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Rahmat Quaigrane Duker

PhD, MSc, BSc




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Rahmat Quaigrane Duker is an early career lecturer at the University of Environment and Sustainable Development, Ghana. She holds a PhD in Oceanography and Limnology. Her research is related to assessing the effects of chemical pollution on brackish and freshwater ecosystems. Through her engagements, she has developed skills in water quality assessment and monitoring, aquatic ecotoxicology, sediment pollution, monitoring network and environmental social psychology. She has been on projects in the Netherlands, France and Ghana, where her expertise was highly recommended. These projects aimed at assessing the environmental risks of contaminants and other ecological stressors related to human health and global change by using lab and semi-field experiments. Before this, she served as a Project Coordinator for the Centre for Environmental Impact Analysis for four years, where she made substantial contributions towards initiatives targeted at environmentally friendly gold mining in Ghana. She has an excellent connection with the youth and has received several scholarships including the Netherlands Fellowship Programme. She is a passionate supporter of environmental and aquatic issues and believes that it is our duty as humans to take care of our home planet.

Water quality assessment and monitoring, aquatic ecotoxicology, sediment pollution and remediation, emerging contaminants, monitoring network and environmental social psychology


1. Amenyogbe, E., Droepenu, E. K., & Duker, R. Q. (2024). Lack of technology hinders advancing aquaculture; special emphases on fish intestinal microbiota research in Africa.

2. Osei-Owusu, J., Heve, W. K., Duker, R. Q., Aidoo, O. F., Larbi, L., Edusei, G., Opoku, M. J., Akolaa, R. A., Eshun, F., Apau, J., & Ninsin, K. D. (2023). Assessments of microbial and heavy metal contaminations in water supply systems at the University of Environment and Sustainable Development in Ghana. Sustainable Chemistry for the Environment, 2, 100015.

3. Appiah, M. K., Ameko, E., Asiamah, T. A., & Duker, R. Q. (2023). Blue economy investment and sustainability of Ghana’s territorial waters: an application of structural equation modelling. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 1-15.

4. Amenyogbe, E., Ayisi, C. L., Droepenu, E. K., Boamah, A. G., Duker, R. Q., Ayivor, N., & Akortia, I. K. (2023). Challenges and opportunities in advancing microbiology research in Africa: A review.

5. Aidoo, O. F., Osei-Owusu, J., Chia, S. Y., Dofuor, A. K., Antwi-Agyakwa, A. K., Okyere, H., Gyan, M., Edusei, G., Ninsin, K. D., Duker, R. Q., & Siddiqui, S. A. (2023). Remediation of pesticide residues using ozone: A comprehensive overview. Science of The Total Environment, 164933.

6. Aidoo, O. F., Souza, P. G., Silva, R. S., Júnior, P. A., Picanço, M. C., Heve, W. K., Duker, R. Q., Ablormeti, F. K., Sétamou, M., & Borgemeister, C. (2023). Modeling climate change impacts on potential global distribution of Tamarixia radiata Waterston (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Science of The Total Environment, 864, 160962.

7. Sun, M., Duker, R. Q., Gillissen, F., Van den Brink, P. J., Focks, A., & Rico, A. (2020). Influence of pH on the toxicity of ionisable pharmaceuticals and personal care products to freshwater invertebrates. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 191, 110172.


1. Duker, R. Q. (2023). Distribution and toxicological effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on aquatic ecosystems. In W. K. Heve (Ed.). Trends in Biological Sciences (pp. 22-44). Ghana Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-9988-5558-6

Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)


Honours & Awards

Research Projects

Major Projects Undertaken

1. 2023: Partner to “”Global Estuaries Monitoring (GEM) Programme
2. 2022: Trainee on “”Chemical Monitoring of Coastal Environments”” at Nantes, France.
3. 2020: Team Member on “”Baseline study on effects of artisanal small-scale mining operations in Ghana””. Funded by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
4. 2016: Project Coordinator to “”French Solidarity Programme. Funded by French Embassy in Ghana.

1. 2022: Scholarship from Ifremer Research Institute, France, for summer school.
2. 2020: OKP Scholarship holder for a short course at IHE Institute for Water Education, Netherlands.
3. 2017 to 2020: PhD Scholarship from USAID/UCC capacity building project, Ghana.
4. 2014 to 2016: MSc Scholarship from Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP), Netherlands.

Ecological and health risk assessment of emerging contaminants on aquatic ecosystems