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Administration

Larry Oellermann (Director)
Melanie Reddy (Project Administration Officer)
Ramini Naidoo (Administration Officer)

Research Associates

Michael Schleyer
Rudy van der Elst
Camilla Floros

Regional Fisheries & Invertebrate Fisheries

Johan Groeneveld (Senior Scientist)
Erika Steyn (Assistant Scientist)
Ashrenee Govender (Post-doc Researcher)

Demersal Fisheries and Ecology

Sean Fennessy (Assistant Director/Senior Scientist)
Bernadine Everett (Scientist)

Estuarine and Soft Sediment Ecology

Fiona MacKay (Senior Scientist)
Sikhumbuzo Maduna (Research Assistant)
Sam Mselegu (Technical Assistant)
Mzokhona Mthiya (Technical Assistant)
Bianca McKelvey (Research Assistant)
Clare Pillay (Research Assistant)
Nontombi Siro (GIS Technician)

ORI Team

Linefish and Marine Protected Areas

Bruce Mann (Senior Scientist)
Gareth Jordaan (Assistant Scientist)
Ryan Daly (Scientist)
Marius Els (Technician)
Derrick Khumalo (Technician)
Xolani Mselegu (Technical Assistant)

Estuarine and Soft Sediment Ecology

Fiona MacKay (Senior Scientist)
Sikhumbuzo Maduna (Research Assistant)
Sam Mselegu (Technical Assistant)
Mzokhona Mthiya (Technical Assistant)
Bianca McKelvey (Research Assistant)
Clare Pillay (Research Assistant)
Nontombi Siro (GIS Technician)

ORI Team

Linefish and Marine Protected Areas

Bruce Mann (Senior Scientist)
Gareth Jordaan (Assistant Scientist)
Ryan Daly (Scientist)
Marius Els (Technician)
Derrick Khumalo (Technician)
Xolani Mselegu (Technical Assistant)

Coral Reef Research

Sean Porter (Acting senior scientist)
Jessica Gilmore (MSc)

Library

Musa Khumalo (Librarian)
Francis Roberts (Library Assistant)

Coastal Zone Research

Bronwyn Goble (Senior Scientist)
Marilyn Bodasing (EDTEA Project Administration Officer)
Phumla Duma (Research Assistant)

Field Operations

Vusi Mthembu (Field Officer)

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Sean Fennessy

Assistant Director/Senior Scientist

Demersal Fisheries and Ecology
PhD (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Bruce

Bruce Mann

Senior Scientist

Linefish & Marine Protected Areas
PhD (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Fiona-MacKay

Fiona Mackay

Senior Scientist

Estuarine and Soft Sediment Ecology
MSc (University of Zululand)

Bronwyn-Goble

Bronwyn Goble

Senior Scientist

Coastal Zone Research
PhD (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

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Johan Groeneveld

Senior Scientist

Regional Fisheries & Invertebrate Fisheries
PhD (University of Cape Town)

Bernadine-Everett

Bernadine Everett

Scientist

Demersal Fisheries and Ecology
PhD (University of Tromsø)

Sean-Porter

Sean Porter

Acting Senior Scientist

Coral Reef Research
PhD (University of Cape Town)

Erika-Steyn

Erika Steyn

Assistant Scientist

Regional Fisheries & Invertebrate Fisheries
MSc (University of Stellenbosch)

Gareth-Jordaan-1

Gareth Jordaan

Assistant Scientist

Linefish & Marine Protected Areas
MSc (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

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Camilla Floros

Research Associate

Coral Reef Research
PhD (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Rudy

Rudy van der Elst

Research Associate

MSc (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Ryan-D

Ryan Daly

Scientist

Linefish & Marine Protected Areas
PhD (Rhodes University)

Students

supervised by *ORI staff

Student
University
Project Title
Supervisor/s
K. Ramalepe (MSc)
UKZN
The role of habitat complexity in promoting functionally diverse and species rich marine infauna
*Fiona MacKay Kerry Sink
C. Buhrmann (Phd)
UKZN
Determining the emotional states of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops sp., under human care
*Larry Oellermann
B. McKelvey (MSc)
UKZN
Assessment of land-use/land-cover changes in select KZN estuaries and the implications for estuary health
*Fiona Mackay
S Ockhuis (MSc)
Rhodes
Genetic connectivity of the slinger Chrysoblephus puniceus in South African east coast Marine Protected Area
Gavin Gouws *Sean Fennessy
A. Nkosi (MSc)
UKZN
Macrozoobenthic community structure and dynamics of the uMdloti and uMlalazi estuaries, South Africa
Ursula Scharler *Fiona MacKay
N. van Schoor (MSc)
UKZN
Decadal changes in land-use, water quality and fish assemblages in subtropical urban and non-urban South African estuaries
Steven Weerts *Fiona MacKay
A. Rawoot (MSc)
UWC
An integrative morphological – molecular taxonomic study of marine copepods: building a DNA reference library for metabarcoding studies
*Johan Groeneveld
S. Mahlangu (MSc)
UJ
DNA barcoding and eDNA metabarcoding of estuarine macroinvertebrate fauna of KwaZulu-Natal
Peter Teske *Fiona MacKay
G. Logan (MSc)
UCT
Movement patterns and site fidelity of potato bass Epinephelus tukula, green jobfish Aprion viriscens and giant kingfish Caranx ignobilis determined by acoustic telemetry in the iSimangaliso MPA
Colin Attwood *Ryan Daly
M. Agyekum (MSc)
University of Bremen
Forest gaps in mangroves and their contribution to ecosystem services
Martin Zimmer *Fiona MacKay Steven Weerts Veronique Helfer
R Dixon (MSc)
Rhodes
Movement patterns of giant kingfish Caranx ignobilis along the southern African coast determined by dart tagging and acoustic telemetry
Paul Cowley Taryn Murray *Bruce Mann
S. Laing (PhD)
UKZN
Investigating the economic value of recreational SCUBA diving on the coral reefs of southern Mozambique and South Africa
*Michael Schleyer
P Duma (MSc)
UKZN
Why has the implementation of Volunteer Coastal Officers been delayed? A case study of the KwaZulu-Natal Coast
*Bronwyn Goble
Pariksha Govender (MSc)
UKZN
DNA barcoding of euphausiids (krill), amphipods and chaetognaths (arrow worms) off the East coast of South Africa
*Johan Groeneveld
Student
University
Project Title
Supervisor/s
K. Ramalepe (MSc)
UKZN
The role of habitat complexity in promoting functionally diverse and species rich marine infauna
*Fiona MacKay Kerry Sink
C. Buhrmann (Phd)
UKZN
Determining the emotional states of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops sp., under human care
*Larry Oellermann
B. McKelvey (MSc)
UKZN
Assessment of land-use/land-cover changes in select KZN estuaries and the implications for estuary health
*Fiona Mackay
S Ockhuis (MSc)
Rhodes
Genetic connectivity of the slinger Chrysoblephus puniceus in South African east coast Marine Protected Area
Gavin Gouws *Sean Fennessy
A. Nkosi (MSc)
UKZN
Macrozoobenthic community structure and dynamics of the uMdloti and uMlalazi estuaries, South Africa
Ursula Scharler *Fiona MacKay
N. van Schoor (MSc)
UKZN
Decadal changes in land-use, water quality and fish assemblages in subtropical urban and non-urban South African estuaries
Steven Weerts *Fiona MacKay
A. Rawoot (MSc)
UWC
An integrative morphological – molecular taxonomic study of marine copepods: building a DNA reference library for metabarcoding studies
*Johan Groeneveld
S. Mahlangu (MSc)
UJ
DNA barcoding and eDNA metabarcoding of estuarine macroinvertebrate fauna of KwaZulu-Natal
Peter Teske *Fiona MacKay
G. Logan (MSc)
UCT
Movement patterns and site fidelity of potato bass Epinephelus tukula, green jobfish Aprion viriscens and giant kingfish Caranx ignobilis determined by acoustic telemetry in the iSimangaliso MPA
Colin Attwood *Ryan Daly
M. Agyekum (MSc)
University of Bremen
Forest gaps in mangroves and their contribution to ecosystem services
Martin Zimmer *Fiona MacKay Steven Weerts Veronique Helfer
R Dixon (MSc)
Rhodes
Movement patterns of giant kingfish Caranx ignobilis along the southern African coast determined by dart tagging and acoustic telemetry
Paul Cowley Taryn Murray *Bruce Mann
S. Laing (PhD)
UKZN
Investigating the economic value of recreational SCUBA diving on the coral reefs of southern Mozambique and South Africa
*Michael Schleyer
P Duma (MSc)
UKZN
Why has the implementation of Volunteer Coastal Officers been delayed? A case study of the KwaZulu-Natal Coast
*Bronwyn Goble
Pariksha Govender (MSc)
UKZN
DNA barcoding of euphausiids (krill), amphipods and chaetognaths (arrow worms) off the East coast of South Africa
*Johan Groeneveld

Students

that've recently qualified

Student
University
Project Title
Supervisor/s
JR Gilmore
UKZN
Population connectivity of corals between KZN marine protected areas (MPAs)
*David Pearton *Sean Porter David Glassom
S Hofmeyr
UKZN
The relationship between substrate characteristics and fish communities on South African coral reefs
*David Pearton *Sean Porter David Glassom
S Badenhorst
UKZN
Macrobenthic diversity across soft-sediment habitats of the Thukela Shelf
*Fiona MacKay
T. Hanekom
UKZN
Physiological responses of South African coral communities to global warming
*Sean Porter *Michael Schleyer
V. Dames
Rhodes
An assessment of ecosystem condition of high-latitude coral reefs in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and southern Mozambique
Anthony Bernard *Camilla Floros
A. Govender
UKZN
Using DNA metabarcoding and zooplankton to assess connectivity between marine protected areas in South Africa
Sandi Willows-Munro *Johan Groeneveld
Student
University
Project Title
Supervisor/s
JR Gilmore
UKZN
Population connectivity of corals between KZN marine protected areas (MPAs)
*David Pearton *Sean Porter David Glassom
S Hofmeyr
UKZN
The relationship between substrate characteristics and fish communities on South African coral reefs
*David Pearton *Sean Porter David Glassom
S Badenhorst
UKZN
Macrobenthic diversity across soft-sediment habitats of the Thukela Shelf
*Fiona MacKay
T. Hanekom
UKZN
Physiological responses of South African coral communities to global warming
*Sean Porter *Michael Schleyer
V. Dames
Rhodes
An assessment of ecosystem condition of high-latitude coral reefs in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and southern Mozambique
Anthony Bernard *Camilla Floros
A. Govender
UKZN
Using DNA metabarcoding and zooplankton to assess connectivity between marine protected areas in South Africa
Sandi Willows-Munro *Johan Groeneveld

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