Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Gifty’s interest in research started during her undergraduate studies in Natural Resources Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, where she majored in Fisheries and Watershed Management. Since then, her work has been at the interface between fish and people, and she believes her studies have the potential to conserve fish resources while also providing enough fish for human consumption.
Gifty earned her MS degree in Fisheries Science from Virginia Tech. She currently works as an Assistant Lecturer at KNUST, and since her appointment she has been working on the development of “new” species for aquaculture. Her research focuses on developing the African snakehead, Parachanna obscura, for aquaculture in Ghana. She is also collaborating with her advisor, Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong, to identify local strains of the Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus that are adapted to future climate conditions.
Gifty joined the Interfaces of Global Change program as a PhD student in fall 2015. Her work is focused on understanding the threats of climate change to cichlid fish species of commercial importance in Ghana and how to increase the resilience of affected species and populations. She is optimistic that as an IGC fellow, she will receive the training required to develop a strong research program and effectively communicate her research findings to stakeholders.