2018 MSc. & PhD. Students

 

 ACEP Phuhlisa Programme Students


Brandon Beukes


Research question

What are the similarities or differences between lophius vomerinus and genypterus capensis with regards to their trophic ecology?


So what?

Kingklip and monkfish are so important to our fisheries that more information is needed in order to not only sustainably harvest them but to understand their trophic ecology.

Calley Chateau

Research question

Does seasonality effect zooplankton populations in Park Rynie, KZN?


So what?

Zooplankton research is relevant given the importance of zooplankton in the diets of not only whale sharks, which needs to be conserved but of juvenile fish species such as sardine, which contribute to commercially important fisheries in South Africa.

Yanga Gogela

 

 Research question

Can red algae genus be used as a view source of novel compounds with anti-cancer activity?


So what?

The study will add new information on red algae genus with anti-cancer properties, as well as contrite to the development of drugs.

Mdumisi Jali

 Research question

What is the distribution of macrophytes in Port Elizabeth estuary? How are they monitored?

 

So what?

These macrophytes need to be monitored so that they can be maintained to avoid the negative impact they would have to the estuary ecosystem.

 

Masonwabe Kwata

 

Research question

Can remote sensing be used to assess the spatio-temporal changes of harmful algal bloom?

So what?

This research project will provide crucial information about the extent, location and movement of blooms.

Madoda Malindi

 

 

 Research question

Is it possible to use remote sensing/ hyperspectral and spectroscopic data to discriminate among red algae vegetation at species level?

So what?

Due to the importance of red algae to medical and pharmaceutical industry and the evidence of extinction in recent years. It is essential to insure the conservation and biodiversity of red algae species found along the marine coastline of South Africa.

Unathi Mankonkwana

 

 Research question

 Does Arthrophycus and Ecklonia radiate have the same mineral content compared with those associated with invertebrates? 

 

So what?

Kelp are larger brown seaweed colonising hard substitute in the low intertidal or shallow subtidal zone of temperate and polar coastals. Brown macroalgae are rich in macro nutrients such as calcium magnesium. 

Zizipho Mateyisi

 Research question

Are the isotopes signatures of Eucalyptus radiata and associated invertebrates similar in different sites during different seasons?

 

So what?

Unique properties of isotopes enable them to be used in a variety of applications, including environmental studies, nutrition studies and assessment studies. My study will add more information, and also, due to the climatic change and elevated sea temperatures the environment for kelp to successfully grow is in a risk. This poses a huge threat to biodiversity within the forests.

Qayiya Mbewu

 

Research question

Do different carnivorous, herbivorous and omnivorous marine rocky shore fish species consume the same limpet and calcareous seaweed species in different sites?

So what?

The study will help identify which fish species are under pressure/ overfished and it will also give information about the ecological role of coralline algae and limpets in fish.

Sethu Mnqotho

 Research question

Temporal and spatial variation of limpet biochemical composition along the south-east cost of South Africa: Impacts of Marine Protected Areas.

So what?

Limpets are very important as a source of protein for coastal subsistence fishers. About 16% of the total protein consumed by indigenous coastal people of the former Transkei comes from shellfish.

Phuti Mokoele

 Research question

What reservoir rock properties does the Gamtoos Basin exhibit for hydrocarbon resources?

 

So what?

The results from this thesis will improve the knowledge and understanding regarding the reservoir properties and hydrocarbon resources of the Gamtoos Basin for economic extraction. This will grow the economy of the country drastically. Petrol prices will decrease and South Africa will import less fuel from other countries.

Faith Mshiywa

 

 Research question

Which red algae species along the east coast produce anti-breast cancer compounds with high anticancer activity and is the production of these compounds affected by climate stress on the species?

So what?

The findings of this research will assist pharmacologists in their endeavour of finalising alternative drugs with low or no side effects on patients. It might just be a breakthrough for breast cancer and it might also benefit the economy tremendously.

Kwanele Mtati

 Research question

To describe the spatial and temporal vulnerability of the macrozoobenthos community of selected TOCE micro-estuaries. How are the micro-estuaries in the EC coastline affected by the anthropogenic impact?


So what?

To bridge in the information gap on Eastern Cape estuarine system that are micro.

 

Sipho Ndibo

 Research question

How does the development around Algoa Bay influence this sediment and hydrological dynamics of Algoa Bay and Swartkop Estuary? 


So what?

This can result in this closing of the mouth of the estuary which can cause water quality deterioration, disgrading of the reparation and river habitats, thus in turn causes an overall decision in this biodiversity in this studied areas. 

Omega Ndongeni

 Research question

Are heavy metals accumulation and stable isotope composition in mussels affected by geographic area/ position have an effect on?


So what?

Heavy metal contraction in the tissues of mussel indicate environmental loritarcotion therefore mussels not only serve as bio indicators but also raise public health concern because mussels are used as seafood. Organisers associate carbon on nitrogen stable isotopes from their food sources.

Yolanda Nogemane

 Research question

What is the morphorlogy, grain size and the mineral composition of the coastal sand dunes around Algoa Bay?

So what?

This research will help economical industries such as the mining industry and stabilise the bank of coast line against erosion.

Godfrey Padare


Research question

What arethe movement patterns of spotted grunter in relation to the no-take zone in the Goukou Estuary South Africa?

So what?

To evaluate the effectiveness of the no-take zone in the Goukou Estuary and assess the potential of area closures as an alternative fisheries management tool for spotted grunter. 

Phangoxolo Sishuba

 Research question

Why are jellyfish present in the northern Benguela ecosystem throughout the year in a mixture of juveniles and adults?

So what?

Not a predictive model, but can be used to increase efficiency (power utilities and fishing) especially with the incorporation of physical oceanographic component into the model.

Rochen Wiltshire

 Research question

Will a rise in sea level have an impact on the Mzimvubu estuary and its surrounding areas?

 

So what?

A rise in sea level means a rise in the water level of the estuary, resulting in the estuary having more salt water and possible flooding of residential areas close by. A rise in sea level means a loss of nursery habitat for certain species.

Siyasanga Zoko

 

 Research question

Is the Eastern Cape coast contaminated with heavy metal accumulation in the tissues of molluscs, sediments and water body?

So what?

This study matters because agricultural, domestic and industrial pollutants from upstream ultimately end up on the beach and in the sea.  Worryingly, these pollutants due to human activities and industries threaten biotic communities in this ecosystem.

Osizwa Zweni

 Research question

Are there temporal differences in the uses and element accumulation of systems along the wild coast?

So what?

Because people harvesting oysters are those living in villages, they mostly depend on these oysters as source of protein. We want to make an awareness that these can be more toxic as they contain heavy metals like P.B and cadmium.