Students involved in the HOTSPOT project

Anna WellmAnna Helene Syneva Wellm is a bachelor student at DTU Environment since September 2016. She is writing her bachelor thesis in collaboration with DTU Aqua and the HOTSPOT project with focus on multiple stressors and climate change (such as oil pollutants, microplastics and heat waves) in the tropics. The objectives of the project is to investigate the impact of the stressers as single and in combination on zooplankton to evaluate the impact on coastal tropical ecosystems. In September 2020, Anna will start her masters in Aquatic Science and Technology at DTU with focus on oceanography. 


Lou Chevrollier

Lou Chevrollier is a MSc student in Energy & Environmental Engineering from France. She joined DTU in september 2019. She has always been fascinated by the ocean and following her master thesis on mercury bioaccumulation in plankton she decided to go to DTU to study oceanography. As part of her courses, she joined the HOTSPOT project to work on heavy metals bioaccumulation in plankton. Lou's project are divided in three parts: First, she looked at the literature to better understand the area specificities and what has been done there, then she joined the team in Cape Coast to sample plankton in the ocean, and finally she is measuring the metals at DTU Environment. Lou finds bioaccumulation of heavy metals scientifically captivating because it involves chemical, physical and biological processes and at the same time plankton which play crucial roles in ecosystems and carbon export. 


Benjamin Dziedzorm GawornuBenjamin Dziedzorm Gawornu holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is interested in integrating fish culture with phytoplankton production. Benjamin has undergone training on microzooplankton identification and quantification as part of the Hotspot project.




Justice YeboahJustice Yeboah holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Cape Coast. He was a participant of the maiden summer students exchange program aimed at building capacity for Fisheries and Coastal Zone Management at the University of Rhode Island (USA). He is currently doing his National Service as a Teaching Assistant with the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. He has interest in oceanography, aquaculture and integrated coastal zone management.


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.

16 MAY 2022