In 2016, Casey Lyttle completed her Honours in Oceanography. Her honours thesis “Does climate change impact on sea ice affect phytoplankton blooms and sea ice algae in high latitude seas?”, focused on comparing historical and RCP85 sea ice concentration model outputs from a few CMIP5 (Couple Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5) models, over the Antarctic region.
By wanting to blend her oceanographic skills with her social development interests, she joined the SARChI team in 2017, working on her Masters in Climate Change and Sustainable Development thesis with Astrid Jarre as her main supervisor. The project will focuss on “the variability and change in sea-state as relevant to the small-scale handline fishery of the southwestern cape, Aouth Africa”. This will include analysing wave model outputs from the Simulating Waves Nearshore (SWAN) model, near the boat launching sites/slipways used by the small-scale handline fishery.