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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Marike wins another prize

23 March 2017

Young Science Communication Winner 2017 - Marike Louw (2nd place)!

Many congratulations to Marike on winning 2nd place in the Young Science Communication Competition run by SAASTA through the NRF. 

You can see some of the prize winning story here. Or you can download the entire piece here.

  aSCR  Frogs  prizes

Talking at the School of Biological Sciences, Bristol University

20 March 2017

Bristol University hears about aSCR

I visited the new School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol to meet Marc Holderied and his team members. I learned about their fascinating approach to acoustic camoflauge in relation to bat predation. His team have some fantastic questions and a really exciting approach.

I used the occasion to give a seminar on our aSCR work. It was great to see a few familiar faces from my time there back in the 1990s. 

A big thanks to Marc and his team for their invitation to visit and I'm hoping that we'll see him in the MeaseyLab before the end of the year.

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Another classic HAA meeting

27 January 2017

13th Herpetological Association of Africa conference

We had a great time at Bonamanzi Game Reserve for the 13th Herpetological Association of Africa conference.

Herpetological Association of Africa

In addition to the great photo there were lots of presentations from the MeaseyLab, including INVAXEN work and aSCR:

Estimating the global population size of a species that is hard to find: The case of Rose’s mountain toadlet
FRANCOIS BECKER, RES ALTWEGG , JOHN MEASEY, JASPER SLINGSBY & KRYSTAL A. TOLLEY

Parasite introduction to the endangered western leopard toad: Spill-over or spill-back?
NATASHA KRUGER, LOUIS H. DU PREEZ & JOHN MEASEY

Densities of Arthroleptella lightfooti across the Cape Peninsula: Preliminary results from acoustic spatial capture-recapture
MARIKE LOUW, RES ALTWEGG, ANDREW TURNER, JASPER SLINGSBY, BEN STEVENSON, DAVID BORCHERS & JOHN MEASEY

Who croaked? What the fossil frog bones say
THALASSA MATTHEWS & JOHN MEASEY

Counting chirps: Acoustic monitoring of cryptic frogs
JOHN MEASEY, BEN STEVENSON, TANYA SCOTT, RES ALTWEGG & DAVID BORCHERS

Modelling current and future distributions of three African anurans representing different functional groups: An ecophysiology modelling approach
MOHLAMATSANE M. MOKHATLA, DENNIS RÖDDER & JOHN MEASEY

Frog Olympics: Exploring the locomotory ecomorphology of the pyxicephalid radiation in southern Africa
ALEXANDER D. REBELO & JOHN MEASEY

Global realized niche divergence in the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis
DENNIS RÖDDER, FLORA IHLOW, JULIEN COURANT, JEAN SECONDI, ANTHONY HERREL, RUI REBELO, JOHN MEASEY, FRANCESCO LILLO, F. ANDRÉ DE VILLIERS, CHARLOTTE DE BUSSCHERE & THIERRY BACKELJAU

The relative tadpole vulnerability of Xenopus tadpoles to X. laevis predators
COREY J. THORP, JAMES R. VONESH & JOHN MEASEY

Frog metapopulation dynamics in the Western Cape
ANDREW A. TURNER, JOHN MEASEY & KRYSTAL A. TOLLEY

Never underestimate your opponent: Adaptive phenotypic response in a recent amphibian invader
GIOVANNI VIMERCATI, SARAH J. DAVIES & JOHN MEASEY

Impacts of climate change on the global invasion potential of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis
FLORA IHLOW, JULIEN COURANT, JEAN SECONDI, ANTHONY HERREL, RUI REBELO, JOHN MEASEY, FRANCESCO LILLO, F. ANDRÉ DE VILLIERS, SOLVEIG VOGT, THIERRY BACKELJAU & DENNIS RÖDDER

  aSCR  Lab  meetings  Xenopus

DEAD workshop

16 January 2017

DEAD workshop - Monkey Valley

Thanks greatly to Ian Durbach who hosted the Workshop on Estimating Animal Abundance and Density using Acoustic Data at Monkey Valley with Res Altwegg, Greg Distiller, Tess Gridley, David Borchers, Stuart Burrell, John Measey, Marike Louw, Ian Durbach & Theoni Photopoulou. 

DEAD workshop

The aim of the workshop was to explore open questions on the use of acoustic data to estimate animal density and abundance. The venue was inspiring, and we hope that there'll be plenty of products that have there bases in this meeting.

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