Fiona Mackay

PhD candidate
Fiona Mackay

PO Box 10712
Marine Parade


Multi-scale variability, patterns and distribution gradients of macrobenthic invertebrate assemblages in selected South African subtropical estuaries.

This thesis will draw on macroinvertebrate data from several studies that describe patterns and gradients in space and time. The questions posed relate to distributional abiotic factors such as salinity (river and marine connectivity and freshwater inflow), substrate characteristics (benthic habitat), the effects of climate (aspects of seasonality and drought) and the role of estuarine type in defining communities (abundance and type).  

Registered:  Rhodes University (Department of Zoology and Entomology)

Supervisors: Prof Alan Whitfield (SAIAB), Prof Digby Cyrus (University of Zululand)