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Institute for Coastal and Marine Research

The Marine Apex Predator Research Unit (MAPRU) is a research unit within the CMR. It was established in 2016 and is managed by Professor Pierre Pistorius.

Objectives include:

  • Conduct research on marine top predators, inclusing seabirds, seals, sharks and cetaceans, particularly in relation to global change, conservation and sustainable resource management.
  • Provide learning opportunities and train postgraduate students in various aspects involving marine top predators.
  • Be involved in various forms of engagement, using charismatic predator species to stimulate public interest in marine biodiversity and conservation.

MAPRU focuses research activities on marine top predators as a group, addressing questions of fundamental and applied interest by drawing on a range of disciplines. Many marine top predator species are threatened and research undertaken has a strong conservation focus. At the upper limit of the food chain, marine top predators are generally good inficators of global change as well as areas of high productivity. Marine top predators, at the species and community level, are therefore also used to better understand ecosystem changes and for conservation-based spatial planning.

Click here to see MAPRU's official Nelson Mandela University website.


Contact information
Dr Pierre Pistorius
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 27 41 504 2710