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9 November 2016

OPPORTUNITY: MSc research project - Coastal and Marine Research Institute, NMMU
9 November 2016

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OPPORTUNITY: MSc research project - Coastal and Marine Research Institute, NMMU - 9 November 2016

We invite applications from previously disadvantaged South African citizens for the below full-time study opportunities at the Coastal and Marine Research Institute at NMMU, a rapidly developing and dynamic centre of excellence in marine zoological and environmental research, encompassing fields from oceanography to top predator ecology and ecosystem modelling.


Recent advances in technology allow exploring previously unseen underwater behaviours of marine top predators, such as diving behaviour and prey capture rate, which allows accurate estimation of energy use of wild animals. African Penguin population has decreased by 70% in the last 10 years with Algoa Bay now hosting half of the global population.


Understanding the actual energy that penguins use under different habitat conditions and they respond to changes to prey availability, is crucial, particularly in the context of rapid environmental changes.


The project will use a unique combination of dataset, including acoustic surveys of small-scale pelagic fish and penguin-borne miniature video cameras to explore the functional relationships between an endangered marine top predator, the African Penguin, and their prey.


Download attachment below for full details!



For more information, contact Dr Lorien Pichegru (

Closing date: 9 Dec 2016



Dr Lorien Pichegru

Institute for Coastal and Marine Research

Department of Zoology

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

University way, Port Elizabeth 6011

Download Attachment: msc_african_penguin_nmmu.pdf