Dr Deborah Robertson-Andersson
Dr Deborah Robertson-Andersson is a Field Guides Association of South Africa Honorary Marine specialist and specialist marine guide, lecturer and teacher. In addition to a long list of publications and conference papers, Deborah has advanced diving qualifications (including Class IV Scientific Dive Supervisor and Advanced Nitrox Diver), and is also a SAYRA-qualified Offshore Yacht Master. Deborah is a world authority on abalone, seaweeds and sea urchins in aquaculture.

She has done post-doctoral research in an all-seaweed-based feed for abalone, and invested the potential for a South African produced liquid seaweed extract in increasing crop yields as well as getting jellyfish to have sex.

Deborah is also looking into ways of using cultivated seaweeds for biofuel production, the effects of microplastics on marine organism health and backyard aquaponics.
 Quote:   "A positive attitude will not solve all of your problem's, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort". -  H Albright 
Position:   Senior Lecturer
Qualifications:   PhD
Diploma in Aquaculture Production & Management
Discipline:   Marine Biology
Campus:   Westville
Telephone:   031 260 7410
 Email:   robertsond@ukzn.a.za
Recent Publications:

  Zeeman, Z.; Branch, G. M.; Farrell, D.;Maneveldt, G. W.; Robertson-Andersson, D. V.; Pillay, D. 2013. Comparing community structure on shells of the abalone Haliotis midae and adjacent rock: implications for biodiversity. Marine Biology. Marine Biology. 160 (1); 107-117

Robertson-Andersson, D. V., Maneveldt, G. W. & Naidoo, K. 2011. The effects of wild and farm-grown macroalgae on the growth of juvenile Haliotis midae Linnaeus. South African Journal of Marine Science. 36(3): 331–337.

L. Kirkendale, D.V. Robertson-Andersson and Pia C. Winberg, 2010. Review on the use and production of algae and manufactured diets as feed for sea-based abalone aquaculture in Victoria, Report by the University of Wollongong, Shoalhaven Marine & Freshwater Centre, Nowra, for the Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries Victoria, 2010, 198p

Nobre, A.M., Neori, A., Robertson-Andersson, D., Sankar, K. 2010. Ecological-economic assessment by Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) approach of seaweeds role in integrate multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA). Aquaculture 306: 116 - 126.

Bolton JJ, Robertson-Andersson DV, Shuuluka D, Kandjengo L. Growing Ulva (Chlorophyta) in integrated systems as a commercial crop for abalone feed in South Africa: a SWOT analysis. Journal of Applied Phycology. 21(5), pp 575-583.
Deborah V. Robertson-Andersson; Michelle, Potgieter, Joakim, Hansen; John J. Bolton, Max Troell, Robert J. Anderson, Christina Halling, Trevor Probyn. Integrated seaweed cultivation on an abalone farm in South Africa. Accepted. Journal of Applied Phycology. 20 (5), pp 579-595

Smit, A. J.; Robertson-Andersson, D. V.; Bolton, J. & Peall, S. The effect of DMSP on the taste of the South African Abalone (Haliotis midae). Aquaculture. 269: 377–389.

Troell, M., D. V. Robertson-Andersson, R. J. Anderson, J. J. Bolton, G. Maneveldt, C. Halling and T. Probyn (2006). Abalone farming in South Africa: perspectives on kelp resources, abalone feed, potential for on-farm seaweed production and socio-economic benefits. Aquaculture 257 Pp 266 – 281

Postgraduate Candidates:    PG Candidates

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