The Aquatic Ecosystem Research (AER) Programme is an applied research programme of the University of Mpumalanga (UMP), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Rivers of Life (ROL) Aquatic Health Services CC.

The AER is dedicated to the development of inland scientific aquatic ecology research through formal research outputs and post-graduate student training. Rivers of Life Aquatic Health Services Rivers of Life Aquatic Health Services CC was established in 2008 by Gordon O’Brien.

With UMP and UKZN, Rivers of Life implements the Aquatic Ecosystem Research programme. The University of KwaZulu-Natal is a world leading African university and aspires to be a positively transformed institution based on a clear understanding of its goals for broad and comprehensive change underpinned by shared values. The University of Mpumalanga has only recently been established (2013) with the commitment to develop as an African university providing leadership in knowledge, creation and dissemination.

The AER has two centres in South Africa, including an office at UMP where Dr. O’Brien (gordon.obrien@ump.ac.za) is based and one at UKZN where Ms. Linda Hulley (hulleyl@ukzn.ac.za) can be contacted. The AER is supported by the administration and managementof the School of Biology and Environmental Science (UMP) and the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (UKZN). The AER is also a member of the Centre for Water Resources Research of UKZN.