Research and Leadership Experience

August 2015 –
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Geography, Virginia Tech.

August 2012 –December 2014
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech.
– Fieldwork logistics, supervision of entry of survey and field data, data analysis, conference presentations

August 2013 –December 2013
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech.
– Proctoring, grading
– In-class or after-class discussions, office hours

June 2013 – August 2013
Researcher / Field supervisor
Virginia Tech (USA) / KN University of Science and Technology (Ghana) Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish Innovation Lab) project in Ghana: “Developing a spatial database and associated framework for aquaculture development in Ghana”
Sponsor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
– Field technician training / orientation
– Executing fieldwork (GPS locations of fish farms, measurements of pond depths, questionnaire administration)
– Project book-keeping (wages, travel, field and laboratory supplies)
– Interaction with fish farmers and local communities
– Interaction with university faculty and fisheries agencies

May 2012 – July 2013
Researcher/ Volunteer technician
Virginia Tech (USA) / KN University of Science and Technology (Ghana) AquaFish Innovation Lab project in Ghana: “Enhancing the profitability of small aquaculture operations in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania through improved resource management and environmental best management practices”
Donor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
– Field work (collecting data on prices of fish in markets, restaurants and other fisheries outlets.
– Organization and hosting AquaFish workshops and seminars:
– The annual 3-day Aquaculture Best Management Practices Workshop for fish farmers in Ghana (2013)
– Technician recruitment/training
– Data entry

August 2013 – August 2014
Fellow, Philanthropic Educational Organisation
Funding: International Peace Scholarship

August 2013 – August 2014
Treasurer, Fish and Wildlife Graduate Students Association, Virginia Tech
– Book-keeping of association’s accounts, membership dues

August 2010 – July 2012
Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Forest Resources Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Sunyani, Ghana
– Supervising senior-year thesis projects
– Proctoring, grading.
– Research