Happiness Anold Moshi, EPP fellow: March –June, 2021, Surf Department
PhD student in Aquatic Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Employer: Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute
Research Topic: Feasibility of Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring in Lake Tanganyika
Supervisors: Professor Bernhard Wehrli and Dr. Benedikt Ehrenfels
During my stay at Eawag as an EPP fellow was great, I worked on data processing, analysis, results interpretation and literature review for my thesis entitled “Feasibility of Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring in Lake Tanganyika. Through free access to scientific journals, stable internet service and trainings on scientific writing, I was able to revise my manuscript for resubmission in PlosOne Journal entitled “Community Monitoring of Coliform Pollution in Lake Tanganyika”. I also developed a manuscript entitled “Citizen Science Supports Water Quality Monitoring in Lake Tanganyika’ ready for submission in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment peer reviewed journal.
Through this opportunity, I had the exposure to interact with different international researchers that enriched my scientific research career. Working with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary scientific community during my time at Kastanienbaum was wonderful and give a transformative experience, which will further extend my networks and nourish my professional as a scientific researcher.
I really appreciate the financial allowance, which was amazing and enough to live in Switzerland comfortably. Accommodation was well equipped and fully furnished from kitchen, sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. The working environment was surrounded by smiling faces and well organised. Spending free times in beautiful places such Engelberg, Rosenlaui, Pilatus, Interlaken, Bern, River Aare and Locarno was the most enjoyable moments in Switzerland.
I acknowledge the EPP committee for this golden opportunity given to widen my academic and professional career, Bernhard Wehrli and Benedikt Ehrenfels for their supervision in manuscript writing and R programming for analysis of my data. Many thanks go to the Kastanienbaum reception especially Patricia, Eliane, Nadja and Michelle for their advice and organising my settlement at Eawag. Special thanks to Caterina Dalla Torre for her endless support, advice and organising my trip to Switzerland. I really appreciate friendship and good atmosphere from Aquatic chemistry group and Surf Department. “Eawag is home for Aquatic Researches”.