More prizes for Marike

03 August 2017

Marike wins again

Congratulations (again) to Marike Louw for winning the best student speaker award at Fynbos Forum, 2017! Marike's talk is based on her MSc work on aSCR on the Cape Peninsula Moss Frog, Arthroleptella lightfooti. We're so please that you've decided to make prize winning a habit!

Fynbos forum is held annually at a different venue and brings together managers, practicioners and academics. 

The talk focussed on research being conducted on Arthroleptella lightfooti, the Cape Peninsula Moss frog, using a technique called Acoustic Spatial Capture-Recapture. The technique was explained in detail, from its conceptual basis to its physical application to the Moss frog species. Preliminary results obtained from 2016 were presented and immediate and longterm goals using this technique were outlined. Marike's research will enable us to build a better picture of moss frog density on the Cape peninsula, and how this endemic amphibian is affected by different management practices.

Louw, M. & Measey, J. 2017. Listen up! Eavesdropping on a Cape Peninsula Endemic. Fynbos Forum, Swellendam Showgrounds.  31 July – 3 August 2017.

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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. 

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CIB in BES bulletin

17 July 2017

British Ecological Society (BES) bulletin covers work of CIB

The work of the Centre for Invasion Biology was covered in the British Ecological Society's bulletin this month. 

This included the fabled win by Marike Louw in South Africa's Young SCience Communicator's Competition for her article on aSCR. See the blog post here and what the BES said about it below:

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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. 

Also at the ZSSA, Alex Rebelo presented his MSc work on the pyxicephalid radiation. 

Marike Louw, Res Altwegg, Andrew Turner, Jasper Slingsby, Ben Stevenson, David Borchers, & John Measey Densities of Arthroleptella lightfooti across the Cape Peninsula: preliminary results from acoustic spatial capture-recapture. 2017 Combined Congress of the Entomological and Zoological Societies of Southern Africa CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

Alex Rebelo & John Measey Frog Olympics: exploring the locomotor ecomorphology of the pyxicephalid radiation in southern Africa. 2017 Combined Congress of the Entomological and Zoological Societies of Southern Africa CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

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Volunteer training for aSCR

22 April 2017

Marike trains aSCR volunteers on Table Mountain

It was a hot day to head up Table Mountain in full sun to set up acoustic arrays, but we had a good turnout with lots of volunteers.

Setting up the array takes quite a bit of technical know-how and there's nothing like a training session to make sure that everyone's on the same page. 

I have to say that this training took place with one of the most spectacular backdrops in the world. Table Mountain is quite a place. 

Ashley Koopman, Barry McGovern, Bukhosi Mhlanga, Gemma Rashley, Tracy Hutcheon

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