We welcome enquiries about studying reptiles and amphibians from academics of all levels. This page serves to inform you of exciting prospective projects and funding opportunities. We have a wide range of projects using reptiles or amphibians as the subjects of study in Invasion, Evolution and Conservation. If you have any ideas, we'd like to hear from you, so get in touch.

Exploring the Dispersal Patterns of Domestic Exotic: Xenopus laevis

Exploring the Dispersal Patterns of Domestic Exotic: Xenopuslaevis

The African Clawed Frog, Xenopuslaevis, is one of the world's most widely distributed amphibians with invasive populations having become established on four continents due to both accidental escape and voluntary release of laboratory animals. Xenopuslaevis has been implicated in the global transmission of disease includingchytridiomycosis, a disease cited as one of the principal causes for the global decline in amphibians. The focus of this project is to use genetics to determine the dispersal of naturally occurring populations of X. laevis in the Sunday's River Valley. The student will work with a SAIAB team to sample populations one hour from campus. Genetic studies will then take place in the new R2 million Zoology Genetics Lab. This project will suit a student who has good laboratory skills and wishes to obtain experience with genetics. This project is eligible for a bursary from the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasive Biology. Bursary applications are expected to open ijthe 4th quarter of 2014 for a January 2015 start (visit http://academic.sun.ac.za/cib). 


Project Info

  • Date | 13/05/2015
  • Category | Honours Projects

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Funding Opportunities

Most important is to check out the Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) webpage for student projects here. Not only do I advertise the latest projects here, but so do my colleagues at the C·I·B. Maybe you'll find something that you like?

NRF Freestanding Bursaries - South African Students only. Call usually closes in August each year. Visit the NRF website for more information. The South African NRF does hold some opportunities for collaborative funding.

Claude Leon Foundation - This foundation funds both South African and foreign postdoctoral scientists, who should increase the volume and quantity of research output, transfer technical skills and generally enhance the research culture.

The Royal Society in the UK

Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowships

Or you could consider crowdfunding your own project...

Lots of funding opportunities have been compiled on the website Research Professional. You'll need to create an account but it will allow you access to lots of different funding opportunities:

Most of the funding for visiting academics will be from the visitor's own country. You should contact your research council and ask for South African bilateral funding possibilities.

You could also apply for a C·I·B fellowship.

The Centre for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) is an inter-institutional Centre of Excellence established within the South African Centres of Excellence Programme, and cofunded principally by the South African Department of Science and Technology, through the National Research Foundation, and Stellenbosch University. The C·I·B was established in 2004 with the mandate to conduct research and training in biodiversity science especially as it applies to understanding the rates, impacts and management of biological invasions. The C·I·B is internationally recognized as a leading hub for research in the field of biological invasion (further details at: http://academic.sun.ac.za/cib/). 
The C•I•B’s work focusses on five key performance areas (KPAs):
  • research
  • education and training
  • networking
  • information brokerage
  • service provision.
Read more about the C·I·B and how it meets its five KPAs in this book chapter: Richardson et al (2020)
Applications are invited from persons from any part of the world who can contribute to any or all of the KPAs, to be considered for appointment as a C·I·B Fellow. Fellows will be expected to visit the C·I·B for a period of between one and three months to engage with C·I·B staff, core team members (CTMs), research associates (RAs) and students on an issue (or issues) clearly aligned to the mission and vision of the C·I·B. The engagement may be aligned to any of the five KPAs (see above) – ideally more than one KPA. Interactions with more than one CTM or RA are preferred. Applications should be accompanied by a letter of support from the CTM or RA, giving full details of alignment with the C·I·B Mission.
Contact me if you want more information.