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     Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick (
     for the use of this picture. 

Seabirds - mystical ocean wanderers and marine sentinels

The Atlas of Seabirds at Sea, an initiative hosted by SAEON on behalf of BirdLife SA and UCT, is already being used towards studies that will improve our knowledge of the ocean environment.


A new long-term research site for SAEON - to save a river

Once a majestic perennial river, the Letaba is now reduced to a trickle by the end of each winter. An observation site is being established to work out exactly why water released from dams upstream never reaches the Kruger National Park.


Creative-B Roadmap - toward a global virtual environment for biodiversity research

SAEON's Chief Data and Information Officer, Wim Hugo, comments on the final Creative-B Roadmap launched in Brussels on September 26.


"FloatMonkey" sea trials - paving the way towards multi-disciplinary research

In continuing to develop SAEON's capacity for offshore benthic research, the Egagasini team have been expanding the capabilities of the already successful SkiMonkey III camera system.


Where two currents meet

South African and Angolan oceanographers are investigating sub-surface processes within the Angola Benguela Frontal Zone - to understand and predict their implication on fisheries and potential climate variability.


The DST’s strategic role in providing crucial ecological data for science and society

Prof. Yonah Seleti and Mr Leluma Matooane’s visit to the Cathedral Peak research area reinforced the strategic role of the DST in SAEON’s past, present and future.


Of satellites, social media and champagne

SAEON student Katherine Hutchinson reports back from the European Space Agency's Earth Observation Summer School.


SAEON formalises long-standing relationship with Rhodes University

The SAEON Elwandle Node's planned relocation to Port Elizabeth will provide their collaborators and students from Rhodes University with a research platform located directly at the coast.


SAEON'S Ndlovu Node is growing again

Three new staff members have been appointed: Node technician Rion Lerm, environmental monitor Merriam Mabunda, and John Mashale, who will assist with water sampling and the collection of ecological field data.


Badibene eBhayi - The 7th Annual Indibano! As it happened...

This year's Indibano was aimed at enlightening delegates about long-term environmental monitoring and its relevance to decision making.


SAEON Ndlovu science camp experiences

Read what two Grade 11 learners who attended the Ndlovu Node's annual science camps have to say about their experiences, and how these influenced their career choices.


Inspiring the next generation of environmental scientists

Learners in the SAEON Science Education Outreach programme impressed their audience with mind-blowing presentations at this year's education symposium.


Sharing my scientific research on a national platform

Courtney Davids, a learner in the SAEON Egagasini Node's outreach programme, reports on his trip into the hinterland to present his research at the SAEON education outreach symposium in Phalaborwa.


SAEON in the media

SAEON's people and projects received coverage in a range of media.


Interesting link

Watch this fascinating video about the enigmatic birds of paradise in the rainforests of New Guinea, and the evolutionary biologist and wildlife photographer who have spent the better part of a decade unravelling their secrets.



"The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom." - Isaac Asimov

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