Mohammad Mahfujul Haque
Honorary Professor of Aquaculture Systems and Development
Mohammad Mahfujul Haque is based at the Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU, since 2000) where he teaches and researches aquaculture. His main research area is ‘Aquaculture Systems and Development’ combining studies in the natural and social sciences. His research work is highly interdisciplinary and includes studies on the pond environment, poverty, food security, aquatic food safety and climate change. Mahfujul specializes in participatory research and in-depth investigations, applying multivariate analyses based on the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF), Actor Network Theory (ANT) and Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture (SAFA) to his work. Mahfujul has been involved in over 20 national and international research projects collaborating with scientists in 12 countries.
Mahfujul has published over 30 peer-reviewed and 50 national/regional referred journal articles and written 20 book chapters, policy documents/reports. He regularly reviews journal articles, research proposals and MSc/PhD theses from the Universities in Bangladesh and overseas.
Mahfujul has supervised and co-supervised over 80 MSc students and 12 PhD students.
Contributions to major research and teaching projects:
- 2008-2011, contributed as the technical Working Group developing Pangasius Aquaculture Dialogue (PAD) Standards of Aquaculture Stewardship Council, implemented by World Wildlife Fund.
- 2008-2011, monitoring specialist in Decentralized Fish Seed Project under Research into Use Programme (RIU) funded by DFID.
- 2007-2013 web-based distance MSc Programme between University of Stirling, UK and BAU.
- 2019-2013, research investigator in EU-funded project - Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade (SEAT, 7th Framework Programme) to increase value and volume of farmed seafood exporting from Asia to EU market.
- 2013-2014, lead on an EU supported Agriculture and Nutritional Project to develop ‘Integrated Floating Cage Aquageoponics System (IFCAS)’ for improving pond ecosystems.
- Recent projects include as a research investigator on a number of international collaborative research projects funded by the UKRI -BBSRC that have included the monitoring of pond ecosystems and real-time water quality parameters, use of novel molecular techniques for pond microbiome analysis, cost-effective use of prophylactic health products (PHPs), and the development of a PHP risk and efficacy prediction tool.
- Current research projects include one on the prudent use of aquaculture pharmaceuticals, particularly antibiotics in Bangladesh with University of Exeter with GCRF funding support and the in country lead for a USAID funded research project applying machine learning technique to estimate aquaculture production and value-chain performance in Bangladesh.
- Plays an active role in the centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures within CLES at Exeter (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/research/saf/)
2004-2008 - PhD Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK
2000-2001- MSc in Aquaculture, Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Fisheries, Bangladesh Agricultural University
1993-1996 - BSc Fisheries (Hons), Faculty of Fisheries, Bangladesh Agricultural University
2020 Global Research Impact Award of BAU - Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES)
2014 Best Presentation Award - Bangladesh Fisheries Research Forum (BFRF)
2013 Best Publication Award (Fisheries) in the International Category - Bangladesh Agricultural University Teachers’ Association (BAUTA)
2001 BAU Gold Medal Award for achieving Distinction (A+) in MSc in Aquaculture
2010 Travel Grants - International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET)
2009 International Research Grants Award - International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden
2021- Review Editor, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems (Aquatic Foods Section)
2021- Section Editor, Journal of Bangladesh Agricultural University
2019-2021 Associate Director, Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES)
2019-2021 Executive Editor, Journal of Bangladesh Agricultural University
2016-2018 Head, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University
2013-2015 Associate Director, Central Laboratory (Professor Muhammed Hussain Central Laboratory), Bangladesh Agricultural University
2012 - Professor, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University
2008-2012 Associate Professor, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University
2003-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University
2000-2003 Lecturer, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University
Research group links
Aquaculture Systems, combining studies in the natural and social sciences, including studies on the pond environment, poverty, food security, aquatic food safety and climate change.
- Heal, R. D., Hasan, N. A., Haque, M. M. 2021. Increasing disease burden and use of drugs and chemicals in Bangladesh shrimp aquaculture: A potential menace to human health. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 172:112796. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112796
- Haque, M. M., Alam, M. M., Hoque, M. S., Hasan, N. A., Nielsen, M., Hossain, M. I., Frederiksen, M. 2021. Can Bangladeshi pangasius farmers comply with the requirements of aquaculture certification? Aquaculture Reports, 21(1):100811. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aqrep.2021.100811
- Haque, M. M., Hasan, N. A., Eltholth, M. M., Saha, P., Mely, S. S., Rahman, T., Murray, F. J., 2021. Assessing the impacts of in-feed probiotic on the growth performance and health condition of pangasius (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) in a farm trial. Aquaculture Reports, 20(28):100699. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aqrep.2021.100699
- Hasan, N. A., Heal, R. D., Bashar, A., Bablee, A. L., Haque, M. M. 2021. Impacts of COVID-19 on the finfish aquaculture industry of Bangladesh: A case study. Marine Policy, 130(1):104577. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2021.104577
- Bashar, A., Hasan, N. A., Haque, M. M., Rohani, M. F., Hossain, M. S. 2021. Effects of Dietary Silica Nanoparticle on Growth Performance, Protein Digestibility, Hematology, Digestive Morphology, and Muscle Composition of Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis Niloticus. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8:706179. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.706179
- Ahammad, A. K. S., Asaduzzaman, M., Ahmed, M. B. U., Akter, A., A., Islam, M. S., Haque, M. M., Ceylan, H., Wong, L. L., 2021. Muscle cellularity, growth performance and growth-related gene expression of juvenile climbing perch Anabas testudineus in response to different eggs incubation temperature. Journal of Thermal Biology, 96:102830. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2020.102830
- Chaput, D. L., Bass, D, Alam, M. M., Hasan, N. A., Stentiford, G. D., van Aerle, R., Moore, K., Bignell, J. P., Haque, M. M., Tyler, C. R. 2020. The Segment Matters: Probable Reassortment of Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) Complicates Phylogenetic Analysis and Inference of Geographical Origin of New Isolate from Bangladesh. Viruses, 12(3): 258. https://doi.org/10.3390/v12030258
- Hasan, N. A., Haque, M. M., Hinchliffe, S. J., Guilder, J. 2020. A sequential assessment of WSD risk factors of shrimp farming in Bangladesh: Looking for a sustainable farming system. Aquaculture, 526: 735348. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735348