Scientists

SAIAB’s research team focuses its attention 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.


Researchers at SAIAB and their areas of study are listed below:

Dr Eric Anderson

Systematics and natural history of marine fishes
Reproductive ecology and behaviour of fishes

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Dr Rhett Bennett

Ecology and management of coastal fishes

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Dr Anthony Bernard

National assessment of South Africa’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

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Roger Bills

Biogeography and systematics of freshwater fishes
Conservation genetics and management of threatened freshwater fishes

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Dr Albert Chakona

My research interests span the fields of ecology, phylogeography, historical biogeography, systematics and conservation.

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Professor Paul Cowley

Biology, ecology and movement of coastal fishes
Management of declining fishery resources

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Dr Bruce Ellender

Inland fisheries and freshwater fish conservation

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Ofer Gon

Marine fish systematics
Biology and ecology of marine fishes
History of ichthyology in South Africa

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Dr Gavin Gouws

Biodiversity science and the molecular systematics of aquatic organisms.

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Dr Phillip Heemstra

Fish diversity, taxonomy, adaptations and distribution

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Wouter Holleman

Systematics of Tripterygiidae and Clinidae
Coral reef conservation and Science Education

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Dr Nikki James

Estuarine and coastal fish
Global change and impacts on estuarine and coastal systems

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Dr Sean Marr

Conservation of freshwater fishes in southern African and the management of alien freshwater fishes

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Dr Taryn Murray

Fish movement behaviour

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Dr Ana Luisa Nunes

Distribution and impacts of alien freshwater crayfish species in South Africa

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Matt Parkinson

Technical and field support to the Acoustic Tracking Array Platform

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Dr Paula Pattrick

Early life stages of temperate fishes and invertebrates

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Dr Francesca Porri

Coastal systems; Marine biology; organismal and population ecology.
Larval connectivity.

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Professor Paul Skelton

Systematics and biogeography of African freshwater fishes
Management of scientific collections and institutions

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Dr Morgana Tagliarolo

Estuarine Ecology

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Denis Tweddle

African freshwater fishes
Taxonomy

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Professor Olaf Weyl

Fish biology and ecology, particularly with reference to the impact of alien fishes and the influence of anthropogenic factors on aquatic ecosystems.

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Professor Alan Whitfield

Estuarine ecology

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