Prof. George Turner is a Professor of Zoology at the School of Biological Sciences at Bangor University, UK, and is an international expert in the biology of cichlid fish, who has been committed to furthering the knowledge of fishes of East and Central Africa since his first field trip to Malawi in 1988. He has considerable experience of leading large-scale biodiversity projects in East Africa, currently holding a BBSRC/NERC Aquaculture Grant on, Genomic approaches to identification and preservation of wild tilapia genetic resources for aquaculture, and a Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Award, Characterisation and conservation of tilapia genetic resources in Tanzania, both based on collaborative research in Tanzania.
Dr Dorothy Wanja Nyingi is the head of the Ichthyology Department at the National Museums of Kenya. She is a recipient of the Ordre des Palmes academiques (Order of Academic Palms) for her work on Fish Biodiversity and Aquatic Ecology. She is the author of the first guide to fresh water fish in Kenya, Guide to the Common Freshwater Fishes of Kenya, published in 2013.
Dr Nazael Madalla is Senior Lecturer and currently head of Department of Animal, Aquaculture and Range Sciences (DAARS) at the Sokoine University of Agricuture (SUA). He has been instrumental in developing curricula for BSc Aquaculture and MSc Aquaculture hosted at the Department. He is actively involved in teaching and supervision of students. He is also involved in several aquaculture development projects to address challenges facing the aquaculture value chain in Tanzania.
Dr Robert Davey leads the Data Infrastructure and Algorithms group at Earlham Institute (EI), UK, with a strong research focus on building and integrating infrastructure across the biological sciences, data visualization, best practices for software development, and exploiting computational hardware for efficient big data processing.
Dr Antonia Ford is a lecturer at Roehampton University, UK. She has recently completed a postdoc with Prof Turner, working on genome sequencing of Tanzanian tilapias. Previously she carried out her PhD on tilapias from Lake Natron in Tanzania, at University College London. She has experience of fieldwork in Kenya and Tanzania, bioinformatic and programming skills and has worked in scientific communications after obtaining a diploma in scientific publishing.
Dr Emma Green is the TilapiaMap project support office, based at Bangor University. Before joining Bangor, Emma was based at Imperial College London within the Environmental Pollution Systems research group looking at the effects of air pollution on semi natural ecosystems.
Kashim Oginga is an intern of the Kenya Wetlands Biodiversity Research Team (KENWEB), hosted by the National Museums of Kenya. He joined KENWEB after completion of his Bsc. Environmental Science from Kenya University (2016). He has participated in environmental management issues through various forums including, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), and the Kenya Wetlands Forum (under the East African Wildlife Society). Oginga is also involved in managing the Samaki Working Group of Kenya (registered under Nature Kenya), a team of fish enthusiasts, and he is the founder of the Kenya Inter-University Environmental students Association. He has through these been involved in the production of the National Wetland Conservation and Management strategy 2015-2025; and in organization of the Kenyan chapter of World Wetlands Day celebrations, under the Ramsar Convention since 2015. Oginga is undertaking an MSc. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management at the University of Nairobi, Kenya (2018-2019) under the JRS Biodiversity Foundation-funded TilapiaMap Project. His thesis work focuses on the occurrence and geographic distribution of native and introduced tilapia fish species in Upper Ewaso Ng’iro, Tana River and Athi River basins in Kenya.