Saturday, July 23, 2011

Our newest team member

Here at Aquanuts and the Maru we'd like to extend a warm welcome to
our newest team member Monica Sanz. With a masters in Biology and
field research experience in places as diverse as Finland and Brazil,
Monica is well equipped to help us implement our research programs.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

We are hiring!

So things are starting to kick into high gear here at Aquanuts and the Maru Research Center and to help us with that we are accepting applications for the position of a Research and Dive Assistant. Applicants will preferably have a masters degree in coastal or lake science, environmental management, ichthyology, or a related field. Applicants should also be Divemasters or willing and able to be trained as one. Those with only a bachelor degree but who have experience with population and biodiversity surveying and mapping will be considered. Remuneration will vary according to applicant’s qualifications. Send your CVs to

News from the Beach

-This makes me feel a little better about not rushing into academia.

-July 6th was Malawian Independence Day. It has been a long walk to freedom for Malawians but in my short time here I have seen their determination to continue down the road as it were. Congratulations to them on their anniversary and best wishes for the future.

- The windy season continues here at the Lake but it has blown the usually shy catfish out of their rocky hiding places. Yesterday we saw lots of meter-long specimens of both the “African catfish” (Clarias gariepinus) and the locally named “Kampango” (Bagrus meridionalis). Lake Malawi is home to a group of catfish that belong to the Bathyclarias genus and which are the largest fish in the lake reaching up to 2 meters in length. Because they are usually nocturnal it was a real treat to see some many hanging around Kande Island on our afternoon dive.

-And on a completely different note congratulations to the South Korean town of Pyeongchang on being awarded hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics. My former home has been waiting and working hard for this chance for a long time. It is well deserved.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

News and Pictures from the Beach

-So the windy season hasn't been all that windy. This is good for us.
-The cichlids out at Kande island are getting bigger. Anyone know a good source of info these fellow's life cycles?
- So we went to Kaya Papaya on our way back from Mzuzu last week. Who knew you could find such awesome Thai food in a German-owned restaurant in Malawi?
-Haba na Haba has written an interesting article about how the right to refuse is often misunderstood in Malawi. I'm not surprised by this. People in hierarchical cultures are of often uncomfortable with stating their preferences to people of perceived higher social ranking to them. Instead they seek to do the "right" course of action in any given context so long as it doesn't inconvenience them too much. In the case of HIV testing I can imagine that most Malawian mothers receiving care recognize (rightly) that health officials would like them to be tested, don't perceive such testing as a large inconvenience, and so submit when the officials tell them to do it.
-And the pictures. Thanks to Robert from Germany for these.