A team of ORI scientists and one student participated in the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) symposium held last week in Gqeberha/P.E.
This was the biggest WIOMSA symposium so far, with over 850 participants from over 30 countries. These symposia are a great opportunity to network with colleagues from the region, including planning of future research.
The work of the ORI scientists was well showcased, dealing with rock lobster biogeography, ocean acidification impacts on corals, seabed habitats and demersal communities, and zooplankton genetics.
Johan Groeneveld was honoured with a WIOMSA Fellowship award, Bernadine Everett was voted onto the WIOMSA board of trustees, and she and Sean Fennessy join Johan on the editorial board of the WIOMSA Journal of Marine Science.
This is a fine recognition of ORI’s long-standing involvement in marine and coastal science in the Western Indian Ocean.