Mr. Nicholas Outa is a Doctoral candidate in the field of Fisheries and Aquaculture at Maseno University, Kenya. He obtained a Master’s of Science degree (MSc) in Limnology and Wetland Management from UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands, BOKU University, Austria and Egerton University, Kenya. He also holds a BSc. Applied Aquatic Science from Egerton University, Kenya.
Mr. Outa has published more than 25 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Currently, he is a trainer in Scientific Writing and Communication at the Training Centre in Communication (TCC-Africa) and a mentor for early career researchers at the various universities and colleges where he lectures. He joined TCC after undergoing a ToT on content development and delivery which was conducted by senior trainers at the institution. He trains in the areas of Research Proposal and Thesis writing and Defense, Manuscript Preparation and Publication (including the use of AI in journal selection and the use Preprints like https://info.africarxiv.org/ ), Research Output and Researcher Visibility through Open Access Platforms (including ORCID, Google Scholar, Publons, and Researcher ID). Mr. Outa also trains on Oral Communication and Presentation skills including Designing of Posters and Power Point Presentations for talks, seminars and conferences. One of the highlights of his career at TCC is when he trained researchers and students at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria in 2019. He is also a part time lecturer in various universities and colleges in Kenya including Maseno and Kisii Universities and the Kenya Wildlife Training Institute (KWSTI).
Currently, he is researching on the potential of Freshwater Multitrophic Aquaculture (FIMTA) in reducing the negative environmental impacts of cage Aquaculture in Lake Victoria under the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP). The project is being implemented by Maseno University in collaboration with Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), University of Eldoret, Egerton University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Mr. Outa is also part of the Artemia Project being implemented in Kilifi County, at the Kenyan coast. The project collaborators include Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI), and Gotheburg University, Sweden. Local partners are Khadzuhoni community and Kensalt Co. Ltd.
Earlier in his research career, Mr. Outa also worked on several research projects including the Japanese funded Lake Victoria Comprehensive Research Development Project (LAVICORD). The project focused on fisheries and Aquaculture technologies around Lake Victoria. Under the project, he conducted the first transport experiment on Nile perch (Lates niloticus). He managed to transport and rear Nile perch in fishpond and cages. This was among (if not the first) of such kind in Kenya and Africa. The results of this research were published in the Journal of Aquaculture Society Magazine. He also underwent a training on live food culture and use in Aquaculture as well as the use of otoliths in determining fish age at Nagasaki University, Japan. He also worked in the Ecology of Livelihoods in African Papyrus Wetlands (ECOLIVE) project in Nyando Wetlands, Kenya.
Outside academia, Mr. Outa is a trained Peer Counselor with immense passion for the youth. He founded the AQUITY Youth Group in 2010 to mentor and educate the youth in Obunga slums, Kisumu on social issues including Drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, Relationships, Religion and violence as well as on matters education.
Mr. Outa is an independent, open minded scholar whose dream is to bring a change in the world through research and community service!! He also loves music, comedy and martial arts (tae-kwo-ndo).
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