Meet the Faculty

Thomas R. Omara-Alwala
Professor of Agriculture Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Principal Investigator of Aquaculture Nutrition Research
Leader/Coordinator of Aquaculture Program
Lincoln University
206 Founders Hall
820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: (573) 681-5121


  • Ph.D. & M.S., University of Rhode Island
  • B.S. Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Research Focus

  • Aquaculture
  • Sunfishes
  • Nutrient Requirements
  • Nutrient Metabolism

Dr. Thomas R. Omara-Alwala is a Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; Principal Investigator of Aquaculture Nutrition Research Initiative in Missouri with the Cooperative Research Programs; and Leader/Coordinator of Aquaculture Program.
Professor Omara-Alwala is a recipient of the 2007-2008 U.S. J. William Fulbright Scholarship to Uganda, besides a U.S patent.  Dr. Omara-Alwala has served as research director of the Cooperative Research Programs at Lincoln University for five years and as an academic division chair of the Department of Agriculture, Natural Sciences and Mathematics for three years.   He teaches various nutritional and biological courses, including human, animal and fish nutrition; nutritional biochemistry and principles of biology. His current research focuses on nutrient requirements and metabolism in sunfishes. His work is funded mainly by the United States Departments of Agriculture and State. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. 


  • Gregory A. Dudenhoeffer a , James E. Wetzel a & Thomas R. Omara-Alwala.   Evaluation of Selected Commercial Starter Feeds for Sunfish Fry Culture.  North American Journal of Aquaculture; 73:332-338 (2011
  • Gregory A. Dudenhoeffer a , James E. Wetzel a & Thomas R. Omara-Alwala.   Weaning Ages of Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Fry in Indoor Recirculating Aquaculture Systems North American Journal of Aquaculture; In press, (Accepted, 2011)
  • Ezekwe, M.O., T. R. Omara-Alwala and T. Mebrahtu. "Nutritive Characterization of Purslane Accessions as Influenced by Planting Date. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition.   54:183-191, 1999.
  • Omara-Alwala, Thomas R., T. Mebrahtu and D. E. Prior. "Lipid Composition of Selected Strains of Channel Catfish Farm-Raised by Different Aquacultural Methods." Virginia Journal of Science. 40(3) (1989):171-176.
  • Omara-Alwala, Thomas R., T. Mebrahtu, D. E. Prior and M. O. Ezekwe. "Omega-Three Fatty Acids in Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)." Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society. 68(3) (1991): 198-199.