EFS Alumni 2014
Michael Gyapong Akrasi
My name is Michael Gyapong Akrasi and just graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology having read BSc. Natural Resources Management majoring in Wildlife and Range Management. I like to read articles, newsletters, journals, Christian literatures, listen to music and Christian messages when I am free.
Seldom, I will like to be in a quiet place to think through the issues of life and how to move on in life. I dream of becoming a researcher and a data analyst in future. My current research is “Developing a database to identify hotspots for amphibians in Ghana” which was my BSc. Thesis and I intend on publishing it and I am still working on it.
I basically applied for the Ecology Field School to help me gain practical experience of the things that I had learned over my four years stay in the university on things that seemed abstract to me. Moreover, I also applied so as to network with colleagues from other places that would be enrolled as part of the School if I were to be selected.
This Ecology Field School has shaped me a lot in many ways. A few to mention is the how practical things were taught; how flexible the lectures were- not so formal giving each of the participant that liberty to come of their selves; how course coordinators related freely with each of the participant. I will just sum up it up by saying that it was a lively place and no up-and-coming ecologist like me would like to miss this School and thus will recommend to any young ecologist or anyone who has an interest in studying nature.
The Ecology Field School was beneficial to me personally most importantly with my aspiration of becoming a data analyst and a research since the School exposed to me to how to conduct research on small mammals, bats, birds and amphibians and how to analyze data when collected from the field and most importantly how to write proposals for funding.
My name is Agyekum Stephen a graduate with honors in BSc Natural Resources Management (Wildlife and Range Management Option) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana.
With my keen interest to help conserve nature and ensure its sustainable use, I decided to partake in the first ever Ecology Field School organized by Herp-Ghana to gain first-hand experience in practical field work and also to increase my proficiency in research design, conservation and awareness creation.
After the week long ecology school, I have indeed been exposed to the best practical field work experience in the survey of plants, birds, bats, small mammals and amphibians, an opportunity I never had during my period of study in the university.
My appreciation and passion for environmental science and the conservation of biological species has been advanced through the knowledge gained from the excellent tuition and study materials provided by the different experts in the various fields.
Born in Obuasi, a mining community in the Ashanti region of Ghana, I always enjoy activities that enableme to contribute to society. My hobbies are, reading publications about the environment and engaging in adventurous games. I studied general science at Adisadel College for my high school certificate, after which I continued to pursue a four year bachelor’s degree in Renewable Natural Resources Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where I majored in Wildlife and Range Management. For my thesis at the BSc level, I did a comparative study on leaf-litter frog abundance within two vegetation types.
The decision to apply for the Herp-Ghana Ecology Field school program was a major one and it was really a great pleasure when I was selected. The field school provided me with the opportunity to explore new fields of interest and served as a platform to better understand my career interests by allowing me to gain relevant experience in the field of ecology. Through this program I had the opportunity to be taught by learned men and to study with wonderful people from diverse backgrounds. I was also able to polish my skills, learning simpler and more efficient ways of doing things in the field.
I really appreciate Herp-Ghana for this opportunity and for giving me hope in my chosen career.
As a young man with great passion for Nature, I applied to be part of this great Ecology field training course so as to be abreast myself with the current scientific methods that a young scientist should have for conservation work and career. I am Asare-Gyebi Kwadwo, a graduate of KNUST. I studied Natural Resources Management (Wildlife and Range Management option).
I remember once in class my professor passionately spoke about the fact that the case for the defense of the wildlife in nature is poorly done even in a Christian dominated country like Ghana and the fact that wildlife is a creation of God. And so when the window opened for me to be part of this year’s Ecology School, where I could learn to be a good scientist I didn’t hesitate in join. It was my desired expectation to acquire the necessary knowledge about to save our unique dying nature.
Am glad to say my expectation was met since my participation helped me to acquire knowledge as well as practical understanding of the best practices in the studying of nature and conservation. I will on any day recommend this to anyone who is ready to learn to be part of the great institution; Herp-Ghana Ecology Field School. Thank you.