Koebraa Peters

Background

My passion for the environment developed at a young age which ultimately led me to strive towards a strong academic background. This passion resulted in a BSc in Marine Biology and Ecology, Honours in Zoology and MSc in Conservation Biology, all at the University of Cape Town. Both my Honours and Masters projects focused on invasive species. During Honours, I assessed the movement patterns and prey catches of domestic cats in a wetland conservation area and during Masters I collected baseline information on marine alien fouling species as well as developing a tool for strategically focussing monitoring efforts in Western Cape harbours.

Equipped with a sound theoretical and practical background in the fields of conservation biology, marine biology and invasion ecology, I completed a research internship through the National Research Foundation and was based at Stellenbosch University. Following on from there, I was able to complete my PhD at Stellenbosch University. My PhD delved into new questions regarding the role of yachts in transferring alien species among South African harbours which culminated in the discovery of a new alien species to the region and the development of local guidelines to support the prevention and management of alien fouling species on yachts.

Current research

My current research focusses on developing and implementing management strategies so as to prevent the intra-regional spread of marine alien species on recreational vessels, through the use of education and awareness focussed workshops. In addition, we are currently investigating the potential for native marine communities to display biotic resistance, by assessing the role that native predators may play in regulating fouling communities.

Publications