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MA-RE BASICS Workshop III - What are the causes/drivers of the observed (and often synchronous) shifts in spatial distributions of some of South Africa’s key living marine resources and how do these changes interact with the ecosystem and the industries

12 Aug 2011 - 07:15

The UCT Marine Research Institute (Ma-Re) is currently holding a series of workshops that aim to address several key questions tackled by the Ma-Re BASICS program. The aim of each workshop is to gather students and other researchers (from all disciplines relating to the marine field) and inform them of the past, present and future directions regarding the research topic in question.

We would like to invite you to the September workshop, which will focus on the following topic:

What are the causes/drivers of the observed (and often synchronous) shifts in spatial distributions of some of South Africa’s key living marine resources and how do these changes interact with the ecosystem and the industries (fisheries, ecotourism) that rely on the ecosystem under change?

Through a series of presentations and discussion, we aim to generate a short report documenting:

1. What we already know about the topic;

2. What UCT-based researchers (i.e. postgrads, postdocs, staff, and research associates in collaborating institutions) have found out in the past year or two towards addressing the question

3. What we still need to do in the next two years to address the question

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 6 September and run from 09h00 until approximately 15h30. Presentations given during the morning session will provide some background to the topic and highlight what we already know and what research is currently being done. The afternoon session will then take the form of a discussion, with the aim to identify what research is still required and what can be done within the next two years.

For Any Questions/Queries Please Contact : Laura Blamey (laura.k.blamey@gmail.com) and Kate Watermeyer (kwatermeyer@gmail.com)

PLEASE RSVP: Pavs Pillay by the 25 August 2011