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Institute for Coastal and Marine Research


The CMR has a long history of ocean and coastal marine research and engagement at the Nelson Mandela University. It comprises a multi-disciplinary collection of staff and postgraduate students across all seven faculties within the University, additionally including research associates, collaborators from external research entities, and local and international collaborators.

Members form several research groups and units that span a variety of coastal and marine taxa, consider ecological/physical processes, and tackle management issues. Among our members are four South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) holders in Shallow Water Ecosystems, Law of the Sea and Development in Africa, Marine Spatial Planning, Identities and Social Cohesion in Africa, and the UK-SA Bilateral Research Chair in Ocean Science and Marine Food Security.

The core activities of the members are fundamental and applied research, research-based training of postgraduate students in masters and doctoral programmes, and consulting. Most of the work undertaken follows one (or more) of three of the Institute's research themes: Global Change; Living Resources and Food Security; and Biodiversity, Conservation and Management. Many of these activities are supported by the Research Diving Unit, that facilitates underwater research and provides training for commercial divers.

More information on the CMR is available in our information booklet (downloadable from the sidebar). Alternatively, please contact us directly. The CMR Policy Booklet for 2018 is also available for download. To become a CMR Member, please download the 2019 CMR Membership Form, and e-mail completed Membership Forms to Liza Rishworth. The CMR Glossy Report for 2016 and 2017 are also availabe for download in the sidebar.



Dr Bernadette Snow was appointed as the Director for CMR from January 2019 to December 2021.

The Institute will play a pivotal role on the Ocean Sciences Campus. The information magazine is available for download from the sidebar. Plese follow this link to access the Ocean Sciences Webiste:

Please see the 2017 Director's Report Presentation available for download from the sidebar.

Contact information
Dr Bernadette Snow
Tel: 041 504 2649

Mrs Liza Rishworth
Research Assitant
Tel: 27 41 504 2852