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Institute for Coastal and Marine Research


Water is a scarce commodity in southern Africa, where many aquatic ecosystems are currently on a trajectory of rapid deterioration. The sustainable use of our water resources, and their rehabilitation where necessary, requires that adaptive management structures are continuously provided with scientific knowledge on the processes that govern aquatic ecosystems and their health.

Consequently, research under this chair focuses on integrated ecosystem functioning of estuarine and coastal systems, specifically considering: invertebrate diversity; zooplankton grazing and phytoplankton production; food webs and benthic-pelagic coupling; alien invasive species; anthropogenic eutrophication; and biological-physical-chemical interactions. All shallow water ecosystems are studied, including: estuaries and micro-estuaries; mangroves; stromatolite pools; temporary wetlands; and rivers.

Contact information
Prof Renzo Perissinotto
Incumbetn of the South African Research Chair in Shallow Water Ecosystems
Tel: 27 41 504 4278