Senior Lecturer, Botany Department, College Of Natural And Applied Sciences

PhD Degree (Botany) (2006) from the University of Dar es Salaam


  • Sida Marine Bilateral Project Coordinator, Botany Department (2008 to date)
  • PI - Paths to Increased Seaweed Production (2016-2020)
  • Co-PI - GlobalSeaweedSTAR (2017-2021)


  1. J. E. Miller, A. Buriyo, A. Karugila and J. D. Lines (1999) A new strategy for treating nets. Part I: formulation and dosage, Tropical medicine and International Health. 4:160-166
  2. Buriyo A.S., Samesi, A.K. & Mtolera M.S.P. (2001) The effect of seasons on yield and quality of carrageenan from Tanzanian red alga Eucheuma denticulatum (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta), South African Journal of Botany, 67: 488-491.
  3. Buriyo A.S. & Kivaisi A.K. (2003). Standing Stock, Agar yield and Properties of Gracilaria salicornia harvested along the Tanzanian coast, Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. 2: 171-178.
  4. Mtolera M.S.P & Buriyo A.S. (2004) Studies on Tanzanian Hypneaceae: Seasonal variation in Kappa-Carrageenan Content and Properties in Hypnea musciformis (Gigartinales, Rhodophyta), Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. 3: 43-49.
  5. Buriyo A.S., Oliveira E.C., Mtolera M.S.P. & Kivaisi A.K. (2004). Taxonomic Challenges and Distribution of the genus Gracilaria (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta) in Tanzania, Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. 3:135-141.
  6. Kivaisi, A.K. & Buriyo, A.S. (2007) Assessment of Native Agar gels extracted from Gracilaria debilis and G. salicornia harvested along the Tanzanian Coast for culturing microorganisms, Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. 6: 219-223.
  7. Bellorin, A.M., Buriyo, A.S., Sohrabipour, Oliveira, M.E & Oliveira, E. C. (2008) Gracilariopsis mclachlanii Sp. Nov. and Gracilariopsis persica Sp. Nov.: two new species of Gracilariaceae (Gracilariales, Rhodophyceace ) from the Indian Ocean, J. Phycology, 44(4): 1022-1032.
  8. Flower E. Msuya, Amelia Buriyo, Isabel Omar, Benjamin Pascal, Koushul Narrain, Joseph J. M. Ravina, Elisha Mrabu and Joseph G. Wakibia (2014). Cultivation and utilisation of red seaweeds in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) Region. J. Appl. Phycol.26: 699-705. Also Published online by Springer (2013)
  9. Tano S.A, Halling C, Lind E, Buriyo A, Wikström S (2015). Extensive spread of farmed seaweeds causes a shift from native to non-native haplotypes in natural seaweed beds. Journal of Marine Biology DOI 10.1007/s00227-015-2724-7
  10. Tano SA, Eggertsen M, Wikström SA, Berkström C, Buriyo AS, Halling C (2016). Tropical seaweed beds are important habitats for mobile invertebrate epifauna. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Volume 183, Part A, Pages 1-12. Elsevier
  11. Amelia S. Buriyo, Louis Kasuga, Heriel N. Moshi and Wilson A. Nene (2016). Ecological distribution and abundance of the parasitic weed, Cassytha filiformis L. (Lauraceae) in major Cashew, Anacardium occidentale L. growing regions in Tanzania. International Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences. 5 (3):109-116
  12. Olivia John, Flora I. Tibazarwa, Amelia S. Buriyo (2016) “Effect of temperature on leaf and rhizome growth rates in the Seagrass Halophila ovalisHURIA 23:23-34. Journal of the Open University of Tanzania
  13. Tano SA, Eggertsen M, Wikström SA, Berkström C, Buriyo AS, Halling C (2017). Tropical seaweed beds as important habitats for juvenile fish in East African seascape. Marine and Freshwater Research CSIRO PUBLISHING
  14. David Simiyu and Amelia S. Buriyo (2018) Will Climate change impacts aggravate Malnutrition in concealed ways? The effects of Temperature Elevation on Nutritive Value of the Edible Seaweed Ulva fasciata Delile. Oceanogr Fish Open Access J, 6 (5) (1-9):555698. DOI 10.19080/OFOAJ.2018.06.555698
  15. Sartaz Begum, Stephen S. Nyandoro, Amelia S. Buriyo, John J. Makangara, Joan J. E. Munissi, Sandra Duffy, Vicky M. Avery and Mate Erdelyi (2018) Bioactivities of extracts, Debromolaurenterol and Fucosterol from Macroalgae species. Tanzania Journal of Science, 44 (2): 104-116
  16. Kalokora O.J, Amelia S. Buriyo, Maria E. Asplund, Martin Gullström, Matern S.P. Mtolera, Mats Björk (2020). An experimental assessment of algal calcification as a potential source of atmospheric CO2. PLoS ONE 15(4): e0231971.
  17. Sartaz Begum, Joan J.E. Munissi, Amelia S. Buriyo, John J. Makangara, Leonardo Lucantoni, Vicky M. Avery, Mate Erdelyi & Stephen S. Nyandoro (2020) Antiplasmodial, Antimicrobial and Cytotoxic Activities of Extracts from Selected Medicinal Plants Growing in Tanzania. Journal of Biologically Active Products from Nature, 10:2:165-176, DOI: 10.1080/22311866.2020.1770125
  18. Sadock B. Rusekwa, Iona Campbell, Flower E. Msuya, Amelia S. Buriyo, Elizabeth J. Cottier-Cook (2020) Biosecurity policy and legislation of the seaweed aquaculture industry in Tanzania Journal of Applied Phycology Published 20th August 2020.
  19. Rashid O. Ismail, Maria E. Asplund, Martin Gullström, George Rushingisha, Martin Dahl, Amelia S. Buriyo, Matern S.P. Mtolera and Mats Björk. Air-sea CO2 fluxes in tropical seagrass meadows are driven by plant community composition, calcification and carbon import: implications for blue carbon science. Submitted to Ecosystems on 10th July 2020
  20. Olivia J. Kalokora, Martin Gullström , Amelia S. Buriyo, Matern S. P. Mtolera & Mats Björk (2020) Intermingling of seagrass and calcareous algae increases sedimentary blue carbon storage and plant productivity in tropical seagrass meadows. submitted to Scientific Reports on 8th August 2020.



  1. Amelia Buriyo (2012). Checklist of Tanzanian Marine Algae In Hulda Gedion, Philbert Nyinondi and Godfrey Oyema. Checklist of Tanzanian Species, Version 1,2012. Pp 5-24. COSTECH
  2. Johan S. Eklöf, Flower E. Msuya, Thomas J. Lyimo and Amelia S. Buriyo (2012) Seaweed Farming in Chwaka Bay: A Sustainable Alternative in Aquaculture? In People, Nature and Research in Chwaka Bay, Zanzibar, Tanzania, de la Torre-Castro, M. and T.J. Lyimo (eds.). Pp. 213-233. Zanzibar Town: WIOMSA