Dr Paula Pattrick

Early morning, Algoa Bay nearshore Laboratory microscope work Soleidae (sole) larva
Collecting crab specimens at the Bushman's River Estuary Cyprid (barnacle) larva Ichthyoplankton sampling Swartkops Estuary
Dr Paula Pattrick
Dr Paula Pattrick
Tel : +27 (0)46 603 5813

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Research Interests

Early life stages of temperate fishes and invertebrates

My research interests broadly include the early life stages of temperate fishes and invertebrates. During my PhD research, I focused on assessing the relative importance of subtidal reef, sand, nearshore and surf habitats as larval fish nursery areas. This effort was accomplished within the framework of community composition and the associated environmental variables of each habitat type structuring the larval fish community.

Currently, I am involved in studying the factors that influence the dispersal and retention of the larval stage of nearshore marine invertebrates and fishes. Physical processes and larval behavior are known to influence larval transport, however knowledge of larval transport in nearshore environments is very limited. My current research involves assessing the biophysical process that contribute to observed dispersal patterns. This is relevant for our understanding of the spatial dynamics of populations.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications


Pattrick, P. and Strydom, N.A. 2014. The effects of exposure in sandy beach surf zones on larval fishes within Algoa Bay, South Africa. Journal of Fish Biology 84: 1354 – 1376

Pattrick, P. and Strydom, N.A. 2014. Larval fish variability in response to oceanographic features in a nearshore nursery area. Journal of Fish Biology 85: 857 – 881

Pattrick, P. and Strydom, N.A. 2014. Recruitment of fish larvae and juveniles into two estuarine nursery areas with evidence of ebb tide use. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 149: 120 – 132


Pattrick, P., Strydom, N.A. and Goschen, W.S. (2013). Shallow-water, nearshore current dynamics in Algoa Bay, South Africa, with notes on the implications for larval fish dispersal. African Journal of Marine Science 35: 269 – 282