Dr. Mary A. Kishe is a Tanzanian born at Moshi, Kilimanjaro region. She attended her Ordinary Level Studies at Lombeta Secondary School (Moshi) and later she joined Loleza Girls Secondary School in Mbeya for High School. She graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam with a Bachelor Degree in Marine Biology and Applied Microbiology in 1996 and thereafter obtained a Master's of Sciences (MSc.) in Environmental Sciences in 2001. Mary was awarded a Ph.D. degree in 2012 at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands on the 'Inter-guild differences in the recovery of cichlid species in Lake Victoria (Tanzania): causes and possible consequences of lost predominance by detritivorous haplochromine cichlids'.


Octopus Fishery in the Tanzania Mainland

The aim of the project is to conduct a study on the Stock Assessment, Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Octopus Fishery in the Mainland Tanzania The project is in the second year since its implementation (since September 2018) and it is about 70% completed. So far, the project has been able to generate some interesting scientific data necessary for management of octopus fishery. Catch-effort data, morphometric and biometric data were collected and six (6) progress reports were submitted to SWIOFish Secretariet. Preliminary findings has been presented at four (4) National meetings/Forum and one (1) International meeting. GIS Mapping of octopus reefs and assessment of environmental drivers/parameters in Tanga, Mafia, Songosongo and Mtwara is on-going. For the remaining period, the project will work on genetic samples analysis, data analysis, final report writing, dissemination of findings and publications.

Digging deep into Lake Victoria’s past: 20,000 years of evolution and ecosystem dynamics in the world’s largest tropical lake reconstructed from sediment cores, fossils and ancient DNA

The aim of the project is to understanding and quantifying the mutual influences of (i) environmental change on biodiversity, and (ii) how biodiversity changes reshape, in turn, environmental conditions over extended time scales is one of the biggest and most timely questions in current environmental sciences. The key-questions to be answered are as follows: • How do physical environments and species interact during the emergence and maintenance of a biodiversity hotspot? • How have climate and environment set the stage for the rapid adaptive radiation of cichlid fishes?

Identification, characterization and vulnerability assessment of benthic ecosystems in the WIO

The aim of the project is to describe, model and map continental shelf and upper slope seabed habitats and their benthic communities in the western part of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO), in order to assist with regional marine spatial planning. The term benthic encompasses organisms which are closely associated with the seabed i.e. are on, in or just above the seabed.

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Journals
YearCitation
2020 Blackman, R.C., Bruder, A., Burdon, F.J., Convey, P., Funk, W.C., Jähnig, S.C., Kishe, M.A., Moretti, M.S., Natugonza, V., Pawlowski, J., Stubbington, R., Zhang, X., Seehausen, O., Altermatt, F. (2020) A meeting framework for inclusive and sustainable science. Nature Ecology & Evolution.
2019 Shoko, A.P., Limbu, S.M., Lamtane, H.A., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Sekadende, B., Ulotu, E.E., Masanja, J.C., Mgaya, Y.D. (2019) The role of fish-poultry integration on fish growth performance, yields and economic benefits among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, Tanzania. African Journal of Aquatic Science 44, 1-10.
2017 Limbu, S.M., Shoko, A.P., Lamtane, H.A., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Joram, M.C., Mbonde, A.S., Mgana, H.F., Mgaya, Y.D. (2017) Fish polyculture system integrated with vegetable farming improves yield and economic benefits of small-scale farmers. Aquaculture Research 48, 3631-3644.
2017 Kalacska, M., Arroyo-Mora, J.P., Lucanus, O., Kishe-Machumu, M.A. (2017). Land cover, Land Use, and Climate Change Impacts on Endemic Cichlid Habitats in Northern Tanzania. Remote Sensing 9:623.
2016 Limbu, S.M., Shoko, A.P., Lamtane, H.A., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Joram, M.C., Mbonde, A.S., Mgana, H.F., Mgaya, Y.D. (2016) Supplemental effects of ingredients and rice bran on the growth performance, survival and yield of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus reared in fertilized earthen ponds. Springerplus 5.
2016 van Rijssel, J.C., Hecky, R.E., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Meijer, S.E., Pols, J., van Tienderen, K.M., Ververs, J.D., Wanink, J.H., Witte, F. (2016) Climatic variability in combination with eutrophication drives adaptive responses in the gills of Lake Victoria cichlids. Oecologia 182, 1187-1201.
2016Kishe-Machumu, M.A., van Rijssel, J.C., Poste, A., Hecky, R.E., Witte, F. (2017) Stable isotope evidence from formalin-ethanol-preserved specimens indicates dietary shifts and increasing diet overlap in Lake Victoria cichlids. Hydrobiologia 791, 155-173. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-016-2925-1
2016van Rijssel, J.C., Hecky, R.E., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Witte, F. (2017) Changing ecology of Lake Victoria cichlids and their environment: evidence from C-13 and N-15 analyses. Hydrobiologia 791, 175-191. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-016-2790-y
2016Limbu, S.M., Shoko, A.P., Lamtane, H.A., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Joram, M.C., Mbonde, A.S., Mgana, H.F., Mgaya, Y.D. (2016) Supplemental effects of mixed ingredients and rice bran on the growth performance, survival and yield of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus reared in fertilized earthen ponds. Springerplus 5. DOI: 10.1186/s40064-015-1643-x
2015Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Voogd, T., Wanink, J.H., Witte, F. (2015a) Can differential resurgence of haplochromine trophic in Lake Victoria be explained by selective Nile perch, Lates niloticus (L.) predation? Environmental Biology of Fishes 98, 1255-1263. DOI:10.1007/s10641-014-0356-2
2015Kishe-Machumu, M.A., van Rijssel, J.C., Wanink, J.H., Witte, F. (2015b) Differential recovery and spatial distribution pattern of haplochromine cichlids in the Mwanza Gulf of Lake Victoria. Journal of Great Lakes Research 41, 454-462. http://dx. DOI: org/10.1016/j.jglr.2015.03.005.
2015Limbu, S.M., Shoko, A.P., Dominic, E.S., Lamtane, H.A., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Mgana, H., Mgaya, Y.D. (2015) Effect of initial stocking size of the predatory Clarias gariepinus on recruits number, growth performance, survival and yield in mixed-sex Oreochromis niloticus. International Aquatic Research 7 (1): 63-73. DOI: 10.1007/s40071-014-0093-3.
2014 van Rijssel, J.C., Hoogwater, E.S., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., van Reenen, E., Spits, K.V., van der Stelt, R.C., Wanink, J.H., Witte, F. (2014) Fast adaptive responses in the oral jaw of Lake Victoria cichlids. Evolution 69, 179-189.
2014Downing, A.S., van Nes, E.H., Balirwa, J.S., Beuving, J., Bwathondi, P.O.J., Chapman, L.J., Cornelissen, I.J.M., Cowx, I.G., Goudswaard, K.P.C., Hecky, R.E., Janse, J.H., Janssen, A.B.G., Kaufman, L., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Kolding, J., Ligtvoet, W., Mbabazi, D., Medard, M., Mkumbo, O.C., Mlaponi, E., Munyaho, A.T., Nagelkerke, L.A.J., Ogutu-Ohwayo, R., Ojwang, W.O., Peter, H.K., Schindler, D.E., Seehausen, O., Sharpe, D., Silsbe, G.M., Sitoki, L., Tumwebaze, R., Tweddle, D., van de Wolfshaar, K.E., van Dijk, H., van Donk, E., van Rijssel, J.C., van Zwieten, P.A.M., Wanink, J., Witte, F., Mooij, W.M. (2014) Coupled human and natural system dynamics as key to the sustainability of Lake Victoria's ecosystem services. Ecology and Society 19.
2012Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Witte, F., Wanink, J.H., Katunzi, E.F.B. (2012) The diet of Nile perch, Lates niloticus (L.) after resurgence of haplochromine cichlids in the Mwanza Gulf of Lake Victoria. Hydrobiologia 682, 111-119.
2012 Ngatunga, B.P., Lugendo, B.R., Kishe-Machumu, M.A. (2012) Checklist of Tanzanian fishes. In: Gideon H, Nyinondi P & Oyema G: Checklist of Tanzanian species. Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology 1: 143-194.
2012Witte, F., Seehausen, O., Wanink, J.H., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Rensing, M., Goldschmidt, T. (2012a) Cichlid species diversity in naturally and anthropogenically turbid habitats of Lake Victoria, East Africa. Aquatic Sciences.
2012 Witte, F., Silsbe, G.M., Hecky, R.E., Goudswaard, P.C., Guildford, S.J., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Wanink, J.H. (2012b) Did the loss of phytoplanktivorous fish contribute to algal blooms in the Mwanza Gulf of Lake Victoria? Hydrobiologia 679, 283-296.
2008 Witte, F., van Oijen, M.J.P., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Wanink, J.H. (2008) Trettio års forskning om ciklider från Viktoriasjön – Ett ekologisk skådespel som erbjuder nya vetenskapliga möjligheter. Ciklidbladet 41 (4): 28-29.
2007 Witte, F., van Oijen, M,. Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Wanink, J.H. (2007c) Thirty years research on Lake Victoria cichlids; an ecological drama provide new scientific opportunities. SILnews 51: 12-13.
2007 Witte, F., Wanink, J.H., Kishe-Machumu, M. (2007a) Species distinction and the biodiversity crisis in Lake Victoria. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136, 1146-1159.
2007 Witte, F., Wanink, J.H., Kishe-Machumu, M., Mkumbo, O.C., Goudswaard, P.C., Seehausen, O. (2007b) Differential decline and recovery of haplochromine trophic groups in the Mwanza Gulf of Lake Victoria. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management 10, 416-433
2004 Kishe, M.A. (2004) Some physical and chemical characteristics of water in selected areas in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Science 2: 65-72.
2004 Katunzi, E.F.B., Kishe, M.A. (2004) Population structure of major fish species in selected satellite lakes in Lake Victoria Basin, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Science 2: 53-64.
2003 Kishe, M.A., Machiwa, J.F. (2003) Distribution of heavy metals in sediments of Mwanza Gulf of Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Environment International 28, 619-625.
Book Chapters
YearCitation
2018 Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Natugonza, V., Nyingi, D.W., Snoeks, J., Carr, J.A., Seehausen, O., Sayer, C.A., (2018) The status and distribution of freshwater fishes in the Lake Victoria Basin, in: Sayer, C.A., Máiz-Tomé, L., Darwall, W.R.T. (Eds.), Freshwater biodiversity in the Lake Victoria Basin: Guidance for species conservation, site protection, climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods. IUCN, Cambridge, UK and Gland, Switzerland.
2018 Sayer, C.A., Máiz-Tomé, L., Akwany, L.O., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Natugonza, V., Whitney, C.W., Omondi, R., Nshutiyayesu, S., Kabuye, C.S., (2018) The importance of freshwater species to livelihoods in the Lake Victoria Basin, in: Sayer, C.A., Máiz-Tomé, L., Darwall, W.R.T. (Eds.), Freshwater biodiversity in the Lake Victoria Basin: Guidance for species conservation, site protection, climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods. IUCN, Cambridge, UK and Gland, Switzerland.
2017 Katunzi, E.F.B., Onyango, P.O., Mahongo, S.B., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., van Rijssel, J.C., Kayanda, R.J., Mgaya, Y.D., (2017b) Historical Perspectives and Trends in Fisheries Research in Tanzania, in: Mgaya, Y.D., Mahongo, S.B. (Eds.), Lake Victoria Fisheries Resources : Research and Management in Tanzania. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 11-35.
2014 Witte, F., Kishe-Machumu, M.A., Mkumbo, O.C., Wanink, J.H., Goudswaard, P.C., Van Rijssel, J.C., van Oijen, M.J.P. (2013). The Fish Fauna of Lake Victoria during a Century of Human Induced Perturbations. In J. Snoeks & A. Getahun (eds), Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on African Fish and Fisheries, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22-26 September 2008. Tervuren: Royal Museum for Central Africa, ‘Zoological Documentation Online Series’, 49-66
2005 Kishe, M.A., Machiwa, J.F. (2005) Heavy metal contents in Oreochromis niloticus (Linn. 1757) from Mwanza Gulf of Lake Victoria. In: LVEMP, 2005: Knowledge and Experiences Gained from Managing the Lake Victoria Ecosystem (LVEMP Regional Scientific Conference, Kisumu, Kenya (3rd –7th Dec. 2001), 664-677pp
2002Kishe, M.A., Mkumbo, O.C. (2002) The biology, ecology and impact of Nile perch of Lates niloticus and the future of the fishery in Lake Victoria. In: Mahongo SB, Chande AI and Katunzi EFB (Eds). The biology and ecology of Lake Victoria Fisheries: their development and management.
Thesis
YearCitation
2012Kishe-Machumu MA (2012) Inter-guild differences and possible causes of the recovery of cichlid species in Lake Victoria, Tanzania. PhD thesis, Leiden University. http://hdl.handle.net/1887/19854.
2001Kishe MA (2001) Aspects of heavy metal pollution in Mwanza Gulf of Lake Victoria, Tanzania. M.Sc. Dissertation,University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. http://www.acadermicjournals.org.

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