AAP Supports Freshwater Research Through the African Women in Science Campaign

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  • The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is proud to support the African Women in Science campaign by the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education. Four women from various AAP member institutions have been selected to take part in the program, which aligns with AAP's goal of addressing the gap of African women in the sciences. The program seeks to enhance the participation of women scientists through the creation of a comprehensive, long-term, collaborative network of freshwater experts.

    The first component of the program is sending a group of promising students and early career researchers to the International Association for Great Lakes Research Conference in Winnipeg, Canada. Here, each participant will give oral presentations on their areas of research, attend networking events with academic, managerial, and policy experts from global freshwater community, and visit regional research facilities to further their exposure to research being done around the world.

    The four participants from AAP member institutions are:  


    Christine Nyagaya, Egerton University, MS Student, from Kenya, working on Lake Victoria 

    Christine Nyagaya Owino is a Kenyan, currently pursuing a master’s degree in Limnology at Egerton University Kenya and an undergraduate background in biotechnology. I am interested in biogeochemical processes in inland wetlands, their ecological and economic services and emissions of greenhouse gases from the wetlands. As a limnologist I am passionate about sustainable use of wetlands since I understand important ecological roles especially in acting as nutrient sinks and purifying water (buffer zones) that enters our lakes. I am also interested in sustainable use of inland lakes since these lakes are primary source of water to some people. One of my major goals is to contribute towards the achievement of sustainable development goals number 6 which is to (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” and numb

    er 13 on “Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


    Madalitso Magombo ChatsikaLUANAR, PhD Student, from Malawi, working on Lake Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa 

    Mrs. Madalitso Magombo Chatsika an experienced and accomplished fisheries biologist for over 14 years. Currently, Madalitso is working as a lecturer in Fish Biology and Fisheries Management at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural resources (LUANAR), at the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Science where she is involved in teaching, research, consultancy and outreach. She is currently in her final year at Michigan State University (MSU), Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, studying towards attaining a PhD in Fisheries Biology and Management. As part of her PhD dissertation, Madalitso studied the “Effects of climate change on fisheries of the Southeast arm of Lake Malawi where she incorporated environmental variables like temperature and rainfall into the convectional Surplus Production Models to assess the impact of climate change on fisheries resources in Lake Malawi. Recently, Madalitso also conducted a study to assess the ecological impacts of climate change in capture fisheries: a case of Lake Chilwa in Zomba district, Malawi.Madalitso also conducted a research on the “Effect of seasonal variations and mesh sizes on the estimated length at 50% maturity of fish from Lake Kariba for her MSc degree at University of Bergen in Norway. She has also been involved in a WorldFish and World Vision project on “Developing creative approaches to fight HIV/AIDS in the fisheries sector in Malawi” in partnership with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. She has also been a team member for the CTA project on Technology Innovation System for the Fisheries and Aquaculture sub-sectors case study in Malawi. 

    As a fisheries scientist, Madalitso has a passion to contribute towards natural resource management (fisheries), food security and poverty reduction in Malawi through sustainable use of fisheries resources. She loves to see herself as a person who can provide solutions to the problems that are being faced by the fisheries sector in Malawi.

    Outside my career as a fisheries scientist, Madalitso is a wife and a mother of three boys. She comes from a lake district called Mangochi in Malawi (probably one of the reasons she got interested in fisheries). She likes cooking and travelling and her favorite travel destination is Japan. Her favorite sport is netball and she likes listening to traditional gospel music.


    Dr. Lulu Kaaya, University of Dar es Salaam, Recent Graduate, from Tanzania, working on Lake Victoria

    Dr Lulu Kaaya is a Lecturer in Freshwater Ecology in the Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Technology at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where she teaches limnology and watershed management. She is also a lecturer of stream ecosystems concepts and streams integrity assessment in the International Joint Master’s degree in Limnology and Wetland Management Programme (Boku University-Austria, Egerton University-Kenya and UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands).
    Dr Kaaya has been doing research in the rivers and lakes of Tanzania since 2005. Her research area cores around the ecological role and functions of freshwater ecosystems in the management of water resources.   

    She has been providing professional consultation on the integration of ecology into watershed management approaches in Tanzania i.e. Environmental Flow Assessments, River Health Assessments and establishment of integrated water resources management and development plans.  Her PhD thesis titled “Biological Assessment Of Tropical Riverine Systems Using Aquatic Macroinvertebrates In Tanzania, East Africa” provides a detailed analysis of

     bioassessment from the regional perspective. She has published seven peer-reviewed articles based on freshwater ecosystems of Tanzania, supervised seven masters students in the area of aquatic sciences and conducted several outreach programmes on bioassessment.
    On a personal note, Dr Kaaya is a wife, mother of four, loves nature and sports (swimming and running), enjoys gardening and making new contacts. She is also a Rotarian.


    Dr. Suzan LuyigaMakerere University, Recent Graduate, from Uganda, working on Lake Victoria

    Suzan Luyiga is a Ugandan Limnologist associated with the Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences of Makerere University, having over 15 years of freshwater ecological research and teaching experience. She has a PhD (Zoology-Limnology) of Makerere University, and a MSc. (Environmental Science and Technology - Limnology and Wetland Ecosystems) of UNESCO-IHE. As a professional limnologist, Suzan has conducted research on various aspects of freshwater environmental management, focusing on great lakes ecosystems particularly the anthropogenic impact on plankton communities, Environmental Impact Assessments and developing and optimizing integrated technologies to management of wastewater e.g. constructed wetlands and wastewater reuse for food production to prevent water pollution. She is passionate about freshwater environmental sustainability, and this has directed her to acquire skills including but not limited to: - Designing and implementing ESIA activities, Developing and implementing community awareness programs; Collecting information and developing of technical and training manuals; Teamwork building and management, and Networking with multi-disciplinary and inter-cultural groups.




    Authored by:
    Justin Rabineau
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