Research

Work integrated Learnership Programme

Research

               

The Foundation has an active marine research department and supports various Higher Education Institutions by offering internships and work integrated learning opportuninities.

One such programme hosts 3rd year Marine Science Diploma students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Every year we supervise 2 – 4 students with their research projects while they gain valuable work experience in our various specialisation fields.

We also supervise interns on the WWF facilitated work experience programme every two years. We believe that we contribute to informing and inspiring young scientists to grow their skills sets to be able to increase their positive impact in the marine science field in the future.

Current Students

We are expecting our new intake in August 2020.

Projects

The following projects were completed and submitted in 2019:

Assessment of various aquatic medical treatments used at the Two Oceans Aquarium between 2016 and 2019. CPUT, TOA and TOAEF. Jesse Grosch. Supervisors: Maryke Musson, Dr. Conrad Sparks and Dr. Nathalie Viljoen.

The presence and prevalence of microplastics in the waters of Table Bay Harbour in Cape Town. CPUT, TOA and TOAEF. Johnathan Lassen. Supervisors: Inge Adams, Dr. Conrad Sparks and Dr. Nathalie Viljoen.

The growth rate of Aurelia aurita using three different diets at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. CPUT, TOA and TOAEF. Bradley Swanepoel. Supervisors: Krish Lewis, Maryke Musson, Dr. Conrad Sparks and Dr. Nathalie Viljoen.

Production and survival of mysids, Mysidopsis sp., at different temperature parameters. CPUT, TOA and TOAEF. Bradley Swanepoel. Supervisors: Krish Lewis, Maryke Musson, Dr. Conrad Sparks and Dr. Nathalie Viljoen.

The Growth and survival of Artemia at three different salinities at the Two Oceans Aquarium. CPUT, TOA and TOAEF. Jesse Grosch. Supervisors: Inge Adams, Maryke Musson, Dr. Conrad Sparks and Dr. Nathalie Viljoen.

Culturing and husbandry of calanoid copepods using two different water flow systems. CPUT, TOA and TOAEF. Jessica Esteves. Supervisors: Krish Lewis, Dr. Conrad Sparks and Dr. Nathalie Viljoen.

The seasonal fluctuations of dissolved oxygen in the Table Bay harbour for the years 2016 to 2019. CPUT, TOA and TOAEF. Johnathan Lassen. Supervisors: Maryke Musson, Dr. Conrad Sparks and Dr. Nathalie Viljoen.

 

Spotlight on

Dr Nathalie Viljoen – Head of Research

Nathalie leads our scientific research activities and graduate student supervision. She has participated in research projects that include both terrestrial and aquatic animals and holds a PhD in Fish population dynamics. She is passionate about the ocean and enjoys sharing her experiences with students at different stages of their careers. The marine environment is affected by a number of anthropogenic activities that in turn affects the biological responses of all its inhabitants and by doing research we increase our understanding and develop new applications that can not only grow biodiversity but also assist us to manage our marine resources.

University Links

University of
Fort Hare

University of
Stellenbosch

Rhodes
University

Nelson Mandela
University

University of the Western Cape

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

North-West
University

Cape University of
Cape Town