Students involved in the HOTSPOT project

Ernest Obeng ChukuErnest Obeng Chuku has a background in fisheries and aquatic sciences and is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy (Aquaculture) degree at the University of Cape Coast (UCC). He has submitted his MPhil thesis, which focused on promoting the culture of mangrove oysters in lagoons and estuaries along the coast of Ghana, as a supplementary livelihood option, especially for women - who dominate the trade. Combined with his studies, Ernest works at the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences as Principal Research Assistant on the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Project, serves as Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Fisheries and Coastal Management and acts as Communications Support Officer for the Africa Centre of Excellence in Coastal Resilience (ACECoR) at UCC. Ernest is enthusiastic about aquatic food production and marine conservation, and cares about feeding the world! He has been on a three-week stay at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) learning new methods of plankton ecology, which hopes to apply to the culture of algal diet required for rearing the West African mangrove oyster.


Bernard EkumahBernard Ekumah has a B.Sc. Degree in Natural Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. He also holds a certificate in Spatial Ecotoxicology & Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment from University of Koblenz-Laundau, Germany. He is currently studying for a Master of Philosophy (Environmental Science) degree at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Besides the studies, he works at University of Cape Coast (UCC) as Principal Research Assistant on the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project. Bernard’s research interest include spatial assessment of ecotoxics in coastal waters and application of geospatial techniques for scientific analysis and environmental planning. Bernard likes to watch live soccer.

Carla Franco, DTU

Carla Franco has a background in Marine Sciences and she is currently studying DTU’s MSc in Aquatic Science and Technology focusing on environmental issues and coastal processes getting to understand human’s interaction with nature and to find new solutions to have a balanced coexistence.




Delove Abraham AsieduDelove Abraham Asiedu has a degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and is now finishing a Master’s programme in Oceanography and Limnology at UCC. He is interested in investigating on the zooplankton species composition in coastal waters of Ghana.




Giovanna Albanihas a background in Environmental Science and is now finishing the Master's programme in Aquatic Science and Technology at DTU. She is mainly interested in the oceanographic line of studies and has spend a  semester in Chile at the Engineering University Federico Santa Maria where she had the opportunity to broaden her technological knowledge, e.g., on desalination of seawater with reverse osmosis membrane affected by biofouling. Giovanni has many interests, as hiking, freediving, climbing, music and the study of plants.


Laura Hernandez Ruiz holds a degree in Environmental Engineering. She is currently finishing her MSc programme in Aquatic Science and Technology at DTU. Besides the studies, she works for a company that offers ballast water systems to prevent the spread of invasive species. She enjoys hiking, rowing and swimming outdoors.

19 OCTOBER 2019