Having been brought-up in a small coastal town in the Eastern Cape, the knowledge gleaned from the fishing and surfing community throughout my childhood has led to a unified respect and curiosity for the ocean and the animals within, which greatly contributed to my pursuit of the course that I have chosen to follow. Not to mention my family’s relentless love for wildlife and their gentle guidance towards a career that already finds me wholly devoted to research and the protection of our living and non-living resources. The joy that I experience from working with aquatic animals and learning about their natural systems is concomitant to this field of science, which is just so darn groovy. I look forward to spending the rest of my career fully embracing the challenges we seek to remedy. My area of research broadly covers the effects of climate change on fish species and their general ecology. Having conducted a research project with several folk from the eco-phys lab on the upper and lower critical thermal limits on the fransmadam fish (Boopsoidea inornata), I am currently working on a project that explores sensory development in larval Kob (Argyrosomus japonicus) leading up to their recruitment into estuaries.

Research interests

Climate-change, re-population, recruitment, telemetry and fish movement, fisheries management and ecology

Current research

I am looking at the recruitment dynamics of larval dusky kob (Argyrosomus japonicus) and the sequential development and subsequent responses of their senses and sensory cues. The experiments will incorporate pre-flexion, flexion and post-flexion phases and will continue until their settlement period is reached. This will hopefully enhance our understanding of how behaviour in the early life-stages will influence the timing and locality of recruitment, and ultimately the species’ distribution.

Caiti Allison

Honours Student

Rhodes University