Larger specimens such as these rays require especially large holding tanks SAIAB's collection reflects a wide diversity of aquatic specimens The coelacanth, which was thought for many years to be extinct, has become an icon for marine ecological exploration and discovery
Thousands of glass bottles of various types and sizes are used to preserve specimens Skeletal specimens are part of SAIAB's dry collection SAIAB's state-of-the-art Collection Facility


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

Annual Research Report 2015
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.


Featured Research

Peer-Reviewed Articles, 2017

MSc position to study marine larval fish dynamics

We are seeking a highly-motivated South African candidate to join our multidisciplinary, Coastal and Ocean Sciences Team (COST). The position is on a full-time basis for two years, starting in February 2018.