A letter to the editor of Ecological Modelling in support of a systems approach to management of human activities in the southern Benguela has just been published. It highlights “The perilous conservation status of the African penguin and the increasing pressure on our global marine environment, underline the need for modelling tools that the enable the examination of trade-offs across management alternatives in the immediate future by considering all available information in an ecologically meaningful way”.
Congratulations to Tamsyn Tyler, who graduated with a MSc in Applied Marine Science (by coursework and dissertation) last week and was awarded Distinction for her degree. Her thesis is “Examining the feeding ecology of two mesopelagic fishes (Lampanyctodes hectoris andMaurolicus walvisensis) off the west coast of South Africa using stable isotope and stomach content analyses”.
New book chapter by Ander M. De Lecea & Rachel Cooper. “The importance of the Thukela River Estuary, East Coast of South Africa, for the biology of the near-shore environment and associated human aspects: a review.”
The chapter is from a newly published book...
Our lab’s very own Sven Ragaller took part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour this past weekend. With 35 000 cyclists participating, this is the largest individually timed bicycle race in the world. The 109km long route meanders along the beautiful Cape peninsula. Riders start in batches, each containing about 500 riders. In the photo below there about 1500 riders, which makes the scale and organisation of this 39th edition an impressive feat.
Erratum correction: Watermeyer (2016) should...
New paper by Marta Coll and our very own Lynne Shannon et al “Ecological indicators to capture the effects of fishing on biodiversity and conservation status of marine ecosystems”
New paper by Robert Williamson et al. stemming from his PhD research. “Combining shipboard in situ data with satellite data to estimate daily primary production in a coastal upwelling system: A data mining approach.” R. I. Williamson, J. G. Field, F. A. Shillington, A. Jarre, A. Potgieter.
Our very own Emma Lockerbie snapped up best presentation at the SAEON graduate student network, which ran from 4-8 September in Kimberley, South Africa. Congratulations Emma!
Catherine Ward will be presenting her PhD research proposal on 19 August (Wednesday):
“Coping with global change in social-ecological systems of the southern Cape, with a focus on farming communities”
Her research forms part of our Southern Cape Interdisciplinary Fisheries Research (SCIFR) project. She will be co-supervised by Profs Astrid Jarre (this group), Guy Midgley (SU), Dr Georgina Cundill (RU).
Interesting new paper on penguin conservation. “Bottom-up effects of a no-take zone on endangered penguin demographics”. Richard B. Sherley, HenningWinker, Res Altwegg, Carl D. van der Lingen, Stephen C. Votier, Robert J. M.Crawford.