Nick's thesis all done!

01 July 2017

Congratulations to Nick (aka Wei Cheng Tan) on the submission of his thesis!

You may remember that some time back (it was 12 January 2017) we welcomed Nick to the MeaseyLab from Université de Poitiers to conduct his thesis work on South African agamas. Nick went back and worked very hard on the write up, finally submitting his thesis entitled: Is the radiation of South African agamids adaptive?

The thesis was supervised by Anthony Herrel, Didier Bouchon and John Measey. It makes great reading, and we really look forward to seeing the papers in press!

Fantastic work, Nick!

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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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Back to Cape of Good Hope for more frogging

16 May 2017

Back in Cape of Good Hope for some more Xenopus trapping

As we found quite a lot of Xenopus laevis when we trapped at Bordjiesdrif in February, I decided to go back and do some more trapping there and at Buffelsfontein Visitors Centre. 

The water levels in the Cape of Good Hope continue to get lower, and I've never seen GEPs looking so empty. A night heron flew away both times we visited, suggesting that opportunistic predators are taking advantage of the animals concentrated in a small space.

It was good to find Xenopus gilli at Bordjiesdrif, but only a single female was caught.

Thanks to the SANParks interns who accompanied me. Thanks also to Marisa de Kock for continuing to support the work on  Xenopus at the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park.

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