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Emeritus Professor Charles L. Griffiths

Marine biodiversity and systematics, marine alien species, coastal ecology 
Phone: 021 650 3610 
Email: Charles.Griffiths@uct.ac.za

 

 

 

 

 



Recent books

Picker, M.D., C.L. Griffiths & A. Weaving   2002. Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town 440 pp. (currently in 9th printing 2011)



 Branch, G.M., C.L. Griffiths, M.L. Branch & L Beckley 2010. Two Oceans: A Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa.  (Completely revised and greatly expanded edition with new publisher) Randomhouse/Struik, Cape Town, 456pp

 Picker, M.D., C.L. Griffiths 2011.  Alien and Invasive Animals – A South African Perspective. Randomhouse/Struik Cape Town  240pp

Recent papers

Haupt, T.M., C.L. Griffiths, T.B. Robinson, A.F.G. Tonin 2010 Oysters as vectors of marine aliens, with notes on four newly-recorded marine alien species associated with oyster farming in South Africa. Afr. Zool. 45: 52-62.

 Haupt, T. M., C. L. Griffiths, T. B. Robinson, A.F.G. Tonin 2010. History and status of oyster exploitation and culture in South Africa. J. Shellfish Res. 29:151-159.

 Griffiths, C.L., Robinson, T.B., Lange, L. and Mead A. 2010. Marine Biodiversity in South Africa –state of knowledge, spatial patterns and threats. PLoS-ONE. 5 (8) e123008

Marr S.M., Marchetti M.P., Olden J.D., Garcia-Berthou E. Morgan D.L., Day J.A. Griffiths C.L., Skelton P.H. 2010. Freshwater fish introductions in Mediterranean –climate regions: are there commonalities in the conservation problem. Diversity Distr. 16:606-619.

 Pillay D., Branch G.M., Griffiths C.L., Williams C. & Princloo A. 2010.  Ecosystem change in a South African marine reserve (1960-2009): role of seagrass loss and anthropogenic disturbance. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 415: 35-48.

 Rius M., Branch G.M., Griffiths C.L., Turon X. 2010. Larval settlement behaviour in six gregarious ascidians in relation to adult distribution. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 418: 151-163.

  Zetlmeisl C.  , J. Hermann, T. Petney, H. Glenner , C. Griffiths, H. Taraschewski 2011 Parasites in the shore crab Carcinus maenas (L.): implications for reproductive potential and invasion success. Parasitology 138: 394-401

 Mead A., Carlton J. , Griffiths C. L.  & Rius M.  2011 Revealing the scale of marine bioinvasions in developing regions: a South African re-assessment. Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007

Von Byern J., Scott R., Griffiths C.L., Micossi A & Cyran, N. 2011 Characterization of the adhesive areas in Sepia tuberculata (Mollusca, Cephalopoda). J. Morphol. 272: 1245-1258.

 Whitehead O., Griffiths C.L. & Biccard A. 2011.  Habitat use and the importance of litter for goose barnacle populations in South Africa. Crustaceana 84 (5-6): 635-649

 Mead A., Carlton J., Griffiths C.L. & Rius M. 2011Revealing the scale of marine bioinvasions:The South African example. J. Nat. Hist. 45: 2463-2524.

 Molodtsova T. N., Griffiths C. L.,  Acuna F.H. 2011. A new species of shallow-water cerianthid (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) from the South Africa, with remarks on the genus Ceriantheopsis. Afr. Nat. Hist. 7: 1-8.

Recent books

Picker, M.D., C.L. Griffiths & A. Weaving   2002. Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town 440 pp. (currently in 9th printing 2011)

 Branch, G.M., C.L. Griffiths, M.L. Branch & L Beckley 2010. Two Oceans: A Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa.  (Completely revised and greatly expanded edition with new publisher) Randomhouse/Struik, Cape Town, 456pp

 Picker, M.D., C.L. Griffiths 2011.  Alien and Invasive Animals – A South African Perspective. Randomhouse/Struik Cape Town  240pp

Abbreviated CV

Charles Griffiths was born in Kenya and educated at Blundell’s Public School in Devon, UK, before proceeding to Southampton University (UK), where he was awarded a BSc (Hons), followed by a PhD from the University of Cape Town. He has been a member of the University of Cape Town staff since the age of 22, rising through the ranks from Research Assistant to Full Professor and has been Director of the UCT Marine Biology Research Centre for over 25 years. He married Dr Roberta Griffiths in 1974 and they have two adult children, Melinda (b 1980) and Matthew (b 1986)

His main current research interests are the documentation of marine biodiversity and the impacts of marine alien species. He is an author of papers describing over 100 species new to science and is responsible for recording over 100 additional species in South Africa for the first time. He is author of six guide books to the South African fauna, including the two best-selling field guides: ‘Two Oceans – a Guide to the Marine Life of South Africa’ (8th printings and three editions) and ‘Field Guide to the Insects of South Africa’ (now in its 7th printing). He has published 32 book chapters, 150 research articles and 50 semi-popular scientific articles. He is also author of 157 conference presentations and has convened four conferences. Over 55 masters and PhD students have graduated under has supervision, with a further six MSc and six PhD students currently under supervision. He is a recipient of the UCT book award, is a Life Fellow of the University of Cape Town, a Team Member of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Invasion Biology and winner of the Gold Medal of the Zoological Society of South Africa. He is a former editor of the journal African Zoology and a current or former member of the editorial boards of the journals Marine Biology, Koedoe, Smithiana, Animals and African Natural History. In his recreation time he is a serious natural history photographer and over 2000 of his images have been published in textbooks, magazines, advertisements and calendars around the world.