Reflections on the swamp with Dr Josie South
By: Josie South
Topic: Freshwater ecology research process
Josie South started her Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2018 with the late Professor Olaf Weyl (Chief Scientist at SAIAB and DSI/NRF Research Chair in Inland Fisheries and Freshwater Ecology). As her fellowship at SAIAB comes to an end, Josie reflects on some of the highlights and hijinks over the last few years. Josie’s research revolves around predicting the impact of invasive species, river restoration, fish community ecology and searching the lengths of southern Africa for crayfish. While a large amount of this research has involved fieldwork in the Cederberg, Lake Malawi, the Okavango panhandle and Upper Zambezi floodplains, the focus of this presentation is on the many valuable human connections made and lessons learned while running around the swamps.
Education through, for and about the environment
By: Cheryl Ogilvie
Ndumo Community Project: Dr Cheryl Ogilvie speaks about education through, for and about the environment.
Turtles can teach you more than you think
By: Talitha Noble
There’s a lot we can learn from turtles, and Thalita Noble from the Two Oceans Aquarium not only helps to rehabilitate these fragile creatures but has taken to heart the lessons we as humans can learn from them and implement in our daily lives. Thalita runs the Turtle Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release programme at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town. She believes turtles are ocean ambassadors - they speak not only to the threats or oceans face but also the resilience of our marine environment.
Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP) comes of age – the first decade of aquatic animal tracking in SA
By: Taryn Murray
Topic: Aquatic animal tracking
The Acoustic Tracking Array Platform (ATAP) is a collaborative marine science platform that monitors the movements and migrations of aquatic animals along the South African coastline. From its humble beginnings of tracking a few fish in selected estuaries, this significant platform now spans 2 200 km of the South African coastline, and tracks more than 1000 animals representing 45 species. Dr Taryn Murray, the instrument scientist working on ATAP, will tell us more about this globally-recognised research platform in terms of what it is, what it does and who can be involved. “This is the story of a receiver and a tag, Where fish are caught and let go again, not kept in a bag. But first they get a special toy that pings for years and years, Receivers then detect these pings as soon as a fish appears. Receivers are in estuaries and also in the sea And collectively make a crucial network, on that we can agree. Join the talk to learn about where and why fishes move, And how all this can help numbers improve.”
The new normal in conservation, imagining the world we want by funding and enabling communities
By: Michele Menegon
Michele Menegon, co-CEO of LCA and Africa Program and Research Director of PAMS Foundation, talks about building in-country conservation capacity and new fascinating ideas for conservation funding. You can join these live talks by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and subscribe to our channel for more!
Tanzanian rainforests | Small, ancient, often forgotten, but surprisingly rich
By: Michele Menegon
Topic: Tanzanian Rainforests
Tune in to learn from Michele Menegon as he talks about the Tanzanian rainforests - which not many people know about. You can join these live talks by emailing email@example.com and subscribe to our channel for more!
Discovering the hidden beauty of cave geology
By: Richard Mazebedi
Did you know that individual caves could contain species that are unique to them? Learn more about the hidden beauty of cave geology, as well as ecological treasures sheltered in the darkness of caves with Dr Richard Mazebedi as he shines a light on the value and abundant
Linking citizen science and natural history specimens
By: Melissa Martin
Topic: Citizen Science
Natural history museums and curated specimen collections are vital scientific infrastructure. Given their multiple benefits, there is need for developing innovative ideas to bridge the gap between science and society to maintain and further increase the relevance of this critical scientific resource moving forward. The presenters (a researcher, a curator and a creative officer) will take us on their journey of tackling the above by designing a course that mentors and trains undergraduate students regarding the fundamentals of taxonomy and curatorial management, leading up to designing their own exhibition for the public. The presenters will also discuss how their innovation, EpoXonomy©, could be used as a platform to bring together various stakeholders and engage in the importance of museum specimens.
Zooming in on the human-elephant conflict
Maureen Kinyanjui shifted from a career in the food security and rural development field to a career in human-elephant conflict management. She talks about what motivated this change and zooms in on details about living and working in a community that shares their land with elephants, the challenges they are experiencing, and what interventions are being implemented to support the community and protect elephants. Subscribe to our channel for more!
Africa's Bushmen and true children of nature
By: Clive Horlock
We are all part of one system – interconnected and interdependent. We need to co-exist with all lifeforms and never take advantage of nature. Few people will ever have the opportunity to spend time with Africa’s greatest conservationists and true ‘children of nature’, but Clive Horlock shares some of his Bushmen experiences, and understanding of their philosophies, which has resulted in their culture being described as ‘the most successful in human history’. A better understanding of their culture also exposes those aspects of our modern culture which are contributing to the destruction of our natural world despite the massive efforts being made by so many passionate conservationists. The Bushmen do not claim credit for the wisdom that has enabled their remarkable survival, and the conservation of their environment, but attribute this wisdom to ‘the voice with no words’ or inspiration achieved through being spiritually connected to the Source of all truth. Understanding their culture better, and recognising their understanding of the human psychological mind, also suggests why modern humanity has become disconnected from the ineffable truth and no longer hears this ‘voice’.
Africa My Teacher
By: Andy Holman
Andy Holman shares his story of how Africa became his teacher. Subscribe to our channel for more!
Raabia Hawa talks about Walk with Rangers
By: Raabia Hawa
Raabia founded an initiative called Walk With Rangers. The first trek lasted 15 days. Listen to her live talk about her journey from Radio to Ranger and Walk with Rangers. You can join these live talks by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and subscribe to our channel for more!
Using the Micro to Understand the Macro with Dr Jessica Glass
By: Jessica Glass
Topic: Advances in genomics and chemistry enable us to understand macroevolutionary processes across the fish tree of life.
We are in the midst of a “Big Data Revolution” in science. How do tiny molecules of DNA play a role in this? What about microscopic elements like Carbon and Nitrogen? Through whole genome sequencing and other rapidly advancing technologies, scientists now have access to huge quantities of data at an unprecedented level. Using iconic marine predators like the kingfish as a case study, Dr Glass will show how advances in genomics and chemistry enable us to understand macroevolutionary processes across the fish tree of life. Join us for this story of how “big data, big fish” links genome sequencing, citizen science, animal behaviour and stable isotope analysis. You will also learn about the role of museum collections in fostering these big datasets and how a species’ genome can be used to answer questions about biodiversity conservation and management.
Eating away the last Wildlife species: Is Nigeria facing a bush-meat crisis?
By: Edem Eniang
Eating away the last Wildlife species: Is Nigeria facing a bush-meat crisis? Prof. Edem Eniang is a professor at the University of Uyo in southeastern Nigeria. He discusses bushmeat consumption in Nigeria. Subscribe to our channel for more!
Beyond Jaws - Rediscovering South Africa’s Lost Sharks with David A. Ebert
By: David Ebert
Topic: Rediscovering South Africa’s Lost Sharks
Beyond Jaws - Rediscovering South Africa’s Lost Sharks with David A. Ebert. ShareScreen Africa would like to thank the South African Intitute for Aquatic Biodiversity for arranging this presentation.
Activists against wildlife trafficking : fighting corruption and wildlife crime with Ofir Drori
By: Ofir Drori
Topic: Wildlife crime
Ofir Drori's life changed when he saved a baby chimpanzee from wildlife criminals. Since then he's been fighting wildlife crime in many countries in Africa through EAGLE Network. This is his incredible story! Subscribe to our channel for more!
Discovering the hidden lives of Zambezi sharks (bull sharks)
By: Ryan Daly
Ryan Daly talks about the habitat use and migration patterns of Zambezi sharks (aka bull sharks) along the coast of southern Africa. Over the past 8 years, he has tracked them undertaking record-breaking migrations and started to understand what drives them to do what they do. Subscribe to our channel for more!
South Africa’s rarest snake eagle
By: Christiaan Brink
Christiaan Brink from Birdlife South Africa will be talking about conserving South Africa’s rarest snake eagle.
Climate and the Distribution of African Ecosystems, beyond the usual suspects.
By: William Bond
Topic: Climate and the Distribution of African Ecosystems
Climate and the Distribution of African Ecosystems, beyond the usual suspects.
Protecting our Abalone | Size does matter
By: Liesl Van As
Topic: Protecting our Abalone | Size does matter
When we talk about conservation, size has many shapes and forms. Prof. Liesl van As explores the exploitation of wildlife in terms of volume, amount and quantity speaking about how smaller species are poached in high numbers yet sometimes overlooked. Subscribe to our channel for more!