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Marine Apex Predator Research Unit

Public lectures 


MAPRU member, Dr Lorien Pichegru, presented a public talk entitled Advancing Marine Science Tourism on 25 July 2017 at Nelson Mandela University. The talk was about how ecotourism can help create jobs and conserve environments if done responsibly.
Later, she was interview by the local newspaper:




MAPRU PhD student, Tegan Carpenter-Kling, gives an interactive talk to students at local high school about her life and on-going research on Marion Island, sub-Antarctic.


Dr Ryan Reisinger of NMU Marine Apex Predator Unit presented a public talk entitled Cold killers, and other finned and flying beasts of the far south; at Bayworld, Port Elizabeth Museum on 29 March 2016.

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are the ocean's apex predators and are among the most widely distributed animals. They have fascinating foraging and social behaviour which varies from place to place, and there may even be different species of killer whales. Dr Reisinger spoke about these aspects, mainly using examples from his research on sub-Antarctic Marion Island. He also spoke about a new project with which he and his colleagues are trying to map important habitat for killer whales, seabirds and seals around Marion Island using tracking data.


Newspaper articles


An article published in Nature Climate Change by MAPRU head, Dr Pierre Pistorius and others, found it likely that king penguins are to become locally extinct from a number of sub-Antarctic islands, including South African owned Marion Island. Dr Pierre Pistorius was interviewed by local and national newspapers about the findings.



MAPRU MSc student, Danielle van den Heever, was featured in local and international news articles in which she explains her on-going research on ghost birds in the tropics.…/the-amazing-lives-of-the-…/ 88986/2017/06



Using animal bourne video cameras MAPRU post-doc Alstair McInnes showed that prey capture by African penguin was significantly improved when the penguins foraged in groups and targeted schools of fish rather than solitary fish. This work was showcase by: 2148650-packs-of-killer-penguins-herd-fish-into-balls-then-pick-them-off/ birds-of-a-feather-hunt-better-together/#.WdNV_UyZOi4



Articles featuring MAPRU PhD student, Tegan Carpenter-Kling, and her on-going research at Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic was featured in The Herald, Beeld and Cape Argus (local South African newspapers).







Herald newspaper coverage of Jonathan Handley and Dr Pierre Pistorius paper on attempted kleptoparasitism in gentoo penguins.



Talk on TV shows


MAPRU PhD graduate, Rabiah Ryklief (right), was featured on the show "Our City" on Cape Town TV to talk about the recent predation of Orcas on great white sharks in Gansbaai. Rabiah has worked closely with white sharks for four years and has previously worked with other marine predators such as sea turtles in Malaysia, as well as reef sharks, cetaceans and seabirds in South Africa.



Popular science magazine articles


MAPRU PhD student, Tegan Carpenter-Kling, writes about her time and on-going research on Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic in Science Today.…/south-africas-forgotten-islands/



Blog posts


MAPRU MSc student, Danielle van den Heever, tells us a little about about herself and a lot about her MSc project and what she is doing to try help save the oceans and the life living it in, in her blog:






MAPRU PhD student, Jonathan Handley, talks about life and research on the Falkland Islands / Islas Malvinas (with cool photos) at Blog de Banderas…/17/las-islas-malvinas-al-natu…/

(scroll to the bottom for the English version)




MAPRU MSc student, Danielle van den Heever, was featured by Beautiful News South Africa in an inspiring video about her work on ghost birds in the tropics.