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Welcome to SAERI

The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) is a Research Institute conducting scientific and academic research in the South Atlantic and beyond. It aims to deliver world-class environmental research from the Falkland Islands that informs the effective stewardship of our planet through partnership working and to build capacity and inform the delivery of global environmental stewardship.

Photos by Dr Judith Brown and SMSG unless otherwise stated

What we do

Our approach centres around three focal areas: Ecosystems; Earth Science; Remote Sensing and Data Science. Cross-cutting support for delivery of these focal areas is derived from five pillars of strength: An independently international institution firmly embedded in the South Atlantic; Regional and international research co-ordination through multi-organisational, multinational institutional collaboration and through wide networks of credible local and international research fellows and associates; Robust informatics, data management and GIS systems; ‘On the ground’ logistical support for research and researchers, and capacity building and technical support within the region and Sustainable resources and funding supported by a commercial, consultancy arm.

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Covid-19 Update


I last wrote to our colleagues, partners and collaborators to inform you of the arrangements SAERI has in place to continue our work as part of the response to Covid-19 on 27th March 2020. At that time, following Falkland Islands Government advice, we asked our teams to work from home and implemented policies to minimise …

Farmers Week 2022


Amy Constantine From the 3rd -10th July 2022 the annual Farmers Week organised by the Falkland Islands Rural Business Association (RBA) that takes place in Stanley, kicked off with the Farmers Week Expo in the Town Hall. The Expo initiates a busy week of events organised by the RBA, which includes talks on education, tourism …

Access to data – working with small-scale fisheries in the Turks and Caicos


Dr Ed Butler Small-scale fisheries are notoriously difficult to monitor and manage, particularly in the tropics where target species include a plethora of options ranging from a variety of invertebrates to any one of more than thirty important finfish. Fisheries are also characterized by much larger fleets, on smaller vessels with less crew. What this …

Third thesis chapter submitted & Final chapter nearing completion!


Amanda Keupfer My third thesis Chapter has now been submitted to the journal of Marine Biology and is currently under review. This study uses a complementary approach (stomach content and stable isotope analysis) to assess discard use in black-browed albatross chicks. Findings show that chicks are predominantly fed a natural diet, but that there can …

VME project helps discover identity of cryptic deep-sea sea pens!


Dr Tabitha Pearman Results are in! Through collaborative research with The University of Aberdeen we are now able to confirm that one of the sea pens under study is the trans-Atlantic Anthoptilum glandiforum. Zoë Francis supervised by Professor Stuart Piertney, undertook the genetic analysis of tissue samples as part of her BSc thesis. Anthoptilum glandiforumis …