Conservation Biology & Ecology

Conservation Biology & Ecology (CBE) research at SAIAB focuses on understanding the processes underpinning aquatic biodiversity in order to inform the conservation of those resources.

CBE projects include:

Fish habitat use patterns and movement behaviour within the South African coastal zone (marine inshore and estuaries), with particular emphasis on important fishery species.

Influence of global change, especially climate change and the impact of reduced freshwater supplies, on aquatic biodiversity in estuaries and inshore marine environments along the South African coast.

Marine mammal ecology, in particular trophic ecology and life histories.

Conservation biology of freshwater biodiversity with particular emphasis on the impact of alien invasive organisms (including fish and parasites) on freshwater ecosystems, and understanding the drivers and vectors for their introduction and spread in South Africa.

Biological and ecological research on various aquatic organisms to guide conservation and sustainable resource management in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi and the western Indian Ocean region.