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Prof. Maxwell Barson


PhD in Biology (Catholic University of Leuven, 2009), MPhil in Fish Parasitology (University of Zimbabwe,2002), MSc in Aquatic Health (University of Johannesburg, 2003), BSc Hons in Biological Sciences (University of Zimbabwe, 1999)

Academic Appointments:


Research Interests:

Hypoxidaceae and Amaryllidaceae in the Flora Zambesiaca area, Conservation, ethnobotany and biological properties of the endemic flora on the serpentine soils of the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe.

Faculty: Science
Department: Biological Sciences and Ecology
Research Category: Bioscience

Maxwell Barson, Zimbabwean biology professor, researcher. Achievements include discovery of a new fish tapeworm, Barsonella lafoni like Proteocephalidea, from the intestines of the African catfish Clarias gariepinus. Grantee, VLIR UOS, 2006-2009; Research grant, British Ecological Society, 2008. Member of Helminthological Society Washington, Southern Africa Society Aquatic Scientists.

Phone: +263 242 303211

1. Barson, M., Cooper, R.G., Mabika, N., and Nhiwatiwa, T. (2013). Histopathological and parasitological indicators of heavy metal pollution in African Catfish, Clarias gariepinus. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health (submitted).
2. Barson, M. & Mabika, N. (2013) Histological assessment of gill pathology in two fish species (Clarias gariepinus and Oreochromis niloticus) from the Sanyati Basin in Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. International Journal of Sustainable Development (In Press).
3. Munyoro, E., Barson, M., Mukaro, J. & Nhiwatiwa, T. (2013). The effectiveness of selected preservation methods on fish parasite load and survival in African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) from Lake Chivero, Zimbabwe. Journal of Applied Sciences Southern Africa (In Press).
4. Dalu, T., Nhiwatiwa, T., Clegg, B. & Barson, M. (2012) Impact of Lernaea cyprinacea Linnaeus 1758 (Crustacea: Copepoda) almost a decade after an initial parasitic outbreak in fish of Malilangwe Reservoir, Zimbabwe. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, 406 (3): 1-9.
5. Nhiwatiwa, M Barson, A P Harrison, B Utete & R G Cooper (2011): Metal concentrations in water, sediment and sharptooth catfish Clarias gariepinus from three peri-urban rivers in the upper
6. Dalu, T., Barson, M and Nhiwatiwa, T. (2011) Impact of intestinal microorganisms and protozoan parasites on drinking water quality in Harare, Zimbabwe. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 1 (3): 153-163.
7. Barson, M., Vanhove, M.P.M., Prikrylova, I. & Huyse, T. (2010) Parasite hybridization in African Macrogyrodactylus spp. (Monogenea: Gyrodactylidae) signals historical host distribution. Parasitology, 137: 1585-1595.
8. Barson, M. and Nhiwatiwa, T. (2010)Short note: Influence of drought and flooding on the colonization of floodplain pans by riverine fish in the Zimbabwean lowveld. African Journal of Aquatic Sciences, 37 (2): 205-208.
9. Madanire-Moyo, G. & Barson, M. (2010) Diversity of metazoan parasites of the sharptooth catfish Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) as indicators of pollution in a subtropical African river system. Journal of Helminthology, 84: 216-227.
10. Nhiwatiwa, T., Barson, M., De Bie, T., Vervaeke, B., Stevens, M., Vanhove, M.P.M. & Brendonck, L. (2009) Invertebrate ccommunities in dry-season pools of a large subtropical river: patterns and processes. Hydrobiologia, 630: 169-186.

Patented Work:

Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):

1. TWAS-DFG Travel Grant, 2011 (Karlsruhe, Germany)
2. VLIR-UOS North-South-South Research grant, 2009

Awards & Achievements:

1. Discovered a new fish tapeworm, Barsonella lafoni like Proteocephalidea, from the intestines of the African catfish Clarias gariepinus.
2. Africa Union-The World Academy of Sciences (AU-TWAS) Young Scientist of The Year,2013 (Zimbabwe)
3. USA Fulbright African Research Scholar Award, 2013
4. VLIR-UOS PhD Scholarship, 2004 (KU Leuven)
5. Scholarship: University of Johannesburg Merit Bursary, 2003
6. VLIR MPhil scholarship (Univ. of Zimbabwe, 2000)

Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):

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Professional membership, Committees, Boards:

Member of Helminthological Society Washington, Southern Africa Society Aquatic Scientists

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