program. Her thesis research in the Philippines focuses on illuminating the importance of including women and other vulnerable populations in resource and disaster management in order to produce a sustainable response from the affected community.

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