Benard SimiyuBenard M. Simiyu


Present position:


Research area:

Molecular ecology and physiology of algae




Academic History

  • PhD research topic within APPEAR fellowship (OEAD) at Research Institute for Limnology, Mondsee (University of Innsbruck): The effects of hydrological changes on spatial phytoplankton composition and Microcystin concentrations in Nyanza Gulf of Lake Victoria, Kenya. Supervision: R. Kurmayer

  •  Diploma thesis : The concentration of microcystins in Rastineobola argentea from Nyanza Gulf, Lake Victoria, Kenya

  • 2010- 2012 : Diploma in Environmental Science, specialization in Limnology and Wetlands Ecosystems (LWE Programme) at the Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE), Netherlands


  • Simiyu B.M., Odour S.O., Rohrlack T., Sitoki L., Kurmayer R. (2018). Microcystin Content in Phytoplankton and in Small Fish from Eutrophic Nyanza Gulf, Lake Victoria, Kenya, Toxins 10(7): 275 doi:10.3390/toxins10070275



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