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Congratulations Dr Gammage!
Mon, 15 Jul 2019 - 21:45
Louise was formally capped last Friday, "for a thesis that uses structured decision-making tools in a scenario-based approach with small-scale fishers in the southern Cape, in support of improved decision-making in marine social-ecological systems under global change". Since her full citation didn't make it into the graduation booklet, we bring in here:
Just Published: "Toward exploring possible future states of the Southern Benguela"
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 - 18:45

"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.

2019 IMBeR Open Science Conference
Tue, 18 Jun 2019 - 15:30

Lynne delivered a very well received keynote address at the IMBeRFuture 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!

IPBES global assessment
Mon, 13 May 2019 - 09:30

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:

Newly graduated
Mon, 13 May 2019 - 09:15

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!!

Congratulations, Louise!
Thu, 28 Mar 2019 - 15:15

Louise got the first paper out in 2019, presenting results of her research with small-scale fishers who operate as crew in the commercial handline fishery in the southern Cape. Her results offer an analysis focusing on the stressors in the natural system, social and economic (sub-)systems, policy and regulatory issues and insights into the fishers’ attitude towards change and adaptation options.

Congratulations Dr Duggan!
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 - 11:30

Congratulations Dr Greg Duggan!

Just Out: "First steps to tackling South Africa’s abalone poaching"
Thu, 22 Nov 2018 - 11:45

In South Africa abalone is threatened because of a number of failures. These include a lack of opportunities combined with poverty...

Media coverage of IndiSeas
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 - 08:45

The IndiSeas project has received coverage in the media and...

Just Out: Assessing risks to marine ecosystems with...
Wed, 21 Nov 2018 - 08:30


Assessing risks to marine ecosystems is critical due to their biological and economic importance, and because many have recently undergone regime shifts due to overfishing and environmental change. Yet defining


Just Out: Evaluating the Specificity of Ecosystem Indicators in the southern Benguela
Tue, 24 Jul 2018 - 12:30

Ecological indicators used to monitor fishing effects in the context of climate change and variability need to be informative to enable effective ecosystem-based fisheries management. We evaluated the specificity of the response of ecosystem indicators to different fishing and environmental pressure levels using Ecosim and Atlantis ecosystem models for the southern Benguela ecosystem.

Just Out: The specificity of Marine Ecological Indicators
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 - 10:15

Ecological indicators are widely used to characterise ecosystem health. In the marine environment, indicators have been developed to assess the ecosystem effects of fishing to support an ecosystem approach to fisheries. However, very little work on the performance and robustness of ecological indicators has been carried out.