Candidate for Student Board Member: Manda Kambikambi

Manda Kambikambi

PhD. candidate (Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, Rhodes University and South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity)


Biographical Information

Manda Kambikambi is a PhD student at the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at Rhodes University and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity in South Africa. Her fascination with aquatic ecosystems began as an undergraduate student at the University of Zambia in Zambia, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Ecology and Wildlife Management. She then earned a BSc Honors degree in Ichthyology and Fisheries Science from Rhodes University. After her honors program, she then received a master’s degree in Ichthyology from Rhodes University.

She has published two journal articles from her master’s work: Kambikambi, M. J., Chakona, A., & Kadye, W. T. (2019). Tracking seasonal food web dynamics and isotopic niche shifts in wild chubbyhead barb Enteromius anoplus within a southern temperate headwater stream. Hydrobiologia, 837(1), 87–107: Kambikambi, M. J., Chakona, A., & Kadye, W. T. (2019). The influence of diet composition and tissue type on the stable isotope incorporation patterns of a small-bodied southern African minnow Enteromius anoplus (Cypriniformes, Cyprinidae). Rapid Commun Mass Spectrom. 33: 613-623. Manda has received several honors for her master’s work, including Best Oral presentation and a student travel grant from the Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists Congress. Her current research is investigating the taxonomic, ecological and biogeographic re-evaluation of temperate stream fishes in southern Africa.

Manda has a firm commitment to science communication and has contributed to this through various means. After completion of her bachelor’s degree, she served as a tutor and as a Staff Development Fellow at the Department of Biology, University of Zambia. During her postgraduate studies, she has served as a social media coordinator for the Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University, which involved writing popular articles, some of which were science-based for postgraduate students. Manda is also involved with programs such as the National Science Festival promoting science to primary and secondary school children, and a wider non-scientific audience. She is also part of the J & S institute, which is a mentoring network of early-career scientists and postgraduate students from Zambia whose goal is to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) guidance, support to young Zambians who require it.

Candidate Statement

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) is home to a significant number of world-renowned scientists. Since joining ASLO in 2019, I have benefited greatly from the resources available such as full electronic access to all ASLO journals, conference discounts, numerous development opportunities and educational resources. I have also enjoyed taking part in activities such as the photo contest. I am looking forward to taking part in the 2021 ASLO conference after being unable to attend the 2020 conference because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While I have done a lot of community service (see biography), it has been for other organizations. I am therefore extremely grateful to be nominated for the ASLO student board member role. If elected to the ASLO board, I look forward to working with the ASLO members to better understand your needs for the continual enhancement of our community. Studying outside of my home country, collaborating with friends from other nations, and being a member of international societies are all benefits I bring to the ASLO board.

A priority for ASLO is to continue encouraging collaboration among scientists from a wide range of backgrounds. Being currently based in the African region, I would like to expand on the work that has already begun and raise ASLO’s profile in this sector. Despite having much to offer, students and scientists from developing countries sometimes don’t always have the tools and opportunities that researchers from developed countries have. This obstructs their advancement toward being globally successful scholars. I hope to take an active role in helping under-represented populations become active members of our society as we can learn a lot from each other. It would be an honor to serve and contribute to the ASLO community. Thank you for your consideration.

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