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.

Subhash K Jha

Status: Alumni
Nationality: Nepal
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Agriculture and Forestry University
  • Major Professor: Dr. Madhav Shrestha
  • Supported through: 2015
  • Thesis Title: Spawning response of sahar (Tor putitora) in Terai region of Nepal
Biography:

Subhash Jha, originally from Janakpur, Nepal, developed an interest in aquaculture at a very young age. After receiving a Bachelor’s in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (Tribhuvan University) in 2013, Subhash’s fascination with pond aquaculture persisted. Today, Subhash is an AquaFish-supported Master’s student in Aquaculture at the Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) in Chitwan, Nepal. 

Subhash’s Master’s research aims to help to ameliorate the problems of aquaculture under-development and threatened populations of sahar. By assessing the spawning behavior of sahar, Subhash hopes to improve sahar breeding technology for restocking efforts in natural water bodies. This research is an extension of previous AquaFish work that was done in Pokhara on sahar breeding and production to increase availability of sahar fry for culture. Subhash and researchers at AFU hope to develop protocols scale-up sahar seed production with the goal of making sahar widely available for culture in Nepal. 

Sunila Rai

Status: Alumni
Nationality: Nepal
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Asian Institute of Technology
  • Major Professor: Dr. Yang Yi
  • Supported through: 1996
Degree: PhD
  • Institution: Asian Institute of Technology
  • Major Professor: Dr. Yang Yi
  • Supported through: 2007
  • Thesis Title: Use of rice straw as substrates for periphyton based-fish culture
Biography:

Sunila Rai is a Nepalese fisheries scientist whose graduate education was supported by the AquaFish CRSP/ACRSP, earning a Master’s and a Doctorate at Thailand’s Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Sunila’s doctoral advisor was Dr. Yang Yi, who himself completed a PhD in Aquaculture Sciences at AIT supported by AquaFish. Sunila was motivated to pursue her education in fisheries and aquaculture science in part because of the need to address the significant gender gap in the aquaculture sector in Nepal. Through her formallong-term training and experience working on AquaFish-funded projects, Sunila was well positioned for building on her accomplishments and continuing into a promising career in aquaculture science.

After completing her graduate education, Sunila worked as the Head of the Aquaculture Department at the Institute for Agriculture and Animal Sciences (IAAS) at Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU, formerly Tribhuvan) in Chitwan, where she conducted research for enhancing carp production in polyculture ponds. In 2013, she was appointed the Associate Dean of Academics of the Faculty of Animal Science at the AFU. Sunila is a pioneer for women in the field of aquaculture science, and she sets a strong example to encourage women to not only pursue higher education, but to become leaders in the aquaculture sector.

Wilfrido Contreras-Sanchez

Status: Alumni
Nationality: Mexico
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Oregon State University
  • Supported through: 1997
Degree: PhD
  • Institution: Oregon State University
Biography:

Wilfrido Contreras-Sanchez pursued a Master’s and a Doctorate in Fisheries Science supported by funding provided by the ACRSP at Oregon State University (OSU). He completed his doctoral dissertation at OSU in 2000, which focused on finding safe and reliable masculinization techniques for sex reversal in Nile tilapia.

After completing his PhD, Wilfrido was a research professor at Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco (UJAT) and immediately started work on building capacity for aquaculture production and research in Mexico. Continuing his collaboration with AquaFish, Wilfrido has served as a principal investigator on research projects and helped promote aquaculture for conservation and food security. In 2011, Wilfrido was awarded the Medal of Merit for Environmental Defense from the Congress of Tabasco, Mexico. He recently assumed the position of Vice-President of Research at UJAT and continues his efforts in aquaculture and fisheries research.

Yaw Boamah Ansah

Status: Alumni
Nationality: Ghana
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Virginia Tech University
  • Major Professor: Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Supported through: 2008
  • Thesis Title: Characterization of aquaculture effluents and biological and physico-chemical assessment of receiving waters in Ghana
Degree: PhD
  • Institution: Virginia Tech University
  • Major Professor: Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Supported through: 2014
  • Thesis Title: Enhancing profitability of pond aquaculture in Ghana through resource management and environmental best management practices

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