I am a doctoral student at the University of Ghana. My research is on the biodiversity and distribution of phytoplankton in the Gulf of Guinea, including the phylogeny and molecular characterization of potentially harmful species. My field of interest is in biological oceanography, specifically in the culture of micro algae species and extraction of useful products from macro algae.
This fellowship will strengthen my capacity in oceanographic instrumentation, enable me build skills and provide me with an enabling environment to widen my knowledge in oceanographic field techniques. I am looking forward to collecting some phytoplankton samples in preparation of my PhD research. I hope to benefit from the extensive experience of my tutors and also share ideas with colleagues. The period of training will help foster a relation towards collaborative work in the future and also explore diverse areas in relation to my research work.
There is so much to learn about the Gulf of Guinea and a shipboard training is a great opportunity to explore this domain. Upon my return, I will share my knowledge through departmental seminars and looking forward to publishing the outcome of my research onboard the vessel in a peer review journal. I hope to further develop the outcome of my research onboard the vessel and integrate it into my PhD research.