The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Emmanuel Frimpong, an associate professor in the department of fish and wildlife conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, for his work focusing on the ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes.
Frimpong’s research focuses on the ecology, life history, and distribution of freshwater fish, with an emphasis on applications in aquaculture and the conservation of fish and fisheries. A major theme in his research is explaining the determinants of fish distributions, predicting how the distribution of species will respond to anthropogenic changes to their environment, and developing management and conservation solutions.
He is also the director of the Frimpong Lab, which conducts research into how fish species’ traits interact with environmental and habitat factors to determine local and landscape-wide distribution and abundances. Student projects at the Frimpong Lab cover topics including land uses and landscape transformations, aquatic habitat degradation, resource overexploitation, nonnative species transplantations, and climate change.
In outreach and service to his profession, Frimpong created a comprehensive database of more than 100 biological traits of 809 U.S. freshwater fish species and worked with University Libraries at Virginia Tech to make the database available online to scientists across the country.
Frimpong has been author or co-author of numerous papers and journal articles, including recent ones in Ecological Indicators, Journal of Freshwater Ecology, PLOS One, and the North American Journal of Aquaculture.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana, master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Virginia Tech, and a doctorate from Purdue University.