Marine Research Group, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Welcome to the Marine Group

Stellenbosch University (Department of Botany and Zoology)

Our research has four main focal areas that are united by the common theme of marine conservation. As marine resources become increasingly threatened and over-exploited, it is becoming more important than ever to explore ways of protecting remaining marine biodiversity and to search for ecologically important alternatives to harvesting wild populations. Our groups utilise modern research techniques to better understand southern Africa’s dynamic marine realm; from investigating the use of genetics in Marine Protected Areas to the sustainable aquaculture of marine molluscs.


Polychaete groupMolecular marine ecology group
Marine ecology groupSustainable mollusc culture
The Marine lab
coral sponge diver perlemoen


Dr Carol Simon Polychaete Biogeography & Reproduction research