The Marine Apex Predator Research Unit (MAPRU) at Nelson Mandela University focuses on all things related to marine top predators. If you are interested to hear more about what it is like to spend a year on the sub-Antarctic Marion Island, read more here...
MARION REVISITED…MARION UNDERGROUND…
Does working mostly at night on a sub-Antarctic island, where the word "cold" takes on a completely new meaning, sound crazy to you? Well, this is exactly what these brave NMU birders face on Marion Island.
Marion Revisited: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the plants of Marion
Plant ecology... ecophysiology... broad-scale ecosystem dynamics... fine-scale responses to climate change... all in a day's work for the Marion Botanists!
Marion Revisited: O for the C…meet the O&C Birders!
If working with seabirds on a little isolated island appeals to you, read more here...
PhD Position – Marion Island
Dr Greve from the University of Pretoria is currently advertising a PhD project investigating the diversity in plants, and fungal communities associated with plants. This project will assess the patterns and ecological drivers of these communities at different spatial scales on sub-Antarctic Marion Island. The work will provide insight into the role of different abiotic … Continue reading PhD Position – Marion Island
Marion Revisited: It’s all about that wind…in the Roaring Forties
Have you ever wondered what impact the wind has on the Sub-Antarctic environment? Find out more about the University of Pretoria research project: Modelling wind patterns and their ecological impacts, as explained by Elsa van Ginkel and Dineo Mogashoa who recently spent 13.5 months on Marion Island doing the fascinating fieldwork on this little island within … Continue reading Marion Revisited: It’s all about that wind…in the Roaring Forties
Marion Island 75th Expedition Team returned to mainland South Africa recently
The 75th overwintering team that worked on Marion Island from April 2018 to May 2019 returned to mainland South Africa recently. These 24 individuals have spent 13.5 months away from their normal lives to work in the sub-Antarctic, but have come back with a wealth of knowledge and a lifetime's worth of wonderful memories! Marion … Continue reading Marion Island 75th Expedition Team returned to mainland South Africa recently
Marion in sight!
The SA Agulhas II, after 4 days at sea, has sighted the Prince Edward Islands. Now the work starts!
The SA Agulhas II is on her way to Marion
The SA Agulhas II is on her way on her annual relief voyage to the Prince Edward Islands, with Marion Island her ultimate goal. Two of our National Committee members are on board. Liezel is going to Marion to conduct fieldwork for her PhD studies, together with Lefa and Dave from Sub-Antarctic Landscape Climate Interactions. … Continue reading The SA Agulhas II is on her way to Marion
Cheese just doesn’t cut it anymore…
Will Marion (and other islands) be rid of invasive mice soon? Let's hope...