June 2017: Ruan is participating in the Gliders IN the Agulhas (GINA) experiment. He spent time recently making biogeochemical measurements in order to calibrate the glider sensors. Check it out here.

June 2017: Raquel has just returned from a cruise to the southern Benguela. Check out her photos:

June 2017: See our latest paper about the future of polar research in South Africa, out this month in the South African Journal of Science (Editor’s Choice).

April 2017: Luca and Kolisa just arrived at Marion Island, where they will be collecting biogeochemical samples to investigate nitrogen and carbon cycling in the Subantarctic. This is the view that greeted them upon their arrival (photo courtesy of Kolisa Sinyanya)


April 2017: Read UCT’s most recent press about ACE here.

March 2017: Our new paper about nitrogen cycling and productivity in the North Atlantic recently came out in Deep-Sea Research I.

December 2016-March 2017: We participated in the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) cruise, which left Cape Town on 20 December 2016 and returned on 19 March 2017. You can read our SAJS Commentary about our role in this project here, view some of the press about it here and here, and check out a map of the cruise track here. And be sure to check out the ACE Project XII website.

July 2016: Preston Kemeny’s new paper in Global Biogeochemical Cycles was featured in EOS

July 2016: We recently returned from SEAmester, South Africa’s first class afloat. Forty students, fifteen lecturers, one state-of-the-art research vessel, and an intense science programme (ASCA). It was fantastic! See our Commentary in SAJS here.

January 2016: Our new paper about nitrogen deposition to the North Atlantic Ocean has been published online in PNAS (6 January 2016) and was picked up by 8 news outlets!

580x79820 July-14 August 2015: As part of our ongoing research in the Southern Ocean, Preston Kemeny and Ethan Campbell from Princeton University, and Sandi Smart from Stellenbosch University and UCT, along with a number of South African scientists, steamed south from Cape Town to the Antarctic winter sea-ice edge aboard the South African research vessel, the R/V SA Agulhas II (see map on left). Read the blog they kept documenting their experiences en route to the frozen continent and back, and check out a Princeton University news article about their adventures here and a Mail & Guardian news article about the cruise here.

July 2015: Our new paper about nitrification and nitrate assimilation at the BATS site (based on 18 cruises of nitrate isotope data) has now been published in Deep-Sea Research I.

April 2015: Sandi Smart’s new paper about nitrification in the wintertime Antarctic Ocean has now been published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles.

February 2015: Nicolas Van Oostende’s new paper about phytoplankton succession and new production during upwelling has now been published in the Journal of Marine Systems.

Our flow cytometry-N isotope work was featured in a Princeton University news article: “In the open ocean, eukaryotes matter”.