John Measey - Mini CV

Education and Positions

  • B.Sc. (Honours) in Applied Freshwater Biology. Class 2:1University ofLiverpool,United Kingdom. Four year honours freshwater biology course including a one year industrial placement (1991-92) as Education Officer in Shipstern Nature Reserve, Sarteneja, Belize. Dissertation Title: “A qualitative assessment of sampling invertebrate stream fauna, using the methods and guidelines set down by the National Rivers Authority” 1993.

  • Ph.D.Advisor Prof. Richard Tinsley. University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Thesis Title: “The ecology of Xenopus” 1997.

  • June 1998 to February 2001: Royal Society Post-doctoral fellowship at University of the Western Cape, South Africa on tadpole behaviour and the molecular phylogeny of southern African  Xenopus.

  • June to September 2000: Post-doctoral research assistant at the Natural History Museum, London. Ecology of Gegeneophisramaswamii in the Western Ghats,India.

  • March to September 2001: Royal Society visiting fellowship to PUCRS, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Ecology of Chthonerpetonindistinctum in southernBrazil.

  • November 2001 to September 2004: Marie-Curie ResearchFellowat Laboratoire d'Ecologie des Sols Tropicaux, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France. Africancaecilianecology.

  • October 2004 to September 2006: FWO Visiting post-doctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Animal Ecology, University of Antwerp, Belgium. Population genetics of Taita Hills amphibians.

  • 2009 to 2017: Editor-in-Chief of African Journal of Herpetology.

  • 2009 to present:IUCN Red List Assessor (RLA) for African amphibians.

  • 2006 to 2011:Post-doctoral researcher in Applied Biodiversity, SANBI, South Africa.

  • 2011 to present: Associate Editor of Salamandra.

  • September 2011 to June 2012:Post-doctoral researcher at School of Environmental Sciences and Development, North-West University, South Africa.

  • 2012 to 2014: Research Associate of Centre for Invasion Biology.

  • 2012 to present:IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Regional Chair for Southern Africa.

  • 2012 to present: Academic Editor of PeerJ

  • 2012 to present: Associate Editor of Herpetological Conservation and Biology

  • 2012 to 2014: Senior Lecturer, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

  • 2014 to 2019: Senior Researcher, DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology Stellenbosch University
  • 2019 to 2022: Chief Researcher, DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology  Stellenbosch University 
  • 2022 to present: Professor Extraordinary, DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology Stellenbosch University 


  • University ofBristol(1995-1996):                 

    • Continuing education “Pond Ecology”

  • University of the Western Cape (1998-2000):

    • 1st year U-grad.: “Genetics and Evolution”

    • 2nd year U-grad.: “Animal Diversity I”

    • 2nd year U-grad.: “Animal Diversity I & II”

    • 3rd year U-grad.: “Comparative Physiology”

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (2012-2014)                  

    • 1st year U-grad: "Cell Biology and Histology"

    • 2nd year U-grad: "Community Ecology"

    • 3rd year U-grad: "Integrated Topics in Evolution"

    • Honours: "Global Change and Biodiversity"

  • Stellenbosch University (2014-present)
    • 3rd year U-grad: "Invasion Biology 

MSc & PhD theses (*co-supervised)