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Our Research Students

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Pierre-Oliver Maquart is a PhD student working on the AgriTT, Research Challenge Funded, project Ento-Prise. He has a background in Entomology and Ecology. He worked on the Sterile Insect Technique (S.I.T.) applied on Aedes albopictus and Anopheles arabiensis in la Réunion Island. He also worked at the IZIKO Museum of Cape Town (South-Africa) on the Phylogeny and Systematic of Afrotropical wasps. He is in charge of the project coordination in Ghana. His main work is to scale up the Insect Production System of the Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens), identify new substrates to feed them, test their nutrient composition and then the maggots’ nutrient after being fed with them. The produced worms will be tried as a potential substitute for Tilapia ( Oreochromis niloticus) feed. On a final step, the leftover substrate will be evaluated as a potential biofertiliser on local crops.

 You can see his ResearchGate profile Here.

Mamun in action interviewing stakeholders in Bangladesh

Mamun in action interviewing stakeholders in Bangladesh

Abdullah-Al Mamun -is a Commonwealth Scholar (2012-2016) from Bangladesh. He commenced his research with the support of EU FP7 Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade Project (SEAT), in collaboration with British Council funded INSPIRE (International Strategic Partnership in Research and Education) project and Commonwealth Commission, UK. He conducted his research in the south-west coastal area of Bangladesh and assessed the shrimp-prawn farming patterns along the saline gradients (from high saline to freshwater). The research included nutrition profile analyses (omega-3, macronutrients) of aquatic animals from the selected research sites and a systematic survey to evaluate the socio-economic status of the local community, particularly, to understand nutritional effects of vulnerable groups such as adolescent girls. Value chain of the cash crop and all other co-products were also evaluated to understand the impact of trade liberalization. And finally, principle component analysis (PCA) will be used to understand the underlying causes of hidden hunger among the shrimp-prawn farming communities. See ResearchGate profiles   

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Steven PrescottSteven Prescott - is using Life Cycle Assessment  methodology as a tool to investigate trade-off's between different environmental impacts associated with the production of marine organisms in Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture systems. His research was conducted in Chile in collaboration with the Centro De Investigación y Desarrollo de Recursos y Ambientes Costeros (I~mar). The project has focused on many aspects of Chilean salmonid production, including the agricultural production of ingredients for commercial compound fish-feed formulations.  His central research interest is the development of sustainable food production chains using life cycle thinking. See his ResearchGate and  LinkedIn profiles. 

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Joly Ghanawi is MASTS funded PhD student working on impacts of aquaculture on wild fish populations. Sea cages have the potential to benefit fish by providing nursery grounds and additional sources of food. On the other hand sea cages have the potential to act as ecological traps by diverting fish from habitats of higher quality. Fish were sampled at fish farms on the West coast of Scotland. Various analyses were conducted such as stomach content and fatty acid analysis. Modelling work is ongoing to determine the impacts on the overall populations of the species (mainly mackerel and whiting). The fieldwork is supported by a small project grant from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles.

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Dimitar Taskov - is a PhD student involved inglobal value chain (GVC) analysis of major European fisheries and aquaculture commodities. His research is funded by the European Commission and is conducted within the scope of the Horizon 2020 PrimeFish project (www.primefish.eu), looking at strategies for improving the economic performance and sustainability of the European aquaculture and fisheries sectors. Dimitar received his BSc and MSc degrees in Aquaculture at the university of Stirling where as part of his studies he conducted research on socio-economic and environmental aspects of aquaculture in Bangladesh and Indonesia. His main research interests are international development, sustainable aquaculture and global value chains.

Anastasios Baltadakis is a PhD candidate funded by the H2020 TAPAS project, which aims to create cost-efficient management tools and practices for the European aquaculture sector to investigate the scope of fish and shellfish farming activity in a location, social interactions, potential environmental impacts and any future risks. Anastasios will evaluate, adapt and develop models to assess environmental impact and carrying capacity for marine cage culture systems. Anastasios will also use and develop models for Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA). Anastasios received his BSc from Plymouth University in Marine Biology and Oceanography and MSc from Heriot-Watt in Marine Science. His previous research interests were on anthropogenic impacts and particularly nutrient enrichment on valuable and fragile marine environments. Such as Seagrass Beds (Posidonia Oceanica ) in the Island of Crete (working with HCMR) and Coral reef ecosystems in Malaysia (working with UMT University)

Ekpeki Akpojotor O – is a University of Stirling Impact Research Scholar working on developing dynamic models of carrying capacity for global freshwater aquaculture for his PhD. This will contribute to the Horizon 2020 TAPAS research project, which, aims to consolidate the environmental sustainability of European aquaculture by developing tools, approaches and frameworks to support Member States. With a background in Systems Engineering, he obtained his MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture from the Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling where he was involved in developing Production and Ecological carrying capacity estimates and waste dispersion models for zonation of cage aquaculture in Lake Volta, Ghana. He has extensive experience in the fish farming and aquaculture industry in Nigeria and has an avid interest in Production Systems and Sustainable development of African Aquaculture.

Ekpeki Akpojotor O a.o.ekpeki1@stir.ac.uk


Recent PhD Graduates

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Emilie Devic  completed her PhD working within the EC FP7 project PROteINSECT. She previously worked for 2 years in Indonesia developing a large scale production system of Black Soldier Fly (BSF, Hermetia illucens) to support sustainable aquaculture. Her research looked at the use of insects (BSF and common housefly, Musca domestica) as a sustainable source of protein for tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in developing Ghanaian aquaculture (intensive and semi-intensive) and for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in Scotland.

See her profile on ResearchGate

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Janielle Wallace was a Jamaican Commonwealth Scholar (2012-15) who undertook her research  as part of an EU FP7 Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade Project (SEAT) in collaboration with an animal nutrition company Royal DSM. Conducted in Thailand, her research assessed the potential for multi-enzymes to treat anti-nutritional factors in plant-based farmed tilapia diets and thereby reduce requirement for fish meal (FM) inclusion. Through a systems approach commencing with an evaluation of local farmer feeding practices, diets were designed specifically for fattening in semi-intensive green water pond systems; a prominent feature of Asean tilapia production. Comparative life cycle (LCA) modelling was also applied to determine the environmental benefits of digestibility improvements using these enzyme supplemented low FM diets  compared to commercial tilapia feeds in Thailand. See ResearchGate and LinkedIn Profiles.