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
    finished 2022

  •  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., Kurmayer R. (2022). Response of planktonic diatoms to eutrophication in Nyanza Gulf of Lake Victoria, Kenya, Limnologica 93: 125958
  • Simiyu B. M., Amukhuma H. S., Sitoko L., Kurmayer R. (2022). Interannual variability of water quality conditions in the Nyanza Gulf of Lake Victoria, Kenya, Journal of Great Lakes Research 48: 97-109,

  • 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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