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Having been brought-up in a small coastal town in the Eastern Cape, the knowledge learned from the fishing and surfing community throughout my childhood has led to a deeply-seated respect and curiosity for the ocean and the animals within. This greatly contributed to the pursuit of the current path that I am on. My family’s love for wildlife and their gentle guidance towards a career of this kind, knowing the joy I experience from the ocean, has found me wholly devoted to research and the protection of our living and non-living resources. 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 physiology and their general ecology. My previous research has covered the thermal tolerance of the fransmadam fish (Boopsoidea inornata), and recently, environmental behavioral reform on a social media fishing group. My current thesis is looking at the aerobic scope of juvenile red roman (Chrysoblephus laticeps) under thermal variability and changing pH in the ocean.

Caiti Allison

MSc Student

Rhodes University

Research interests

Climate-change, fish physiology, conservation, environmental behavior, fisheries management and ecology

Current research

My thesis explores the aerobic scope of juvenile red roman (Chrysoblephus laticeps), and the effects that temperature and pH have on their metabolic capacity. It is anticipated that this project will assist in broadening the knowledge-base of global change and ocean science by examining the synergistic effects of environmental stressors on the metabolic capacity of the most vulnerable life-history stages of a commercially and recreationally important species. It is hoped that this research will contribute towards our understanding of the role that inter-individual variation within a population will play in the population-level response to a rapidly changing environment, the performance of near-shore reef species as energy partitioning is altered, and the impacts that environmental stressors will have on recruitment success.

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