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 

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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?

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Goodbye Ana

16 June 2017

Goodbye Ana!

It's always sad to say goodbye, and today we celebrated the departure of Ana Nunes, post-doc and crayfish researcher extrordinaire, who spent 2 years working in the lab. 

Ana (pictured here with crayfish collaborator Tsungai) got engaged while in South Africa to Joe. They get married in Portugal later this month. 

We really enjoyed having you with us, and look forward to continue working with you.

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Plenary for SEEC

04 May 2017

A plenary for the SEEC day of talks: 101 ways to conserve frogs

It was a great pleasure to give my perspective on frog conservation in the Western Cape to students and staff of the Centre for Statistics in Ecology, the Environment and Conservation (SEEC)

A great day of talks from the staff and students. 

My own talk centered on only 6 of the growing number of Cape frogs:

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Goodbye Jen Fill

03 May 2017

Goodbye Jen!

It's been great having Jen Fill around as a post-doc (shared with Brian van Wilgen). We will all miss her vibrant and dynamic nature in the lab. Not to mention the stories of how to work the best fires...

Pictured above, Jen Fill with Dave and Corlia Richardson

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