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Lynne, Astrid and Louise are very pleased to have contributed to teaching the first summer school of our EU-funded project to a good 25 participants from Africa, South America and Europe.
Congratulations to Clara Steyn and Emily Weigum for having graduated as Masters in Conservation Biology and Applied Ocean Sciences, respectively. It was also the first time for Dr Marieke Norton, Post-Doc in our group, to join faculty on stage!
Louise has just published a non-specialised summary of her PhD in The Conversation. The article discusses how to get linefishers in the southern Cape to be more involved in decision-making that affects them.
Based on 18 months of Marieke's ethnographic fieldwork for her PhD, Marieke and Astrid suggest ways in which marine resource lave enforcement can be evaluated at the level of individual fisheries compliance inspectors. We show how individual assessments can be scaled up to station, regional and provincial levels, where they can also contribute to, e.g., Ecological Risk Assessments.
As an ecosystem researcher in the Benguela, Lynne made a contribution to a synthesis paper on ocean boundary currents and how these are being monitored globally. Read the paper here.
Remember when Ivan Martins visited us from Saõ Paulo during his PhD research? Now the paper stemming from Ivan's and Louise's collaboration during this time has been published in Human Ecology. It compares the vulnerability of fishing communities in the southern Brazil Bight and in the southern Cape. Find the paper here.
View the following link: https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2019-07-26-new-large-scale-collaboration-for-the-ocean
"Well done!!" to Emma and Lynne for their research towards assessing possible future states of the southern Benguela marine ecosystem, by combining systems modelling and an indicator-based framework for a synthetic evaluation of the results.
Lynne delivered a very well received keynote address at the IMBeR2 Future Oceans Open Science Conference in Brest, France this morning. Her address was entitled “Navigating the ocean under stress: The combined effects of fishing and environmental variability on ecosystem dynamics.” With her flight delay, we are pleased she made it in time to present!
The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is being released at long last. Well done, Lynne, on your leading contribution to Chapter 2, "Status and Trends – Drivers of Change, Nature and Nature’s Contributions to People"! Find more info in the UCT article here: https://www.news.uct.ac.za/article/-2019-05-09-documenting-natures-dangerous-decline
MSc Casey T. Lyttle and Dr Catherine D. Ward graduated in April.
Casey researched nearshore wave variability and change off the south coast, and Cath integrated farming and fishing perspectives towards understanding climate variability in the southern Cape. Congratulations!!