Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong

Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Dr. Frimpong’s research focuses on the ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes, with emphasis on how anthropogenic alterations to habitats and landscapes differentially affect species as a result of differences in their life history traits and the nature of biotic interactions. Examples of specific landscape and habitat changes that have been the subject of recent and current research in Dr. Frimpong’s lab include agriculture, urban development, effluent discharges from aquaculture ponds, introduction of nonnative species, and climate change. A major theme is explaining the determinants of fish distributions, predicting how the distribution of species will respond to anthropogenic changes to their environment, and determining management and conservation solutions to these expected changes.


Dr. Frimpong’s research extends to sustainable production aquaculture (especially in sub-Saharan Africa) as an alternative to overdependence on natural fisheries to feed growing and increasingly urban populations. The interaction of aquaculture with nonnative species introduction in Africa is an emerging problem of special interest. Dr. Frimpong teaches courses in Fish Ecology and Conservation and Landscape Ecology and Species Distribution Modeling.

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Recent Relevant Publications

Frimpong, E.A., Y. B. Ansah, S. Amisah, D. Adjei-Boateng, N. Agbo, and H. Egna. 2014. Effects of two environmental best management practices on pond water and effluent quality and growth of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. Sustainability 6:652-675.

Pritt, J. J., and E. A. Frimpong. 2014. The effect of sampling intensity on observed rarity and stream fish community assessment metrics. Ecological Indicators 39:169-178.

Peoples, B. K., and E. A. Frimpong. 2013. Evidence of mutual benefits of nest association among freshwater cyprinids and implications for conservation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 23:911-923.

Ansah, Y. B., E. A. Frimpong, and S. Amisah. 2012. Biological assessment of aquaculture effects on effluent-receiving streams in Ghana using structural and functional composition of fish and macroinvertebrate assemblages. Environmental Management 50:166-180.

Peoples, B. K., M. B. Tainer, and E. A. Frimpong. 2010. Bluehead chub nesting activity: a potential mechanism of population persistence in degraded stream habitats. Environmental Biology of Fishes 90:379-391.

Pritt, J. J., and E. A. Frimpong. 2010. Quantitative determination of rarity of freshwater fishes and implications for imperiled-species designations. Conservation Biology 24:1249-1258. 

Frimpong, E. A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2010. Comparative utility of selected frameworks for regionalizing fish-based bioassessments across the United States. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:1872-1895.