Prof. Carol Simon
MSc (Rhodes University), PhD (Rhodes University)
My interest in polychaetes started during my PhD research at Rhodes University (Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science) when I investigated the reproduction of a polychaete worm that was infesting farmed abalone. – Read more here
Dr Jyothi Kara
Project title: Towards resolving the taxonomy of pseudocosmopolitan Marphysa species.
Dr Arturo Alvarez Aguilar
Project title: Ecological impact of Diopatra aciculata as an ecosystem engineer in estuaries of South Africa.
Msc. (Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, UNAM), PhD (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California)
In my bachelor’s thesis, I proposed to study the main groups of macrobenthic invertebrates but when I saw the complexity of the world of polychaetes, I decided to learn about the taxonomy and ecology of this group. After that, in my master and PhD thesis, I had the opportunity to deepen my understanding of the role of polychaetes in the benthic ecology and marine pollution on the coasts of Mexico.
Nowadays, I am interested in studying the impact of alien species as an ecosystem engineer in estuaries in South Africa.
Hendré van Rensburg
Project title: Trophic ecology of Diopatra aciculata, a non-indigenous polychaete worm used as bait in South African estuaries.
MTech (registered at Cape Peninsula University of Technology)
Project title: Resolving the taxonomy of a non-indigenous Polydora species on farmed oysters.
Project title: Taxonomy of bait polychaetes
Helene van Niekerk
Project title: Resolving taxonomy of possible non-indigenous sabellid polychaete
Project title: Resolving the taxonomy of Polydora cf. haswelli, a pest of farmed oysters.
Past Lab members
Dr Jyothi Kara – PhD Student
Project title: Taxonomic and Molecular assessment of the apparently alien and cosmopolitan Nereididae Blainville, 1818 polychaetes from South Africa
Dr Andrew David – PhD Student
Project title: Larval development and population genetics: An integrated approach for predicting the establishment and dispersal potential of a recently introduced polychaete (Annelida: Spionidae) in southern Africa.
Hendré van Rensburg – Masters student
Project title: Taxonomy and distribution of moonshine worms (Diopatra sp.) in Knysna Estuary
Ms Safiyya Sedick – Masters student
Project title: Syllidae Grube, 1850 (Annelida) from southern Africa. A taxonomic update, with a focus on Syllis Lamarck, 1818
Mr Lee-Gavin Williams – Masters student
Project title: Genetic structure of pest polydorids (Annelida: Spionidae) infesting Crassostrea gigas in southern Africa: Are pests being moved with oysters?
Ms Sandy van Niekerk – Masters student
Project title: A systematic review of the so-called cosmopolitan polydorid Polydora hoplura Claparède, 1869 (Polychaeta: Spionidae) on the South African coast