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|Hydrogen fuel cell technology|
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|SAASTA empowers community|
|New CEO takes over reins at NRF|
|Hydrogen awareness website|
|Work shadowing at SAIAB|
|Field school for students|
|Meet Dr Zikhona Tetana|
|Improving technology education|
|Weather stations in schools|
|Space science appreciation|
|International Year of Light|
|Monitoring river health|
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Work shadowing at SAIAB
Jamie said: "Growing up in Sodwana Bay, and having a dad as a scuba instructor, my passion for the ocean, and for exploring its reefs while scuba diving, started at a very early age. My scuba-diving dad is a fish guru, and with help from Dr Phil and Elaine Heemstra from SAIAB, was able to identify a new, undescribed species of goatfish."
The species was later named Mulloidichthys ayliffe, after Jamie's father, by Dr Franz Uiblein from the Institute of Marine Research, Norway. This was a strong motivation for Jamie to look into ichthyology as a possible career and to apply to spend some time work shadowing at SAIAB.
Exploring marine science as a career
Jamie was able to work alongside some of the researchers, postdocs and students, experiencing a range of the research activities at SAIAB, from taxonomy through ecophysiology to genetics and barcoding. "I learned and experienced so many new and amazing things, met incredible people and I think I now have my mind set on becoming an ichthyologist," said Jamie at the end of her week of work shadowing.
"With experiencing and exploring through the different doors that SAIAB holds open for young people like me, I have hope that my generation can be the future 'ocean-warriors' and spread the word of the oceans' importance; be it through taxonomy, genetics or even physiology."
Through the ACEP Biosurrogacy Project, SAIAB has links with the Wildlands Ocean Stewards initiative. This initiative aims to spark the emergence of passionate, well-equipped ocean stewards by providing young students with the background that gives them unique insights into marine conservation and inspires them to pursue marine science as a career.
Vanessa Rouhani, SAIAB