Professor Chris Appleton
Although trained in marine biology, Prof Appleton spent his career working in fresh water, mostly with the snails that carry schistosomiasis.  He was awarded the Captain Scott Memorial Medal for his MSc thesis.

Recent work on soil-transmitted nematodes has led to his involvement in planning control programmes for these STHs and schistosomiasis. He serves on WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Parasitic Diseases - General Parasitology and the panel revising IUCN’s freshwater mollusc Red Data Book for the southern Africa. Prof Appleton is also a Member of SA Academy of Science.
 Quote:   ‘After discovering that not all students are interested in snails or parasites, I found myself involved in projects on all the major invertebrate phyla.’
Position:   Professor Emeritus
Qualifications:   PhD
MSc (cum laude)
BSc (Hons.)
Discipline:   Parasitology and Freshwater Malacology
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 1187
 Research Areas:   Prof Appleton research has been based largely on field work over a period of roughly 40 years. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) and soil-transmitted helminths have long been a focus, especially their ecology and management. He is also involved in cataloguing invasive freshwater molluscs and in determining their impacts on indigenous species. It now appears that several of these invaders are impacting the bilharzia intermediate hosts but the mechanism involved is not known. The interaction between invasive and indigenous species is likely to become important in determining the future status of the disease in the country. His work on human parasites has extended to the parasitology of non-human primates, mostly baboons but also monkeys and chimpanzees.

Recent Publications:

  Pebsworth,P.A., Archer,C.E., Appleton,C.C. & Huffman,M.A. (2012) Parasite transmission risk from geophagic and foraging behavior in Chacma baboons. American Journal of Primatology, 74: 940-947.

Appleton,C.C, & Madsen,H. (2012) Schistosomiasis in wetlands of southern Africa. Wetland Ecology and Management, 20: 253-269. DOI 10.1007/s11273-012-9266-2.

Naranjo-García,E. & Appleton,C.C. (2009) The architecture of the physid musculature of Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805 (Gastropoda: Physidae). African Invertebrates, 50: 1-11.

Appleton.C.C., Mosala,T.I., Levin,J. & Olsen,A. (2009) Geohelminth infection and reinfection after chemotherapy among slum-dwelling children in Durban, South Africa. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 103: 249-261.

Appleton,C.C., Ellery,W.N., Byskov,J. & Mogkweetsinyana,S.S. (2008) Epidemic transmission of intestinal schistosomiasis in the seasonal part of the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology, 102: 611-623.

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