Mr Jeffrey Lebepe

Jeffrey Lebepe 

Mr Jeffrey Lebepe is a freshwater biologist. His research interest includes understanding the effects of multiple stressors on the health of freshwater fish and the bio-accumulation trends of metals across different fish tissues. He is currently involved in the project which assesses the effects of water pollution on the health of freshwater fish species using enzymatic biomarkers and histopathology in the Olifants River system in Mpumalanga. The project further measures the metal levels in fish tissues and evaluate the human health risks upon consumption of fish from the contaminated Olifants River system.

Position:   Lecturer
Qualifications:   MSc
BSc Hons
Discipline:   Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 3186
 Research Areas:  

Aquatic ecosystem

Freshwater ecosystem health

Bioaccumulation in fish and human health risks

Water pollution bio-markers

Recent Publications:


Lebepe J, Marr SM, Luus-Powell WJ. (2016). Metal accumulation and human health risk associated with the consumption of Labeo rosae from the Olifants River system, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science 41(2): 161-170.

Bowden JA, Cantu TM, Chapman RW, Somerville SE, Guillette MP, Botha H, Hoffman A, Luus-Powell WJ, Smit WJ, Lebepe J, Myburgh J, Govender D, Tuker J, Boggs ASP, Guillette LJ. (2016) Predictive blood chemistry parameters for pansteatitis-affected Mozambique Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus). PLos One 11(4): e0153874.

Postgraduate Candidates:     PG Candidates

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