Marthan N Bester
Chief Co-Investigator & Initiator of the original MIMMP
Semi-retired, Extraordinary Professor and senior Research Fellow of the Mammal Research Institute, UP.
Research interests: Investigation of in particular population parameters that are likely to reflect change in the environment of discrete pinniped populations encompasses my main research interest. This translates, in essence, into the study of the trophodynamics of pinnipeds in particular; prey identity and its consumption in quality and quantity, numerical abundance of these predators, population trends, and body growth patterns of pups that reflect availability of food within the at-sea foraging range of their mothers. In short, those research topics which are important in conservation and management, as embodied by the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals (CCAS), the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), and the Prince Edward Islands (PEIs) Management Plan.