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Lab students win conference pub quiz

16 July 2015

Congratulations to the Lab team who won the ZSSA student pub quiz to the tune of a R500 drinking voucher at the Rat & Parrot, Grahamstown. It was a win with a narrow margin, mostly as André insisted that Rugby was a game originating in Norway! The clue's in the name, André.


Welcome Debra Stark

09 July 2015

Debra Stark, MSc student from the University of Queensland, arrives at the lab to work on acoustic monitoring of Arthroleptella rugosa, a moss frog endemic to the Klein Swartberg.


Au revoir Ben

26 June 2015

Trapping at Jonkershoek - farewell to Ben

The lab has a day out to say farewell to Ben Evans after his month long visit. 

It was great to have you here Ben and we look forward to hosting you in future.


INVAXEN meeting

22 June 2015


From back left:

Alex Rebelo, André de Villiers, Ben Evans, Hendé van Rensburg, Corey Thorp

Christoff Trutter, Likho Sikutshwa, Mohlamatsane Mokhatla, Thomas Stielau, Thalassa Matthews, John Measey

From Left:

Charlotte De Busschere; Anthony Herrel; Rui Rebelo; Alain De Vocht; Dennis Roedder; Thierry Backeljau; Sarah Descamps; Ihlow Flora; Jean Secondi; Solveig Vogt;  Julien Courant

Held simultaneously in both Lisbon, Portugal, and Stellenbosch, South Africa, via a teleconferencing link, the INVAXEN workshop brought together 22 researchers from Europe, North America and South Africa (including 6 CIB post-graduate students) conducting research on the invasive frog, Xenopus laevis. Delegates discussed issues as diverse as demography, physiology, genetics and ecology of X. laevis in both its native and introduced ranges. CIB fellow, Prof. Ben Evans (McMaster University) gave a talk on his ongoing work with CIB core team member, Dr. John Measey, on genetic introgression between X. laevis and X. gilli in South Africa.

The workshop provided a platform for students in Europe and South Africa to share their complementary findings on the same species that they study in both invasive and native circumstances. Results from the workshop will see pooling of results from both regions in joint publications that detail how this species has adapted to its invaded environment.


Lab hosts Prof Ben Evans

03 June 2015

The lab welcomes Prof Ben Evans (McMaster University)

Ben meets fellow Xenopus ethusiasts (from left): Likho Sikutshwa, Ben Evans, Andrew Turner & Atherton de Villiers (CapeNature)

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