Dr Paula Pattrick

Soleidae (sole) larva Laboratory microscope work Sampling fish larvae utilzing a bongo net
Early morning, Algoa Bay nearshore Cyprid (barnacle) larva Ichthyoplankton sampling Swartkops Estuary
Dr Paula Pattrick
Dr Paula Pattrick
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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.

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