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Our Advisory Committee

Dr Blandina Lugendo

Dr Blandina Lugendo

Advisory Committee Member
Blandina's Bio
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Dr Siajali Pamba

Dr Siajali Pamba

Advisory Committee Member
Pamba's bio
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Dr Lulu Tunu Kaaya

Dr Lulu Tunu Kaaya

Advisory Committee Member

Dr Lulu Tunu Kaaya is a lecturer in lake and river ecology within
Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Technology at the University
of Dar es Salaam. Dr Kaaya is also an expert in Streams Ecosystems
concepts and Stream Integrity Assessment, and lectures in the International
Joint Master’s degree in Limnology and Wetland Management Programme
(Boku University-Austria, Egerton University-Kenya and UNESCO-IHE, The
Netherlands). She also conducts research on the impacts of climate change
on aquatic ecosystems and aquatic macroinvertebrates. She has expertise in
river health assessment, Environmental Flows, water bodies classification,
biomonitoring protocols and ecohydrology. For the past 13 years, she has
extensively engaged in both basic and applied freshwater research and has
worked extensively in Tanzanian river systems in Ruvu, Rufiji, Wami,
Pangani, Tanganyika, Nyasa, Rukwa, Internal drainage and Victoria Basins.
Dr Kaaya has participated in various workshops and conferences in relation
to the management of freshwater resources under various capacities
(resource person, professional consultant or facilitator). She has a passion
for citizen science and has widely contributed to awareness creation and
capacity building to local communities in river bioassessment methods. She
has partnered and worked with local and International institutions and
NGO’s in various training and research projects in relation to freshwater
ecosystems. Her proud partnership project is with the African Wildlife
Foundation (AWF), where they trained Water User Associations (WUAs) in
Rufiji Basin, developed bioassessment guidelines, printed and produced
training books and a video in both English and Swahili versions. The vision
is to further propagate bioassessment methods in Tanzania with the
inclusion of local communities, particularly WUAs.
She has seven peer-reviewed publications, has supervised 7 Masters
students and has conducted several research and consultancy activities. Her
current research project is on the distribution of microplastics in the Lake
Victoria basin.
Dr Kaaya is also the Director of Internationalization, Convocation and
Advancement at the University of Dar es Salaam. She is also a wife and a
mother of four kids. She is a Rotarian and practice Service above Self. She
loves nature, enjoys gardening, swimming and jogging. She is passionate
about mentoring youth and assisting them in crossing the bridge towards
achieving their dreams.