Plant ecology... ecophysiology... broad-scale ecosystem dynamics... fine-scale responses to climate change... all in a day's work for the Marion Botanists!
The geomorphology on the island is studied and monitored by a research project/group known as the Sub – Antarctic Landscape Climate Interactions (SALCi) which is led by Professor Werner Nel (University of Fort Hare) and Professor David William Hedding(University of South Africa). The research group has been conducting long term monitoring projects and has a plethora of research interests on Marion Island, just to mention a few....
The SA Agulhas II, our favourite Red Lady, is currently on her SCALE #WinterCruise2019 and has reached the marginal ice zone #MIZ! This is a nice sight after a few days of intense water sampling at 3 deep stations involving multiple teams. Now the ship is on its way to the 1st sampling station within … Continue reading Some insight on being on the Winter Cruise
SEAmester concluded recently and again was a roaring success! So what was it like for the participants? Have a read through Tanganedzani's experience below. Photo courtesy of alexanderoelofse.com. 'SEAmester IV was amazing, it was flames!. Life at sea was quite an experience! I learned a lot about marine science and oceanography which I knew very … Continue reading What is SEAmester like? – an insight view
Today, 15 October 2017, marks yet another birthday for the Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) on sub-Antarctic Marion Island. Every year on this day, the sealers (working for the Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme, otherwise known as the MIMMP) have one mission: to circumnavigate the entire island in one day to count every single elephant seal hauled out on every single beach!
A range of universities and institutions are involved in terrestrial and oceanographic research around this pristine environment!
Did you know the threat that micro-plastic has on our ocean ecosystems? Have a look at a blog by Ryan Cloete, a PhD candidate in Environmental Chemistry from Stellenbosch University and the danger that these particles pose on the health of oceanic organisms. Blog entry and sharing permission courtesy of Ryan Cloete
Johan Viljoen, a MSc Earth Science student from Stellenbosch University spent some time on the SA Agulhas II during the recent relief voyage to Antarctica. He wrote a blog for a research group in his department about his experiences on the recent SANAE 56 trip. It's a great piece that shows how life on the ship and Antarctica can … Continue reading A day on the Antarctic shelf