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Marine Apex Predator Research Unit

 


MAPRU Members



 


Pierre PistoriusDr Pierre Pistorius
Head of Unit
Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology, NMU
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pierre_Pistorius
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=EdhGlBcAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra


 

Maëlle ConnanDr Maëlle Connan
Research Associate, Department of Zoology, NMU
Research interests: Trophic ecology of marine top predators from the tropics to high latitudes
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maelle_Connan
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=VKPX0D8AAAAJ&hl=en


 

Greg HofmeyrDr Greg Hofmeyr
Curator: Marine Mammals, Port Elizabeth Museum
Research interests: behavioural ecology, ecology, demography, human-animal interactions, morphology, pinnipeds, marine mammals, Western Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean
https://scholar.google.co.za/citations?hl=en&user=vs7mZwUAAAAJ
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Greg_Hofmeyr


 

Theagarten Lingham-SoliarProf. Theagarten Lingham-Soliar
Research fellow, Institute for Coastal and Marine Research, NMU
My research interests include the biomechanics of flying and swimming. This has involved the microstructural biomechanics of the feather and dermal crossed-fibre structure of the white shark. I am also a palaeontologist, recently most involved in the 'Birds are Dinosaurs" controversy while in Africa I, with colleagues, discovered the longest theropod trackways and the biggest sauropod tracks.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Theagarten_Lingham-Soliar2

 

Lorien PichegruDr Lorien Pichegru
Research fellow, Department of Zoology, NMU
My research focuses on seabirds foraging ecology and life history traits in relation to prey availability and local competition with industrial fisheries, using animal-borne miniaturized recorders, such as GPS recorders combined with pressure sensors, cameras, etc, taped on adults breeding small chicks to determine the at-sea behaviour of several species of seabirds breeding in South Africa, endemic to the region and threatened with extinction.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lorien_Pichegru
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=IdEhnXwAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Stephanie PlönDr Stephanie Plön
Research Fellow, Department of Oceanography/ Institute for Coastal and Marine Research, NMU
Research interests: General ecology of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), including natural history, trophic ecology, anatomy, population genetics, strandings and health investigations. I use a diverse array of methods to examine long-term trends in cetacean biology in view of changing environmental conditions, indicative of global change, including anthropogenic impacts.
http://cmr.nmmu.ac.za/Research-Training/Research-Groups/Cetacean-Research-Group


 

Malcolm SmaleDr Malcolm Smale
Curator Emeritus, Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld
Research interests: Biology and feeding ecology of marine apex predators, with a focus on sharks. The use of Port Elizabeth Museum fish otolith and cephalopod beak collections for prey identification has allowed specific identification of prey taken by marine predators. The use of ultrasonic and satellite telemetry, and stable isotopes analyses has broadened our knowledge of the movements, ranges and ecological roles of various apex predators.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Malcolm_Smale2


 

POST-DOCS


Thibaut BouverouxDr Thibaut Bouveroux
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Oceanography / Institute for Coastal and Marine Research, NMU
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thibaut_Bouveroux




 

Dr Alistair McInnesDr Alistair McInnes
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Zoology, NMU
Research interests: influence of marine bio-physical processes on at-sea performance of foraging seabirds, functional relationships between foraging effort and prey supplies, novel approaches to marine ecosystem management.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alistair_Mcinnes2


 

Theoni PhotopoulouDr Theoni Photopoulou
Post-doctoral fellow, Institute for Coastal and Marine Research, NMU
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Theoni_Photopoulou
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=G3dd2jEAAAAJ&hl=en



 

Ryan ReisingerDr Ryan Reisinger
SANCOR post-doctoral fellow, Department of Zoology, NMU
“Marine top predator distribution and diet at the Sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Islands”
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ryan_Reisinger
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=TDCv4D0AAAAJ&hl=en


 

Andréa ThiebaultDr Andréa Thiebault
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Zoology, NMU
"Social interactions among foraging seabirds"




 

Ralph VanstreelsDr Ralph Eric Thijl Vanstreels
Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Zoology, NMU
"Ticks and tick-borne pathogens in seabirds of the Southern Hemisphere"
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ralph_Vanstreels2




 

PHD STUDENTS


Jonathan BothaJonathan Botha
"A regional assessment of foraging and trophic ecology of the Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus)"
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jonathan_Botha2




 

Tegan Carpenter-KlingTegan Carpenter-Kling
“Ocean utilization of marine top predators at the Prince Edward Archipelago”
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tegan_Carpenter-Kling




 

Danielle FifeDanielle Fife
"Tracking trace elements (including heavy metals) in seabird communities using stable isotopes and fatty acids"





 

Jonathan HandleyJonathan Handley
“Gentoo penguin foraging ecology at the Falkland Islands”
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jonathan_Handley




 

Sibusisiwe Tele (Ngqulana)Sibusisiwe Tele (Ngqulana)
“The taxonomic status of dolphins Tursiops spp. and Delphinus spp. in South African waters”
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sibusisiwe_Ngqulana




 

Gwendoline TraisnelGwendoline Traisnel
"African penguin phenotypic plasticity during global changes"
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gwendoline_Traisnel




 

Dr Alejandra Vargas Fonseca
“Abundance, distribution and population genetic structure of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) along the southeast coast of South Africa”
www.conserbio.org



 

MSC STUDENTS


Ilana Engelbrecht
" Individual foraging specialisation in Cape gannets breeding at Bird Island, Algoa Bay "





 

Kuhle HlatiKuhle Hlati
"Assessing spatio-temporal patterns of cetacean occurrence in the south-east coast of South Africa, using synchronised automated acoustic and visual monitoring systems




 

Makabongwe Sigqala
"Decadal trends in the diet of marine top predators on Marion Island"





 

Danielle Van Den HeeverDanielle Van Den Heever
“Foraging ecology of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters (Puffinus pacificus) breeding in two islands in the tropical western Indian Ocean: Seychelles and la Réunion”






 

HONOURS STUDENTS


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"Determinants of ectoparasite loads in African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) admitted for rehabilitation"





 

EXTERNAL STUDENTS


Michelle CaputoMichelle Caputo | PhD | Rhodes University
"Occurrence and fine-scale population structure of delphinids off the Wild Coast of South Africa, and their connectivity to adjacent population"
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michelle_Caputo




 

Brigitte HeylenBrigitte Heylen | MSc | Ghent University
“Tracking African penguin and its prey to design flexible boundaries of Marine Protected Areas for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries in Algoa Bay”
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brigitte_Heylen