As part of International Polar Week we are celebrating South African polar research and today staff and students of the from the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology from the University of Pretoria (UP), and the Department of Zoology from the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and the  spoke about the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP) and Genetic diversity at different spatial scales: what it tells us about the sub-Antarctic.

Dr Christel Hansen from UP gave an overview of the South African presence in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic. This was followed by a talk given by Professor Bettine Jansen van Vurren and Masters student Daniela Monsanto from UJ, who spoke of genetic diversity at various spatial scales on Marion Island. Prof. van Vuuren presented work of the NRF/SANAP funded project Biocomplexity: Understanding biological patterns in space and time.

Thanks to everyone who gave their time to present. We would also like to thank the Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology for making the venue available and Professor Ian Meiklejohn from Rhodes University for making the Antarctic gear available. We look forward to the next event tomorrow, again from 12:30-13:20 in room 1-2 of the Geography building (Hatfield campus).

Program for Day 3 of Polar Week 2018 (APECSSA)


Order of Talks

  1. The South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP), Dr Christel Hansen (Department of Geography, Geoinfotmatics and Meteorology, UP)
  2. Genetic diversity at different spatial scales: what it tells us about the sub-Antarctic, Prof. Bettine Jansen van Vuuren & Daniela Monsanto, (Department of Zoology, UJ)

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