AER Team at Annual SASAqS Conference

AER Team at Annual SASAqS Conference

Last June, we participated in the annual SASAqS (Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists) conference at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park.

  • Hazel Govender presented the “Ecological Risk Assessment of the Resource Directed Measures in the uMngeni Catchment” and was the first to represent our team at the conference.
  • Gordon O’Brien chaired the session that focused on Estuarine Ecology.
  • An entire session was dedicated to swimways and fish studies and two of our postgrad student presented their projects.
    • Wesley Evans presented his M.Sc. project titled : “When in doubt or in drought : what to do for the threatened fish populations of KZN
    • Mahomed Desai presented a former project of his titled : “Environmental Water Requirements to maintain the wellbeing of key social and ecological endpoints in the Dinder River, Blue Nile Basin.”
  • Lastly Olekan Agboola and Madonna Vezi presented their respective projects during the Aquatic Invertebrates Session on the “Factors affecting macroinvertebrate communities in KZN lowland rivers” and “The response of invertebrates to changes in water quality and flows in KZN river dominated estuaries”.

We also participated in the “Fish Behavioural Ecology and Swimway Monitoring Methods Workshop” held after the conference and hosted by us.

While being in Kruger, we took the chance to go on game drives and really enjoyed ourselves! Below, a video clip of our game drive adventures.



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