Matthew Jasinski

Spatial Scale Dependence of Biodiversity for Conservation of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

The aim of this project is to provide valuable information about the effects of spatial scale on biodiversity and habitat linkage, to enable knowledge-based MPA management.

Yotam Barr

Manta Ray Conservation in the Philippines

We aim to gather data regarding manta rays population status, life traits and fishing trends, to improve management of MPA's and shift from non-sustainable to sustainable practice.

Lauren De Vos

False Bay on Film: Optimising Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Planning Using Stereo-Bruvs in False Bay, South Africa

This project will use stereo-BRUVs technology to assess patterns in marine biodiversity across False Bay. Combining ecological and human-use data, this project will identify regions of vulnerability and compile scenarios for conservation planning in the bay.

Peter Teske

A Second Look at the Conservation Genetics of the Endangered Knysna Seahorse: Can New Molecular Tools Improve Management Practices?

This project will analyse the demographic history of the world's most endangered seahorse, the Knysna seahorse Hippocampus capensis, and the relationships among its three populations, using population genetic approaches.

Veryl Achieng

Promoting the Conservation of Endangered Fish in Lake Kanyaboli through Local Community Involvement in Alego, Kenya

Dwindling fish stocks can have disastrous implications for the fishermen, families, and the ecology of Lake Kanyaboli. The project will put in place programmes to educate, regulate and advocate for better fishing practices. This will be achieved through local networks and empowerment of local communities. There will be information sharing especially from adjacent communities in Uganda and Tanzania for better practices.

Adriana González Pestana

Aggregation Areas of Elasmobranches in Peruvian Waters

Identify and characterize the aggregation areas and its fishery of smooth hammerhead and mobulids in Peruvian waters; and increase awareness and education about elasmobranches.

Lais Chaves

The Lionfish Invasion: Management Strategies for the Southern Caribbean Sea

This project intends to: 1) measure how much time (days, weeks or months) do lionfish take to recolonize a reef after removal efforts 2) Design a cost-effective lionfish removal program, to be implemented by local stakeholders.

Sapna Jayaraman

Bridging the Gap between Fisheries Regulations and Implementation in Gujarat

There are two aims to this project: a) Creating a database of fish breeding cycles to identify most vulnerable seasons for fish populations and b) Identifying causes of poor implementation using interview surveys and providing solutions to enable better management of fish populations in Gujarat through outreach programmes.

Albert Chakona

Distribution, Status and Conservation of a Recently Described, Extremely Narrow Range Endemic Cyprinid, Pseudobarbus skeltoni, from South Africa

The Giant redfin, Pseudobarbus skeltoni Chakona & Swartz 2013, is a newly described primary freshwater fish restricted to the Breede River system in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR) of South Africa. With only two known remnant populations, and severe threat of invasion by alien predators, the species faces a high risk of extinction. The aims of the this study are to: (i) verify the distribution and population size of P. skeltoni, (ii) characterize its biology, habitat use and feeding ecology, (iii) assess its conservation status, and (iv) identify conservation measures to ensure future survival of this species.

Rodet Rodriguez Silva

An Approach to Freshwater Fish Knowledge in Western Cuba: Environmental Education in Rural Communities for Conservation Both our Fish and their Habitats

The aims of this project are to provide ecological information and determine current threats of freshwater fish in western Cuba as well as improve a training program in rural communities for conservation both fish and their habitats.