Monday, 15 August 2016

African Journal of Marine Science: KwaZulu-Natal Bight Supplement

The KwaZulu-Natal Bight is an offset in an otherwise 1 300 km curvilinear coastline on the east coast of South Africa. This offset, and associated expansion in shelf width, was caused by a change in the tectonic origin of the continental shelf margin, from a sheared to a short-rifted section, and is approximately 160 km long between Durban and Richards Bay.
The list of papers below has been made available for a limited free access period (until end September 2016). The articles can be accessed by clicking on their respective titles below.

A brief overview of the ACEP project: Ecosystem Processes in the KwaZulu-Natal Bight. ST Fennessy, MJ Roberts and AW Paterson.

Women's Month: Mary Margaret Smith (1916-1987)

The Library at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity is named for Margaret Smith, the first Director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology. We honour her during August, Women's Month in South Africa.
From the cover of The life and work of Margaret M. Smith / Mike Bruton (c.1986)

Mary Margaret Macdonald attended Rhodes University College in Grahamstown from 1934 to 1937. She was awarded her B.Sc. degree in 1936, majoring in physics and chemistry (with distinction), and became a senior demonstrator in the Chemistry Department. 
JLB Smith (1897-1968) Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, and Mary Macdonald, were married in 1938. With her not liking the new name "Mary Smith", she was was from that time always known as "Margaret Smith".
JLB Smith with White steenbras , Knysna ca. 1950
JLB Smith, a keen angler, developed a more formal interest in ichthyology, the study of fishes. His young wife soon became involved in his hobby and accompanied him on fishing trips and collecting expeditions.
Margaret Smith drawing on a boat in the Seychelles   
Typical lab conditions, Shimoni, Kenya 1952
In 1946 the Department of Ichthyology was established at Rhodes University and J.L.B and Margaret Smith were able to devote all their energies to the production of an authoritative book on the sea fishes of southern Africa.