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Africa is rising. Fiercely carving out her niche in every global space that matters. The Kenyan girl refuses to be left behind. These photos illustrate an exciting journey taken by four young ambitious wide-eyed girls - marine scientists in the making. Kenya’s “elder sister” South Africa, holding her hand and leading her through the turbulent waters of Oceanographic Research. Ms. Damaris Mutia, Ms. Sharon Keter, Ms. Fatma Manyenze and Ms. Josephine Njeru all participated in different legs of the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) aboard a state-of-the art Research Vessel, the only one of its kind in Africa, South Africa Aghu llas II (SA Aghullas II).

In different cruises that took place between June 2017 and July 2018, these early career marine researchers interacted with and learnt from a variety of seasoned scientists in Physical, Biological and Chemical Oceanography. Back home, they are already passing on the knowledge and skills they learnt, making their mark in the history of Marine Science in Africa, changing the tides in this predominantly male dominated field. The training was sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, IOC-UNESCO, IIOE-2 and WIOMSA.

         

   
The Kenyan trainees: Sharon, Josephine and Fatma    Girls empowering girls: Learning female marine scientists

 

    

From right Sharon & Fatma label zooplankton sample bottles ; Josephine processing the samples in the vessel's wet lab

 

Damaris Mutia preparing the CTD Rosette which is used to measure physical chemical oceanographic analysis.

   

Josephine, Sharon and Fatma preparing for collection of plankton samples using the Bongo net

 

 

From right, Ms. Damaris and Ms Josephine operate the winch, during deployment of the CTD rosette & the Bongo nets

  

Sharon Keter analyzing ichthyoplankton isolated from samples collected from Bongo nets

  

Figure From right, Fatma & Sharon present the findings of their Biological Oceanography projects conducted during the cruise

 

Fatma Manyenze uses modern imaging technology to analyze phytoplankton samples collected during the cruise

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