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Estuarine and coastal fish
Global change and impacts on estuarine and coastal systems
Dr Nikki James has 12 years of coastal and estuarine research experience in South Africa. Her PhD research (graduating from Rhodes University) involved a long-term study of a temperate estuarine fish community. After a joint post-doc at SAEON and SAIAB she was appointed as an aquatic biologist at SAIAB in 2009 focussing on global change research.
Her broad research interests include climate and global change, estuarine population studies, ecological studies and fisheries ecology. Prior to moving to the Eastern Cape Nikki was based in Durban at the Oceanographic Research Institute where she completed her MSc (graduating from the University of Natal) and later worked as an assistant scientist focussing mainly on coastal and estuarine fisheries species. After this, and during her PhD research, Nikki worked as an environmental consultant.
Outputs from Nikki’s research include papers on estuarine fisheries, inter-annual variability in recruitment and estuarine and coastal fish community structure, papers on the effects of climate change on estuarine fish communities and stock assessments of coastal fish species. Nikki is a sub-editor for African Zoology.