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Dr Maxwell Barson

Senior Lecturer (Parasitology, Histology, Invertebrate Biology)
Dr Maxwell Barson

PhD in Biology (Catholic University of Leuven), MPhil in Fish Parasitology (University of Zimbabwe) ,MSc in Aquatic Health (University of Johannesburg) ,BSc Hons in Biological Sciences (University of Zimbabwe)
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  1. Barson, M., Cooper, R.G., Mabika, N., and Nhiwatiwa, T. (2013). Histopathological and parasitological indicators of heavy metal pollution in African Catfish, Clarias gariepinusJournal 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.
  11. Barson, M., Bray, R., Ollevier, F. & Huyse, T. (2008) Taxonomy and faunistics of the helminth parasites of Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822), and Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters, 1852) from temporary pans and pools in the Save-Runde River floodplain, Zimbabwe. Comparative Parasitology, 75 (2): 228-240.
  12. Barson, M., Mulonga, A. & Nhiwatiwa, T. (2008) Investigation of a parasitic outbreak of Lernaea cyprinacea Linnaeus (Crustacea: Copepoda) in fish from Zimbabwe. African Zoology, 43 (2): 175-183.
  13. Barson, M. & Avenant-Oldewage, A. (2006) Nematode parasites of Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) from the Rietvlei Dam, South Africa. Ondersterpoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 73: 87-94.
  14. Barson, M. & Avenant-Oldewage, A. (2006) On cestode and digenean parasites of Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) from the Rietvlei Dam, South Africa. Ondersterpoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 73: 101-110.
  15. Barson, M. (2004) The occurrence of Contracaecum sp. larvae (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in the catfish Clarias gariepinus (Burchell) from Lake Chivero, Zimbabwe. Ondersterpoort Journal of Veterinary Research, 71: 35-39.
  16. Barson, M. & Marshall, B.E. (2004) First record of Contracaecum spp. (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in fish-eating birds from Zimbabwe. Journal of the South African Veterinary Association, 75 (2): 74-78.
  17. Barson, M. & Marshall, B.E. (2003) The occurrence of the tapeworm Ligula intestinalis (L.) in Barbus paludinosus from a small dam in Zimbabwe. African Journal of Aquatic Sciences, 28 (2): 175-178.
  18. Brendonck L., J. Maes, W. Rommens, N. Dekeza, T. Nhiwatiwa, M. Barson, V. Callebaut, C. Phiri, K. Moreau, B. Gratwicke, M. Stevens, N. Alyn, E. Holsters, F. Ollevier and B.E. Marshall. (2003) The impact of water hyacinth (Eicchornia crassipes) in a eutrophic subtropical impoundment (Lake Chivero, Zimbabwe). II. Species diversity. Archiv für Hydrobiologie, 158 (3): 389-405

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