Public lectures


Prof. Pierre Pistorius gave a public talk on Marion Island seabirds and their vulnerability to climate change at SANCCOB Port Elizabeth, Cape Recife Nature Reserve as part of the National Sciece week initiative spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology.










MAPRU asso people attended the talk where Malcom gave the good news that the ragged tooth shark population in Algoa bay is stable as well as some good spciate, Dr Malcom Smale, presented a public lecture about the ragged toothed sharks in Algoa Bay at Bayworld during May 2018. Over 250ots to see them while diving.

The talk was followed by a good discussion, with much input from the public, about possible white shark cage diving within Algoa Bay.





Dr Pierre Pistorius and Dr Lorien Pichergru joined WESSA at SANCCOB, Port Elizabeth to celebrate Biodiversity Day during May 2017. Both Dr Pichergru and Dr Pistorius gave stimulating talks about the animals and islands in Algoa Bay to local high school students and their teachers.




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.


MAPRU post-doc, Dr Ryan Reisinger, presented a public talk entitled Cold killers, and other finned and flying beasts of the far south; at Bayworld, Port Elizabeth Museum.

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 and popular 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. 

The shocking findings of this study have been covered by 185 media outlets reaching milliions of readers!

Read more at: 

Nature-Climate-Change | Die-Burger | Weekend-Argus


The Herlad queried Dr Greg Hofmeyr about a dolphin stranding at Cape Recife, Port Elizabeth



Dr Greg Hofmeyr was interviewed by The Herald about a dolphin stranding at popular swimming beach, Pollock Beach, Port Elizabeth.




Algoa Bay's fantastic and diverse wildlife made it into British Airways inflight magazine during 2018! Within the article features a boat trip with Dr Pierre Pistorius and a Q&A with Dr Stephan Plön.

Read more at: Aloha Algoa






Dr Greg Hofmeyr was asked to give his expert opinion about the mass strandings in Algoa Bay in articles by local newspapers.


Die Burger reported a young seal which hauled out on a beach in Buffelsbaai near Knysna. With help and direction from Dr Greg Hofmeyr of Port Elizabeth Museum the animal was marked with flipper tags and moved to a quiter beach.





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.

Herald…/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.

See popular articles about this work at: 2148650-packs-of-killer-penguins-herd-fish-into-balls-then-pick-them-off/ birds-of-a-feather-hunt-better-together/#.WdNV_UyZOi4




Dr Greg Hofmeyr tells The Helard and Die Burger about a dead humpback whale which stranded near the Schoenmakerskop and Sardinia Bay, Port Elizabeth.



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/



During 30 March 2017, 38 dolphin carcasses were found washed up near Sunday River mouth. Within newpaper articles, Dr Greg Hofmeyr was interviewed about likely cause of these strandings:



After rehabilation, a previusly stranded Antarctic fur seal Arctocephalus gazella and sub-Antarctic fur seal Arctocephalus tropicallus were tagged with satellite GPS devices by Dr Greg Hofmeyr and released outside Port Elizabeth. Amazingly, the Antacrtic fur seal, known as Bear, travelled over 6000km to a sub-Antarctic island known as South Georgia.


Dr Greg Hofmeyr attends to rare visitors on Port Elizabeth's coastline, three sub-Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus tropicalisThe seals were taken to Bayworld for rehabilation before being release back into the wild. The Herald reports:





The Knysna-Plett Herald interviewed Dr Greg Hofmeyr about a seal which was euthanased at Knysna on 23 January 2017. 

He urged the public to please phone the BayWorld Stranding Network (+27)71 724 2122 if they are to come apon any stranded seals, whales or dolphin for assistence and guidence.




20 January 2017: Dr Greg Hofmeyr tell Die Burger how seals with gun shot wounds are being found along the Eastern Cape coast.



9 January 2017: In a news article, Dr Greg Hofmeyr tells a local newpaper, The Herald, about a stranded dolphin that unfortunately had to be put down in January 2017.








Articles featuring MAPRU PhD student, Tegan Carpenter-Kling, and MAPRU head, Dr Pierre Pistorius and their on-going research at Marion Island in the sub-Antarctic was featured in The Herald, Beeld and Cape Argus.

Read more at: Cape Argus | Beeld |





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.





Dr Greg Hofmeyr was interviewed on SABC news about mass dolphin strandings along the Eastern Cape coastline during March2017








Dr Greg Hofmeyr was interviewed on local radio stations, Algoa FM and Kingfisher FM about mass dolphin strandings along the Eastern Cape coast during March 2017







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.