Aquatic Ecology & Evolution


About me

My main role is the management and maintenance of molecular laboratory, including creating and establishing new protocols and updating existing ones. I also introduce new and old members to laboratory protocols. Furthermore, I generate data (sequences, RADtag libraries, microsat etc). In addition, I am responsible for biosafety.

I participate in field sampling in East African Lakes and Swiss lakes and rivers.


Curriculum Vitae
Aug 2004 - present
Molecular lab manager Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution EAWAG Aquatic Research, Center of Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry (Kastanienbaum Luzern Switzerland).
2001 - 2004
PhD on the origins of Haplochromine cichlids superflock/subflock and monophyly of small lakes in Lake Victoria Basin (University of Aberdeen Scotland and Hull England).
1999 - 2000
Sampling in Lake Victoria and satellite Lakes to collect data for my PhD thesis at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
1997 - 1998
Water quality assessment along the Pangani River basin (Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Tanga Regions) for proper management of water conflicts with stakeholders in collaboration with staff at the Pangani Basin Water Office (Hale Office, Tanga Region).
1995 - 1998
Monitoring the operation of the New Pangani Falls Power Plant (Muheza, Tanga Region) in order to maintain mitigation measures on the original river bed, its flora (endemic African violet Saintpaulia sp.) and fauna (endemic Monkey, Colobus sp.).
1990 - 1995
Fisheries Researcher, Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute, (Dar Es Salaam Center, Tanzania). Main project on Crustacea Resource Assessment in Rufiji area and by-catch studies from prawn trawlers operating on the Rufiji Delta of Tanzanian Coast (Southwestern Indian Ocean).
1988 - 1990
Master of Philosophy in Fish Biology and Fisheries Management (University of Bergen, Norway).
1987 - 1988
Postgraduate Diploma in Fish Biology and Fisheries Management (University of Bergen, Norway).
1984 - 1986
Fisheries Researcher, Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (Dar Es Salaam Center, Tanzania). Main project on the monitoring of the by-catch from the prawn fishery off the Southwestern Indian Ocean (Tanzania).
1981 - 1984
Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Marine Biology, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

Selected publications