The coelacanth, which was thought for many years to be extinct, has become an icon for marine ecological exploration and discovery SAIAB's state-of-the-art Collection Facility Coelacanth specimen on display at SAIAB
Skeletal specimens are part of SAIAB's dry collection A prized specimen of a juvenile albino Great White Shark Larger specimens such as these rays require especially large holding tanks

SAIAB’s research focuses 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.

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.

Research Platforms & Partnerships 

 SAIAB's Annual Research Reports cover research undertaken during the South African academic year, January to December.  

 Read the Annual Research Report 2017 

Featured Research

Peer-Reviewed Articles, 2018