Welcome Jennica!

27 July 2017

MeaseyLab welcomes Jennica Poongavanan

At our lab meeting on Thursday we were delighted to welcome Jennica Poongavanan to the extended MeaseyLab students.

Jennica started her MSc with Res Altwegg and Ian Durbach at the University of Cape Town's Department of Statistical Science. Jennica will be part of the SEEC group and will be co-supervised by John at CIB. Jennica's project is to take the density data generated by Marike Louw and the volunteers doing aSCR on the Cape peninsula this year, and turn them into Species Distribution Models. 

  aSCR  Lab

Nitya Invades Scottish Islands

11 July 2017

Nitya presents a poster at Island Invasives Conference

PhD student Nitya Mohanty presents a poster on his work on invasive species of the Andaman Islands at the Island Invasives Conference 2017, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Scotland. Nitya's work was well received with many envious of his idilic island field site in the Bay of Bengal. 

  Frogs  Lab  meetings

Marike shows the aSCR project to ZSSA in Pretoria

04 July 2017

Pretoria falls silent to hear Marike's peninsula moss frog.

MSc student, Marike Louw, presented her aSCR work to an eager audience at the Zoological Society of Southern Africa's (ZSSA) meeting at CSIR Pretoria, South Africa

In this eagerly anticipated talk, Marike layed out her latest findings in the National Geographic sponsored project. 

  aSCR  Frogs  meetings

A blast from the past

23 June 2017

A blast from the past: Western Leopard Toads and microsatellites

Stephen Doucette-Riise submitted his MSc thesis (Zoology, UCT) on Western Leopard Toads back in 2012 while I was working at SANBI. Stephen worked hard on trialing a number of microsatellite candidates to profile WLTs in the Overstrand area (Stanford to Aghulas). 

Despite completing his MSc, the microsatellite study wasn't finished as Stephen didn't have enough time to profile enough microsatellites for the project. Jessica da Silva recently stepped into the breach and produced this microsat note on the toad. 

da Silva, J.M., Feldheim, K.A., Measey, G.J., Doucett-Riise, S., Daniels, R.J., Chauke, L.F. & Tolley, K.A. (2017) Genetic diversity and differentiation of the Western Leopard Toad (Sclerophrys pantherina) based on mitochondrial and microsatellite markers. African Journal of Herpetology 66: 25-38 

  Frogs  News

Red Listing Reptiles

20 June 2017

How threatened are South Africa's reptiles?

The IUCN Red List needs people to make assessments, and then those assessments need reviews. Reviewing over 400 assessments took place this week at SANBI's Kirstenbosch Research Centre.

Some well know faces from the world of South African herpetology were present. How many do you recognise?

  meetings  News