Contributing to the blue economy by unravelling stock dynamics of exploited species
Working in Africa brings with it a wealth of challenges, but more importantly, opportunities and partnerships. We work closely with government departments to integrate genetic and genomic tools into fisheries management. Our main projects have centered around the Cape hakes and kingklip and we have over ten years experience in this field.
Selected key papers:
Henriques R, von der Heyden S, Lipinksi MR, du Toit N, Kainge P, Bloomer P, Matthee CA. (2016) Spatio-temporal genetic structure and the effects of long-term fishing in two partially sympatric offshore demersal fishes. Molecular Ecology 25: 5843-5861
Henriques R, von der Heyden S, Matthee CA. (2016) When homoplasy mimics hybridization: a case study of Cape hakes (Merluccius paradoxusand M. capensis). PeerJ 4:e1827
von der Heyden S, Lipinski MR, Matthee CA. (2010) Remarkably low mtDNA control region diversity in an abundant demersal fish. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 55: 1183-1188
Teske PR, Forget FRG, Cowley PD, von der Heyden S, Beheregaray LB. (2010) Connectivity between marine reserves and exploited areas in the philopatric reef fish Chrysoblephus laticeps (Teleostei: Sparidae). Marine Biology, 157: 2029-2042
von der Heyden S, Groeneveld JC, Matthee CA (2007) ‘Long current to nowhere?' – genetic connectivity of Jasus tristani in the southern Atlantic Ocean. African Journal of Marine Science 29: 491-497