Taryn Murray

  Dr Amber Childs (Rhodes University) and Taryn Murray preparing for a day in the field on the Kowie Estuary (pic: A Kaus) Taryn Murray (left) and Canadian researchers tagging Atlantic sturgeon in the Bay of Fundy, Canada (pic: T Rounds) Downloading acoustic receivers in the Kowie River at Waters Meeting in Bathurst
Getting ready to catch some adult fish along the Sundays surf. The Kowie Estuary at the end of a long day in the field Taryn Murray and Dylan Howell servicing an acoustic receiver and temperature logger in the Bushmans Estuary (pic: PD Cowley)
SAIAB PDP Post Doctoral Fellow
Taryn Murray

Research Interests

Fish movement behaviour

My research interests lie in understanding teleost movement and migratory behaviour. During my PhD research, I focused on assessing movement behaviour of estuary-dependent leervis/garrick in two different estuaries along the South African coastline and identifying the factors that may have influenced their movements.

Currently, I am involved in studying the coastal movements of a number of estuary-dependent fishery species (e.g. dusky kob, white steenbras, spotted grunter and leervis), how these species are influenced by the physico-chemical environment in which they exist, and how important estuaries are to the adult fishes. In addition, I am involved in data management of SAIAB’s Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP; http://www.saiab.ac.za/atap.htm) – a collaborative marine science programme aiming to provide a service to the greater marine science community by monitoring the movements and migrations of inshore marine animals. 

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications


Smith MKS, Kruger N, Murray TS. 2015. Aerial surveys conducted along the Garden Route coastline, South Africa, to determine patterns in shore fishing effort. Koedoe 57: 1–9. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v57i1.1236 

Dunlop SW, Mann BQ, Murray TS, Cowley PD, Maggs JQ. 2015. Movement patterns of Lichia amia(Teleostei: Carangidae) on the South African coast: results of a long-term cooperative tag-recapture project. African Zoology 50: 249–257. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15627020.2015.1058724

Murray TS, Magoro ML, Whitfield AK, Cowley PD. 2015. Movement of largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides investigated in the Kowie River, South Africa, using acoustic telemetry. African Zoologyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15627020.2015.1079141 


Murray TS, Gouws G, Mwale M, Mann BQ, Cowley PD. 2014. Unravelling population structure of black musselcracker Cymatoceps nasutus: evidence for multiple populations in South African coastal waters. African Journal of Marine Science 36: 493–503. http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/1814232X.2014.983970