The Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT), Nekton and The Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) are pleased to announce that Jennifer Appoo of Seychelles Islands Foundation and Sheena Talma of the Ministry of Energy, Environment and Climate Change have been awarded fellowships to visit the University of Oxford in July 2019.

They are among 20 distinguished African researchers from 12 African countries who were selected from nearly 250 outstanding applications from 30 countries to participate in the AfOx Visiting Fellowship Programme this summer.  AfOx is a cross-university platform in Oxford that fosters the establishment of equitable and sustainable collaborations between researchers in African institutions and the University of Oxford.

Dr Anne Makena, Programme Coordinator, Africa Oxford Initiative said,“AfOx is delighted to welcome Jennifer and Sheena to Oxford as part of the 2019 visiting fellows programme. We have a strong commitment to support a sustainable future for the continent and are excited to partner with like-minded organisations like SeyCCAT and Nekton.”

The AfOx Visiting Fellows Program is designed to build networks for leadership between researchers from African institutions and the University of Oxford.

Jennifer’s project aims to build knowledge of the abundance, diversity and depth range of predators around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aldabra, and assess the effectiveness of the current zoning strategy.

Sheena’s project is investigating the abundance and distribution of fish larvae and eggs within the Seychelles waters, providing valuable insights on spawning areas for the national Marine Spatial Plan and for fisheries management.

Both fellows will be able to develop their software and analytical skills with the Nekton Oxford team and have the opportunity to grow their professional networks in Oxford and Africa through participation in the programme.

Belinda Bramley, Head of Impact for Nekton, expressed her thanks to all the partners that have generously supported the new AfOx Marine Science Fellowships, including SeyCCAT and its funders, the SeyCCAT Deep Blue Grants Committee; the Africa Oxford Initiative, Somerville College Oxford and Oxford University Department of Zoology.