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ACEPII: Ecosystem processes in the KZN Bight

Preliminary titles and authors of publications – African Journal of Marine Science Special Issue

Ecosystem processes in the KwaZulu-Natal Bight

Linking geological, biological and physical processes to understand ecosystem functioning

Guest Editors: Ray Barlow (BCRE), S Fennessy, Mike Roberts (DEA)

PaperTitleAuthorsDateFile SizeExtended Abstract
1The importance of the KZN Bight ecosystem for biodiversity, habitat and recruitment on the east coast of South Africa.S Fennessy, MJ Roberts-- -
Physical oceanography
2Influence of the Agulhas Current on circulation patterns, hydrological structures and retention of shelf waters in the KwaZulu-Natal Bight, South Africa.MJ Roberts, RC van Ballegooyen, C Nieuwenhuys, L Guastella-- -
3Dynamics and role of the Durban cyclonic eddy in the KwaZulu-Natal Bight ecosystem.L Guastella, MJ Roberts, F Shillington-- -
4Temporal variability of oceanic nutrient fluxes onto the northern KwaZulu-Natal Bight.RC van Ballegooyen, A Meyer, MJ Roberts, C Nieuwenhuys, S Taljaard-- -
5Current structures and upwelling mechanisms in the northern KwaZulu-Natal Bight, South Africa.C Nieuwenhuys, MJ Roberts, RC van Ballegooyen-- -
6Hydrography and Water masses of the KwaZulu-Natal Bight.T Lamont, et al.-- -
7Unconsolidated sediment distribution within the KwaZulu-Natal Bight.R Uken, F Mackay, N Mkize-- [Download]
8Surface sediment maps of the KwaZulu-Natal Bight: δ13C, δ15N, organic carbon nitrogen and C:N ratios.deLeca, AJ Smit et al.-- -
9Calcareous nannoplankton distribution in surface sediments from the KwaZulu-Natal Bight, South Africa.M Ovechkina, R Uken-- [Download]
10Biodiversity of soft sediment macrobenthic fauna of the KwaZulu-Natal Bight.L Hein, F MacKay-- -
11Macrobenthic trophic guild communities of the northern, central southern KwaZulu-Natal Bight.CB Untiedt, F MacKay-- -
12The influence of local oceanography and substrate conditions on macrobenthic spatial variation and community patterns in a shallow water shelf environment.F MacKay et al. (R Uken, MJ Roberts, RC van Ballegooyen?)-- -
13A seasonal comparison of bacterial numbers, biomass and productivity in waters of the KwaZulu Natal Bight, winter and summer 2010.D Muir, T Kunnen-- [Download]
14Chemotaxonomic composition of phytoplankton communities on the KwaZulu Natal Bight.RG Barlow, T Lamont, et al.-- -
15Nutrient chemistry & distribution patterns of the KwaZulu-Natal Bight and temperature relationships.T Lamont, RG Barlow, et al.-- -
16Microphytoplankton from focus sites of summer and winter cruises.J van der Molen et al.-- [Download]
17Picoplankton of synoptic and focus winter cruise.J van der Molen et al.-- [Download]
18Seasonal differences in zooplankton biomass, distribution and size composition in the KwaZulu-Natal Bight.M Pretorius, J Huggett, M Gibbons-- [Download]
19Demersal fauna biodiversity and distributions in the KwaZulu-Natal Bight.S Fennessy et al.-- [Download]
Food webs and trophic structure
20Isotope ecology of the KwaZulu-Natal Bight.AJ Smit et al.-- -
Ecosystem Modelling
21Differences in ecosystem structure and biomass stoichiometry (C:N:P) within the KwaZulu-Natal Bight.M Ayers, R Barlow, S Fennessy, J Huggett, F Mackay, D Muir, U Scharler, AJ Smit and students.-- [Download]
22Seasonal nutrient limitations within a river-influenced bight, KwaZulu-Natal Bight.M Ayers, U Scharler-- -
Synthesis of all studies
23Ecosystem processes in the KwaZulu-Natal Bight: linking geological, biological and physical processes to understand ecosystem functioning.MJ Roberts, S Fennessy, RC van Ballegooyen, R Uken, R Barlow, T Lamont, J Huggett, D Muir, AJ Smit, U Scharler-- -

Publications - Extra

ACEP II - KwaZulu Natal Bight Project 2009-2011

Articles in peer-reviewed journals / conference proceedings:

  • Ovechkina, M.N., Bylinskaya, M. & Uken, R. 2010
    Planktonic foraminiferal assemblage in surface sediments from the Thukela Shelf, South Africa.
    African Invertebrates 51 (2): 9–35
  • Ovechkina, M.N., Green, A.N. & Garlick, G.L. 2010
    Calcareous nannoplankton from the Holocene off the eastern coast of South Africa. In: Quaternary stratigraphy and paleontology of the Southern Russia: connections between Europe, Africa and Asia.
    Rostov-on-Don: Russian Academy of Sciences, pp. 113–114. (ISBN 978-5-902-98283-8)
  • Ovechkina, M.N., Green, A.N., Uken, R. & Mostovski, M.B. 2010
    Quantitative changes of calcareous nannoflora from the Holocene off the Eastern coast of South Africa. In: Mostovski, M.B. & Ovechkina, M.N., eds, Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa, Howick, August 5-8, 2010.
    Pietermaritz¬burg: Natal Museum, pp. 75–76. (ISBN 978-0-620-47718-5)
  • Ayers, M. and Scharler, U.M. 2011
    Use of sensitivity and comparative analyses in constructing plausible trophic mass-balance models of a data-limited marine ecosystem - the KwaZulu-Natal Bight, South Africa.
    Journal of Marine Systems 88:298-311
  • A.M. de Lecea, A. Omarjee, R. Cooper, A.J. Smit. 2011
    The effects of preservation methods, dyes and acidification on the isotopic values (d15N and d13C) of two zooplankton species from the KwaZulu-Natal Bight, South Africa.
    Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry. 25: 1853- .
  • A.M. De Lecea, A.J. Smit, S.T. Fennessy. 2011
    The effects of freeze-thaw periods and drying methods on isotopic and elemental carbon and nitrogen in marine organisms.
    Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 25: 3640-3649.

In review

  • Ayers, M.J., Scharler, U.M., Fennessy, S.T. (in review)
    Modelling ecosystem effects of prawn nursery habitat loss on the Thukela Bank trawling grounds, South Africa.
    Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • A.M. de Lecea and A.J. Smit. (in review)
    Zooplankton trophic-linkages of the KwaZulu-Natal Bight and assessment on spatial variations and bio-physical coupling dynamics using d13C and d15N.
    Journal of Continental Shelf Research
  • A.M. De Lecea, A.J. Smit, S.T. Fennessy. (in review)
    On the use of stable isotopes to understand the processes controlling a benthic food-web of an oligotrophic bight, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
    Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • A.M. De Lecea, A.J. Smit, S.T. Fennessy. (in review)
    Does riverine input control the food-web of the near-shore Thukela Bank (KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)? Evidence from seasonal stable isotope analysis.
    African Journal of Marine Science

Popular articles

  • Fennessy, S.T. 2011
    Life on a muddy bottom.
    The Oricle. Newsletter of the Oceanographic Research Institute, April 2011. 56: 1
  • Fennessy, S.T. 2010
    Soft sediment studies reveal surprising symbioses.
    SANCOR Newsletter 193: 3-4
  • Fennessy, S.T. 2010
    Towards understanding the marine ecosystem off central KwaZulu-Natal.
    The Oricle. Newsletter of the Oceanographic Research Institute, May 2010. 54: 3