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CeBER Seminar 2016 #7: Dr Laura Blamey

Dr Laura Blamey, Marine Ecologist at UCT
Dr Laura Blamey

CeBER Seminar 2016 #7

Date: 15th April

Guest Speaker: Dr Laura Blamey

Dr. Laura Blamey (marine ecologist in Biological Science Department of UCT) was born in KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa. She spent most of her free time on the Natal coast either fishing or staring into rock pools, which led to her decision to become a marine biologist. In today’s seminar, Dr Blamey discussed climate and anthropogenic effects on kelp systems in the southern Benguela: a work in progress. She has observed species shifts since the 1980s, and changes in the physical environment in the 1980s and 1990s. Nowadays, she tries to figure out the interactions between key species in kelp ecosystems, shifts in ecosystem states, drivers of ecosystem change and how these changes might influence important fisheries through local knowledge, modelling and empirical approaches. She is considering wind, upwelling, and sea surface temperature in her modelling. She is also supervising some projects which are entitled “kelp forests and climate change”, “impact of ecosystem change and a declining adult stock on the recruitment of juvenile abalone”, “effect of predator depletion on the West Coast rock lobster Jasus lalandii”, and “the role of the urchin Parechinus angulossus in kelp forest ecosystem”.