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.

Uy Sophorn

Status: Current Student
Nationality: Cambodia
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute
  • Major Professor: Dr. So Nam
  • Thesis Title: Population Genetics of Snakehead (Channa striata) in Cambodia

Uyen Tran Bao

Status: Current Student
Nationality: Vietnam
Degree: Bachelor's
  • Institution: Can Tho University
  • Major Professor: Dr. Tran Thi Thanh Hien

Victoria Chepkirui Tarus

Status: Alumni
Nationality: Kenya
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Moi University
  • Supported through: 2001
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: University of Eldoret
  • Major Professor: Charles C. Ngugi
  • Supported through: 2007
  • Thesis Title: Effect of three feeding regimes and two light regimes on growth and survival of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) fry in aquaria
Biography:

Victoria Chepkirui Tarus first became interested in aquaculture because the demand of fish keeps growing in Kenya and she wanted to "tap into the huge potential and provide a solution to the fish deficit, which will translate into food security and improved livelihoods." Victoria followed this interest by earning her Bachelors in Fisheries at Moi University in 2001. Victoria then went to the University of Eldoret for her Master's degree with the support of Aquaculture CRSP in 2007 and her PhD in 2016. Through her work with ACRSP, she learned of the potential of small-scale farmers to contribute to the economy given opportunity and the right support. Victoria, now Chief Officer with the Kenyana Department of Agriculture and Livestock, enjoys seeing farmers "adopt new technologies in aquaculture and move from subsistence farming to commercial fish farming." 

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.

Wilson Maithya

Status: Current Student
Nationality: Kenya
Degree: Bachelor's
  • Institution: Karatina University
  • Major Professor: James Mugo

Yaa Tiwaah Amoah

Status: Alumni
Nationality: Ghana
Degree: Master's
  • Institution: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  • Major Professor: Dr. Daniel Adjei-Boateng
  • Supported through: 2017
  • Thesis Title: Evaluation of Two Feed Types on the Growth Performance and Cost-Effectiveness of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Cultured in Ponds

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

Yen Nhi Le Quoc

Status: Current Student
Nationality: Vietnam
Degree: Bachelor's
  • Institution: Can Tho University

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