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Coastal Research Group

The Coastal Research Group includes academics and post-graduate researchers working on different aspects of the ecology, utilization and management of the coastal environment. The main purpose of the group is to facilitate information exchange and interdisciplinary cooperation. Current focus areas are intertidal ecology, sustainable utilization of invertebrate resources and estuarine food webs.


  • Professor CD McQuaid
  • Professor PW Froneman
  • Dr F Porri

Ongoing projects

  • Effects of littorinid grazing on algal biomass and biofilm productivity
  • Using GIS to map the large scale distribution of mussel beds
  • Colonization, growth and mortality of early settlers of the brown mussel Perna perna
  • Spatial and temporal variability of larval densities and settlement of Perna perna 
  • South African distribution of the invasive mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis
  • Settlement and growth of the invasive mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis
  • Spatial patchiness and fractal scaling of the within shore distribution of Perna perna
  • Patch dynamics and aggregation in Perna perna and Mytilus galloprovincialis populations
  • Coastal resource utilization in the Eastern Cape
  • Population genetics of Siphonaria spp.
  • Estuarine food webs
  • Using stable isotopes to study the structure of marine food webs
  • Within and among population synchronization of spawning in Perna perna
  • Effects of small scale turbulence on growth in mussels
  • Use of genetic markers to assess mussel larval dispersal

Last Modified: Thu, 17 May 2018 14:09:40 SAST