The CMR has a strong legacy in sandy beach research, largely pioneered by Prof. Anton McLachlan when the Institute (then the Institute for Coastal Research) was established in the early 1980s. Investigations in the past and today range from biogeochemistry, phytoplankton and macrofaunal studies, to population connectivity, species taxonomy, and conservation and management research. We work in the surf zone, on the intertidal shores, and into the dunes.


Beaches as Ecosystems
Threats & Management
Research Projects
Recent Papers


Contact information
Dr Derek Du Preez
Director of School of Environmental Sciences
Tel: 27 41 504 2721

Prof Ronel Nel
Associate Professor
Tel: 27 41 504 2024

Prof Eileen Campbell
Associate Professor - Extended Program Coordinator
Tel: +27 041 5042329

Ms Karien Bezuidenhout
Tel: 27 41 5042424

Dr Linda Harris
Postdoctoral Fellow
Tel: +27 (0)41 5044281