Ugandan student Dorothy Akoth wins 2023 GBIF Graduate Researchers Award

Master’s student at Makarere University becomes Uganda’s first recipient—and the second in Africa—to earn selection for improving knowledge and understanding of the country’s native fish species

Dorothy Akoth, a Master’s student in the College of Natural Sciences at Makarere University in Uganda, has been named one of two winners of the 2023 GBIF Graduate Researchers Award.

An expert jury selected Akoth, who was nominated by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology together with National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI), for the instrumental role of her research in improving the knowledge of the distribution and imperilment status of 110 native fish species outside the iconic Haplochromine tribe of East African cichlids.

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