Dr. Grace Asiyo Ssanyu


Email: assanyu@kyu.ac.ug


LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/grace-ssanyu-9b4a1516/

 ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4008-9233


Dr. Ssanyu is a lecturer in the department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science Kyambogo University.  She has a PhD in Limnology (2015), Egerton University, Kenya, Post Graduate Diploma in Education (2018) of Kyambogo University, Certificate in Spatial Decision Support System (2013) University of Twente, the Netherlands, MSc in Environmental Science and Technology, UNESCO-IHE, The Netherlands, and BSc in Botany and Zoology, Makerere University.

She has vast experience in research for over 15 years focusing on riverine and lakes’  wetlands, water quality and fisheries dynamics, integrating local community engagement for the wise use and management of these aquatic resources. She has worked as a team leader on many projects. For instance, the “Ecological requirements of Clarias of Mpologoma river project” and as a researcher on “Fingerponds in East African Freshwater Wetland Ecotones” projects, among others. Done collaborative research with researchers from various institutions such as BOKU (Austria), Egerton, Moi and Mzumbe Universities. She has a more than ten years teaching and research supervision experience of students at both Master of Science and undergraduate levels.

Research Interests

Integrated water resources management issues, riparian communities’ livelihoods dependency on water resources, water quality aspects, wetlands ecosystems dynamics and their management, riverine and lake ecosystems dynamics, their management, the associated fisheries and aquaculture for livelihoods improvement.

Current Projects

  1. “Strengthening community-based research for river health and climate change mitigation in Eastern Africa”. This is a collaborative project between three countries Austria, Uganda, Kenya under Africa-UniNet Research Cooperation Project, Funded by Austrian government. Ssanyu (I for the project) Collaborating institutions: Kyambogo University (Project coordinator), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU (Austria), African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Kenya and Egerton University, Kenya. ENDING JUNE 2023
  2. “Heavy metal content and Hazard quotient assessment of commercial Wetland Fish species, Lake Victoria”. Funded Kyambogo University. Ssanyu (P.I for the project), Collaborating with Dr. Mbeiza Mutekanga Norah. Ms. Daphine Okumu and Mr. Kiwanuka Marvious. Project end: MARCH 2023





  1. Hahn, Martin W. Johanna Schmidt, Grace Ssanyu Asiyo, Nikos C. Kyrpides, Tanja Woyke and William B. Whitman. (2017). Reclassification of a Polynucleobacter cosmopolitanus strain isolated from tropical Lake Victoria as Polynucleobacter victoriensis sp. nov. Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 67, 5087–5093.
  2. Ssanyu Grace Asiyo, Julius Kipkemboi, Jude M Mathooko, John Balirwa .(2016). Which movement pattern do Clarias species exhibit in the disturbed Mpologoma wetland, Uganda? International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies, 4(1): 250-258
  3. Ssanyu GA, Kipkemboi J., Mathooko JM and Balirwa J. (2014). Response of endemic Clarias species population parameters to land use along papyrus dominated Mpologoma riverine wetland, Uganda. African Journal of Aquatic Science, 39 (3): 249 – 261, DOI: 10.2989/16085914.2014.946387
  4. Ssanyu GA., J Kipkemboi, JM Mathooko and J Balirwa .(2014). Variation of small scale wetland fishery in relation to land use along Mpologoma riverine marsh in Eastern Uganda. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 8(12): 716 – 729, DOI: 10.5897/AJEST2014.1733.
  5. Ssanyu GA, Kipkemboi J., Mathooko JM and Balirwa J. (2014). Land-use impacts on small-scale Mpologoma wetland fishery, eastern Uganda: A socio-economic perspective. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management 19: 280 – 292. DOI. 10.1111/lre.12073
  6. Rasowo J., Auma E., Ssanyu GA. and M. Ndunguru .(2008). Does African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) affect rice in integrated rice-fish culture in Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya? Afr. J. Environ. Sci. & Tech, Vol.2 (10):336-341.