WIO-RISE: Western Indian Ocean Regional Initiative
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Blog Entries about WIO-RISE
Francis Mwonjoria attended an international course on “Conservation of African Wetlands” in Naivasha, Kenya from 17th September 2012 to 26th October 2012.
RC Blamey and C. Reason. Mesoscale convective complexes over southern Africa. J. Climate, Dec 2012: 25, 753-766.
M. Chacha. Comparative anticancer activity of dolaborane diterpenes from the roots of Ceriops tagal (Rhizophoraceae). Int. J. of Biol. Chem. Sci., 2012: 6(2), 913-919.
The thesis for one of our students at UCT, Marie Sophie Tsinampoizina Randriamahefasoa (MSc.), was submitted to the Faculty of Science (final submission).
A. Hoguane. A long shore drift and leap currents in Xaixai beach. June 2012, Science and Technology National Symposium in Maputo.
A. Hoguane. Water masses and circulation in Sofala Bank. June 2012, Science and Technology National Symposium in Maputo.
C. Reason. Southern African climate variability and regional oceans. April 2012, 10 ICSHMO, New Caledonia.
C. Collins, CJC Reason and JC Hermes. Scatterometer and re-analysis wind products over the western tropical Indian Ocean. J. Geophys. Res., Mar 2012: 117, C03045, doi:10.1029/2011JC007531.
M. Chacha. Acetate pathway and biosynthesis of marine natural products. NAPRECA meeting. March 2012, Dar es Salaam.
February 2012: Richard Clement and Stephano Hanolo are expected to attend NAPRECA workshop scheduled to take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 22-24 February 2012.
The Institute of Marine Sciences has acquired a modular concept rotary evaporator which will be used by students undertaking Marine Natural Products research. A photo below shows Richard Clement and Stephano Hanolo using the equipment.
CJC Reason and JC Hermes. Climate change and climate variability impacts on South Africa. Pp 270-273 in Observations on Environmental Change in South Africa, Eds. Van Jaarsveld A., J. Pauw. ISBN 978-1-920338-24-4. 2011.
S. Hanolo. Phytochemical Investigations and Antibacterial Analysis of Secondary Metabolites from C. bonduc. NAPRECA conf. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dec 2011.
R. Clement. Phytochemical investigation on Antimalarial compounds from Launaea cornuta. NAPRECA conf. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dec 2011.
C. Robert. Phytochemical investigation of secondary metabolites from two mangrove species Heritiera littoralis and Sonneratia alba. NAPRECA conf. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dec 2011.
Phase II students based at the Institute of Marine Sciences; Nyamisi Peter, Johnson Grayson, Stephano Mlozi and Richard Clement presented their research proposals titled “Seasonal and spatial variability of phytoplankton distribution and abundance in Zanzibar and Pemba channels,” “Population genetic structure and inferred migration of Euthynnus affinis and Scomberomorus commerson off the coastal waters of Tanzania,” “Phytochemical investigations and antibacterial analysis of secondary metabolites from Caesalpinia bonduc (L) Roxb” and “Phytochemical investigations of antimalarials and other bioactive secondary metabolites from Launaeae cornuta” respectively.
IIE: Weaving Success - Voices of Change in African Higher Education. Nov 2011. Pp 198-200.
NJ Burls, CJC Reason, P Penven and SG Philander. Similarities between the tropical Atlantic seasonal cycle and ENSO: An energetic perspective. J. Geophys. Res., 116, C11010,, doi:10.1029/2011JC007164. Nov 2011.
F. Mwonjoria. Population characteristics of the bigfin squid Sepioteuthis lessonniana (Lesson, 1830) from the coast of Kenya. WIOMSA conference in Mombasa. 24 Oct 2011.
S. Pamba. Analyses of the dispersion and transport pattern of suspended particulate matter in the Pangani estuary, Tanzania. WIOMSA conference in Mombasa. 24 Oct 2011.
C. Collins. The Comoros Gyre: from observations to modelling. WIOMSA conference in Mombasa. 24 Oct 2011.
M. Manyilizu. Simulations of the annual cycle of SST over the coastal ocean of Tanzania. WIOMSA conference in Mombasa. 24 Oct 2011.
C. Collins. Comparison of different wind products over the western Indian Ocean. South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS). Pretoria, 23 Sept 2011.
M. Manyilizu. Simulations of the annual cycle of SST over the tropical Indian Ocean. South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences (SASAS). Pretoria, 22 Sept 2011.
Mr. Johnson Grayson Mshana, PhD student under the mentorship of Prof. Yunus D. Mgaya and Dr. Rashid Tamatama, has completed the registration process at the University of Dar es Salaam. He will be working on a project titled “Population genetic structure and ecological studies of Euthynnus affinis and Scomberomorus commerson off the coastal waters of Tanzania.”
PhD student Mr. Edward Moto has been accepted for admission at the University of Dar es Salaam. He should be in a position to start his project soon. He is permanently employed at the University of Dodoma and will be working on a project titled “Impact of climate change on distribution of phytoplankton in the Indian Ocean.”
The 41st Graduation Ceremony of the University of Dar es Salaam will be held on 29th October 2011 and will coincide with the University’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. In this ceremony, Lightness Mrema, Avelino Langa, Pramod Chumun and Ravina Maurice will be conferred MSc Certificate awards.
Siajali Pamba, Charine Collins, Francis Mwonjoria and Majuto Manyilizu are expected to attend the 7th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Conference scheduled to take place in Mombasa, Kenya from 24-29 October 2011.
The 2nd WIORISE Workshop/6th WIORISE PSC Meeting is scheduled to take place in Dar es salaam, Tanzania from 13-17 November 2011. Preparations are underway.
August 2011: Richard Clement and Stephano Hanolo have started developing their research proposals under the guidance of Dr. Musa Chacha and Dr. Regina Peter of the Institute of Marine Sciences. Richard Clement and Stephano Hanolo are tutorial assistants at the University of Dar es Salaam and are interested in discovering secondary metabolites with antimicrobial, antioxidant and anticancer activity from marine sources. Nyamisi Peter is developing her research proposal under the supervision of Dr. Margareth Kyewalyanga.
Ms. Valera Dias has started PhD studies at the University of Cape Town under the supervision of Prof. Vernon Coyne. Her research project, entitled "Proteomic characterisation of the defence response of the commercially important agarophyte Gracilaia gracilis", will make use of ITRAQ and LC MS/MS analysis of the proteins expressed by the seaweed when exposed to disease elicitors. The research is cutting-edge and will provide important information regarding the defence response of the seaweed, and consequently, may allow the implementation of farming practices that increase the disease resistance of the seaweed.
July 2011: 1. Avelino Langa attended a workshop in Mauritius the first week of May 2011. The theme of the workshop was “Towards an Observing System for the Greater Agulhas System: Building links and Capacity for East African Participation.” He was sponsored by the Scientific Committee for Oceanographic Research (SCOR).
2. Siajali Pamba and Avelino Langa attended a training organised by the European Advanced Light Microscopy Network (EAMNET) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa which took place in May 2011.
3. Ms Kathryn Jolly graduated with an MSc degree from the University of Cape Town on 10th June 2011.
4. Avelino Langa, Joseph Ravina, Pramod Chumun and Lightness Mrema submitted their theses for examination, and they are expecting to graduate in November 2011.
5. Four MSc students under Phase II have begun their studies at the University of Dar es Salaam and Eduardo Mondlane University. These students are Nyamisi Peter, Richard Clement and Stephano Mlozi at the Institute of Marine Sciences, UDSM and Sidónio Chamo at the School of Coastal and Marine Sciences, UEM.
6. PhD students under Phase II are expecting to begin their studies by the end of July 2011. Eulalia Mugabe (PhD) from Mozambique has been undertaking an English course in Maputo to qualify for admission at the University of Cape Town.
7. Christopher Robert Mwita is currently at the University of the Witwatersrand undertaking spectroscopic data acquisition (NMR and MS spectroscopic data) hosted by Prof. Charles de Koning of the SABINA Network.
8. Siajali Pamba attended a training course at the University of Cape Town to learn MIKE-21 which is an advanced software created by the Danish Hydraulic Institute (DHI).
CJC Reason. Variability of Southern African rainfall and links with the ocean. Cardiff University, 21 Jun 2011.
M. Chacha. Terpenoids from the roots of ceriops tagal induces apoptosis through activation of caspase-3. International journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Volume 5, Number 2, Pages 402-409, April 2011.
D Manatsa, CJC Reason and G Mukwada. On the decoupling of the IODZM from southern African rainfall variability. Int. J. Climatol., 32, 727-746, doi: 10.1002/joc.2306. Mar 2011.
PJ Mumby, R Igleisas-Prieto, AJ Hooten, PF Sale, O Hoegh-Guldberg, AJ Edwards, CD Harvell, ED Gomez, N Knowlton, ME Hatziolos, M. Kyewalyanga and N Mutiga. Revisiting climate thresholds and ecosystem collapse. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol 9, Number 2, Pages 94 - 6, March 2011.
A Grimm and CJC Reason. Does the South American monsoon influence African rainfall? American Meteological Society, Vol 24, Number 4, Pages 1226 - 1238, February 2011.
S Sankar, MRR Sankar and CJC Reason. On the relative roles of El Nino and Indian Ocean dipole events on the monsoon onset over Kerala. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, volume 103, Number 3 – 4, pages 359 - 374, January 2011.
AJ Manhique, CJC Reason, L Rydberg and N Faucherau. ENSO and Indian Ocean sea surface temperature and their relationship with tropical temperature troughs over Mozambique and the Southern Indian Ocean. International Journal of Climatology, Vol 31, Number 1, Pages 1-13, January 2011.
IMS was appointed by the Secretariat of Nairobi Convention, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to organize and host a training course on Leadership in Environmental Management for Oceans and Coasts in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region in 2011.
J Cretat, Y Richard, B Pohl, M Rouault, CJC Reason and N Fauchereau. Recurrent daily rainfall patterns over South Africa and associated dynamics during the core of the austral summer. Int. J. Climatol., 2012: 32, 261-273, doi: 10.1002/joc.2266. Dec 2010.
November 2010: WIO-RISE Academic Director Dr Margareth S. Kyewalyanga participated in a 2 day meeting organized by Carnegie Corporation of New York in Nairobi, Kenya from 15th to 17th November 2010.
May 2010: Dr. Musa Chacha participated in a project planning workshop May 14, 2010 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania . The workshop was organized and funded by the British Council in collaboration with the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET).
Preparations for the forthcoming WIO-RISE Workshop are underway. It scheduled to take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 20th to 21st May 2010. Faculty members and students from the WIO-RISE nodes have confirmed their attendence.
March 2010: 1. Robert Christopher Mwita has been offered a WIO-RISE scholarship effective March 1, 2010 and has been admitted to pursue an MSc in Marine Natural Products at the University of Dar es Salaam. He is currently developing a research proposal under the guidance of Dr. Musa Chacha and Mr. Stephen Samwel.
2. The WIO-RISE Secretariat has submitted a supplementary research proposal to SIG/RISE to facilitate a workshop which is being planned for 17th May -19th May 2010. Prof Sven Beer from Tel-Aviv University, Israel has been invited as a resource person in this workshop. Participants in the workshop will include postgraduate students and some selected faculty members from WIO-RISE nodes.
December 2009: WIO-RISE ACADEMIC DIRECTOR ALFONSE DUBI HANDS OVER TO MARGARETH KYEWALYANGA
YL Everingham and CJC Reason. Interannual variability in rainfall and wet spell frequency during the New South Wales sugarcane harvest season. Int. J. Climatol.,31, 144-152, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2066. Nov 2009.
October 2009: 1. Avelino A. A. Langa, Pramond K. Chumun and Joseph J. M. Ravina have started attending coursework in the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Dar es Salaam.
2. Siajali Pamba has started his PhD at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Dar es Salaam. He is currently working on his PhD Research proposal under the supervision of Prof. Alfred Muzuka.
3. Mr. Majuto C. Manyilizu, who has recently been awarded a WIO-RISE Scholarship, has been accepted for admission in the Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town. He is currently in Cape Town for registration and commencement of PhD study under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Reason.
4. Fialho P. J. Nehama, Francis M. Mwonjoria, Grace M. Mutia, Lightness E. Mrema and Kathryn A. Jolly are making satisfactory progress in their studies.
5. Dr. Phillip Griffiths visited WIORISE on 30th September 2009.
August 2009: 1. USD 20,000 has been remitted to each WIO-RISE node as research funds. Research funds will be awarded to the best proposals. Research and publication policy of the respective node University will be used to evaluate implementation of the awarded proposals.
2. Mr. Fialho Nehama is in Mozambique for his PhD field work. Prof Antonio Hoguane will help him with all logistics associated with his field work.
July 2009: 1. Mr. Francis M. Mwonjoria and Ms. Grace M. Mutia are working on their PhD thesis proposals which are due for presentation in August 2009 at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam. Mr. Francis M. Mwonjoria is supervised by D. Narriman S. Jiddawi (main supervisor), Prof. Michen Ntiba and Dr. Agnes W. Muthumbi (Co-supervisors). Ms. Grace M. Mutia is supervised by Dr. Matern S. P. Mtolera (main supervisor), Prof. Micheni Ntiba and Dr. Bhalenbu Bhatt (Co-supervisors).
2. Ms. Lightness E. Mrema is working on her MSc thesis proposal which is due for presentation on September 2009 at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam. She is working under the supervision of Prof. Alfonse M. Dubi (main supervisor) and Dr. N. Mtega (Co-supervisor).
3. Mr. Fialho Nehama is making satisfactory progress in his PhD study at the University of Cape Town. He will be travelling to Mozambique in the first week of August 2009 for field work.
4. Prof. Alfonse M. Dubi has been appointed to be a Deputy Vice Chancellor-Administration and Finance at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania. Congratulations Prof. Dubi for a well-deserved appointment.
May 2009: Ms. Kathryn A. Jolly from South Africa has been registered at the Faculty of Science, University of Cape Town for her MSc by dissertation. The title of her research topic is “Aspects of the biology and fishery of the blue shark (Prionace glauca) in South African waters”.
Mr. Fialho Nehama, a Mozambican, has been accepted for admission at the Faculty of Science, University of Cape Town. He has finalized issues pertaining to his visa, and he is in a position to start his project soon. He will be working on a research topic titled “Numerical modeling of the Zambezi river plume.”
The WIO-RISE Project Steering Committee will convene a meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday 26 May 2009 in Dar es Salaam to confirm the scholarship awards of the provisionally selected students.
April 2009: WIO-RISE received 29 applications: 15 were Tanzanian, 3 Mozambican, 4 Mauritanian, 6 Kenyan and 1 South African. 6 Tanzanians, 2 Mozambicans, 4 Mauritanians, 3 Kenyans and 1 South African have been selected. Successful applicants have been notified. Scholarship letters will be issued soon after receiving the admission letters from the applicants. 10 students will be pursuing their PhDs and 5 students will be pursuing their masters.