Dr. E.O. Akindele

Dr. E.O. Akindele

Associate Professor

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Associate Professor


Qualification: Ph.D.

Rank: Associate Professor




  1. Theses/Dissertation
    (i) Somatic growth in African grasshopper, Zonocerus variegatus, B.Sc. Dissertation, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. 53 pp.


  1. ii) Analysis of zooplankton fauna in relation to the hydrology and physico-chemical water quality of Opa Reservoir catchment basin in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, M. Sc. Thesis, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. 177 pp.


(iii) An ecological study of the water quality and zooplankton fauna of Tiga Lake, Kano, Nigeria, Ph.D. Thesis, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. 319 pp.




  1. Edited Book(s)

(i) Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Conference of the Nigerian Tropical Biology Association (NTBA) held on 7th-11th April, 2019 at the Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria, 281 pp. (Eds. Akindele E.O., Balogun J.B..  Apeverga P.T., Ringim A.S)


  1. Journal Articles


  • Akindele, E. O. and Adeniyi, I. F. (2013). Zooplankton composition and community structure in Lake Tiga, Kano, Nigeria. African Journal of Aquatic Science 38(3): 279-286. DOI: 10.2989/16085914.2013.798253. (United Kingdom).


  • Akindele, E. O. (2013). Relationships between the physico-chemical water parameters and zooplankton fauna of Tiga Lake, Kano, Nigeria. Bayero Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences, 6(1): 95-100.

DOI: 10.4314/bajopas.v6i1.20. ISSN 2006-6996. (Nigeria)


  • Akindele, E. O., Adeniyi, I. F. and Indabawa, I. (2013). Spatio-temporal assessment and water quality characteristics of Lake Tiga, Kano, Nigeria. Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 5(2): 67-77, 2013. DOI: 19026/rjees.5.5640. (Iran).


  • Akindele, E. O. and Adeniyi, I. F. (2013). A study of the physico-chemical water quality, hydrology and zooplankton fauna in Opa Reservoir catchment area, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 7(5):192-203. DOI: 10.5897/AJEST2013.1444. (Kenya).


  • Akindele, E.O. and Liadi A.A. (2014). Diversity and response of benthic macroinvertebrates to natural and induced environmental stresses in Aiba stream, Iwo, Southwest Nigeria. West African Journal of Pure and Applied Ecology, 22: 101-111.

DOI: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/wajae/article/view/108003. (Ghana).


  • Akindele, E. O. and Adeniyi, I.F. (2014). Holomixis and stratification patterns of a Northern Nigerian Lake. Journal of Aquatic Sciences, 29(1): 23-29. ISSN 0189-8779. (Nigeria).


  • Akindele, E.O., Olutona, G.O. (2014). Water physico-chemistry and zooplankton fauna of Aiba Reservoir Headwater Streams, Iwo, Nigeria. Journal of Ecosystem, Volume 2014, Article ID 105405, 11 pages. DOI: 1155/2014/105405. (India).


  • Akindele, E.O., Adu, B.W. and Ayandele, M.A. (2014). Hydrology and water quality characteristics of a stressed lotic freshwater system in Southwest Nigeria. Tropical Freshwater Biology, 23 (1): 1-19. DOI: 4314/tfb.v23i1.1. (Nigeria).
  • Akindele, E.O., Olutona, G.O. (2015). Environmental variables and benthic macroinvertebrate assemblage in the headwater streams of an Afro-tropical reservoir. Water and Environment Journal, 29(4): 541-548. DOI: 10.1111/wej.12117. (United Kingdom).


  • Akindele, E. O., Adedapo, T. A., Olawoye, O. O., Olutona, G. O. and Adu, B. W. (2015). Preliminary limnological survey of Ori stream, Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 9(1): 329-341. (Cameroon).


  • Adu, B. W., Akindele, E. O., Obadofin, A. A. (2015). Composition and distribution of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata: Insecta) in Iloyin Forest, Akure, Nigeria. Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies, 8(5): 517-529. DOI: 10.4314/ejesm.v8i5. (Ethiopia).


  • Akindele, E. O. and Indabawa, I. I. (2015). A review of the effects of dams on the hydrology, water quality and invertebrate fauna of some Nigerian freshwaters. The Zoologist, 13: 28-35. (Nigeria).


  • Adu, B. W., Ogbogu, S. S. and Akindele, E. O. (2016). Rapid survey of dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata) of Kribi Forest and Campo Ma’am National Park, Southern Cameroon. Ethiopian Journal of Environmental Studies and Management 9(3): 255-266. DOI: 10.4314/ejesm.v9i3.1. (Ethiopia).


  • Olutona, G.O., Akindele, E. O. and Ayanda, O. S. (2016). Sediment-associated trace and major metals in the headwaters of a tropical reservoir. Chemistry and Ecology, 32(7): 624-637.

DOI: 10.1080/02757540.2016.1171322. (United Kingdom).


  • Akindele, E. O. and Olutona, G.O. (2017). Water quality and biodiversity of potamoplankton in an African sacred grove and world heritage site. Zoology and Ecology. DOI: 10.1080/21658005.2017.1357290. (United Kingdom).


  • Akindele, E., Olutona, G.O., Oyeku, O.G. and Adeniyi, A.V. (2017): Assessment of two persistent bioaccumulative toxicants in the UNESCO protected river of Osun-Osogbo, Nigeria. Ecological Processes 6:30. DOI: 10.1186/s13717-017-0097-1. (Germany)


  • Akindele, E.O., Ehlers, S.M., Koop, J.H.E. (2019). First empirical study of

freshwater microplastics in West Africa using gastropods from Nigeria as bioindicators. Limnologica 78. DOI: 10.1016/j.limno.2019.125708. (Germany)


  • Akindele, E.O., Omisakin, O.D., Oni, O.A., Aliu, O.O., Omoniyi, G.E., Akinpelu, O.T. (2020). Heavy metal toxicity in the water column and benthic sediments of a degraded tropical stream. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 190 (2020) 110153. DOI: 1016/j.ecoenv.2019.110153. (United Kingdom)
  • Aliu, O.O., Akindele, E.O., Adeniyi, I.F. (2020). Biological assessment of the headwater rivers of Opa Reservoir, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, using ecological methods. The Journal of Basic and Applied Zoology (2020) 81:11. DOI: 10.1186/s41936-020-00151-5 (Egypt)


  • Akindele, E.O., Ehlers, S.M., Koop, J.H.E. (2020). Freshwater insects of different feeding guilds ingest microplastics in two Gulf of Guinea tributaries in Nigeria. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27:33373–33379. DOI: 1007/s11356-020-08763-8. (France)


  • Aliu, O.O., Akindele, E.O., Adeniyi, I.F. (2020). Potentially toxic metals record high contamination indices in three small African rivers. International Journal of Energy and Water Resources. DOI: 10.1007/s42108-020-00091-4 (Iran)


  • Akindele, E.O., Alimba, C.G. (2021). Plastic pollution threat in Africa: current status and implications for aquatic ecosystem health. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28:7636–7651. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-020-11736-6. (France)


  • Nel, H.A., Naidoo, T., Akindele, E.O., Nhiwatiwa, T., Fadare, O.O., Krause, S. (2021). Collaboration and infrastructure is needed to develop an African perspective on micro(nano)plastic pollution. Environmental Research Letters, 16 (2021) 021002. DOI: 1088/1748-9326/abdaeb. (United States of America)


  • Akindele, E.O. (2021). Plastic pollution in Nigeria: a huge research burden for scientists. The Zoologist, 4314/tzool.v18i1.1. (Nigeria)
  1. Edited and Refereed Conference Proceedings


  • Akindele E.O. (2013): Downstream assessment of the zooplankton fauna and

hydrology of Aiba stream, Iwo, Osun State, Nigeria. In: S. O. Olajuyigbe, O. M. Coker and F. Olaleru (Eds), Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Tropical Biology Association (NTBA)/Developing Research among African Scientists (DRECA), 3rd-4th August, 2013, University of Lagos, Nigeria, pp. 47-53.


(xxvi) Akindele, E.O., Adedapo, A.M., Adetayo, I.O., Amoo, T.A., and Akinpelu,

O.T. (2019). Biodiversity of Benthic Macroinvertebrates in the Protected Area

of Osun River and Its Downstream Section, Osogbo, Nigeria. In: E.O.

Akindele, J.B. Balogun, P.T. Apeverga and A.S. Ringim (Eds), Proceedings of

         the 6th Biennial Conference of the Nigerian Tropical Biology Association

7th-11th April, 2019, Federal University Dutse, Jigawa State, Nigeria.

  1. 249-256.




Conservation values of the freshwater systems in some selected protected areas of Nigeria


I have established through empirical studies the importance of freshwater ecosystems for the sustenance of biodiversity and provision of other ecosystem services to mankind. My research activities have identified some stressors on the health of some Nigerian freshwater systems, among which are microplastics and heavy metals. One of my recent research activities provided the first empirical account of freshwater microplastics in West Africa and the first polymer identification of microplastics in any group of African invertebrates. I have also provided the first evidence of microplastic ingestion in larval odonatans worldwide. I have also procured some field and laboratory equipment from research grants to assess the conservation values of the freshwater systems in some protected areas of Nigeria.