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SAIAB Seminar Series 2022

Double Bill: Nobuhle Mpanza and Dinah Mukhari

PhD candidates, SAIAB and Rhodes University,

Thursday 15 August, 10.30pm (Johannesburg) 

The webinar recording is now available from our YouTube Channelhttps://youtu.be/2L3CD6vNdhk

Alien vs native tilapia in South Africa:
What does this mean for the native Mozambique tilapia?

Presentation by: Nobuhle Mpanza

Thursday 25 August, 10:30 (Johannesburg)

Nobuhle Mpanza is a PhD candidate based at SAIAB with an MSc in Zoology (cum laude) obtained from Rhodes University earlier this year. She specialises in both marine and freshwater ecology with interests in invasion biology and conservation.

In this talk, Nobuhle shares her journey as a young black female scientist from the township and her experience of her first international trip to Europe. In this human-interest presentation, Nobuhle will also present her work on Mozambique tilapia, a native southern African cichlid that co-occurs with the invasive Nile   tilapia.   

Although these two species share habitat and food resources, there is a lack of knowledge about their feeding dynamics within the context of competition potential. Hence, this talk presents a brief history of the impacts of Nile tilapia in southern Africa and the competitive advantages it has over the native Mozambique tilapia.

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Alien species management:
Can acoustic telemetry data be used to optimise catch rates of invasive common carp in South Africa?

Presentation by: Dinah Mukhari

Thursday 25 August, 10:50 (Johannesburg)

Dinah Mukhari is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Sciences at Rhodes University and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB). She recently graduated with an MSc degree from Rhodes University focusing on the biology and ecology of common carp, for better management of this aquatic invasive species. The common carp is a non-native fish, which occurs abundantly in coastal lakes such as Groenvlei in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. 

In April this year, Dinah received the opportunity to travel to Europe to present part of her research at the International Conference for Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS), held in Belgium.

In today’s talk, Dinah will take us through her MSc research journey, ‘from Groenvlei to the world’. She will share her findings, and include the experience of her first international trip – an experience she describes as “life changing”.

The webinar recording is now available from our YouTube Channelhttps://youtu.be/2L3CD6vNdhk