The group around the South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries (SARCHI ME&F) is concerned with developing methodology for the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) in the Benguela large marine ecosystem, and more generally, methodology for a systems approach to managing human interactions with the ocean. This includes coping with, and adapting to, climate change in marine social-ecological systems.
The interdisciplinary team is led by Associate Professor Astrid Jarre and Dr Lynne Shannon.
We are affiliated with UCT’s Marine Research (MA-RE) Institute and UCT’s Centre for Statistics in Environment, Ecology and Conservation (SEEC). We are grateful for core funding by the DST/NRF South African Research Chair Initiative, and additional funding from the CEC, UCT, the NRF and UKRI/GCRF. Our professional network includes colleagues in South Africa, southern Africa and world-wide.
Improving understanding of how biodiversity and ecosystems respond to environmental change is needed to guide environmental policy and management. To this end, the bioDISCOVERY project of “Future Earth”, the international programme on global change, initiates and supports international networks of scientists to advance research on monitoring and observations, scenarios of global change, models, and assessments of biodiversity and ecosystems (terrestrial and aquatic).
The South African Research Chair in Marine Ecology and Fisheries, based at the University of Cape Town, is home to a dynamic research environment
Just out: Globally comparative methodology for assessing vulnerability of coastal communities
The Post-Doctoral research of Dr James Howard, alumni of our group, on a comparative methodology for assessing social vulnerability in a global, comparative framework has just been published in Climate & Development.