Research Publications

PUBLICATIONS

The unit is a prolific producer of peer reviewed academic publications, scientific posters and oral conference presentations.  

ACADEMIC ARTICLES

J. Escobar (2009) Movement patterns and population dynamics of four catsharks endemic to South Africa

E. Januarie, P.Cowely, R. Johnson (2017) Performance and reliability of active acoustic biotelemetry to best track marine pelagic species in temperate coastal waters

Escobar-Porras, J. 2007. A responsibility to the marine environment. SANCOR Newsletter, Issue 185.

Ryklief, Pistorius, Johnson (2014) Spatial and seasonal patterns in sighting rate and life history composition of the white shark, Carcharodon carcharias at Mossel Bay, South Africa

O. Jewell, R. Johnson, M.N. Bester (2013) Fine scale movements and activity areas of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in Mossel Bay, South Africa

D. Delaney, R.Johnson, M.N.Bester (2012) Accuracy of Using Visual Identification of White Sharks to Estimate Residency Patterns.

O. Jewell, M.Wcisel, A.Towner, M.N.Bester, R.Johnson, S.Singh (2011) Effects of Smart Position Only (SPOT) Tag Deployment on White Sharks Carcharodon carcharias in South Africa.

Findlay, Meyer, Elwen, Kotze, Johnson, Truter, Uamusse, Sitoe, Wilke, Kerwath, Swanson, Staverees, Van Derwesthuizen (2011) Distribution and abundance of humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, off the coast of Mozambique.

Vignon, Sasal, Johnson, Galzin (2009) Impact of shark-feeding tourism on surrounding fish populations off Moorea Island (French Polynesia).

Johnson, Bester, Dudley, Oosthuizen, Meÿer, Hancke (2009) –  Coastal swimming patterns of white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) at Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Gubili, Johnson, Oosthuizen, Kotze, Meÿer, Sims, Jones, Noble (2009) Concordance of genetic and fin photo identification in the great white shark, (Carcharodon carcharias), of Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Johnson, Keswick, Bester, Oosthuizen (2008)Encounters between white sharks and Cape fur seals in a shallow channel.

Kock, Johnson, Bester, Compagno, Cliff, Dudley, Griffiths, Kotze, Laroche, Meyer, Oosthuizen, Swanson (2006) White shark abundance: not a causative factor in numbers of shark bite incidents.

Johnson, Venter, Bester, Oosthuizen (2006) Seabird predation by white shark, (Carcharodon carcharias), and Cape fur seal, (Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus), at Dyer Island.

Oelofse, Kock, Johnson, Haskins (2006) Is there a relationship between white shark presence and the management of city estuaries and river mouths?

Johnson, Kock, Bester, Compagno, Dudley, Griffiths, Keswick, Kotze, Laroche, Meyër, Oosthuizen, Swanson, Jacobs (2006) South Africa’s White Shark cage-diving industry – is their cause for concern?

Bonfil, Meyer, Scholl, Johnson, O´Brian, Oosthuizen, Swanson, Kotze, Patterson (2005) Transoceanic migration, long-distance return migration and local movement patterns in the great white shark.

Johnson, Oosthuizen, Bester, Meyer, Swanson, Kotze (2004) Habitat utilization of the white shark in South Africa, using acoustic telemetry

 

R.L. Johnson (2003) Behavioural ecology of the white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) at Dyer Island, South Africa. M.Sc. thesis

Ferguson, Van Jaarsveld, Johnson, Bredenkamp, Foord, Britz (2003) Rodent induced damage to a pine plantation: a southern African case study.

Johnson, Ferguson, Van Jaarsveld, Chimimba, Bronner (2002) The effect of afforestation fragmentation on small mammal assemblages at Groenvaly grasslands.

 

PROFESSIONAL BODIES

The Research Unit’s scientific team are members of, and gain permits from, South Africa’s professional academic authorities. 

ACADEMIC POSTERS

Escobar-Porras, J. and Macdonald, A. (2015) The blacktip sharks Carcharhinus limbatus of Aliwal Shoal. 9th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, October 2015.

Escobar-Porras, J., Sauer, W.H.H. and Cowley, P.D. (2007) Movement patterns of selected endemic catsharks in South African waters. 5th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, October 2007.

Johnson, Ferguson, Van Jaarsveld (2002) The effect of afforestation fragmentation on small mammal assemblages at Groenvaly grasslands. B.Sc Hons presentation – University of Pretoria

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ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Escobar-Porras, J. and Macdonald, A. (2014) Population genetics in South African elasmobranchs: Are they defined by the reproductive strategy of the species?- The Blacktip Story. Sharks International, June 2014.

Escobar-Porras, J. and Macdonald, A. (2013) Population genetics in South African elasmobranchs: Are they defined by the reproductive strategy of the species? The Blacktip Story. 8th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, October 2013.

Escobar-Porras, J. and Sauer, W.H.H. (2011) Elasmobranchs of southern Africa: Trends and Gaps. 7th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, October 2011.

 

Escobar-Porras, J. and Sauer, W.H.H. (2011) Elasmobranchs of southern Africa: where are we and where should we be focusing our efforts? Southern African Shark and Ray Research Meeting, 2011. KZNSB, Umhlanga Rocks, February 2011.

Cowley, P.D., Attwood, C.G., Götz, A., Kerwath, S.E., Wood, A.D., Potts, W.M., Mackenzie, B.L., Bennett, R., Watt-Pringle, P. and Escobar-Porras, J. (2008) Movement behaviour of important fishery species in the Tsitsikamma National Park . Tsitsikamma National Park Scientists’ Symposium 2008. Storms River, TNP, July 2008. Oral presentation by PDC.

 Escobar-Porras, J., Sauer, W.H.H. and Cowley, P.D. (2008) Are Catsharks as homely as tabby cats? 13th Southern African Marine Science Symposium, June 2008.

 

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ACADEMIC CREDITS

Peter Andrew Watt-Pringle  (2009) – Formal Acknowledgement of Jessica Escobar. Movement behaviour of three South African inshore sparid species in rocky intertidal and shallow subtidal habitats. M.Sc Thesis

Alistair John Green  (2009) – Formal Acknowledgment of Jessica Escobar. The protein and energy requirements of the South Africa abalone, Haliotis Midae. M.Sc Thesis

Phanor H. Montoya-Maya (2014) Formal acknowledgement of Jessica Escobar. Ecological genetic connectivity between and within southeast African marginal coral reefs. P.hd. Thesis

P.A Watt-Pringle, P.D.Cowely, A. Gotz (2015) – Formal Acknowledgment of Jessica Escobar. Residency and small-scale movement behaviour of three endemic sparid fishes in their shallow rocky subtidal nursery habitat, South Africa

Alistair John Green  (2009) – Formal Acknowledgment of Jessica Escobar. The protein and energy requirements of the South Africa abalone, Haliotis Midae. M.Sc Thesis

Michelle Kruger (2010) Formal Acknowledgement of Jessica Escobar. Spatio-temporal dynamics of ichthyoplankton in the Kowie Estuary, South Africa. M.Sc. Thesis

ABOUT US

The Blue Wilderness Research Unit is a subsidiary of Blue Wilderness. Our core purpose is to conduct original shark research, conservation and education programs at Aliwal Shoal, South Africa.  We achieve these goals though collaborating with affiliated scientists and postgraduate students. 

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ADDRESS

  • 11 Escombe Cresent
  • Freeland Park
  • Scottburgh
  • South Africa

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  • research@bluewilderness.co.za

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