Projects on offer from post-doctoral to BSc. (Honours) level:

If you have an interest in ecosystem level ecology, and in learning to understand how ecosystems function, contact me. In our lab we engage in estuarine and marine fieldwork, data analysis and modelling to understand the function and dynamics of ecosystems. 

 

Current postgraduate students:

 

Ben 

Ben Brooker. PhD candidate. System limits in estuaries. Supervisor: U. Scharler

 

 

 

Chris 

Chris Waspe. PhD candidate. A network Analysis framework for Southern African coastal aquatic ecosystems. Supervisors:  U. Scharler, B. Fath (Towson University)

 

 

Fru 

Fru A Nche-Fambo. PhD candidate. Microplankton dynamics in relation to freshwater input and pollution. Supervisor: U. Scharler

 

 

Kendyl 

Kendyl le Roux. PhD candidate. Energy flows in coastal marine ecosystems. Supervisors: U. Scharler, D. Glassom

 

 

Amy 

Amy Shurety. MSc candidate. Resilience in ecosystems. Supervisor: U. Scharler

 

 

 

Thembeka 

Thembeka Radebe. MSc candidate. Variability of estuarine macrozoobenthos communities. Supervisor: U. Scharler.

 

 

 

Kajal 

Kajal Lechman. MSc candidate. the role of zooplankton in the Mdloti estuarine ecosystem. Supervisor(s): Dr. U. Scharler, Dr. H. Jerling (University of Zululand).

 

 

 

Dane 

Dane Garvie. MSc candidate. the role of zooplankton in the Mlalazi estuarine ecosystem. Supervisor(s): Dr. U. Scharler, Dr. H. Jerling (University of Zululand).

 

 

 

meiofauna 

Abigail Rohde. BSc (Honours) candidate. Meiofauna communities in the Mlalazi estuary. Supervisor: U Scharler.

 

 

 

Melissa 

Melissa Ewels. BSc (Honours) candidate. Influence of the Thukela River on the Thukela Bank. Supervisor: U. Scharler

 

 

 

Past postgraduate students/post-docs: 

Morgana 

 2015-2017. Morgana Tagliarolo. Post-doc. Assessing spatial and temporal variability of carbon fluxes using a network analysis approach. U. Scharler.

 

 

 

2011-2015. Katrin Tirok. Post-doc. Modelling of plankton dynamics in St. Lucia. U. Scharler, D. Stretch.

2013. Morag Ayers. Post-doc. Robustness of networks and ecosystems. U. Scharler.

 

PhD

2013-2015. Reinhardt Scholtz. PhD candidate. Geostatistical Analysis of Integrated Ecosystem Monitoring Data. Supervisors: G Kiker (University of Florida), U. Scharler, H. Mwambi (UKZN).

2010-2013. Kelly Ortega-Cisneros. PhD. Estuarine ecosystem function. Supervisors: U. Scharler, A. Whitfield (SAIAB). 

2011-2013. Ntuthuko Masikane. PhD. Development of a sediment toxicity test with an endemic amphipod. Supervisors: B. Newman (CSIR), U. Scharler.

2009-2013. Robynne Chrystal. PhD. Hydrodynamics and network analysis of St. Lucia. Supervisors: D. Stretch, U. Scharler.

2009-2012. Morag Ayers. PhD.  Ecosystem modelling of the Natal Bight. Supervisor: U. Scharler. 

 

MSc

2011-2013. Madonna Vezi. MSc. Phosphorus distribution in estuarine food webs. Supervisor: U. Scharler.

2012-2013. Fru A Nche-Fambo. MSc. Microplankton dynamics in St. Lucia. Supervisors: U. Scharler, K. Tirok. 

2010-2013. Travis Kunnen. MSc. Bacteria biomass and productivity in the Natal Bight. Supervisors: D. Muir, U. Scharler.

2010-2011. Elisa Inguane-Vicente. MSc. Aquaculture in the South west Indian Ocean region. Supervisors: U. Scharler, J. Sara.  

2011. Vuyiswa Radebe. MSc. Coastal Dune activities. Supervisors: U. Scharler, J. Harris (EKZN Wildlife).

 

BSc (Honours)

2017. Khutso Ramalepe. Microplankton community structure in the Mdloti estuary. Supervisor: U. Scharler

2017. Senine Naidoo. Biomass and productivity pyramids of food webs. Supervisor: U. Scharler

2016. Corrine Joseph. Catches of target and bycatch species in the Zinkwazi and Blythedale bather protection nets of the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board from 1978 - 2014. Supervisors: U. Scharler, M. Dicken (KZN Sharks Board).

2015. Kajal Lechman. BSc (Honours). Modelling the impact of changes in riverflow of the Thukela on the Thukela Bank ecosystem. Supervisors: U. Scharler.

2015. Dane CD Garvie. BSc (Honours). Variability and stability of estuarine zooplankton. Supervisors: U. Scharler, H. Jerling (University of Zululand).

2013. Divesh Sookdeo. BSc (Honours). Resuspension of plankton in Lake St. Lucia. Supervisors: U. Scharler, Dr. K. Tirok.

2012. Snethemba Kunene. BSc (Honours). Plankton biomass distribution in estuaries. Supervisor: U. Scharler. 

2011. Ropa Moyo. BSc (Honours). Microplankton abundance and biomass in the Natal Bight. Supervisor: U. Scharler.

2009. Kendyl le Roux. BSc (Honours). Macrobenthos community distribution in Mhlanga. Supervisors: F. MacKay (Oceanographic Research Institute), U. Scharler.

2009. Keren Worlock. BSc (Honours). Macrobenthos biomass distribution in Mhlanga. Supervisors: U. Scharler, F. MacKay (Oceanographic Research Institute).