Neobiota conference - Lux2016

17 September 2016

Neobiota conference 2016

MeaseyLab members were well represented at the Neobiota conference, together with lots of CIB representation.

Gio, Ana & Jen get photo bombed by Sabrina... Will Luxembourg ever be the same again?

Ana showing off her crayfish poster

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Racing to record

14 September 2016

Kennilworth monitoring pilot

The microfrog, Microbatrachella capensis, is currently considered to be Critically Endangered due to it's very restricted range and the impact from development and invasive vegetation. 

Acoustic monitoring of this species is currently done using personnel that listen to the frogs and try to estimate the number calling. Today we visited Sabelo Memani, the newly appointed manager at the KRCA, who invited us to pilot our acoustic array technique on a population of calling micro frogs. 

We were joined by Singapore University PhD student Catherina Karlsson who is interested in implementing the aSECR technique in the Kinabalu Park Project in Borneo. Fantastically, both projects enjoy funding from National Geographic

A special thanks to Sabelo for inviting us, and showing us a live micro frog. We hope that the technique proves successful and that it can be implemented for KRCA.


Winter days to get out for...

30 August 2016

Have you ever wondered what it means when you get that "Out of office" notification? 

Sometimes it means that I've had a change to get out into the fynbos to do some field work! Today the Hawequas mountains of Limietberg Reserve. A great day out!


Welcome to Nitya!

29 August 2016

Welcome to Nitya Mohanty

A new lab member starts this week in the MeaseyLab: Nitya Mohanty

Nitya studied completed his BSc. (Hons.) in Zoology from University of Delhi (2008-11) and his MSc in Wildlife Science from the Wildlife Institute of India (2011-13), where he studied the impact of invasive spotted deer on understory reptiles in the Andaman archipelago.

Nitya will be headed back the the Andaman's for his PhD dissertation on the invasive Indian Bullfrog Hoplobatrachus tigerinus. 

Read more about Nitya on the CIB site here or see his page on this site here.

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19 August 2016

Featured below at the World Congress of Herpetology, (not) Hangzhou, China are:

Fred Kraus, Julien Courent, Jörn Kohler, Flora Ihlow, Dennis Rödder & Rick Shine.