Thousands of glass bottles of various types and sizes are used to preserve specimens SAIAB's state-of-the-art Collection Facility Coelacanth specimen on display at SAIAB
A prized specimen of a juvenile albino Great White Shark Larger specimens such as these rays require especially large holding tanks Skeletal specimens are part of SAIAB's dry collection

SAIAB’s research focuses on the full spectrum of aquatic environments: from marine offshore to continental freshwater catchments. Research covers ecology and conservation biology that links biodiversity at molecular and organism levels with the environment and genetic and species diversity.

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

Molecular Biology & Systematics (MBS)
Focuses on the exploration and description of southern African aquatic biodiversity from a molecular to a community level.

Research Platforms & Partnerships 

The African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme is SAIAB flagship marine research programme. ACEP is the largest inter-institutional, multi-disciplinary marine programme in South Africa. SAIAB plays the key interface role between researchers and the various research platforms available through ACEP.

SAIAB also hosts the coastal (Elwandle) Node of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) and the administrative offices of the Agulhus & Somali Currents Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) Project.


SAIAB's Annual Research Reports cover research undertaken during the South African academic year, January to December.  

Read the Annual Research Report 2016

Featured Research

Peer-Reviewed Articles, 2018